Posts tagged jazz

Light on the South Side, Pepper’s Hideout, 1975, Chicago. Michael Abramson

Light on the South Side, Pepper’s Hideout, 1975, Chicago. Michael Abramson

Rainy night at Theresa’s, 4801 S Indiana, 1975, Chicago. Marc PoKempner

Everyone played Theresa’s: Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, BB King, Howlin Wolf Jr., etc…

Rainy night at Theresa’s, 4801 S Indiana, 1975, Chicago. Marc PoKempner

Everyone played Theresa’s: Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, BB King, Howlin Wolf Jr., etc…

Dreaming at Theresa’s (Blues Club), 1974, Chicago. Marc PoKempner

Dreaming at Theresa’s (Blues Club), 1974, Chicago. Marc PoKempner

Pepper’s Lounge, 43rd and Vincennes, 1963, Chicago.
Muddy Waters was the resident musician at Pepper’s from 1961-1965.

Pepper’s Lounge, 43rd and Vincennes, 1963, Chicago.

Muddy Waters was the resident musician at Pepper’s from 1961-1965.

The Ingenues, All-Girl Jazz Band, 1928, Chicago.

The Ingenues were from Chicago and are said to be the inspiration for the Chicago all-girl band (including Marilyn Monroe) in the 1959 film, Some Like it Hot.

The Chicago Hotshots, featuring Kid and Skeets Brown, Bronzeville vaudeville troup, 1927, Chicago.

The Chicago Hotshots, featuring Kid and Skeets Brown, Bronzeville vaudeville troup, 1927, Chicago.

Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra appearing at the Chicago Theater, 1933, Chicago.

Hidey, hidey, ho!!!

Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra appearing at the Chicago Theater, 1933, Chicago.

Hidey, hidey, ho!!!

Water Tower Blues, 1960, Chicago. Joe Kindicott

Water Tower Blues, 1960, Chicago. Joe Kindicott

Christmas Love by local Chicago band, Rotary Connection, from their 1968 album Peace.

This song, on the Chicago label, Chess Records, features an unknown female vocalist named Minnie Riperton - who was discovered while working as a receptionist at Chess.

Born and raised in Chicago, Riperton would , of course, go on to have a successful solo career (including her hit, Loving You). Riperton is also famously known as the mother of the comedian actress, Maya Rudolph.

Listen closely for references to Chicago in the lyrics, a commentary on the civil unrest of the time.

I love the psychedelic soul/jazz fusion sound of the entire Peace album, which can be heard in its entirety on Spotify.

The legendary choreographer, Bob Fosse (left), was born and raised in Chicago.
Pictured here with his first dance partner, Charles Grass, in 1946, Fosse graduated from Amundsen High School in 1945.

The legendary choreographer, Bob Fosse (left), was born and raised in Chicago.

Pictured here with his first dance partner, Charles Grass, in 1946, Fosse graduated from Amundsen High School in 1945.

Advertisement for the Marigold Garden, Lakeview, 1922, Chicago.
"At Broadway and Grace, it Sets the Pace!"

Advertisement for the Marigold Garden, Lakeview, 1922, Chicago.

"At Broadway and Grace, it Sets the Pace!"

Eartha Kitt and her escort from Midway, 1954, Chicago.

Eartha Kitt and her escort from Midway, 1954, Chicago.

The incomparable Chicago Blues legend, Muddy Waters and his wife, Geneva, 1951, Chicago. Art Shay

The incomparable Chicago Blues legend, Muddy Waters and his wife, Geneva, 1951, Chicago. Art Shay

One of the most popular songs in Chicago in 1921 -
He May Be Your Man but He Comes to See Me Sometimes

One of the most popular songs in Chicago in 1921 -

He May Be Your Man but He Comes to See Me Sometimes

The Ramsey Lewis Trio stands in the center of Michigan Ave, looking south from the bridge, 1960, Chicago.
The photo would be used for their famous Ramsey Lewis Trio in Chicago album.

The Ramsey Lewis Trio stands in the center of Michigan Ave, looking south from the bridge, 1960, Chicago.

The photo would be used for their famous Ramsey Lewis Trio in Chicago album.