The musicians Gary Louris and Django Haskins bonded over a mutual love of the 1970s power-pop band Big Star. They were both performing at a tribute to that influential group and eventually, they formed a group of their own called Au Pair.
Thursday night, a legendary Chicago voice will honor two other singing greats: Otis Clay will pay tribute to Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke. The concert is part of the Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series at Millennium Park.
Mauritania, a large but sparsely populated country in northwestern Africa, has a rich musical tradition but virtually no formal music industry. That means no commercial radio stations. No record labels. No music clubs.
We had a thrill when Ladino singing sensation and Israeli Yasmin Levy came with her band to sing and chat with us at the WBEZ's Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio. We spend most of the hour with Yasmin. She and her band performed some tracks from her CD Mano Suave.