Author: Maja Rios

Earl Klugh His the City Winery

Earl Klugh show at the beautiful City Winery, was outstanding! City Winery, Chicago, IL, USA , November 29, 2017 By Maja Rios Earl Klugh, the master of acoustic jazz guitar, one of the few on that instrument, in jazz played an hour and half set of all his major hits and then some .With a superb band, consisting of Tom Braxton, saxophones and flute, David Lee, Keyboards, Al Turner, electric bass, and Ron Otis, drums, each player was given ample time on each tune for solos, as Earl, soared above the tight band, brilliantly soaring like a bird in...

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“How To Be A Rock Critic” by Jessica Blank and Erick Jensen at Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago, IL

“How To Be A Rock Critic” by Jessica Blank and Erick Jensen Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago, IL USA July 22, 2017 Play Review by Maja Rios “How To Be A Rock Critic” based on the writings of real Rock and Jazz Critic, Lester Bangs, acted by Erick Jensen who also co-wrote the script. Erick Jensen did a remarkable job inhabiting the real person and critic, Lester Bangs who wrote for Rolling Stone and Cream magazine. The scene opens in a disheveled apartment, strewn with empty beer cans, cough syrup bottles, and tons of books and magazines, and albums and bric-a...

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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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Robert Glasper Trio Chicago Performance at Jazz Showcase

Jazz Showcase – Chicago, IL, USA – September 11, 2016 Review by Maja Rios Pianist, Robert Glasper, started his set at the Chicago’s renown Jazz Showcase with about a ten minute monologue of music jokes and ‘hip talk’ that was barely audible on a mike that probably should have been turned up.  This was a bit distracting as the audience anticipated music rather than a lot of dialogue.  However, once the music started the full capacity Jazz Showcase venue of more ethnically and age diverse audience than usual, it gave a testament to the current popularity of spoken word,...

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