This sculpture is in the middle of an expressway in Chicago, not easily viewed when speeding by. She’s quite a beauty, open, warm, inviting, welcoming the way I think Summer should be. Her name is Magdalene. She was created by Dessa Kirk and my research found the following info…
SLIDESHOW – The city was asked to stay at home during Spring 2020. All clubs were closed. I decided to reach back to earlier dates as an exercise in remembering and enjoying some wonderful jazz and blues musicians. Here is the first of a series of slideshows to celebrate their talents. Photos include Guy King, Juan Daniel Pastor, Patricia Barber, Dana Hall, Hunter Jay Diamond, Quentin Coaxum, Paul Wertico, and Isaiah Collier.
I thought of this image during the Covid-19 2020 stay-at-home Spring and words from the musical Annie popped into my brain; “Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I Love Ya, Tomorrow”. The song finishes “It’s only a day away”. I replaced that line with the word “Whenever” because right now I/we don’t know when life like the image above will return.
2525 North South East West Any Street in the City. This image is interesting to me by itself as a piece of architecture. It was captured during the 2020 Covid-19 stay at home order. It symbolizes doors closed and secured, people safe inside, stay away.
SLIDESHOW – Chris Greene Quintet performed Stan Getz ‘s CAPTAIN MARVEL at the Jazz Record Art Collective. The visual artist was Abena Motaboli. Chris Greene on reeds, Damian Espinosa piano/keyboards, Marc Piane bass, Steve Corley drums. Chris Edwards percussionist
The interplay of light, shadows and lines at night attracted me to this scene in a Chicago Metra maintenance yard. This is a very noisy/grainy image which makes it look very graphic. I think that’s beautiful. It’s an “…in the eye of the beholder” kind of thing.
SLIDESHOW – “Celebrando Comunidad”, is a stunning building-sized mural that wraps around Nuevo Leon, a restaurant at 26th Street and Lawndale Avenue in Chicago’s Little Village. The painting by local artist Elizabeth “Liz” Reyes celebrates Dia de Muertos and the importance of caring for loved ones, including those who came before us.
12/23/19 – The Patricia Barber Trio performed at Chicago’s Green Mill during their regular Monday night residency. Songs from her highly praised latest album, “Higher”, were featured. Barber on piano, Larry Kohut on bass, and Jon Deitemyer on drums.
To quote National Jazz Critic Neil Tesser, Sill’s “… oceanic tone carries on a Chicago bass tradition that starts with Milt Hinton and runs through such artists as Wilbur Ware and Rufus Reid”… Here he accompanied Mike Jones on piano and Eric Montzka on drums at a recent Green Mill gig.
I was walking in the rain to my car along a dark street. An “L” train roared overhead as this building came into view. The corner restaurant had been closed for months. No signs of life around. Yet a few lights, especially in the tower burned bright. What could be happening there? I quickened my pace. Oooooo…
Rocking Chair on the Porch of a Hyde Park Chicago Home.