by Reno Lovison
This story sort of started this weekend when I video-recorded the Independence Tap performance of Stann Champion and “The Propaganda Machine” at the request of harpist and wailing vocal stylist Michael Hollywood.
Around the same time (as an avid participant of the gig economy) I got an assignment to review a play called “Five Guys Named Moe” on Wednesday evening in Hyde Park.
As it happens my wife Julie who is a piano instructor was teaching until 8PM and would not be able to join me. So I reached out to Stann thinking he might enjoy this production that featured the music of jazz band leader and Rock & Roll pioneer Louis Jordan.
Stann was all over it, pointing out that on the Saturday night performance, I videoed, they had played “Caldonia” and “Choo Choo Cha Boogie” two Louis Jordan tunes.
Stann found me prior to the 7:30 performance enjoying an awesome appetizer of Catfish Nuggets with hot sauce outside of the Seven Ten Lanes on 55th Street.
We rounded the corner on Ellis to the Court Theatre and enjoyed a spectacular music extravaganza featuring five super talented vocal performers backed up by an equally talented six piece jazz combo.
On the way there and one or two times during the performance Stann filled me in on some of the history and nuances of Louis Jordan’s contribution to the modern music scene.
Afterwards we hung around to say hello to the production’s bass player Chuck Webb.
Stann who is the Monday morning drivetime D.J. on WNUR 89.3 FM has been playing cuts from Chuck’s new jazz CD.
Look for my video of Propaganda Machine coming soon and read my complete review of “Five Guys Named Moe” at Chicago Theater and Arts.