Great Jazz Cities: Chicago

By | January 28, 2012

This hour we continue our tour of America’s great jazz cities with the sites and sounds of Chicago. We’ll talk with the owner of the storied Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Dave Jemilo, about his epic restoration of the club to its former speakeasy glory, and hear how the Green Mill helped found the improv-rich tradition that is the poetry slam. And we’ll trace the arrival of jazz in Chicago and the city’s reign as America’s jazz capital during the 1920s, and tour the bizzare, outer-space-themed world of Sun Ra and his days in Chicago where he helped light the fuse for one of the country’s richest avant garde jazz scenes. (59:00)

Photo: Avant garde jazz composer Sun Ra in 1969. Photo by Baron Wolman.


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