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MUSICAL BIZ ARCHIVE 2003
ARTIST PRO has announced changes for the upcomming new year which includes; "Free Classified Ad Section" and
* Free "Show Us Your Studio" Photo Album Section where you can post images of where you make music".
I don't know who the steppers were and I welcome any input you may want to contribute, but I was so happy watching them and they looked so damn good. But the bomb was in the entrance with the horse drawn carriage with R Kelly flavored opera that bridged into it.
I've read a few reports relative to steppin to properly do my research before 'texting' this article. I can tell you that forms of steppin have been going on since the 40's I had my first lesson watching EUGENE RECORD formerly of the CHI-LITES' big sister Ruth when she was my baby sitter and I remember how surprised she was to see me doing it because no one taught me except I watched.
This summer I watched an elderly couple steppin at one of WNUA's back yard parties at the Chi Historical Society where Nick Colionne was performing. And I'm suspecting they had been doing it all their life cause they were looking like pros. I can also tell you from experience that steppin as we did in the sixties was therapeutic and it may have even been addictive cause I did it every night until I got tired of it. But some have never tired they just evolved it. For more info visit Steppin' to A Chicago beat and History of Dusty/Steppin'...
Summer's over as we Fall into Winter
A rare performance by one of the most precious gifts that has graced this planet in this writer's opinion... You know the one; "My Name Is Barbra". No I did not get a chance to see her in person. I watched her on Oprah...
And I listened. Cause I truly believe BARBRA STREISAND exemplifies the epitome of Source expression. Her experience with the mums outside her windows was all Barbra.
HIATUS OVER! BACK TO THE MUSICAL DEE-LIGHTS
June/July 2003-RAVINIA'S BACK
BADUIZM hit Chi town at the opening night Taste Of Chicago concert. Wow what an Erykah experience as she enchanted with her soft caressing expression; enlightened with her understanding of Life and Love and hit us with her slammin style. A true gift.
NEXT TIME! The jazz scholars et al @ Ravinia.
When I was producing my cable access show in the late 80s' and early 90s'; ARTHUR PEYTON III was co-producing and directing music videos for the show and on occasion he would talk to young artist about the importance of musical roots and where their direction was with their music. Once he lectured about how few young African American jazz artist there were in the music community. About how every other nationality was playing and learning jazz and it being our heritage; how important it was to learn and perform it. Well the Arthur Peyton III I know would be so happy and proud if he knew about young performing artist such as QUAMON FOWLER, JEROME JENNINGS, SEAN JONES and BENJAMIN WILLIAMS who are among the notably talented young jazz artist at Steans in Ravinia Park.
As previously stated, I attended my first master class at the Martin. Later that evening Quamon, a very gifted tenor sax musician was outside the Pavilion and we had a chance to meet and chat. He asked me if I was going to stay for the late show. I rarely did because I had so far to travel by public transportation and walking at dark thirty in the A.M. "By my spirit" I was so glad I did stay. It was so worth it. I listened to some of the most gifted young people that I am so pleased to say will certainly keep the art form in place for another half a century at least.
The distinguished faculty for these students were David Baker,Chairman and Author; James Moody, Saxophone and flute; Danilo Perez, pianist and composer; Rufus Reid, Bass; and Nathan Davis, Saxophone.
I sincerely hope that Musical Chairs visitors will take note and check out and support these talented artist who have given so much time and love to their craft.Diane P
NEXT TIME! An Unexpected Ravinia Experience.
I was sitting in one of my favorite haunts one day and I heard this song come over the P A system and I listened for a few seconds, when I knew I had to know the name of it and who the velvety voiced artist was. Well the name of the song was "I've got to see you again" and the artist was NORA JONES . Never heard of her, who is she? HA! Well apparently a lot of people knew who she was and after checking out her CD, I realized I had heard her before on some of the more frequently played titles. I guess I should say it was that song that made me pay attention. That was it for me; I became an appreciator.
The big night arrives, I'm in the neighborhood on business, maybe I'll stick around and take a listen for a bit while waiting for my train. Well bless my soul, my new "best friends" turned around and said, "Do you want this ticket".
NEXT TIME! R-E-S-P-E-C-T @ Ravinia
ARETHA FRANKLIN and her entourage wowed and wooed the sold out capacity crowd at Ravinia. From her extravagant attire to her soul reaching lyrical deliveries, the "Queen" commanded her court like only she can. I was hoping I could have heard my favorite by her. That song MARVIN GAYE wrote and I believe he even sang it, but Aretha canonized it. "Wholy holy" on her AMAZING GRACE CD. But what she did sing in the genre; every one in the Pavillion felt that "Hit from Heaven". Wow! That’s the only way I know how to describe it.Diane P