Archive for October 2015

The Ford Taurus Celebrates 30 Years; Born & Raised in Chicago

The Ford Taurus Celebrates 30 Years; Born & Raised in Chicago
30 years ago Ford introduced its groundbreaking new sedan the Ford Taurus. At the time it was a futuristic looking car that was unlike any other American car. And people bought it in droves and it received many accolades too including 1986 Motor Trend Car of the Year. That car changed American family sedans and... Read more »

My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Art Porter Jr.

My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Art Porter Jr.
Even though he has been gone nearly 20 years I have not forgotten the brief but bright jazz legacy of Art Porter Jr. Art Porter Jr. was actually born in Little Rock Arkansas and was the son of jazz musician Art Porter Sr. Interestingly enough former President Bill Clinton was a fan of the father... Read more »

My Favorite Cars: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS

My Favorite Cars: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
For us guys of a certain age and place a car can define you. Yes the 1984-86 Buick Grand National is the first new hot rod I saw growing up and still remains my favorite call of all time but I was 8 years old when it came out. But when Chevrolet reintroduced the Impala... Read more »
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My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Orbert Davis

My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Orbert Davis
I first heard of jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis through some collaborations with the Grammy award winning vocalist Kurt Elling (who used to live here), about 12 years ago and I was instantly intrigued. But Orbert is not just another jazz trumpet player. I went back and found his first CD (“Unfinished Memories” 1994), and Orbert... Read more »

How to Love: My Grandparents 76th Wedding Anniversary

How to Love: My Grandparents 76th Wedding Anniversary
My grandparents Charles & Mildred Jones were married for 57 years. Even though both are gone, their love, dedication and faith still inspire me, here’s their story. My grandmother’s family escaped Jim Crow south of Galveston, Texas and my grandmother was born here in Chicago in 1910. She converted to the Catholic faith and was... Read more »

My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Jim Gailloreto

My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Jim Gailloreto
Smooth jazz is a misnomer, it’s essentially electric jazz that is often more polished that traditional (acoustic), jazz and is more like modern R&B. But true smooth jazz is one that is easy on the ears and that’s the sound of Jim Gailloreto and his Jazz String Quintet. I first heard Jim at the 2001... Read more »
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My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Laurence Hobgood

My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Laurence Hobgood
Laurence Hobgood is one of those talented musicians who can compose, play the piano with ease and be innovative and makes it look easy. Some cats play piano like it hurts, Laurence plays with intensity but you never seem him strain. I first heard about Laurence Hobgood 20 years ago with the debut of vocalist... Read more »

My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Chris Foreman

My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Chris Foreman
I first read about Chris Foreman back in the early 2000’s in the Reader but it wasn’t until a couple of years later when I became a regular at the Green Mill jazz club in Uptown and then I heard Chris Foreman playing the Hammond B3 organ like it owed him money. Let me preface... Read more »

My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Grazyna Auguscik

My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Grazyna Auguscik
It’s not fair to just call Grazyna Auguscik a jazz musician because she sings so much more than just jazz. Her styles include music from her native Poland, her longtime project of Two from Brazil with Paulinho Garcia and even folk music. It would be probably more accurate to call her a world musician for... Read more »
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