Friday night was a very special Friday night. The reason was, Harry Belafonte came to Chicago. Thanks to the Faith Community of St. Sabina and “Father Mike”, the evening was made possible. What a way to kick off the African American Speaking Series. Mr. Belafonte was in rare form and not showing very much in the way of slowing down, pretty good for an octogenarian. He spoke at length about so many of the things that affect the African American community, and he pulled the cover off some of those entities that have exploited our community for so long. I don’t know if a tape/dvd is available, but if it is, I will own it! There were a number of familiar faces at St. Sabina for this event, a few will pop up in the photos that follow.
A few more will be coming shortly, so come back, and leave a comment please.
One of the most charismatic, acclaimed musicians around is Kahil El’Zabar, I spent an evening with him, here are a few photos. Oh, and before moving on, I must add that the movie about Kahil titled, “Be Known” was screened at the Siskel Film Center, it is compelling.
Tuesday night was a time for giving recognition to John Wright, a true master musician and supporter of jazz and the Hyde Park Jazz Society. The event took place at the now famous Room 43 in Chicago. John is best known as the artist who helped launch the Prestige record label. If you take a look, you will find a catalog of his songs on ITUNES, a very impressive offering it is. If any club in the city was short of a musician, it was because they were all at room 43 for John. Who? Well I won’t even try to name them all, but here are a few, Dee Alexander, Maggie Brown, Tammy McCann, Spider Saloff, Ernest Dawkins, Ari Brown, Miguel De La Cerna, Joan Colaso, Victor Goines, Chuck Webb, Ernie Adams, Scott Hesse and many more. The music was hot and the crowd was cool, but none cooler than John Wright, especially when he got up with his wife and cut a few steps on the dancefloor. Thank you Nicole for the invite, it was a blast.
Chicago’s native daughter, Chaka Khan came home for a birthday celebration and street naming. The “Chaka Khancert” took place at the Pritzger Pavillion and let me tell you, it was standing and sitting room only as Chaka rocked the lakefront.