Chicago Blues Museum

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The Chicago Blues Museum (CBM), a not-for-profit charitable organization and a registered international copyright and trademark, promotes the preservation and evolution of the blues and related music genres through education and performance programs to foster worldwide appreciation of the blues as an indigenous American art form.

Join us at Ellis Park Center for a free screening of TVONE’S SHOWS. UNSung ‘live’
09/22/2019

Join us at Ellis Park Center for a free screening of TVONE’S SHOWS.
UNSung ‘live’

Aretha Franklin (The Queen of Soul) 1942-2018
08/17/2018

Aretha Franklin (The Queen of Soul) 1942-2018

Denise LaSalle July 16,1939 – January 8 2018 legendary singer was called the “Queen of the Blues”( Ora Denise Allen )kno...
01/10/2018

Denise LaSalle July 16,1939 – January 8 2018 legendary singer was called the “Queen of the Blues”
( Ora Denise Allen )known by the name Denise LaSalle, was an American blues and R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and record producer.

The Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park
04/04/2017

The Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park

Stop by and see the "We Bring you Bronzeville exhibit"

Lonnie Brooks, Chicago Blues Museum losses board member and great supporter. Pictured here with museum CEO/Founder Gregg...
04/04/2017

Lonnie Brooks, Chicago Blues Museum losses board member and great supporter. Pictured here with museum CEO/Founder Gregg Parker.

Lonnie Brooks (born Lee Baker Jr., December 18, 1933 – April 1, 2017) was an American blues singer and guitarist. The mu...
04/04/2017

Lonnie Brooks (born Lee Baker Jr., December 18, 1933 – April 1, 2017) was an American blues singer and guitarist. The musicologist Robert Palmer, writing in Rolling Stone, stated, "His music is witty, soulful and ferociously energetic, brimming with novel harmonic turnarounds, committed vocals and simply astonishing guitar work." Jon Pareles, a music critic for the New York Times, wrote, "He sings in a rowdy baritone, sliding and rasping in songs that celebrate lust, fulfilled and unfulfilled; his guitar solos are pointed and unhurried, with a tone that slices cleanly across the beat. Wearing a cowboy hat, he looks like the embodiment of a good-time bluesman."

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Chuck Berry was the fourth child in a family of six. He grew up in the north St. Louis neig...
03/19/2017

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Chuck Berry was the fourth child in a family of six. He grew up in the north St. Louis neighborhood known as The Ville, an area where many middle-class people lived at the time. His father, Henry, was a contractor and deacon of a nearby Baptist church; his mother, Martha, was a certified public school principal. His middle-class upbringing allowed him to pursue his interest in music from an early age. He gave his first public performance in 1941 while still a student at Sumners High School.

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American guitarist, singer and songwrit...
03/19/2017

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and music featuring guitar solos and showmanship that were a major influence on subsequent rock music.

CHUCK BERRY1926-2017
03/19/2017

CHUCK BERRY
1926-2017

Illinois Institute of Technology ( IIT ) Office of Community Affairs
03/11/2017

Illinois Institute of Technology ( IIT ) Office of Community Affairs

Another great day in Bronzeville! "Unsung Bronzeville: Pioneers of Black Music" exhibit thru 3/31/17 Thanks to Gregg Parker of the Chicago Blues Museum, Alderman Pat Dowell, Chicago Park District and many, many more Thank you to so many who are proud of Bronzeville music represented in the exhibit including Sam Cook, Muddy Waters, Nat Cole, Dinah Washington, Mahalia Jackson, Lou Rawls, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Louis Armstrong, MichaelJackson, and many, many more, some of whom are represented here today by some of the relatives.

Thank You everyone who could make it to the Motown vs Chi-Town Exhibit in Munster Indiana. We meet some really great peo...
02/05/2017

Thank You everyone who could make it to the Motown vs Chi-Town Exhibit in Munster Indiana. We meet some really great people and had a lot of fun. We will keep you posted on the upcoming events.

Lovie Austin (September 19, 1887 – July 10, 1972) was an American Chicago bandleader, session musician, composer, and ar...
09/19/2014

Lovie Austin
(September 19, 1887 – July 10, 1972) was an American Chicago bandleader, session musician, composer, and arranger during the 1920s classic blues era. She and Lil Hardin Armstrong are often ranked as two of the best female jazz blues piano players of the period. Mary Lou Williams cited Austin as her greatest influence.
Born Cora Calhoun in Chattanooga, Tennessee, she studied music theory at Roger Williams University and Knoxville College in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1923, Lovie Austin decided to make Chicago her home, and she lived and worked there for the rest of her life. She was often seen racing around town in her Stutz Bearcat with leopard skin upholstery, dressed to the teeth. Her early career was in vaudeville where she played piano and performed in variety acts. Accompanying blues singers was Lovie's specialty, and can be heard on recordings by Ma Rainey ("Moonshine Blues), Ida Cox ("Wild Women Don't Have the Blues"), Ethel Waters ("Craving Blues"), and Alberta Hunter ("Sad 'n' Lonely Blues").

Legendary Jazz Pianist and Composer Joe Sample  "RIP"Joseph Leslie "Joe" Sample (February 1, 1939 – September 12, 2014) ...
09/16/2014

Legendary Jazz Pianist and Composer Joe Sample "RIP"

Joseph Leslie "Joe" Sample (February 1, 1939 – September 12, 2014) Born in Houston,Texas, was an American pianist, keyboard player and composer. He was one of the founding members of the Jazz Crusaders, the band which became simply The Crusaders in 1971, and remained a part of the group until its final album in 1991 (not including the 2003 reunion album Rural Renewal).
Beginning in the early 1980s, he enjoyed a successful solo career and guested on many recordings by other performers and groups, including Miles Davis, George Benson, Jimmy Witherspoon, B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, and The Supremes. Sample incorporated jazz, gospel, blues, Latin, and classical forms into his music.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREGG PARKER!!CEO and Founder of the Chicago Blues Museum
05/05/2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREGG PARKER!!
CEO and Founder of the Chicago Blues Museum

Timeline Photos
01/02/2014

Timeline Photos

DIZZY GILLESPIEJohn Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (/ɡɨˈlɛspi/; October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpe...
10/22/2013

DIZZY GILLESPIE
John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (/ɡɨˈlɛspi/; October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer.
Allmusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time (some would say the best), Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up copying Miles Davis and Fats Navarro instead, and it was not until Jon Faddis's emergence in the 1970s that Dizzy's style was successfully recreated. Arguably Gillespie is remembered, by both critics and fans alike, as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time."
Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic complexity previously unknown in jazz. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks and his light-hearted personality were essential in popularizing bebop.
In the 1940s Gillespie, together with Charlie Parker, became a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many other musicians, including trumpeters Davis, Faddis, Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, and Chuck Mangione.

CELIA CRUZÚrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santísima Trinidad (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003) wa...
10/22/2013

CELIA CRUZ
Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santísima Trinidad (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003) was a Cuban-American salsa performer. One of the most popular salsa artists of the 20th century, she earned twenty-three gold albums and was renowned internationally as the "Queen of Salsa" as well as "La Guarachera de Cuba."
She spent much of her career living in New Jersey, and working in the United States and several Latin American countries. Leila Cobo of Billboard Magazine once said "Cruz is indisputably the best known and most influential female figure in the history of Cuban music."

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY JELLY ROLL MORTON!"Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (October 20, 1890 – July 10, 1941), known professionally as ...
10/21/2013

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY JELLY ROLL MORTON!"
Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (October 20, 1890 – July 10, 1941), known professionally as Jelly Roll Morton, was an American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer who started his career in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Widely recognized as a pivotal figure in early jazz, Morton is perhaps most notable as jazz's first arranger, proving that a genre rooted in improvisation could retain its essential spirit and characteristics when notated. His composition "Jelly Roll Blues" was the first published jazz composition, in 1915. Morton is also notable for naming and popularizing the "Spanish tinge" (habanera rhythm and tresillo), and for writing such standards as "Wolverine Blues", "Black Bottom Stomp", and "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say", the latter a tribute to New Orleans personalities from the turn of the 19th century to 20th century.
Reputed for his arrogance and self-promotion as often as recognized in his day for his musical talents, Morton claimed to have invented jazz outright in 1902 — much to the derision of later musicians and critics. The jazz historian, musician, and composer Gunther Schuller says of Morton's "hyperbolic assertions" that there is "no proof to the contrary" and that Morton's "considerable accomplishments in themselves provide reasonable substantiation". However, the scholar Katy Martin has argued that Morton's bragging was exaggerated by Alan Lomax in the book Mister Jelly Roll, and this portrayal has influenced public opinion and scholarship on Morton since.

Michael Jackson photo exhibit unveiled : Gary News
08/30/2013
Michael Jackson photo exhibit unveiled : Gary News

Michael Jackson photo exhibit unveiled : Gary News

GARY | Gary's most celebrated native and his brothers are being honored in a rare photo exhibit that debuted Wednesday at South Shore Event Center at Majestic Star Casino in

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter, dance...
08/29/2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, businessman and philanthropist. Often referred to by the honorific nickname "King of Pop", or by his initials MJ, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971. In the early 1980s, Jackson became the dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It," "Billie Jean," and "Thriller," were credited with breaking down racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped to bring the then relatively new television channel MTV to fame. With videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" he continued to innovate the medium throughout the 1990s, as well as forging a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot, and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop, post-disco, contemporary R&B, pop, and rock artists.

Wynonie Harris (August 24, 1915 – June 14, 1969), born in Omaha, Nebraska, was an American blues shouter and rhythm and ...
08/24/2013

Wynonie Harris (August 24, 1915 – June 14, 1969), born in Omaha, Nebraska, was an American blues shouter and rhythm and blues singer of upbeat songs, featuring humorous, often ribald lyrics. With fifteen Top 10 hits between 1946 and 1952, Harris is generally considered one of rock and roll's forerunners, influencing Elvis Presley among others. He was the subject of a 1994 biography by Tony Collins.

William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and c...
08/21/2013

William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey. By 16, he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924, he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten's band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten's death in 1935.
That year Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two "split" tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Many notable musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams. Basie's theme songs were "One O'Clock Jump," developed in 1935 in the early days of his band, and "April In Paris".

Luther Allison (August 17, 1939 – August 12, 1997) was an American blues guitarist. He was born in Widener, Arkansas and...
08/17/2013

Luther Allison (August 17, 1939 – August 12, 1997) was an American blues guitarist. He was born in Widener, Arkansas and moved with his family, at age twelve, to Chicago in 1951. He taught himself guitar and began listening to blues extensively. Three years later he began hanging outside blues nightclubs with the hopes of being invited to perform. He played with Howlin' Wolf's band and backed James Cotton.
His big break came in 1957 when Howlin' Wolf invited Allison to the stage. Freddie King took him under his wing and after King got his big record deal, Allison took over King's house-band gig on Chicago's west side.

Listen to "You Go To My Head" http://youtu.be/UT6dFFPJhDwLouis Armstrong and Lil HardinWhile in King Oliver’s Band, Arms...
08/05/2013

Listen to "You Go To My Head" http://youtu.be/UT6dFFPJhDw

Louis Armstrong and Lil Hardin
While in King Oliver’s Band, Armstrong met the woman who became his second wife, Lil Hardin, she was a classically-trained jazz pianist from Memphis.
Lil recognized Armstrong's talent and thus urged him to break away from Oliver's band. After two years with Oliver, Armstrong quit the band and took a new job with another Chicago band, this time as first trumpet; however, he only stayed a few months.

Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington
08/04/2013

Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer fr...
08/04/2013

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also skilled at scat singing (vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics).
Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin-color was secondary to his music in an America that was severely racially divided. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation during the Little Rock Crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for a black man.

Charlie Shavers Watch him preform "Smack Dab In The Middle"http://youtu.be/Mxv49Go8DscActive1930s - 1960sBornAugust 3, 1...
08/03/2013

Charlie Shavers
Watch him preform "Smack Dab In The Middle"
http://youtu.be/Mxv49Go8Dsc

Active
1930s - 1960s
Born
August 3, 1917 in New York, NY
Died
July 8, 1971 in New York, NY

Genre
Jazz
-Styles
Swing
Bop
Mainstream Jazz
Traditional Jazz

Arthur Lee "Art" Porter, Jr. (August 3, 1961 - November 23, 1996) was an American jazz saxophonist. He was the son of ja...
08/03/2013

Arthur Lee "Art" Porter, Jr. (August 3, 1961 - November 23, 1996) was an American jazz saxophonist. He was the son of jazz musician Art Porter, Sr., as well as the namesake of "The Art Porter Bill".
When Porter turned 16, he began to be barred from clubs because he was under 21. It was during this time that he was arrested and charged with working under-age in a nightclub serving alcoholic beverages. Then Arkansas Attorney General, and future President of the United States Bill Clinton, who was also a saxophonist, intervened to get the charges dropped and pushed for the law to be changed to allow under-age musicians to appear in adult facilities as long as their legal guardians accompanied them. This law became known as "The Art Porter Bill".

In the mid-1980s, Porter moved to Chicago, Illinois and studied tenor saxophone with Von Freeman and performed with Pharoah Sanders and Jack McDuff. During the 1990s he developed an interest in R&B and hip-hop and merged elements of these into his performances. Soon after this, Porter signed with Verve Forecast Records and PolyGram and produced several albums, beginning in the summer of 1992 with Pocket City, followed by Straight to the Point, Undercover, and finally Lay Your Hands On Me. Porter and his father performed for President Clinton during his 1993 inauguration, playing Amazing Grace at a prayer breakfast.
In 1996, Porter traveled to Thailand to appear at the Thailand International Jazz Festival. After the festival on November 23, he went boating on the Kratha Taek reservoir in Sai Yok. The boat Porter was traveling on started to sink, and Porter, along with several others, drowned. His wife and two elementary age sons survived Porter. In 1998, the album For Art's Sake was posthumously released in his honor.

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BREAKING NEWS - THIS JUST IN -- Brother Gregg Parker from The Chicago Blues Museum is the featured guest on the TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24th edition of The "Black Wall Street Reports" Talk Show from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM CST on know1radio.com . HEAR OUR VOICES! God bless #know1radio #hearmyvoice #blackwallstreetreports #chicagobluesmuseum #greggparker
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Sending a hello to Greg Parker. Not sure if you remember me, but I worked at FAO Schwarz, and sold you the Yoda. People like you had me loving my job back then. Hope you are well.
Singer and Songwriter A.J. Croce brings his Just Like Medicine album release show to Chicago, Illinois. Croce’s Two Generations of American Music show will take place at Szold Hall at Ole Town School Of Folk Music this Sunday October 22th! A.J has recently charted on Billboard blues, has charted 17 singles in the top 20, and is currently on the top 10-rock radio chart. Croce’s ninth studio album encompasses sounds such as Americana, blues, jazz, soul, and roots & rock. Included on this album are remarkable talents such as Steve Cropper, David Hood, Vince Gill, Colin Linden, and the McCray Sisters. You may reserve tickets for this show with the link below!