W. o’ W.: Walter Whitman

This translates so easily to photography!


“It is a good plan for every young man or woman having literary aspirations to carry a pencil and a piece of paper and constantly jot down striking events in daily life. They thus acquire a vast fund of information. One of the best things you know is habit. Again, the best of reading is not so much in the information it conveys as the thoughts it suggests. Remember this above all. There is no royal road to learning.”

Jazz. Chicago. 2016. Festival!


Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

Noon – 1 p.m.                              Dan Trudell Trio 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.                          Eric Schneider / Pat Mallinger Quintet 

3- 5:30 p.m.                                 Charlie Haden – Rambling Boy (film + Q&A)


Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.                         Mwata Bowden’s One Foot In, One Foot Out

2 – 3 p.m.                                        Louder Than A Bomb Presents: The Bomb Squad

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                           Cameron Pififfner’s Adolphe’S AX 


Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.                            Brown in Bronzeville Effect with Maggie & Africa Brown


8 – 9 p.m.                                         Orbert Davis’ Soul Migration – Commissioned for the       

Great Black Migration Centennial Celebration 



Millennium Park, Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade)

Noon – 12:55 p.m.                        James Sanders Proyecto Libre 

1:10 – 2:05 p.m.                            Magic Carpet 

2.20 – 3:15 p.m.                            Greg Rockingham Quartet 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                           Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra 


Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.   John McLean: A tribute to Charlie Christian

2 – 3 p.m.                 Edwin Daugherty Sextet: playing the music of Johnny Griffin and Eddie

Harris and Gene Ammons

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.     Pharez Whitted Quintet 


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5 – 5:50 p.m.            Brian OHern and the Model Citizens 


6 – 6:55 p.m.            Tarbaby featuring Nasheet Waits, Orrin Evans and Eric Revis with

special guest Oliver Lake


7:10 – 8:10 p.m.       Benny Golson Quartet


8:30 – 9:30 p.m.     Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra conducted by Carla Bley:

“Celebrating Charlie”



Millennium Park, Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade)

Noon – 12:55 p.m.                         Steve Schneck Quartet 

1:10 – 2:05 p.m.                             Alyssa Allgood Quintet 

2:20 – 3:15 p.m.                             Chris Greene Quartet 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                            Victor Garcia Organ Septet 


Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.                           Luke Malewicz Heritage Quartet 

2 – 3 p.m.                                         Nate Lepine Quartet 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                             JD Allen Trio 


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5 – 5:50 p.m.               Tatsu Aoki’s MIYUMI Project featuring Tsukasa Taiko, Jon Jang &

Francis Wong


6 – 6:55 p.m.               Eric Alexander / Harold Mabern Quartet


7:10 – 8:10 p.m.          Anat Cohen Quartet 


8:30 – 9:30 p.m.          The Bad Plus perform Ornette Coleman’s SCIENCE FICTION w/Tim

Berne, Ron Miles & Sam Newsome. This work was commissioned by Duke Performances

at Duke University.



Millennium Park, Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade)

Noon – 12:55 p.m.                        Kendall Moore Octet 

1:10 – 2:05 p.m.                            Charles Rumback Sextet 

2:20 – 3:15 p.m.                            George Fludas Quartet 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                           Barry Altschul’s 3Dom


Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.                         Erwin Helfer Solo Piano 

2 – 3 p.m.                                      Norman Simmons Trio 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                          Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans 


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5 – 5:50 p.m.                                 Michael Zerang & The Blue Lights 


6 – 6:55 p.m.                                 Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah


7:10 – 8:10 p.m.                            John Scofield / Joe Lovano Quartet 


8:30 – 9:30 p.m.                           Candido’s 95th Birthday Celebration featuring M.F.

Production’s Latin Jazz All Stars, featuring Candido, Steve Turre, Nestor Torres, Sammy

Figueroa, Frankie Figueroa, Elio Villafranca, Yunior Terry, Diego Lopez, Jorge Castro,

and Guido Gonzalez. 


Check http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_jazz_festival.html for accuracy of the schedule before you go, or just go and enjoy.

(Short Term) Photo Book Sale

Mike Johnston, of The Online Photographer, has arranged for a package of four books that’s quite the deal.

Clarence John Laughlin: Visionary Photographer (1990)


Todd Webb: Photographs of New York and Paris 1945–1960 (1986)


George N. Barnard: Photographer of the Sherman Campaign (1990)


The Photographs of Dorothea Lange (1995)


Marked down from $165 to $48! But the offer ends tomorrow, so put down that M-80 and tend to this. Here’s another link, within which is a link to order: http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2016/06/last-chance-and-please-help.html

Go now.


Now, Joe Jachna


One of his former students posted this on social media: “Joe Jachna passed away on March 14th. It’s difficult to express how important he was to so many of his students. One of the luckiest things that ever happened to me was casually registering for his Photography class. It changed my life. And I realize that he became a sort of North Star for me – his teaching and example guiding me through over 45 years as a photographer and teacher. He was a wonderful person, gentle, smart, calm, principled, funny, and kind. He completely separated his practice of photography from the pursuit of career success, concentrating on the search for intrinsic value in photographs and devoting himself to the joys and challenges of photographic exploration. He presented and exemplified a model for a sustained and principled life as a photographer. I’m still guided by things he told us. When my work is going poorly, I remember him saying encouraging things like “You have to take the bad photographs to get to the good photographs.” But his value as a teacher cannot be summarized by the many stories and comments that stick with me – it was more fundamental. Joe taught without ego or baggage. He arrived in each class displaying a true love of photography, and a conviction that photography was important. Perhaps even more crucial, he always looked for – and found – wonderful potential in his students and their work. Often, that gave us our first bursts of confidence as photographers. He took our work seriously, and that helped us take our work, and ourselves, seriously. I’m pretty certain that without his teaching and encouragement I would not be a photographer and teacher today. Joe was truly beloved. He made wonderful photographs. He was an extraordinary teacher. He had such a profound and positive effect on so many of us. I’ve so grateful to have known him. Rest in peace, Joe.”





Is “Paul” the new Viv?

This time, you don’t have the opportunity to process any film, but you are allowed to, y’know, chip in. (The music’s already been selected.)

Yikes! Fred Sommer was right!

Caveat emptor: not unlike the uneven emulsion on sheet film which made Frederick Sommer exclude open skies from hie compositions in the 1940s, there is a current problem with 120 roll film. It’s too late for those os us who stock up in advance, but check emulsion numbers before buying for a while. Once again (to quote Mr. Stieglitz), a word to the wise is sufficient.


http://www.johnsexton.com/newsletter05-2016.html#anchor04 and scroll down to IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR USERS OF 120 FORMAT KODAK PROFESSIONAL FILMS- PLEASE READ

Volumes Bookcafe

After more than a year of wading through bureaucratic mire, Kimberly and Rebecca have opened a beautiful new space on Milwaukee Avenue. Hie thee thither!

Chicago’s New, Crowdfunded Bookstore is a Glimpse of the Future


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