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International Jazz & Blues Safari to Chicago - Debrief

The International Jazz and Blues Safari to Chicago group is back after a 2 night, 3 day stay in the Windy City. Thank you to our group of 33 listeners/donors who joined us for another exciting jazz adventure and for their support of JAZZ.FM91! The group was a mix of past International Jazz Safari participants, some donors who've been on 5 or 6 safaris with us, and some brand new guests who experienced the International Jazz Safari for the first time.

Our Friday night Jazz Safari brought us to Andy's Jazz Club, Jazz Showcase and Kingston Mines Chicago Blues Center. Saturday was the group's day to explore the city and many of our guests visited Chicago's main attractions such as, The Art Institute of Chicago, the shops on the Magnificent Mile and Muddy Water's home.

The home where Muddy Waters lived with his wife for 20 years, which also served as a stop for many of the greatest blues musicians in history, is in danger of being torn down. Recently the owner was given 15 days to bring the house up to code. However, many Chicagoans recognize the historical significance of the house and feel it should turned into a museum.

Another site visited was the legendary Chess Records located in Chicago’s south side. Chess Records, a Chicago staple, became known as the home of electric blue and jazz and included on its roster Etta James, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Ramsey lewis Trio, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and countless others.

On Sunday, Jaymz Bee surprised the donors by jumping on stage during the famous Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues with host Cedric Nunley alongside William Smith Jr. and the Renewed Voices.

Check out the gallery of photos from the International Jazz and Blues Safari to Chicago. A big thank you to all of our donors who attended!

Find out about our next adventure - The International Jazz Safari to New York City taking off this Spring! CLICK HERE for more information.


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