alex dezen

Every once and a while an album (or whatever we call them now) pops up that needs to be listened to, really listened to, as a collection of finely crafted songs. Think, Joini Mitchell Blue, After The Gold Rush.

Alex Dezen has given us that kind of gift. He’s the frontman and singer/songwriter for the . . . → Read More: alex dezen


design in the moment returns

I’m really thrilled to announce the return of Design In The Moment, the podcast series that I host with Jim Jacoby.

Our first guest of the new season is the amazingly talented, Emmy award nominated, singer, songwriter and founder of Big Muse, Peter Himmelman.

Check out our discussion about the music business, creativity, craftsmanship . . . → Read More: design in the moment returns


the real deal

Of the many musical/cultural events that I’ve been able to attend over the last thirty years or so one stands head and shoulders above all of the rest .. it’s the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. This year Jazz Fest marks its 40th anniversary with a captivating, scintillating line up, just announced. . . . → Read More: the real deal


give a little, help a lot

Times are economically challenging, to say the least.

As the year winds down, our good friends at the Old Town School of Folk Music are facing a deficit for 2008 and are reaching out to the community that supports and benefits from their great classes and concerts, for a bit of help.

A small donation . . . → Read More: give a little, help a lot


best music ’08

As the year in music winds to a close it’s time to look back at some of the stand-outs of ’08.

This started out as a Top 10 List, but quickly grew into a Top 11 and then, because we need more than “one more”, especially this year, a Top 12 List emerged.

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listen and save lives

Today, World AIDS Day, marks the long awaited launch of (RED) WIRE, a new online digital music magazine designed to eliminate Aids in Africa.

(RED) WIRE promises to bring us exclusive music from major artists, featured artist showcases and the added impact of your music interest making a difference .. saving lives in Africa.

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funky treasure

Chicago is home to many cultural treasures, large and small. From towering architectural masterpieces to neighborhood blues bars.

Chief among them in my mind is the Old Town School of Folk Music. Now, over 50 years old, it offers classes in everything from guitar, banjo, cello, oud, to songwriting and dance. Instructing close to . . . → Read More: funky treasure


missed beat

Sadly, Mitch Mitchell left us this week. He passed away on Wednesday at the age of 61, of natural causes after completing the first US leg of the Experience Hendrix tour.

He was an amazing drummer who managed to hold down the beat in the Jimi Hendrix Experience by fusing R&B backbeats with Elvin . . . → Read More: missed beat


the sound of abbey road

Despite the gusts of cold economic wind blowing around us, music lovers are still seeking out new tunes and fresh, economical ways to listen to them.

Bowers & Wilkins has been making studio quality speakers in England since the 60’s and while their suburb bigger models are costly, these LM1 series speakers at about . . . → Read More: the sound of abbey road


a familiar voice returns

I was amazed, some weeks ago to see the name JD Souther listed for an upcoming gig at a local bar here in Chicago. So amazed that I had to check out that it was real. After a bit of searching around the internet things came into focus.

John David Souther wrote . . . → Read More: a familiar voice returns