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Monday, July 19th

sounds of Chicago

Live, Chicago (Constellation), 7/9/21

First set: Josh Berman (cornet), Joshua Abrams (bass), 19:00-

Second set: Dustin Laurenzi (tenor saxophone, electronics), Jeremy Cunningham (drums), Katie Ernst (bass, vocals), 1:05:00-



random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, December 15th

sounds of Chicago

Little Rootie Tootie (Juli Wood, tenor saxophone; Dustin Laurenzi, tenor saxophone; Katie Ernst, bass; Greg Artry, drums) playing Thelonious Monk, live (performance begins at 13:00), Chicago (Constellation), 12/12/20



The drummer (Greg Artry): he lifts everybody.



random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.


reading table 

farewell! farewell!
hands waving
in the mist

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

Saturday, June 20th

sounds of Chicago

Here, set to music, is a poem by Dorothy Parker (1893-1967).

Katie Ernst, “Bric-a-Brac” (music by K. Ernst), live (studio performance), Chicago, 2015


Little things that no one needs—
Little things to joke about—
Little landscapes, done in beads.
Little morals, woven out,
Little wreaths of gilded grass,
Little brigs of whittled oak
Bottled painfully in glass;
These are made by lonely folk.

Lonely folk have lines of days
Long and faltering and thin;
Therefore—little wax bouquets,
Prayers cut upon a pin,
Little maps of pinkish lands,
Little charts of curly seas,
Little plats of linen strands,
Little verses, such as these.



random sights and sounds

Last night, while riding my bike in Chicago’s Columbus Park, I bumped into this—a performance by Isabelle Olivier (harp), Larry Gray (bass), and Paul Wertico (drums).

And, too, this great blue heron.

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