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Jazz Chicago: Dianne Reeves, Lalah Hathaway, Roy Ayers, Oscar Brown Jr.


Many of us are gearing up for a Friday night of world-class jazz in Chicago, with a stellar line-up including Dianne Reeves, Roy Ayers, Lalah Hathaway, and a tribute to the late Oscar Brown, Jr.

Dianne Reeves in Chicago Following in the footsteps of heavenly legends like Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald is jazz vocal phenom Dianne Reeves. The lady with the hypno-satin voice graces the stage for Jazz at Symphony Center, making for an accoustically rich experience. Reeves is in concert at 8 p.m. this Friday, downtown at Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Michigan and Jackson Avenues).

The dynamo behind numerous top-selling albums and awards, Reeves delivered a classic movie soundtrack for George Clooney's 2005 flick, Good Night, And Good Luck. This article features a Chicago Sun-Times interview of Reeves when the film debuted. Interesting stuff.

Closer to home in Bronzeville, sultry jazz-soul diva Lalah Hathaway joins jazz innovator/vibraphonist Roy Ayers.

Lalah Hathaway in Chicago
Love you, Roy.  Remember back in the day in Philly, when Kia and I treated you and the band to collard greens and neckbones?!  lol

Together, Ayers and Hathaway (daughter of the remarkably soulful Donny H.) close the generation gap by lighting up the Harold Washington Cultural Center. Festivities get underway at 7 p.m., with a nod to yet a third generation of great music. A Chicago native son, the late legendary Oscar Brown, Jr., will be homaged via a documentary about his life and times: Music is My Life, Politics, My Mistress.

Check out this Washington Post story, if you'd like to know more about the man: Oscar Brown, Jr.

So much inspired music, and all at the same time. Poses quite a dilemma for those of us who are fans of each of these exceptional artists: Which would you choose?

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