WBEZ | Music http://www.wbez.org/news/music Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en On Thanksgiving, Four Musicians Show Mutual Gratitude http://www.wbez.org/news/music/thanksgiving-four-musicians-show-mutual-gratitude-113961 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/112415-composite_wide-4aa7451d61f40445e21cfe97806ddaab57ee1cd1-s800-c85[1]_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="storytext"><p>This Thanksgiving,&nbsp;All Things Considered&nbsp;presents a twist on its annual music chat. Ari Shapiro welcomes four very different musicians, each of whom was named by one of his or her fellow guests as an artist to be thankful for.</p><p>The chain of gratitude begins with Shapiro&#39;s pick: lead singer Israel Nebeker of the band Blind Pilot. Hear the four-part conversation at the audio link on this page, and read excerpts below.</p><h3>Blind Pilot&#39;s Israel Nebeker</h3><p>On the song &quot;Joik #3,&quot; about his late father and Arctic heritage:&nbsp;&quot;I was thinking about him, of course, and all the things that I&#39;m grateful to him for, things that he&#39;s given me throughout my life. One of the most significant things seemed to be my line of ancestry, and how I will always belong to him through that. The word&nbsp;joikroughly translates to &#39;song,&#39; but it&#39;s a little different &mdash; the songs in our culture belong to the writer, and a&nbsp;joik&nbsp;belongs more to the subject. It&#39;s supposed to embody the person that it&#39;s about. So this is my attempt at writing a&nbsp;joik&nbsp;for my dad.&quot;</p><p>On Rayland Baxter:&nbsp;&quot;He has a great album called&nbsp;Feathers and Fishhooks, and he has a new single out called &#39;Yellow Eyes.&#39; I like that Rayland Baxter writes these lines that are very personal, to the point where you&#39;re not sure what they actually mean &mdash; but you know exactly how they feel. I&#39;m not sure exactly what this song is about for him, but for me it really embodies this notion of being fiercely yourself, above the self that others wish you to be.&quot;</p><h3>Rayland Baxter</h3><p>On the song &quot;Yellow Eyes&quot;:&nbsp;&quot;It stemmed from a conversation that I was having with a girlfriend at the time. We decided to break up, and she had been unfolding a paperclip and just left it on the countertop. When she walked out the door, that paper clip never moved; I think a few days later it was on the counter after avoiding a barrage of groceries. So I looked at the paper clip for a second &mdash; and then [picked up] a guitar. ... When you love somebody, whether it&#39;s a family member or somebody you&#39;re romantically involved with, you give a bit of yourself to that person and they get to hold onto it forever.</p><p>On Raury:&nbsp;&quot;When I got hip to Raury was on his last album,&nbsp;All We Need. It&#39;s just all over the map: It&#39;s got hip-hop, it&#39;s got singer-songwriter kind of stuff, it&#39;s got folky lyrics. He&#39;s got a great message &mdash; he wants to save the world, he wants his friends to ride this crystal express through the glorious days. ... It&#39;s a really great album, and he produced it himself.&quot;</p><h3>Raury</h3><p>On music as a form of leadership:&nbsp;&quot;There&#39;s so many stigmas and so many myths about how nobody wants to hear from an artist with a message, nobody cares about what you politically think, people just want to be entertained. But I believe that there&#39;s one simple fact: That once all hate is gone, once people understand each other and once we change our views of [how] we seek pleasure, man, the world would be such a better place. And I&#39;m just cultivating the young minds to see the world that way.&quot;</p><p>On Kali Uchis:&nbsp;&quot;It&#39;s really dope to see an artist that is so self-contained with their creations, from her music to her videos to her aesthetic. I feel like with her, and artists like me in this generation, it&#39;s our job to take something from the past and bring it into our generation so our young kids can understand it and appreciate it.&quot;</p><h3>Kali Uchis</h3><p>On her own sound:&nbsp;&quot;I&#39;m trying to create a new genre with every project that I make. I have so many different influences, and I try to remain as versatile and eclectic as I can to where it&#39;s like I&#39;m my own thing. So, of course, it&#39;s going to be a process. But that&#39;s what I want to do.&quot;</p><p>On the artist she&#39;s thankful for:&nbsp;&quot;I&#39;d definitely like to say I&#39;m grateful for<a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/186483722/thundercat" target="_blank">Thundercat</a>. I think he&#39;s an amazing musician, and I think what he&#39;s doing is very different from what a lot of other people are doing right now.&quot;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/music/thanksgiving-four-musicians-show-mutual-gratitude-113961 Radio M: Post Thanksgiving dance workout! http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-11-24/radio-m-post-thanksgiving-dance-workout-113925 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Gettin&#039; down in Malawi.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Now that you&#39;ve stuffed yourself with everything from turkey and dressing to rolls and pumpkin pie it&#39;s time to work off those extra pounds. This week on Radio M the annual post Thanksgiving dance workout. Get up on your feet to cumbia, South African House, Indian disco, Nigerian highlife and Ethio-grooves. Get down tonight, get down tonight!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Playlist</p><p>9PM</p><p>James Brown- Get on the Good Foot- The Best of James Brown</p><p>Gettin&#39; on the Good Foot Soul Train style!</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/K4oY5SPUGN4" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Down Tones- Short Man&rsquo;s Soul- Next Stop...Soweto Vol. 2: Soul, Funk &amp; Organ Grooves from the Townships 1969-76</p><p>The Beginning of the End- Funky Nassau- Funky Nassau</p><p>Oh the fashions and the dance moves!</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C0tGB4KDbto" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Lisandro Meza- Pepe El Sabroso- Sabanero King of Colombia</p><p>The Sabanero King in action ( on accordion)</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/O1pgtKViqms" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Alnubia Band- Kobana- Egypt Noir: Nubian Soul Treasures</p><p>MGO- Yes- Ayobaness! The Sound of South Africa House</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0yNXHqxZDS8" width="560"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>9:30PM</p><p>Flavia Coelho- People Dansa- Mundo Meu</p><p>Baba Sehgal- #5- Dr. Dhingra</p><p>The &#39;King of Indian Rap&#39;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rL4Zv1sR_co" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Le Difficiles de Petion Ville- Fe&rsquo;m Confidence- Sofrito: International Soundclash</p><p>WAR- Heartbeat- Why Can&rsquo;t We Be Friends?</p><p>Elza Soares- Chove Chuva- The Brazilian Funk Experience</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10PM</p><p>James Brown- Get Up Offa That Thing- The Best of James Brown</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DgukXPbGS1I" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou- Houe Djein Nada- Echos Hypnotiques 1969-79</p><p>The band in puppet form!</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LXIg-Mp-ZRI" width="420"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Sonny Okosuns &amp; Paperback Limted- Ohomi- The World Ends: Afro Rock &amp; Psychedelia in 1970&rsquo;s Nigeria</p><p>Just A Band &amp; Childish Gambino- Who No Know Go Know- Red Hot + Fela</p><p>Wganda Kenya- Bayesa- Quantic Presents Tropical Funk Experience</p><p>El Cid- NY to Georgetown- Disc &lsquo;o&rsquo; Lypso</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10:30 PM</p><p>Nahid Akhtar- Life is Dance- Life is Dance&rdquo; Plugged in Sounds of Wonder at the Pakistani Picture House</p><p>Segun Bucknor- Dye Dye- Who Say I tire</p><p>Climaco Sarmiento Y Orquesta- Cumbia Sabrosa- Cumbia Cumbia 2</p><p>K. Frimpong &amp; His Cubanos Fiestas- Kyenkyen Bi Adi M&rsquo;Awu- Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds &amp; Ghanaian Blues 1968-81</p><p>Los Crema Paraiso- Mas- De Pelicula</p><p>Ililta- Munit- New Ethiopian Dance Music</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-11-24/radio-m-post-thanksgiving-dance-workout-113925 In addition to fighting Jam, local stagehands also organizing at Live Nation’s Aragon Ballroom http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-11/addition-fighting-jam-local-stagehands-also-organizing-live-nation%E2%80%99s <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/UnionLN.jpg" title="" /></div><p>On the same day Theatrical Stage Employees Local No. 2 filed a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-10/jam-productions-vs-stagehands-113455">much-publicized complaint against Jam Productions</a> for firing workers organizing at the Riviera Theatre, the union initiated another case against the local concert promoters&rsquo; arch competitor Live Nation at Uptown&rsquo;s neighboring Aragon Ballroom, which the international concert monopoly now controls.</p><p>The action against Live Nation was withdrawn five days later, on Sept. 23. &ldquo;Live Nation agreed to recognize the union, and negotiations are underway,&rdquo; said the union&rsquo;s attorney, David Huffman-Gottschling.</p><p>Meanwhile, the fight with Jam continues, and not just at the Riv: The union also is seeking to organize stagehands at the Vic Theatre in Lakeview and the Park West in Lincoln Park. Jam owns all three venues and until recently controlled the Aragon, but Live Nation swooped in and secured longtime booking rights there.</p><p>The fight with Jam could be a long one: According to Huffman-Gottschling, union elections are on hold pending a decision by the National Labor Relations Board. The regional office must first investigate the complaint and decide if it moves on to a prosecutorial phase overseen by its administrative law judges.</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;It could take a while&rdquo;&mdash;as much as a year, the attorney said. During that time, Riv stagehands will continue to be locked out of their jobs, unless Jam reconsiders. Stagehands at the Vic and Park West still are working.</p><p>Riv stagehands continue to hope that Jam co-founder Jerry Mickelson will reconsider the firings and stop fighting the drive to organize. &ldquo;Jerry&rsquo;s not a bad guy. It&rsquo;s just that he freaks out and doesn&rsquo;t think it through sometimes,&rdquo; veteran stagehand Chris &ldquo;Jolly Roger&rdquo; Shaw <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-11/jolly-roger-talks-depth-about-union-fight-jam-113665">told this blog</a>. &ldquo;For years, there have been associates of mine who&rsquo;ve said, &lsquo;Yeah, we know he&rsquo;s an a--hole, but he&rsquo;s <em>our</em> a--hole.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>While Jam was not above bullying tactics against its rivals during its first two decades on the Chicago concert scene, it has been viewed by many as the much more benevolent homegrown &ldquo;mom and pop&rdquo; of the live music world for the last two decades, when it has been locked in often vicious competition with Live Nation.</p><p>Mickelson could not be reached for comment. So far he has declined to say anything other than, &ldquo;There are two sides to every story.&rdquo;</p><p><strong><u>Earlier reports on the Jam union fight:</u></strong></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-10/jam-productions-vs-stagehands-113455">Oct. 21, Jam Productions vs. stagehands</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-11/jolly-roger-talks-depth-about-union-fight-jam-113665">Nov. 6. Jolly Roger talks in-depth about the union fight with Jam</a></strong></p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><strike>@</strike>JimDeRogatis</strong></a><em><strong>, join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong>Facebook</strong></a><em><strong>, and podcast or stream </strong></em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/"><strong>Sound Opinions</strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-11/addition-fighting-jam-local-stagehands-also-organizing-live-nation%E2%80%99s Radio M: Food glorious food- songs about food to celebrate Thanksgiving. http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-11-20/radio-m-food-glorious-food-songs-about-food-celebrate-thanksgiving <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/thanksgiving-food.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We are just days away from that oh so American tradition- Thanksgiving. So this year Radio M reached out to listeners to get their requests for songs about food. The picks cover the gamut: songs about chicken, beans for breakfast, junk food, a Brazilian side dish, hot dogs, vegetables and so more more. It&#39;s a musical cornucopia of edibles and a few cocktails. Dig in!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Playlist</p><p>9PM</p><p>Rosemary Clooney- Come On A My House- Rosemary Swings</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vyCNNrc8F_s" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Sarah Vaughn- One Mint Julep- Swingin&#39; Cocktails</p><p>Slim Gaillard- Potato Chips- Jazz for Kids</p><p>Larry Croce- Junk Food Junkie- Larry Croce: The Very Best</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZLiVeRJTtqo" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Calypso Rose- Calypso Blues- Brownswood Bubblers Vol.5</p><p>Big Mama Thorton- Watermelon Man- Sassy Mama</p><p>The great Big Mama Thorton with one of the songs she wrote.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IJlBo5KJ3b4" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Tony Joe White- Poke Salad Annie- The Best of Tony Joe White</p><p>The B-52&rsquo;s- Cake- Mesopotamia</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>9:30PM</p><p>Judy Collins- Cook with Honey- The Best of Judy Collins</p><p>Nat King Cole- Frim Fram Sauce- The Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2B8FR6xMFRo" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Lee &lsquo;Scratch&rdquo; Perry- Roast Fish &amp; Cornbread- Reggae Roots- 1975-99</p><p>The Mothers of Invention- Call Any Vegetable- Absolutely Free</p><p>The Presidents of the United States of America- Peaches - The Presidents of the United States of America</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wvAnQqVJ3XQ" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Clark Terry &amp; Chico O&rsquo;Farrill- Impulsive Unmixed</p><p>The Sugarcubes- Eat the Menu- Here Today, Tomorrow, Next Week</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SZHpfiXWwC0" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Cibo Matto- Know Your Chicken- Know Your Chicken</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10PM</p><p>Bob Dorough Quartet- Food Glorious Food- An Excursion through &lsquo;Oliver!&rsquo;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ly7PONiKGUs" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Wes Montgomery- Tequila- Tequila</p><p>Olu Dara- Okra- From Natchez to New York</p><p>A Live performance in Paris</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/M1N9hhVzuQg" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Guy Clark- Homegrown Tomatoes- Better Days</p><p>Fats Waller- All That Meat &amp; No Potatoes- The Essential</p><p>The JB&rsquo;s- Pass The Peas- The Best of the JB&rsquo;s</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10:30PM</p><p>Laura Nyro- Stoned Soul Picnic- Eli and the Thirteenth Confession</p><p>A well deserved honor!</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/y9sYxjBQ8tw" width="420"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Paul &amp; Linda McCartney- Eat at Home- RAM</p><p>Wendy Rene- BBQ- BBQ</p><p>Warsaw Village Band- Goat- Upmixing</p><p>Live in Hungary 2008</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ybXMp00-AqU" width="560"></iframe></p><p>King Hector &amp; The Soul Dynamites- Broasted or Fried- Black Feeling</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-11-20/radio-m-food-glorious-food-songs-about-food-celebrate-thanksgiving Radio M: Remembering the great New Orleans composer, musician and producer Allen Toussaint. http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-11-13/radio-m-remembering-great-new-orleans-composer-musician-and-producer <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/A%20Young%20Allen%20Toussaint.jpg" style="height: 620px; width: 620px;" title="A young Allen Toussaint at his piano. (Courtesy Hyperbolium.com)c" /></div><p>Allen Toussaint once said he could find music in anything, even a light pole. It&#39;s difficult to overstate the importance of the New Orleans composer, arranger, musician and producer to American music. His songs have been covered by everyone from country and pop star Glen Campbell to the rock group Iron Butterfly.</p><p>Toussaint is responsible for bringing the New Orleans sound to a national <em>and</em> world stage and helped to keep the old Crescent City R&amp;B alive even though he preferred to stay mostly behind the scenes.<strong> </strong></p><p>This week on Radio M we bring Allen Toussaint into the spotlight to hear him perform many of the songs made famous by others as well as a few cuts he produced for artists such as Dr. John. Play on Allen Toussaint, play on.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Playlist</p><p>9PM</p><p>Dr. John- Right Place, Wrong Time-&nbsp; The Best of Dr. John</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y6RtVmc5dSE" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Allen Toussaint- Java- The Wild Sound of New Orleans</p><p>Lee Dorsey- Get Out of My Life Woman- Freedom for the Funk</p><p>Johnny Ventura- Guajira Con Soul- The Bad Boogaloo</p><p>Allen Toussaint- Get Out&nbsp; of My Life Woman- Treme: The Music of New Orleans</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C6ldpOBWKAE" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Iron Butterfly- Get Out of My Life Woman- Heavy</p><p>Aretha Franklin- Rock Steady- What It Is? : Funky Soul and Rare Grooves 1976-77</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/J2VDEl18rgQ" width="420"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>9:30 PM</p><p>Allen Toussaint- Southern Nights- Southern Nights</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oGAFOz5GA8I" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Paul McCartney &amp; Wings- Venus &amp; Mars/Rock Show- Venus &amp; Mars</p><p>Allen Toussaint-&nbsp; Working in the Coal Mine- Sweet Touch of Love</p><p>LaBelle- Lady Marmalade- Lady Marmalade</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LRQHJ7qiXxQ" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Freddy Fender- Get Out of My Life Woman- 25 Golden Hits</p><p>Juaneco y Su Combo- Lamento en la Selva- The Birth of Jungle Cumbia</p><p>Allen Toussaint- Funky Bars- Connected</p><p>Ernie K Doe- Mother in Law- New Orleans Rock and Roll</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10PM</p><p>Allen Toussaint- Bright Mississippi - The Bright Mississippi</p><p>Allen Toussaint- Yes We Can- Mardi Gras New Orleans</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xV7F-JwTx_U" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Herb Alpert&#39;s Tijuana Brass- Whipped Cream- Whipped Cream and Other Delights</p><p>Robert Palmer- Sneaking Sally Through the Alley- Sneaking Sally Through the Alley</p><p>A great live shot of Robert Palmer.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7_QveXWAZoo" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Joe Sample &amp; Nils Landgren- Get Out of My Life Woman- Creole Love Call</p><p>Allen Toussaint- Soul Sister- Life, Love &amp; Faith</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10:30PM</p><p>Allen Toussaint- It&#39;s a New Orleans Thing- Live at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Festival</p><p>Rolling Stones- Pain in My Heart- The Rolling Stones, Now!</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cx3FiH1jpOA" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Allen Toussaint- Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky- Sweet Touch of Love</p><p>Nuno Mindelis- Get Out of My Life Woman- Free Blues</p><p>The Meters- Chicken Strut- The Meters Anthology: Funkify Your Life</p><p>30 minutes of the Meters!</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_txom_4snjc" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Allen Toussaint- Shrimp Po&#39;Boy Dressed-&nbsp; Songbook</p><p>Allen Toussaint- Gotta Travel On- Allen Tousssaint: The Lost Sessions</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 10:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-11-13/radio-m-remembering-great-new-orleans-composer-musician-and-producer Radio M: The strange somewhat disco sounds of Lebanese composer Ihsan Al- Munzer http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-11-06/radio-m-strange-somewhat-disco-sounds-lebanese-composer-ihsan-al-munzer <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Dance.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This week on Radio M a taste of music from a rather obscure Lebanese composer who can best be described as the Esquivel of the Middle East. Esquivel was a Mexican composer known as the King of Space Age Pop, who combined Latin music with jazz and lounge sounds to create a quirky, fun and often danceable sound. Ihsan Al- Munzer falls into that category but instead of Latin flavors turns inward to his part of the world. One of his late 1970&#39;s tunes-a disco belly dance romp- was recently reissued.</p><p>Ihsan Al- Munzer&#39;s music plus new sounds from Brazil and Rwanda, afrobeat from Antibalas as well as Lollywood music from Pakistan and classic Hugh Masekela . That and more on <em><strong>the</strong></em> best global music show in Chicago.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Playlist</p><p>9PM</p><p>Culture- See Them a Come- Two Sevens Clash</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/M1FZZ7t1PHI" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Ihsan Al Munzer- Shish Kebab- Disco Belly Dance</p><p>If anyone out there can translate this piece on Ihsan contact Radio M</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gd6FcuGo4AY" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Alif- Yall Tnam(Lullaby)- Aynama Rtama</p><p>Cambodian Space Project- If You Go I Go Too- Cambodian Space Project EP</p><p>Nahid Akhtar - Dilbar Dilbara- The Sound of Wonder: The First Wave of Plugged in Pop at the Pakistani Picture House</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gZa-zVj-8Sw" width="420"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>9:30PM</p><p>Shawn Lee&#39;s Ping Pong Orchestra- Nao Vacila(feat. Curumin)- World of Funk</p><p>Hugh Masekela- Society&#39;s Child- Hugh Masekela&#39;s Latest</p><p>Bassekou Kouyate &amp; Ngoni Ba- Musow Fanga- Ba Power</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WxFrDshQBAY" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Ihsan Al Munzer- el Helwa Di- Belly Dance with Ihsan Al Munzer</p><p>Tsvia Abarbanel- Yahalel Hawa- Yahahel Hawa</p><p>Cal Tjader &amp; Eddie Palmieri- Guajira en Azul- El Sonido Nuevo</p><p>A Hawk &amp; A Hacksaw- Waltz for Tuba &amp; Strings- The Way the Wind Blows</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10PM</p><p>Buika- Volver Volver- Raices</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AYFTj3DldcE" width="420"></iframe></p><p>The Good Ones- Ibihemu(Ungrateful)- Rwanda is My Home</p><p>Glen Campbell- Less of Me- Arkansas</p><p>Amadou Ballake- Super Bar Konon Mousso- Bar Konon Mousso Bar</p><p>Ihsan Al Munzer- Jamileh- Jamileh</p><p>Bixiga 70- 100% 13- III</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uzkSncB912A" width="560"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10:30PM</p><p>The Speakers- No Como Antes- En El Maravilloso de Ingeson</p><p>Sun City Girls- Kal El Lazi kad Ham- Eye Mohini: Sun City Girls Singles Vol.3</p><p>Antibalas- Hilo- Security</p><p>Black Uhuru- Spongi Reggae- Red</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C5fhahIw4Ho" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Francesca Blanchard- Pas D&#39;Sa Faute- Deux Visions</p><p>Ihsan Al Munzer- Rasputine- Belly Dance with Ihsan Al Munzer</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 08:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-11-06/radio-m-strange-somewhat-disco-sounds-lebanese-composer-ihsan-al-munzer Jolly Roger talks in-depth about the union fight with Jam http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-11/jolly-roger-talks-depth-about-union-fight-jam-113665 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/DSC_0045.jpg" style="height: 420px; width: 640px;" title="Chris Shaw/Jolly Roger speaks at the labor action against Jam Productions on Wednesday (Arise Chicago)." /></div><p>A hulking but gentle giant of a man, Chris Shaw has worked for Chicago concert promoters Jam Productions for 37 years. Most recently the crew chief and supervisor of stagehands at the Riviera Theatre in Uptown, he&rsquo;s a familiar face to generations of local music lovers, standing in the shadows just offstage, or joking with concertgoers before the start of a show. Most, however, know him by his more fitting <em>nom de rock</em>: Jolly Roger.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-10/jam-productions-vs-stagehands-113455">As first reported by this blog</a>, Jolly and about 40 other stagehands at the Jam-owned Riv were fired en masse in late September amid attempts to organize under <a href="http://www.iatselocal2.com/">the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 2 of Chicago</a>. Jam promotes about 45 shows a year at the Riv, as well as hosting shows at the other venues it owns, the Park West and the Vic Theatre. Stagehands at those venues have so far not attempted to unionize and retain their jobs. (These three venues are unique as mid-sized rooms; the larger arenas and theaters in Chicago are unionized, but smaller clubs up to the level of Metro and House of Blues are not.)</p><p>On Wednesday, the Riv&rsquo;s stagehands gathered outside Jam&rsquo;s Old Town offices to demand their jobs back, and yesterday, their attorneys filed a response to Jam&rsquo;s petition to dismiss their petition for a union election. (That document is posted as a PDF below. Other filings in the case so far remain private, accessible only via a Freedom of Information Act request, as stated on the National Labor Relations Board <a href="https://www.nlrb.gov/case/13-CA-160319">Web page for the case</a>.)</p><p>The picketing stagehands were flanked on Wednesday by supporters including former Gov. Pat Quinn, members of the &ldquo;faith labor action&rdquo; group Arise Chicago, and the ubiquitous union-busting inflatable rat, which has acquired a new name in this battle, as explained below. The protest received extensive coverage&mdash;from <em><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-jam-productions-stagehands-1023-biz-20151022-story.html">The Chicago Tribune</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2015/11/04/riviera-theatre-stagehands-rally-at-jam-productions-headquarters-claim-they-were-illegally-fired">The Chicago Reader</a></em>, and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/labor/jam-productions-stagehands-demand-jobs-back-after-unionizing-effort-113646">WBEZ</a>, among other outlets&mdash;but the labor-rally rhetoric glossed over the specific issues in the fight, as well as obscuring the bigger context of the live music business in Chicago at present.</p><p>Founded four decades ago by two hustling young concert promoters, Jerry Mickelson and Arny Granat, Jam for years was the sometimes bullying dominant force on the local concert scene. That changed in the mid-&rsquo;90s with the ascent of Clear Channel, later renamed Live Nation, the monopolistic Hollywood-based global giant that, as documented in one brutal court battle, announced its intention to &ldquo;crush, kill, and destroy&rdquo; Jam, as it has many other independent local promoters across the U.S. Now merged with Ticketmaster as well as Texas-based C3 Presents, the company behind Lollapalooza, Live Nation has slowly but surely limited Jam&rsquo;s share of the concert business to mid-size theater shows. On that level, Jam still reigns supreme in Chicago&mdash;though the labor battle may erode its control there, too.</p><p>Seeking to shed more light on the dispute, I spoke at length with Shaw/Jolly Roger about all of these issues on Thursday, and the full transcript of our interview follows. Jam&rsquo;s Mickelson initially told this blog last month, &ldquo;There are two sides to every story,&rdquo; but he declined further comment because of legal proceedings. This morning, he emailed the following:</p><p>&ldquo;I am not able to publicly comment about this matter while it is in front of the National Labor Relations Board so please provide us the courtesy to never judge someone by the opinion of another. As Walter Cronkite once said, &lsquo;In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.&rsquo; I will be glad to tell that story once this process runs its course with details about the crew that most will find intolerable and inexcusable.&nbsp; Also, you should know that Jam works with union and non-union stagehands and respects the rights of every person to be represented in any manner they choose.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. Jolly, the first question I&rsquo;ve had is why, after years of working for Jam without union representation, this is happening now?</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m 67. I don&rsquo;t know if you know I&rsquo;m that far up on the scale. So I started talking to some of my associates about taking over the crew call and doing the [lighter-duty] advance work, and I was gonna gradually phase out over the next few years. When people would say what&rsquo;s your dream job, I&rsquo;d say, &lsquo;Doing lights every night for Cheap Trick or Los Lobos.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. There comes a time when you don&rsquo;t want to haul road cases any more?</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;Yeah! Realistically, when I do a show at the Aragon, most of the time, I get up at five or six in the morning, and I don&rsquo;t get home until three or four in the morning.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. I know what you mean: I did a story years ago about the stagehands working a Pantera show at the old World Music Theater, and it was dawn until&hellip; well, the next dawn!</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;Yeah! So anyway, some people that were in between myself and the [Jam] office started saying stuff like, &lsquo;Well, Jolly&rsquo;s gonna retire soon, then you&rsquo;re outta here; I want my own people in here&rsquo;&mdash;some of the production staff and building staff. And some of the fellas, we&rsquo;ve been approached for years about joining with Local 2, amalgamated whatever you wanna call it, and everybody said, &lsquo;It&rsquo;s okay, everything&rsquo;s okay.&rsquo; But then this stuff started, and Jam lost the rights to the Aragon and Live Nation took it over. Historically, whenever that sort of stuff happens, things change. There were a lot of different reasons moving into this.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. I hadn&rsquo;t realized that Jam lost the Aragon.</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;Yeah, Live Nation has taken over the Aragon. They signed an X-amount-of-years deal to take over the building.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. When did that go down?</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;About a year ago? Chronologically, I can remember what happened on any given day, but I can&rsquo;t remember when that day was.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. That story has been way under the radar.</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;Well, it&rsquo;s not like Jam has been kicked out of there, but Live Nation has first rights and all that kind of stuff. The relationship&rsquo;s been good with them and all that, but one thing led to another. We&rsquo;ve always done extra jobs, or as they call it, &lsquo;casual work,&rsquo; with the union. Some of our fellows are full-fledged journeymen with the union, and they started at the Aragon 15 or 20 years ago. There&rsquo;s one guy I know in particular who started out with My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult and now he&rsquo;s down there on a regular basis. It used to be when I was working with Kansas and Styx in the &rsquo;70s that the local wasn&rsquo;t as friendly to traveling personnel as they are now. It&rsquo;s a total different attitude now downtown. It&rsquo;s not saying anything bad about the guys that were there before, it&rsquo;s just saying their attitude was different and much more old-fashioned.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. The whole concert business used to be a lot different: It was the Wild West, but now it&rsquo;s as corporate as Walmart or Microsoft.</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;Yeah! And now the union is much more up to date. They&rsquo;re big on education, making sure everybody knows what&rsquo;s going on, instead of just, &lsquo;It&rsquo;s my cousin Brucie.&rsquo; It&rsquo;s not that way any more.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. I&rsquo;m assuming that most Live Nation shows and C3&rsquo;s Lollapalooza are union gigs?</strong></p><p><strong>A. </strong>&ldquo;Yes. So the discussions went down, people started talking about it, and at first it started out with a bunch of guys. I went with them to a meeting&mdash;it might have been the second meeting, it might have been the third&mdash;and I talked with a guy, Craig Carlson, who&rsquo;s the head of the union. He&rsquo;s a guy I&rsquo;ve known literally for 30 years. We talked, and I said, &lsquo;You know, fellas, this is good for the younger guys, but I think I wanna stay with the company.&rsquo; And they said, &lsquo;We can understand that, Jolly. You&rsquo;ve been with those guys a long time.&rsquo; Then the next thing I know, we all got fired!</p><p>&ldquo;What had happened is some of the fellas were having things signed&mdash;the cards to take a vote [to unionize]&mdash;and we hadn&rsquo;t even gotten to vote when suddenly I got a call from Jerry [Mickelson]: &lsquo;We&rsquo;ve decided to go in a different direction.&rsquo; After 30 years, Jerry? What are you talking about? If something had gone wrong or was going wrong, they should come to people and say, &lsquo;Hey, quit doing this&rsquo; or &lsquo;Don&rsquo;t pick your nose in front of the artists.&rsquo; Whatever. But there was none of that, there was just: &lsquo;BOOM! You&rsquo;re fired.&rsquo; They were like, &lsquo;Why didn&rsquo;t you tell us there was a problem? All you do is complain.&rsquo; And I was telling them there were problems for the last five years! But this has led to where we are now.</p><p>&ldquo;You know, Jam doesn&rsquo;t have an H.R, department, so if something&rsquo;s going wrong, you don&rsquo;t have a place to go to anonymously complain and say, &lsquo;This jerk over here is doing this.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. You said &ldquo;problems.&rdquo; What kind of problems?</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;Lack of raises, the three-hour minimum, health insurance&hellip;. I realistically can demand three to five thousand bucks a week if I go on the road and do the kind of job I do. But I maybe made three thousand bucks one week out of the last 200. That didn&rsquo;t bother me, because it was all family, all this, all that. But when I said to Jerry, &lsquo;You pay me $26 an hour, and everyone else I work for pays me $35,&rsquo; he said, &lsquo;I&rsquo;ll give you $30.&rsquo; And that&rsquo;s right where I personally felt insulted.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. So Live Nation gigs pay $35 an hour?</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m talking my personal self; I&rsquo;m not talking anybody else. Because everything is all different, and I only really know my situation. I&rsquo;ve done one or two union gigs since this went down, and I don&rsquo;t even have any idea what they paid me. But it&rsquo;s fine.&rdquo;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Jerry-Mickelson-left-and-Arny-Granat-founders-of-Jam-Productions-in-1974.-jam-rocknroll-1970s-greath.jpg" style="height: 640px; width: 640px;" title="Jam's Jerry Mickelson and Arny Granat at the start of their concerts career (Instagram)." /></div><p><strong>Q. A lot of people covering the story have missed the bigger context. You know my work: I&rsquo;ve been covering Jam since I arrived in Chicago in 1992. When I got here, they were the 800-pound gorilla, really tough businessmen, and it never seemed as if they&rsquo;d look like the smaller &ldquo;good guys.&rdquo; Now, doing battle with the big corporations of Live Nation/Ticketmaster and C3 Presents, they&rsquo;re the hometown alternative. They generally treat concertgoers much better, but Chicagoans know where to go when they have a complaint: Jam&rsquo;s office is right there on Goethe Street. In comparison, you can&rsquo;t even find a phone listing for Live Nation, and C3 is in Texas. People see Jerry Mickelson and his partner Arny Granat at shows all the time; they know them and talk to them, they thank them and gripe at them. Now, Jerry has always been mercurial, but this fight seems downright boneheaded. Why would he shoot himself in the foot with such bad publicity?</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;I just think he doesn&rsquo;t understand the current climate. The current climate, since I became involved, I went to Craig and the other people at the union, and I said, &lsquo;These buildings can&rsquo;t support the $40 or $50 an hour that the union calls the local standard. These buildings can&rsquo;t support triple time on Sunday nights. The wages shouldn&rsquo;t change that much.&rsquo; But having said that, there should be some avenue for health insurance, there should be some avenue for some type of retirement fund, there should be some avenue for raises and for education. These are all things that fellows from the union have offered us, and they&rsquo;ve followed through with them, because at least five of our guys have taken certification tests. Three are going through the classes now and they&rsquo;re going to take the test soon, and two of them already took the test since this has been going on in the last month. I just know that a lot of the other people are going to get a good opportunity if they mind their p&rsquo;s and q&rsquo;s, and by that I mean show up on time, don&rsquo;t drink, don&rsquo;t be a jerk, and work hard. Then they&rsquo;re gonna get what they should get.</p><p>&ldquo;Jerry&rsquo;s not a bad guy. It&rsquo;s just that he freaks out and doesn&rsquo;t think it through sometimes. For years, there have been associates of mine who&rsquo;ve said, &lsquo;Yeah, we know he&rsquo;s an a--hole, but he&rsquo;s <em>our</em> a--hole.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. You say the smaller venues Jam owns&mdash;the Riviera and Vic theaters and the Park West&mdash;cannot pay the same hourly rates that Live Nation&rsquo;s bigger buildings pay. You know the argument from the Jam side, if or when they talk, is going to be that unionizing means ticket prices will go through the roof, and Jam might not even be able to stay in business.</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;Yeah, but concert ticket prices have already gone way through the roof! That&rsquo;s part of the point the fellas have brought up over and over again. I have a ticket here from when I was with Ozzy [Osbourne] where it was $8 in advance and $9 for day of show. That&rsquo;s the &lsquo;Diary of a Madman&rsquo; tour, which isn&rsquo;t a century ago. [The tour was 1981-82.] So ticket prices have skyrocketed, and most of that is due to bands thinking of new ways to do things and the V.I.P. tickets that they sell, all these things they&rsquo;ve come up with. But the guys that aren&rsquo;t getting any benefit from really doing a lot of the work are the guys on the stage.</p><p>&ldquo;For instance, I had to do a five-year battle. Have you noticed that they moved the sound position at the Riviera? That took me five years to get done. It&rsquo;s because people don&rsquo;t want to listen&mdash;&lsquo;It&rsquo;s going to cost too much money! Nobody&rsquo;s gonna like it!&rsquo;&mdash;you get all this stuff, but my intention is totally like I said Wednesday: To see the smile on the kid in the fourth row who&rsquo;s spending his parents&rsquo; hard-earned money to be at that show. I&rsquo;ve been on many a tour where things start going down and some guy will say, &lsquo;You work for me!&rsquo; No way! I work <em>with</em> you to make them [the fans] happy. I have another six or seven joke lines like that, but you know how I am.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. Let me continue to play the devil&rsquo;s advocate: Can this fight lead to Jam being squeezed out of the business and Chicago becoming a Live Nation-dominated town like most others in America?</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;It could if they continue to spend money and not talk. All they&rsquo;re doing is spending a pile of cash to lawyers to stall it. And they&rsquo;re not gonna stall it.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. Where do the other Jam employees stand&mdash;all of the talent bookers, the marketing folks, and the office staffers?</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think they can make a statement that&rsquo;s anti-company, but Wednesday, as I was speaking, one of them looked out the window and I threw the [<em>Star Trek</em>] &ldquo;live long and prosper&rdquo; at him, which I am wont to do, and he gave me the peace sign and walked back into the building. And another one, I said, &lsquo;Hey, how ya doin&rsquo;?&rsquo; And he smiled and waved, but he went inside.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. What about Jam co-founder Arny Granat? Where does he stand?</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t talked to Arny; I don&rsquo;t know. I would have thought he would have called me, but he hasn&rsquo;t, so that&rsquo;s where it sits. I did see him at AC/DC. He&rsquo;s always been a nice guy to me. He&rsquo;s a business man, but he&rsquo;s always been nice to me, and when something came up that maybe he didn&rsquo;t like, he&rsquo;d always come to me and say, &lsquo;Listen, this is how it has to be.&rsquo; But for Jerry to just say, &lsquo;Listen, we&rsquo;re going in a different direction, you guys are all fired&hellip;.&rsquo; Listen, there was some drama going on between a couple of people, but it wasn&rsquo;t me, but they&rsquo;re saying it was me.</p><p><strong>Q. They&rsquo;ve positioned you as the ringleader&mdash;the Joe Hill?</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;Yeah. They were, &lsquo;This is all [your] fault,&rsquo; and I think I&rsquo;m gonna get sued. I don&rsquo;t mind; if that happens, I can look at it and say, &lsquo;I didn&rsquo;t do it to you, pal.&rsquo; I actually said to the lawyers when we were negotiating the number of days a guy would have had to work in the last year in order to vote whether or not there would be a union, and the labor says there has to be a union vote, I said to those guys, &lsquo;You know what? I&rsquo;ll find another job, but you&rsquo;ll never find another <em>me</em>.&rsquo;</p><p>&ldquo;So there was drama going on between the building guy and the production guy and we&rsquo;ve been complaining about it for five years. There&rsquo;s a lot of things I could get into about leaking roofs and why do we have to shovel snow. The loading zone at the Riviera floods every time it rains, so we had to for about six months argue with them to finally get a sump pump, and now we have to pump it out every time before we can load without anybody getting hurt.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. We all know about the air-conditioning problems at the Riv&hellip;</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t know the half of all that!&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. And the rats.</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;You read the story about Stinky the Riv rat! We&rsquo;ve always said Stinky the Riv rat was the biggest rat ever, and he&rsquo;s the guy that really runs the Riviera. We&rsquo;ve always had this classic story, so when they brought [the inflatable rat] out, we had to say, &lsquo;You know, this is Stinky the Riv rat!&rsquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Now, we [the stagehands] have moved all our stuff out. We had a lot of stuff that we kept, personal equipment there, to enhance the shows, because the company wouldn&rsquo;t pay for that. We used a lot of our own equipment. We just took everything out, and we&rsquo;ll see what happens.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. Back to the big picture, Jolly: Can Jam come back from this and be the local company that Chicagoans have been supporting for 40 years?</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> I think they could. They just have to clean up some of their middle management as far as I&rsquo;m concerned, and get a realistic grip on things. No longer can you say, &lsquo;Oh, we&rsquo;ll put that off until later.&rsquo; Things have to be done now, and things have to be taken care of. The government says everybody is supposed to have health insurance. So that should happen. Clean it up! That&rsquo;s all I can say.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. For a union agitator, you&rsquo;re sounding eminently reasonable.</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to think I&rsquo;m the same as I&rsquo;ve always been, but sometimes, the devil come out!</p><p><strong>&ldquo;</strong>I will say one thing in parting: I have told Jerry for years that we should go back to saying, &lsquo;This show has been brought to you by your friends at Jam.&rsquo; And it&rsquo;s time that once again we prove that we are the city&rsquo;s friend.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. That has never been something Live Nation or C3 would say.</strong></p><p><strong>A. </strong>&ldquo;Listen, [Mickelson and Granat] have worked hard to do what they&rsquo;ve done. But I helped build it. I&rsquo;ve seen a lot of aspects, a lot of things that were down moments caused by weather and stuff, but we&rsquo;ve always recovered. And I have high hopes that we can recover from this, too. I think it&rsquo;s more being afraid of the unknown and the change than it is knowing that &lsquo;X&rsquo; is going to cause a knife to go through my heart.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Q. That was almost poetic, Jolly.</strong></p><p><strong>A.</strong> &ldquo;Well, I&rsquo;m one of the mouthiest guys you&rsquo;ve ever met. Maybe I should try writing lyrics.&rdquo;</p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><strike>@</strike>JimDeRogatis</strong></a><em><strong>, join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong>Facebook</strong></a><em><strong>, and podcast or stream </strong></em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/"><strong>Sound Opinions</strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p><p><span style="font-size:22px;"><a name="document"></a>The latest Stagehands Local 2 NLRB filing</span></p><p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"><a href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/288745088/JAM-Prodction-NLRB-filing" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View JAM Prodction NLRB filing on Scribd">JAM Prodction NLRB filing</a></p><p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="600" id="doc_53957" scrolling="no" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/288745088/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 08:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-11/jolly-roger-talks-depth-about-union-fight-jam-113665 The making of Marquis Hill http://www.wbez.org/news/music/making-marquis-hill-113657 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/marquishill2.jpg" style="height: 349px; width: 620px;" title=" Marquis Hill studied Music at Northern Illinois University, and Jazz Pedagogy at DePaul University. (Christopher Baliwas)" /></p><p>About a year ago, trumpeter <a href="http://www.marquishill.com">Marquis Hill</a>, now 28, traveled to Los Angeles, played five tunes for a panel of judges, and won the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/ablogsupreme/2014/11/19/365063889/a-jazz-institution-moves-back-home-to-los-angeles" target="_blank">Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition</a>. You can think of it as a sort of Heisman Trophy for young jazz artists, meaning that a lot more people discovered his talent in a hurry.</p><p>Hill&#39;s profile may have risen suddenly, but talent like that doesn&#39;t spontaneously emerge from nowhere. It takes a village of mentors, peers, opportunities and other educational infrastructure to enable a musician to grow. That&#39;s especially true with jazz, an inherently social music historically conveyed through the oral tradition. Besides, in his hometown of Chicago, folks had already known about Hill for some time: That&#39;s the &quot;village&quot; that raised him, after all.</p><p>Marquis Hill now splits his time between the Windy City and New York City, but still maintains a snappy working band full of catchy melodic ideas &mdash; a five-piece outfit he calls the Marquis Hill Blacktet. On one of his trips back home this summer, we asked him to show us &quot;his&quot; Chicago, culminating in a Blacktet performance downtown at one of the city&#39;s premier clubs: the Jazz Showcase.</p><p>Jazz Night In America&nbsp;travels to one of the great jazz cities to meet some of the people and places which transformed a young trumpeter from the South Side of Chicago into Marquis Hill.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src="http://www.npr.org/templates/event/embeddedVideo.php?storyId=454861342&amp;mediaId=454875349" width="620"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.marquishill.com/" target="_blank"><em>The </em></a><em><a href="http://www.marquishill.com/" target="_blank">Blacktet</a></em><em><a href="http://www.marquishill.com/" target="_blank"> </a>features Marquis Hill, trumpet; Christopher McBride, alto saxophone; Justefan (Justin Thomas), vibraphone; Joshua Ramos, bass; and Makaya McCraven, drums.</em></p></p> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/music/making-marquis-hill-113657 Jam Productions stagehands demand jobs back after unionizing effort http://www.wbez.org/news/labor/jam-productions-stagehands-demand-jobs-back-after-unionizing-effort-113646 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Jam 1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Former employees for local concert powerhouse Jam Productions are asking for their jobs back.</p><p dir="ltr">As <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-10/jam-productions-vs-stagehands-113455">WBEZ&rsquo;s Jim DeRogatis reported</a>, in mid-September Jam president Jerry Mickelson called legendary stage manager Jolly Roger to inform him that he and around 40 other stagehands who worked at the Riviera Theatre were fired.</p><p dir="ltr">The employees say the firings directly followed Jam management hearing they were organizing to join a local union.</p><p>Jam did not respond to calls for comment.</p><p dir="ltr">Standing Wednesday outside of Jam&rsquo;s offices in Old Town, workers chanted and held signs reading &ldquo;Respect our right to organize!&rdquo; and &ldquo;Illegal retaliation - that&rsquo;s not my jam.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;People need protection,&rdquo; said Roger, who has worked for Jam since 1978. Roger claims he hasn&rsquo;t received a wage increase in 15 years.</p><p dir="ltr">Brent Benson, another former Riviera stagehand, added: &ldquo;Gas goes up, food goes up, cost of living goes up, but our wages don&rsquo;t go up? And no benefits? It&rsquo;s totally unfair and that&rsquo;s all there is to it.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Jam Productions is known for being one of the largest independent live entertainment promoters in the country. It competes with global juggernauts Live Nation and AEG Live for business in Chicago.</p><p dir="ltr">According to Pollstar&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.pollstarpro.com/files/Charts2015/2015MidYearWorldwideTicketSalesTop100Promoters.pdf">mid-2015 rankings</a> of the Top 100 concert promoters, Jam Productions ranks 11th in the United States and 23rd in the world in terms of tickets sales.</p><p dir="ltr">Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn showed up to support the stagehands, urging Mickelson to come to his senses.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The right to organize is fundamental to our American democracy,&rdquo; Quinn said before shouting, &ldquo;Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and organize!&rdquo; to rapturous applause.</p><p dir="ltr">The union, IATSE Local 2, has filed a<a href="https://www.nlrb.gov/case/13-CB-162160"> petition of unfair labor practices</a> with the National Labor Relations Board.</p><p dir="ltr">A few employees said they were asked to stage a concert even after they were fired. But when they went to pick up their checks, they weren&rsquo;t allowed in the building.</p><p dir="ltr">Jerry Fritz was one of those workers. Fritz showed up at the rally with a IATSE Local 2 button, along with his son Zachary, who also works as a stagehand.</p><p dir="ltr">Fritz says even though he was fired, he&rsquo;d go back to work for Jam because he loves the concerts.</p><p dir="ltr">Jolly Roger shares Fritz&#39;s love of the work.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I&rsquo;m upset that we&rsquo;ve been stabbed in the back&rdquo; said Roger. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want to be out here in the street. We want to be unloading trucks, setting up lights, setting up sound, and watching the kid in the 4th row who is spending his parent&rsquo;s hard-earned money have a good time.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Ryan Katz works in the WBEZ newsroom. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/ryangordonkatz">@ryangordonkatz</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/labor/jam-productions-stagehands-demand-jobs-back-after-unionizing-effort-113646 Reissued Gold II: Numero tells the Ork Records story http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-10/reissued-gold-ii-numero-tells-ork-records-story-113548 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TerryOrkBrookeDelarco1977.jpg" title="Terry Ork and Brooke Delarco, 1977 (Numero Group)." /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><p style="text-align: left;">For all the influence the New York punk explosion of the mid-&rsquo;70s has had on indie rock to this day, the most celebrated bands that made their names at C.B.G.B. almost all issued their debut albums on major labels. The truly great D.I.Y. record labels didn&rsquo;t start to emerge until the &rsquo;80s, with the notable exception of the imprint started by a frizzy-haired San Diego-to-New York transplant named Terry Ork.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Ork arrived in Manhattan in 1968 to make movies at Andy Warhol&rsquo;s factory. He wound up managing a beloved film bookstore called Cinemabilia, and there he met Tom Verlaine and Richard Hell. Those two eventually convinced a Bowery dive to let their band perform, and Ork would become a familiar face at C.B.G.B., as a band manager and eventually as the head of his own labor-of-love record label at a time when such a notion was almost unheard of.</p><p style="text-align: left;">The Ork Records release of Television&rsquo;s &ldquo;Little Johnny Jewel&rdquo;&mdash;a 45 that split that epic tune into half per side&mdash;is a treasured relic for those of us lucky enough to have scored one. The same could be said of many of the other records Ork released, including the first bows by the Feelies (much punkier versions of &ldquo;Fa Ce La&rdquo; and &ldquo;Forces at Work&rdquo;), Richard Hell and the Voidoids (the original take on the immortal &ldquo;(I Belong to The) Blank Generation&rdquo;), and platters by the nascent power-pop genius Chris Stamey and the resurgent, post-Box Tops and Big Star Alex Chilton.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Just as revelatory, however, are releases by lesser-known, often unjustly forgotten bands such as the Student Teachers, the Idols, the Erasers, the Revelons, and Marbles, either released on Ork&rsquo;s own label, or on other tiny imprints he fostered, inspired, and helped. And then there are the two brilliant curiosities from critics who gave voice to the punk ethos of passion over proficiency, putting their reputations on the line to create music of their own: Brit journalist Mick Farren&rsquo;s covers of &ldquo;Play With Fire&rdquo; and &ldquo;To Know Him Is to Love Him&rdquo; and the legendary Lester Bangs&rsquo;s originals &ldquo;Let It Blurt&rdquo; and &ldquo;Live,&rdquo; which found him bellowing over a band that included the Voidoids&rsquo; Robert Quine on guitar and the Patti Smith Group&rsquo;s Jay Dee Daugherty on drums, originally issued with the blessing of none other than the Velvet Underground&rsquo;s John Cale.</p><p style="text-align: left;">As usual, Numero presents these 49 tracks either on CD or on vinyl as part of a beautiful package that includes an extensive historical booklet that alone is worth the price of admission, contributing to a must-own set for anyone who cares at all about the punk era and the roots of modern independent music.</p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/G_fQsTyh4xA" width="560"></iframe><p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Various artists, <em>Ork Records: New York, New York </em></strong><strong>(Numero Group)</strong></p><p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Rating on the 4-star scale: 4 stars.</strong></p><p style="text-align: left;"><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><strike>@</strike>JimDeRogatis</strong></a><em><strong>, join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong>Facebook</strong></a><em><strong>, and podcast or stream </strong></em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/"><strong>Sound Opinions</strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 07:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-10/reissued-gold-ii-numero-tells-ork-records-story-113548