Author: Maja Rios

Al Jarreau Dies at 76 (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017)

Al Jarreau Leaves Us at 76 Story by Maja Rios Veteran jazz vocalist supreme, Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017), left us this past week to his “gig in the sky” after 50 years on planet earth, on the music scene. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing from undisclosed causes. Al Jarreau was 76 years old. Al had apparently been ailing in recent years, as I witnessed at North Shore Center For The Performing Arts, last March, during his last Chicago-area performance, whereby he came out on stage, on a cane, limping,...

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Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 Old Town School Brings In A African Legend to Chicago

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 consisted of 14 piece band; Seun, vocal/alto sax and Egypt 80, consisting of baritone sax, tenor sax, trumpet, drums, bass two guitars, piano, 2 percussionists and two dancer/background singers(female). It was announced that many of Egypt 80 were former band members of Seun’s father, Fela Kuti’s original band. I was, and still am a huge fan of Seun’s father, Fela Kuti of Nigeria. I able to see one of the last concert performances of the late Fela Kuti back in Chicago, in the 90’s and it was fantastic. Quite naturally, I was anxious to...

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