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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Delmart Records Update

The latest from Kevin Johnson at Delmark Records

Hello Friends of Delmark Blues and Jazz!
A friendly reminder about some very special Delmark related concerts, and our fall release announcements!!!

Wanted to let you know about a special benefit for the family of our dear friend, Little Arthur Duncan (1934-2008)

Little Arthur Duncan Memorial
Friday, September 19, 2008 - Rosa's Blues Lounge
, Chicago, 9:30pm

Live performance from the Back Scratchers and MANY special guests- a who's who of traditional Chicago Blues!
Tail Dragger, Zora Young, Billy Boy Arnold, Eddie Taylor, Jr., Eddie C. Campbell, Mud Morganfield, Vernon and Joe Harrington, Little Al Thomas, and many more!!
Rick Kreher and Illinois Slim (gtrs) Michael Azzi (bass) Twist Turner (drums)

This will be a very special evening to celebrate the life of a much loved man. BLUES WITH A FEELING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rosa's - Chicago's Friendliest Blues Lounge
3420 W. Armitage (Kimball and Armitage)
Thank you, Tony and Mama Rosa!!
Arthur's forever "Singin' w/ the Sun"
We love you, Mr. BackScratcher!

We also hope you can come out and celebrate with us at...

Delmark Records' 55th Anniversary Tribute Concert at Old Town School of Folk Music !!

Friday, September 26, 2008, 8 pm
4544 N. Lincoln Ave in Chicago's Lincoln Square

Chicago Blues/Jazz Summit with
Dave Specter (guitar, bandleader),
Ari Brown (sax, bandleader),
Nicole Mitchell
(flute) ,
Lurrie Bell (guitar, voc),
Jimmy Johnson
(guitar, voc)
Corey Wilkes
(trumpet) ,
and many special guests !

Ari Brown and his band with special guests Nicole Mitchell and Corey Wilkes will be performing an hour set @ 8-9pm
Dave Specter and his band with special guests Jimmy Johnson and Lurrie Bell will be performing an hour set @9:45- 11pm, with possibly a night ending blues/jazz jam session.

Our friends and neighbors at The Old Town School of Folk Music are throwing a party for Bob Koester and Delmark Records to celebrate this monumental music milestone. Do not miss this chance to honor one of the world's longest running, single-owned and operated independent record labels. Blues and jazz since 1953!!

We would love to see you at this special event held at the largest independent community arts school in the U.S.!
"Old Town School of Folk Music has the best small theater in the city, with excellent sound and sight lines" - Chicago Reader
**Over a half of century of amazing music from both Delmark and Old Town School of Folk Music!
Happy 51st Birthday, Old Town School of Folk Music - Thank you, Colleen and Nick!
Happy 55th Birthday, Delmark Records

Delmark is also excited to announce our 55th Anniversary CD and DVD compilations for fall release! (end of Oct.)

Delmark • 55 Years of Jazz (Delmark DE-914) - Contains one CD and one DVD!
After wearing out Delmark’s 2003 set celebrating 50 years of great jazz, you probably thought you were going to have to wait at least until 2013 for another such anniversary collection. But when you’ve got a rich catalog like Delmark’s, and a label head like Bob Koester who is committed to keep expanding that catalog, why not seize every opportunity to throw a party for your enterprise--and all the great artists behind the candles on the cake? CD features Coleman Hawkins, Sun Ra, George Lewis, Curtis Fuller, Deep Blue Organ Trio, Francine Griffin, and more. DVD features Nicole Mitchell, Ari Brown, Fred Anderson, Chicago Underground Trio , and more.

Delmark • 55 Years of Blues (Delmark DE-915) - Contains one CD and one DVD!
Delmark’s 55th anniversary blues bash at Buddy Guy’s Legends on March 7, 2008 was suitably festive, with most of Delmark’s local blues roster on hand and a Delmark Day proclamation from Mayor Daley.The role that Bob Koester, his label, and his Jazz Record Mart have played since relocating some fifty years ago from St. Louis in nurturing and furthering the Chicago blues scene have broadened its horizons and benefitted virtually everyone involved in some way. CD features Junior Wells, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Speckled Red, Willie Kent, and more. DVD features Tail Dragger, Byther Smith, Jimmy Burns, Zora Young's performance from the 55th anniversary bash, and more.

ALong with these 2 special 55th anniv. compilations, we are excited about our 2 other releases, including never before released '74 sessions from Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon and a modern big band swing session from local big band leader John Burnett and his Swing Orchestra, featuring vocalist supreme Frieda Lee!

Sleepy John Estes - 80 Highway (Delmark DE-797)

John Adam Estes was born on January 25, 1904 in Ripley, Tennessee. His recording career spanned six decades from the '20s until his death on June 5, 1977. "Sleepy John Estes was one of the most individual of all recorded blues singers. He sang with phrasing that fairly dripped with expressiveness in a high crying tone that seemed often like he was speaking to the listener. The songs he wrote were well suited to this treatment, dealing frequently with his and his neighbors' lives in Brownsville, Tennessee." - Gerald Brennan. This session from July 19, 1974 was recorded just before Sleepy John and Hammie Nixon departed for a tour of Japan. None of these performances have ever been issued. Sleepy john Estes, vocals, guitar; Hammie Nixon, vocals, harmonica, kazoo.

John Burnett Swing Orchestra - West of State Street / East of Harlem
with special guest Randy Sandke) (Delmark DE-584)

In addition to being the host of WDCB's "All Things Jazz" John Burnett is the leader of "maybe the best contemporary swing big band on the planet" Formed in 1999 this orchestra is comprised of top-notch Chicago musicians and features guest vocalist
Frieda Lee. This live recording was captured at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, IL (the album title refers to the street location of the venue) and the band is joined by special guest trumpeter Randy Sandke. Groovin' High, Night In Tunisia, Struttin' With Some Barbeque, One O'Clock Jump, Sweet Georgia Brown, April In Paris and more. "His object is to keep the big band alive and swingin'. In this, he has done admirably well." -Louie Bellson.

Saturday, September 27, 2008
Hyde Park Jazz Fest in Chicago! Free!

The 2nd Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 27, will bring together world-class headliners and local emerging artists for fourteen hours of free, non-stop jazz for the serious and casual listener, alike.

Many Delmark artists are featured on this fantastic Fest, including ragtime pianist Reginald R. Robinson, flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell, saxophonist Ari Brown, saxophonist Fred Anderson, percussionist/composer Kahil El ' Zabar, pianist Willie Pickens, trumpeter Corey Wilkes, vocalist Dee Alexander, vocalist Frieda Lee, pianist Robert Irving III, and more!

The Festival will highlight performances by renowned jazz musicians and dance performances, while celebrating the music and culture of Chicago's Hyde Park. Ramsey Lewis is serving as this year's Honorary Festival Chair. Other standout performers include Ron Haynes, Sax in the City, Two For Brazil, Maggie Brown, Grazyna Auguscik, Orbert Davis, Henry Johnson, Edwin Sanchez, and many others. Festival shuttles will continually loop, transporting attendees, free of charge, to a variety of creative and unexpected performance venues and the main stage at the Midway Plaisance. Free performances will take place on the Midway Plaisance and at Checkerboard Lounge, DuSable Museum, Experimental Station, Hyde Park Art Center, International House, Little Black Pearl, Oriental Institute Museum, Quadrangle Club, Robie House, Rockefeller Chapel, and Smart Museum of Art.

**COREY WILKES on Chicago Public Radio's 848 next week!!
Look for Trumpet hero Corey Wilkes interview with Richard Steele and Dan Bindert on WBEZ' 848 program next Wednesday or Thursday, Sept 24 and 25th with a Delmark 55th show and Hyde Park Fest preview!!!

**Did you know that 2 Delmark recordings were listed in the newly published book, 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die? I highly recommend this well researched and highly diverse "must read" for music list fanatics!! Thanks to author, Tom Moon, for an essential new "listener's life list!"
Magic Sam's West Side Soul (Delmark DD 615)
Anthony Braxton's For Alto (Delmark DE 420)

Kevin Johnson, Delmark promotions, 773 539 5001

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