cool chicago acid-jazz gigs.

Thu, 08 Jan 1998 18:57:38 -0600

Chicago's got three happening shows that you should check out if you're
in the area (or spread the word to those that are). Orelo (312-409-0099)
is doing shows at the Elbo Room (2871 N. Lincoln) with a bunch of
Hammond B-3 and other old-school acid jazz players as part of a series
called Heroes of the Hammond.

First show is REUBEN WILSON (check out Blue Note records Rare
Groove series -- or Jazzmatazz for his greasy chunks of funk) on Sat.
Jan. 31. Sampled by US3, still has the funk (and a new album out next
month!). First US date to celebrate the release of the CD. Joined by
guitar great George Freeman (check out his reissues on luv 'n haight).

Second show is funky master drummer BERNARD PURDIE on Sat.
February 28 (check out a lot of your funky lps from the late 60's to the
present -- he's probably on 'em -- he played with everyone (over 3,000
lps!!!) from James Brown to Gil Scott-Herron to Aretha Franklin and has
been sampled in hundreds of rap tunes)

final show is a smoker -- MELVIN SPARKS (the acid-jazz guitarist) and
LEON SPENCER (very funky old-school organizer) on SAT. MARCH 21.
These guys both put out countless great albums (some reissued by BGP
and Prestige) and laid down great grooves for all the old-school name

The shows are cheap ($10 - $12) advance (via ticketmaster) and the
real deal. check 'em out live.