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Wednesday, January 27th

sounds of Chicago

Art Ensemble of Chicago (Roscoe Mitchell, 1940-, saxophones; Joseph Jarman, 1937-2019, saxophones, flute; Lester Bowie, 1941-1999, trumpet, MCOTD Hall of Fame; Malachi Favors, 1927-2004, bass, percussion; Don Moye, 1946-, drums, percussion) with guests,* live (performance begins at 8:20), Switzerland (Lugano), 1993

 

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*Amina Claudine Myers (organ, vocals), Frank Lacy (trombone), James Carter (tenor saxophone), Chicago Beau (harmonica, vocals), Herb Walker (guitar, vocals).

Wednesday, January 13th

timeless

Sleepy John Estes (1899 or 1900–1977; vocals, guitar), with Hammie Nixon (harmonica) and Charlie Pickett or Son Bond (guitar), “Floating Bridge” (J. Estes), 1937

 

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Thursday, April 30th

basement jukebox

Sonny Boy Williamson II (aka Alex [or Aleck] Miller, 1912-1965, vocals, harmonica), “Help Me” (S. Williamson, et al.), 1963

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, March 6th

sounds of Chicago

Junior Wells (1934-1998, vocals, harmonica), Buddy Guy (1936-, guitar), et al., “Cryin’ Shame” (AKA “Country Girl”), live, Chicago, c. 1970

 

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reading table

All day long, singing,
yet the day’s not long enough
for the skylark’s song

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Friday, December 6th

basement jukebox

Doctor Ross (AKA Charles Isaiah Ross, 1925-1993), “Chicago Breakdown” (DR, vocals, harmonica, guitar, composition; Reuben Martin, washboard; Sam Phillips, producer), 1953

 

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Tuesday, November 5th

sounds of Chicago

Howlin’ Wolf (AKA Chester Burnett, 1910-1976) with Hubert Sumlin (1931-2011, guitar), et al., live, Chicago, 1971

 

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Friday, February 1st

two takes

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Lonesome Cabin” (S. B. Williamson)

Recording, 1960

 

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Live, Copenhagen, 1964

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on honorable Buddha’s
honorable nose
an icicle

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Thursday, January 31st

basement jukebox

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Nine Below Zero” (S. B. Williamson), 1951

 

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How it haunts the heart, the unfathomable mystery of other people’s lives, other people’s misfortunes.

—John Banville, Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir

Saturday, October 27th

passings

Tony Joe White, singer, songwriter, guitar player, harmonica player, July 23, 1943-October 24, 2018

“Rainy Night in Georgia” (T. J. White), live (TV show), London, 2013

 

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Live, Australia (Sydney), 2008

 

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Cicely Berry, Royal Shakespeare Company’s voice director, May 17, 1926-October 15, 2018

The Working Shakespeare/Muscularity of Language: Voice and Rhythm (excerpt), 2004

 

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Monday, October 22nd

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Junior Wells (vocals, harmonica [1934-1998]) with Buddy Guy (guitar), Phil Guy (guitar), A.C. Reed (tenor saxophone), et al., live (TV show), Chicago, early ’70s

“Little by Little”

 

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“Mystery Train”

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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