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Archive for September 10th, 2012

CTU on strike for the first time in 25 years – Father Pfleger blames both sides for using students as “pawns”

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Mayor Emanuel: “This is a strike of choice.”

By Chinta Strausberg


Amidst dueling live TV press conferences and finger-pointing, for the first time in 25-years, Chicago Public School (CPS) students will not be in school Monday because the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) and the Chicago School Board are fighting over benefits—a state Father Michael Pfleger Sunday said using children as “pawns” is unacceptable.

“Why can’t the negotiations continue with the children in school,”? asked Pfleger. “They are the pawns, and they are the losers.  And parents in many of our communities have neither alternatives nor money for day care!  I am both saddened and angry. Again, we adults have failed our children,” said Pfleger who during the 11:15 a.m. worship service said he neither works for either side—just God.

Later, Pfleger posted this message on his Facebook page. “The STRIKE is on! Once again we adults have failed our children. Once again they have become the pawns and the victims of our failures. I’m not taking sides, but why can’t the kids remain in school while the talks continue? Poor families have no options and no money for daycare…and with the violence soaring, our children are safe in school, not on the streets! No wonder our children are not good in conflict resolution…we’ve taught them well”!

But, late Sunday night, Chicago School Board President David Vitale held a press conference at the Merchandise Mart building calling the board’s proposal fair but one that will cost $400 billion over the next four-years with Mayor Rahm Emanuel said “This is a strike of choice”—a charge Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Karen Lewis firmly denies with all agreeing the students need to be in the classroom.

But, that won’t be happening Monday morning. Instead, 29,000 teachers and education professionals will be picketing in front of 675 schools and at 6:30 a.m. protesting in front of the Board of Education, 125 S. Clark St., according to Lewis who said the two sides are butting heads over benefits like job security and student resources. “We want to maintain the existing health benefits,” she said.” Lewis blamed this deadlock on CPS’ revolving door of personnel. The people with whom she had been talking are no longer at CPS.

“Negotiations have been intense but productive; however, we have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike,” Lewis said. “This is a difficult decision and one we hoped we could avoid.” While Lewis said she had remained “hopeful but determined” throughout the negotiations, she said “We must do things differently in this city if we are to provide our students with the education they so rightfully deserve.”

Saying he did not want a strike, Vitale said the package they put on the table was “an agreement that should satisfy most of their needs if not all of their needs…. We did not want a strike….” While Vitale said he tried in vain to see Lewis, she confirmed that she received his e-mail very late but then sent him an e-mail saying “still here. Come on down.”

Vitale said the Board has reached out to the faith-based community, the not-for-profit and for-profit community to get support for the students. “The response has been truly extraordinary.” “This is perhaps the most unbelievable process I’ve been through…one that has been extraordinary to get through,” said Vitale.

Mayor Emanuel said he believes both the CTU and CPS “should do what they need to do to do right by our children.” “This is no time to have a strike” and the two non-financial issues he say can be resolved.

The mayor said the proposed 16 percent pay raise over four-years that is “richer than anything else that’s been offered by any other union and it’s respectful….”

While saying there is a contingency plan, Emanuel said where he wants the students to be is in the classroom “learning and doing well.” Emanuel said his team has been at the table for 400 hours and said, “It’s not about my presence. It’s about reaching an agreement” he calls “an honest deal. It’s an honest compromise between both parties without anybody compromising principles.”

The mayor said it is essential that the principals “should be held accountable for producing the education results and not be told by the CPS” or the CTU who to hire. “You either hold your principal accountable for getting the teachers they need and hiring the teachers they need or you don’t.” He said local principals “there in the building with the teachers should be responsible for hiring. I don’t want it coming out of CPS downtown I don’t want it coming out of union leadership.”

Emanuel said, “You can’t hold somebody accountable if they don’t have the authority they need to do.”

The second issue, Emanuel said, is the evaluation system he wants to improve the quality of the teachers in the classroom. “Neither one of these issues are allowed to be strike able by the law; yet these are the final two issues….”

Emanuel said Chicago “up to this point was recognized in its education areas for having the shortest day and the shortest year” prior to the now current having a full school year and a longer day. “We’re arguing over a longer school day. I’m just trying to get the kids of the city of Chicago to the starting line where all the other kids are.

“I believe this avoidable because this is a strike of choice,” said the mayor. “It is not necessary” and said his team is ready to pick up where they left off.” Emanuel said the strike could have been postponed “since we are so close but that was not accepted.”

However, Lewis said they have made progress in many areas.  “We have successfully won concessions for nursing mothers and have put more than 500 of our members back to work.  We have restored some of the art, music, world language, technology and physical education classes to many of our students.  The Board also agreed that we will now have textbooks on the first day of school rather than have our students and teachers wait up to six weeks before receiving instructional materials.

“Recognizing the Board’s fiscal woes, we are not far apart on compensation.  However, we are apart on benefits.  We want to maintain the existing health benefits.

“Another concern is evaluation procedures.  After the initial phase-in of the new evaluation system it could result in 6,000 teachers (or nearly 30 percent of our members) being discharged within one or two years.  This is unacceptable. We are also concerned that too much of the new evaluations will be based on students’ standardized test scores.

“This is no way to measure the effectiveness of an educator.  Further there are too many factors beyond our control which impact how well some students perform on standardized tests such as poverty, exposure to violence, homelessness, hunger and other social issues beyond our control,” she said.

“We want job security.  Despite a new curriculum and new, stringent evaluation system, CPS proposes no increase (or even decreases) in teacher training. This is notable because our Union through our Quest Center is at the forefront teacher professional development in Illinois.  We have been lauded by the District and our colleagues across the country for our extensive teacher training programs that helped emerging teachers strengthen their craft and increased the number of nationally board certified educators.

“We are demanding a reasonable timetable for the installation of air-conditioning in student classrooms–a sweltering, 98-degree classroom is not a productive learning environment for children. This type of environment is unacceptable for our members and all school personnel. A lack of climate control is unacceptable to our parents.

“As we continue to bargain in good faith, we stand in solidarity with parents, clergy and community-based organizations who are advocating for smaller class sizes, a better school day and an elected school board.  Class size matters. It matters to parents.  In the third largest school district in Illinois there are only 350 social workers—putting their caseloads at nearly 1,000 students each.  We join them in their call for more social workers, counselors, audio/visual and hearing technicians and school nurses. Our children are exposed to unprecedented levels of neighborhood violence and other social issues, so the fight for wraparound services is critically important to all of us.  Our members will continue to support this ground swell of parent activism and grassroots engagement on these issues. And we hope the Board will not shut these voices out.

“While new Illinois law prohibits us from striking over the recall of laid-off teachers and compensation for a longer school year, we do not intend to sign an agreement until these matters are addressed.

“Again, we are committed to staying at the table until a contract is place.  However, in the morning no CTU member will be inside our schools.  We will walk the picket lines.  We will talk to parents.  We will talk to clergy.  We will talk to the community.  We will talk to anyone who will listen—we demand a fair contract today, we demand a fair contract now. And, until there is one in place that our members accept, we will on the line,” declared Lewis.

“We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters throughout the state and country who are currently bargaining for their own fair contracts.  We stand with those who have already declared they too are prepared to strike, in the best interests of their students.”

“This announcement is made now so our parents and community are empowered with this knowledge and will know that schools will not open on tomorrow.  Please seek alternative care for your children.  And, we ask all of you to join us in our education justice fight—for a fair contract—and call on the mayor and CEO Brizard to settle this matter now,” said Lewis.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

ISBE announces finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year

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2012-13 Illinois Teacher of the Year to be announced Oct. 20


SPRINGFIELD, IL –The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today announced nine finalists for the 2012-13 Illinois Teacher of the Year. The finalists represent schools across the state and are selected from nominees through ISBE’s Those Who Excel educator recognition program.

“These nine teachers are vibrant leaders who reflect Illinois’ commitment to ensuring students learn and succeed,” said Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “Education in Illinois is constantly evolving, and these teachers keep abreast of recent reforms and are always working hard to improve their classroom practices. They represent the best of the best across the state, and this program gives us the opportunity to publicly recognize their efforts.”

More than 200 nominations were reviewed this year by a selection committee comprised of administrators, teachers and representatives from educational service personnel, student support personnel and past Illinois Teacher of the Year winners.

Each nomination is individually reviewed and scored three times. Nominations are scored based on personal background information, the nominating recommendation and letters of support from colleagues, parents and students. In addition, nominees must respond to questions focusing on student success, collaboration, continuous learning and leadership. Scores are compiled and averaged to determine one of three levels of recognition: Excellence, Merit or Recognition.

Teachers earning an Award of Excellence are finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year. Illinois has named a state Teacher of the Year since the mid 1950’s. In 1970, the Illinois State Board of Education became involved in the Teacher of the Year selection, and the first banquet was held in 1974. During the 1980’s, ISBE began adding other categories so that educators in a variety of positions could be publicly acknowledged for their efforts. The Early Career Educator became the most recent addition in 2006.

The 2012-13 Illinois Teacher of the Year will be announced during the Those Who Excel banquet Oct. 20 at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal. The Teacher of the Year will represent Illinois at NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., and in the Council of Chief State School Officers’ National Teacher of the Year Program.

Josh Stumpenhorst is the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year. Josh teaches Language Arts and Social Sciences at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville Community School District 203.

Here are this year’s finalists:


·         Christine Adrian teaches social studies to eighth graders at Jefferson Middle School in the Unit 4 Champaign School District in Champaign.


·         Julie Breden is a science and accounting teacher at Jersey Community High School in Jersey Community Unit School District 100 in Jerseyville.


·         Andrew Conneen teaches political science at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire.


·         Brian Curtin is an English teacher at Schaumburg High School in Township High School District 211 in Schaumburg.


·         Robert Lang teaches physical science, physics and engineering at Glenbard South High School in Glenbard Township High School District 87 in Glen Ellyn.


·         Michael Lawyer teaches history and U.S. government at Hononegah Community High School in District 207 in Rockton.


·         Linda Ragsdale is a reading and Title I teacher at Bluffview Elementary School in Dupo District 196 in Dupo.


·         Elyse Smith teaches kindergarten at Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Elementary School in Oak Park Elementary School District 97 in Oak Park.


  • Pamela Steele is a fifth grade science teacher at Oregon Elementary School in Oregon Community Unit School District 220 in Oregon.  

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Xerox announces 2012 Technology Scholarship for Minority Students

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Deadline is September 30th

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students, and thus is announcing the 2012 Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program. The program awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above. The exact scholarship amount award depends on the student’s tuition balance, academic excellence and classification.

Applicants must be academic high-achievers (3.0 or better GPA). Applicants must be US citizens or visa-holding Permanent Residents of African American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent. They must be enrolled as a full time undergraduate or graduate student in any of the following technical fields: Chemistry, Information Management, Computing & Software Systems, Material Science, Printing Management Science, Laser Optics, Physics, Material Science, and Engineering (Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Imaging, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Optical, or Software).

All applications must be submitted online by September 30 or received at the program office with a postmark dated prior to September 30 of the current year.

Winners and non-winners will be notified by December 31st. Individuals not selected to receive an award are eligible to submit another application for the next year. All qualification criteria must be met for the succeeding year’s application period.

For more details and/or to apply, visit:

Report: The Affordable Care Act: Implications for Public Safety and Corrections Populations

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A Reprint: Marc Mauer, The Sentencing Project


Many people in correctional institutions have faced barriers obtaining needed physical and behavioral health care services. This is largely due to high rates of unemployment and narrow Medicaid eligibility criteria. As documented in our new report, The Affordable Care Act: Implications for Public Safety and Corrections Populations, federal heath care reform legislation could change this in three key ways: 

•    Expanded Health Care Coverage — The Affordable Care Act gives states the option of expanding Medicaid eligibility and makes prevention, early intervention, and treatment of mental health problems and substance use essential health benefits. In states that opt to expand Medicaid coverage, the Federal government will cover 100% of expenditures for the newly eligible population from 2014 to 2016, with the amount of federal funds decreasing yearly to 90% by 2020 and thereafter.

•    Reducing Recidivism — Because of the role mental health and substance abuse problems play in behaviors that lead to incarceration and recidivism, the Affordable Care Act could help states reduce the number  of people cycling through the criminal justice system.

•    Addressing Racial Disparities – The new legislation may contribute to reducing racial disparities in incarceration that arise from disparate access to treatment.

The Affordable Care Act: Implications for Public Safety and Corrections Populations, by Dr. Susan Phillips, introduces key provisions of the Affordable Care Act as they relate to correctional populations, and includes links to organizations that are closely following the implementation of the act.


Baseball Legend & Board Member Tommy John keynote speaker at AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk

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Baseball legend Tommy John will be Keynote speaker at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk on Saturday, September 29th. Tommy John is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball whose 288 career victories rank as the seventh highest total among left-handers in major league history. This includes 17 seasons with 10 or more victories. He also had 46 career shutouts; a remarkable feat. We are honored to have Tommy John on the Board of Directors. Join Tommy John in walking to save lives!

Critically-Acclaimed, International Journalist Esther Armah launches Emotional Justice Chicago

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          Emotional Justice Conversation and Art Series                                                                                                               
Multi-media, Multi-Platform, Mixed Gender, Inter-Generational,
 Global, Digital, Critical
Transforming a Legacy of Untreated Trauma Into Triumph 
Chicago! New York City! London! Ghana! South Africa!      
NYC – Emotional Justice is a term created by international, award-winning journalist Esther Armah to address, discuss, challenge and heal from the legacy of untreated trauma that affects black, brown and white people globally.  This multi-media movement is designed to create continuous critical, emotional and global community conversations: live (Emotional Justice Unplugged), on-air via radio, on stage via theater, and on the page via articles. EMOTIONAL JUSTICE CHICAGO launches during Armah’s visit to the City September 18 to September 20.  As part of the launch, she will provide the keynote address for the C. Shelby Rooks Lecture at the Chicago Theological Seminary, 1460 E. 60th Street, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 at 5pm.  This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required and can be made at e_s_alexander@yahoo.com. 
Emotional Justice explores how we love, lead, and navigate relationships within our families, friendships, communities, institutions, and with our leaders.  Emotional Justice tackles the legacy of the global civil, human rights, and economic struggles that have overturned laws, given people rights, and moved nations forward. These movements were/are battlefields; however, not all the wounds have been healed.  Armah states, “Our scars are our stories, sometimes they carry our silence. Emotional Justice is not a band aid, it’s the scar–unraveled, given voice, given air; void of keloids–a place in a rich past where silence has no home and scars don’t dictate or dominate how we move through the world, who we love, who we leave, how we navigate power and negotiate self. We are the conversation, let the scars tell their stories.”
The universal legacy left to those who fought for and to those benefiting from social justice and civil rights is individual and collective emotional health, the right to be emotionally well.  This legacy of emotionality shapes our individual identities, the nature of our relationships—the ways we interact with, love and/or abuse one another, the strength and fragility of our institutions, and the types of leaders our communities produce and sustain. By exploring family legacy, and our intimate relationships with ourselves, first, family, one another, institutions, Emotional Justice deals with those wounds. “Each generation has its work; for me Emotional Justice is this generation’s work,” says Armah.  Emotional Justice Unplugged develops and presents conversations featuring celebrities, activists, film makers and scholars and invites the global community into the conversation through live panels under the themes Diary of A Mirror and Me: Reflections of Intimate Revolution, Black Love: A Re-Imagining and Scar Stories.  
Previous Emotional Justice Unplugged participants have included Sudanese Supermodel and philanthropist Alek Wek and Isaiah Washington, Hollywood actor/former Grey’s Anatomy star, author, genealogy activist, and philanthropist. The Huffington Post and Ebony.com have featured Emotional Justice articles on a number of political, cultural and lifestyle icons including South African Revolutionary Winnie Mandela, Hip Hop artist Lil’ Kim, and Frank Ocean, singer and writer/producer for numerous chart topping artists, most notably Jay-Z and Kanye West.
Future Emotional Justice Unplugged conversations include Eddie Glaude, Jr., Princeton University professor and national media commentator, Brittney Cooper, University of Alabama professor and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, and Susan L. Taylor, former editor and editor-in-chief of Essence and founder, National CARES Mentoring Movement.
Daily Emotional Justice Unplugged conversations happen on social media via Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/emotionaljustice) and Twitter (@estherarmah, #emotional justice).

EMOTIONAL JUSTICE CHICAGO is the launch space for Scar Stories with Liz Alexander, an activist and a graduate student at the Chicago Theological Seminary.  Alexander co-leads the Charles Shelby Rooks Society that was founded to honor the memory of the first African-American president to lead a predominantly white theological school. The student organization celebrates Diasporic ties to Africa, academic excellence, cultural, community, spiritual and social cognizance and activism. Scar Stories begins a live and social media conversation series that ends silence and shame as part of our generational inheritance.

Dr. Fitz Hill, Arkansas Baptist College President, identifies employment barriers in new book “Crackback! How College Football Blindsides the Hopes of Black Coaches”

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Dr. Fitz Hill, President of Arkansas Baptist College (ABC), who served as assistant head football coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks before being selected as the first African American to lead the San Jose State football program, has been a passionate longtime scholar when it comes to the challenges faced by African Americans in the college coaching profession. After years of research, he has now written the most comprehensive book ever on the subject – Crackback! How College Football Blindsides the Hopes of Black Coaches.

Doug Williams, who as the Washington Redskins’ quarterback was named MVP of Super Bowl XXII, wrote the foreword for Crackback! Williams currently serves as head football coach at Grambling State University.

Seeking a diverse perspective on race-related issues for African American football coaches, Dr. Hill chose to co-author his book with Mark Purdy, an award-winning sports columnist for the San Jose Mercury News. Purdy frequently covered Hill when he was employed as San Jose State’s head football coach from 2001-04. On multiple occasions, Purdy has been named to the annual Associated Press Sports Editors list of America’s Top 10 sports columnists and was also cited by the Wall Street Journal for writing one of the country’s Top 10 sports columns.

Hill has spent the last 24 years studying race-related barriers for African American football coaches employed at predominantly white colleges and universities. His groundbreaking exploration of the issue, including his own doctoral dissertation, has been featured on such television shows as ABC’s “Nightline,” “HBO Real Sports” and numerous ESPN programs. As a nationally consulted expert, Dr. Hill was summoned to testify before a U.S. congressional committee about this topic while writing Crackback!

Hill is scheduled to be featured on ESPN “Outside the Lines” in September to discuss the most recent employment developments of Alcorn State University. Alcorn is a member of the historically black Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and recently gained wide notoriety for the hiring of the first white head football coach in the history of the school and football conference. Hill discusses how this hire could potentially be an additional barrier for African American football coaches seeking head coaching positions. New York Times sports columnist, Bill Rhoden also recently wrote about Crackback! while attempting to explain the racial phenomena of Alcorn’s decision.

For more information on Crackback!, visit www.crackback.us.

For interviews, speaking engagements and book signings call 501-370-4002 or email fitzhill@hotmail.com.

Photo Caption: Bookcover


Rare Concert by Dutch Jazz Artists: portoluz Jazz Series continues with International Top-Tier Players

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Willem Breuker Kollektief from Netherlands Highlight of September Lakeside Concert-Only Midwest Appearance



In another presenting coup for portoluz, the Willem Breuker Kollektief from Amsterdam will perform their only Midwest date as part of the Jazz on a Summer’s Day series.



a Special farewell tour will be held, Sunday, September 30th, 4 p.m., $15, at the Lakeside Inn, 15251 Lakeshore Road, Lakeside Michigan. For directions to the Lakeside Inn, go to www.lakesideinns.com.  



About the artist



The Dutch group Willem Breuker Kollektief celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2004. Founded in 1974 by saxophonist/clarinetist/composer Willem Breuker (who died in 2010), the eleven-piece Kollektief plays a hybrid of music which cuts through traditional musical barriers and has long been one of Europe’s finest ensembles playing contemporary and improvised music.


The Kollektief’s approach combines jazz and ‘serious’ (i.e. classical) music with many popular genres, from marching band and circus music to latin dance steps and music for film and theatre. The result is humorous and surprising, full of false stops and starts, clean breaks, sudden shifts in musical mood, and above all, a fine sense of irony. At any given moment, the Kollektief can be churning out hot jazz, European style, and the next moment they’re tearing through a classical repertory with all the irreverence of Spike Jones. And whether playing Breuker, Weill, or Gershwin, the Kollektief maintains an orchestral precision that, in the words of one critic, “would be the envy of most philharmonics”, while at the same time its members are highly skilled and individual improvisers as well.

Willem Brueker Kollektief 

Over the decades, The Kollektief has been one of the busiest ensembles in Europe, touring extensively in Eastern and Western Europe, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia and India, giving an average of 85 concerts a year. They have twenty-one compact discs to their credit, numerous radio and television performances. A biography of Willem Breuker has been published in France and in the Netherlands; he is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious “Bird Award” (in 1988.) In April 1998, Willem Breuker was awarded the “Knight in the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands”, one of the highest honors in this country.

This concert of the Kollektief is part of an international farewell tour as the group is disbanding following the death of Brueker.

WBK members::Hermine Deurloo – alto sax/harmonica, Frans Vermeerssen – bariton sax, Maarten van Norden – tenor sax, Andy Altenfelder – trumpet, Sjors Pancras – trumpet, Andy Bruce – trombone, Bernard Hunnekink – trombone, Henk de Jonge – piano, Arjen Gorter – bass and Rob Verdurmen – drums.









The Dutch duo, Ig Henneman and Ab Baars are touring the US from October 12 to November 5 in support of a new program entitled  ‘Autumn Songs’. The compositions and improvisations they will perform are inspired by ‘autumn poems’ by poets such as Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Ingeborg Bachmann and Hadewijch. DUO BAARS-HENNEMAN Ab Baars: tenorsax/clarinet/shakuhachi  Ig Henneman: viola


Ab Baars leads his own group, the Ab Baars Trio which celebrated a 20th anniversary in November 2011. Baars is also a member of the ICP Orchestra led by Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink.   

Ig Henneman is a composer/performer. She leads her own groups in which she works with musicians from various areas of music, like radical free improvisation, jazz, contemporary music and punk.  In 2010 she started the Ig Henneman Sextet that toured Europe and Canada.

Henneman and Baars 


Together Ab Baars and Ig Henneman are among the leading representers of the jazz- and improvised music scene in the Netherlands. Their program contains improvisations based on compositions written by Baars or Henneman and completely improvised material. Ab Baars and Ig Henneman have participated in international festivals and played venues as a duo and with their own groups. The duo toured in The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, Norway, USA, Canada and Brazil.




Smokeless Heat Trio 

with Tim Haldeman (tenor saxophone) & Jaimie Branch (trumpet) 



“What makes this group so important is the relationship that exists between its members. Bassist Jason Ajemian (Chicago Underground Trio, Marc Ribot’s SunShip, Exploding Star Orchestra), saxophonist Tim Haldeman, and trumpeter Jaimie Branch are regulars on the Chicago (& now New York) improv scenes.  After years of regular weekly gigs in Chicago, this expansive and inventive group becomes a sonic family as they drift to different locations in life. The interplay between the players is ceaseless in reawakening the heart of what is jazz today. Like a conversation among old friends its intimacy is palpable; warm, friendly and at ease. ”

Jason Ajemian 


Jason Ajemian has acquired a high profile in the improvised music scene over the years, performing with Jeff Parker weekly for five years in Chicago, Rob Mazurek’s Mandarin Movie, Exploding Star Orchestra, and the Chicago Underground Trio, Ken Vandermark’s Crisis Ensemble and currently with Marc Ribot’s Sun Ship and Matana Robert’s CoinCoin.  Ajemian’s curiosity has ranged far and wide-he’s just as comfortable in the hushed, folksy setting of Born Heller, his duo with Josephine Foster, as he is in the breath-processed arrangements of his large ensemble Who Cares How Long You Sink. Given such a variety of musical interest, a detour like “From Beyond,” Ajemian’s backwards version of Back Sabbath’s “Into the Void” for chamber ensemble, begins to seem like an obvious stop on this bassist’s journey from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to Chicago and his current home in New York City. – Jacob Kart


Jaimie Branch
Tim Haldeman 


The Lakeside Inn, is a landmark hotel perched on the shores Lake Michigan, a speedy 90 minute drive from Chicago. The Inn remains a charming wooden structure dating from the 1880’s and has long been associated as a destination for artists and day trippers escaping the hectic city. Furnishings reminiscent of the early 20th century create a casual atmosphere and decorate the 31 rooms, the fabulous porch laden with rocking chairs, and the ballroom with its impressive stone fireplace. The Lakeside Inn is a centerpiece of the fascinations found in Harbor County- an area next to the Indiana Dunes that has long been Chicagoans favored place for respite and rejuvenation. www.lakesideinns.com  

About Jazz on a Summer’s Day  

a monthly concert series showcases roster of international virtuoso musicians

May through October at the Lakeside Inn.


JAZZ ON A SUMMERS DAY presents uncompromising jazz and creative improvised music (and more) in an idyllic rural setting perched on the shores of Lake Michigan. The series Jazz on a Summers Day presented by portoluz is a chance to encounter some of the world’s most innovative and compelling artists in a seductive arts-centric and semi-rural environment- a perfect place for deep listening and untrammeled creativity.


The “ballroom” of the historic Lakeside Inn is a mid-size wooden room filled with arts and crafts era antiques. The ballroom looks out over Lake Michigan and in this cozy and informal setting, the performance unfolds. The magic of the environment, the virtuosity of the musicians, the intimacy of the performance and the natural acoustics of the wooden room conspire to create a deeply meditative experience.


Veteran impresaria Marguerite Horberg owned the fabled nightclub HotHouse in Chicago for many years. HotHouse was one of the world’s premiere stages for Jazz and eclectic contemporary cultural expression. Now Horberg and her new company, portoluz are bringing the same top talent to Harbor Country in a special all-acoustic program. This seasonal series of sophisticated artistry is designed to be unfettered by commercial distractions -making the Lakeside Inn a perfect spot for artistic discovery and adventure.


Featured in this year’s season are some of the music world’s most treasured creative artists. While each performance on the bill is uniquely representative of the genre -jazz/creative improvised music, altogether and over the years, dedicated audiences can appreciate the comprehensive language of the improviser and how the music is continually being advanced through contemporary exploration. In fact, the point of the series is to take audience members on a journey through modern music and provide opportunities to experience art that they might not otherwise have access to.


Jazz Piano Icon Mose Allison brings one-of-a-kind sound to ECC Arts Center Saturday, November 3

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ELGIN, IL – The ECC Arts Center presents jazz piano icon Mose Allison Saturday, Nov.3 at 7:30 p.m. on the campus of Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive. In this one night showcase, taking place just one week shy of his 85th birthday, Allison will share his singular musical style and profound lyric wit that have made him a legend among musicians and fans alike. Allison will be honored as a “Jazz Master” this coming January at Lincoln Center by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Mose Allison‘s fan club includes a diverse range of well-known musicians including The Who’s Peter Townshend, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, The Clash and Bonnie Raitt who has been quoted as saying, “I don’t know any musicians who don’t love Mose Allison…, his appeal cuts across all musical boundaries. In the over twenty years I’ve been going to see him live, he’s blown me away every time.”


Mose Allison‘s songs are a fusion of rustic blues and jazz, with profound and often humorous lyrics. As a pianist, his influences have been jazz masters Bud Powell and Lenny Tristano, as well as composers including Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, American composer, German-American composer and violinist Paul Hindemith and American composers Charles Ives and Carl Ruggles. These diverse elements fuse in both his performances and songs.


Mose Allison, born Nov.11, 1927, in Tippo, Miss., discovered his gift of playing piano by ear at age 5 and began “picking out” tunes he heard on the local jukebox. In high school he played trumpet in the marching and dance bands and started writing his own songs.


He went into the Army in 1946, playing in the Army Band in Colorado Springs and performing with accomplished musicians from around the country in small groups at NCO and Officer’s clubs. After the service he joined a dance band as arranger, piano and trumpet player, but left to form his own trio, playing piano and singing in a style influenced by Nat Cole, Louis Jordan and Erroll Garner. After a year on the road, Allison married, returned to college at Louisiana State University where he graduated in 1952 with a BA in English and Philosophy.


In 1957 Allison secured his own first recording contract with Prestige Records, and released “Back Country Suite,” a collection of pieces evoking the Mississippi Delta, to unanimous critical acclaim. Allison went on to play and record with jazz greats Stan Getz, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims and Gerry Mulligan as well as with his own Mose Allison Trio.


Allison’s most recent Grammy nomination was for “Mose Chronicles Live in London, Vol. I” on Blue Note Records. Allison returned to the recording studio after a 12 year absence to record 2010’s “The Way of the World” on ANTI-Records which, upon its release, garnered the #1 position on the CMJ jazz chart for two weeks running, entered the Amazon.com Jazz chart at #1, and received critical acclaim from Billboard Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Pop Matters, among others. Other releases include “Allison Wonderland,” a double CD retrospective on Rhino, and “High Jinks,” a three CD package on Legacy. Blue Note has also re-released a collection of past recordings, “Mose Allison, Jazz Profiles.”


There will be a three-course meal before the concert, starting at 6 p.m. The meal will be served at Spartan Terrace Restaurant, conveniently located at the west end of ECC Arts Center’s lobby. The Nov. 3 menu is Mississippi Delta-inspired in honor of Allison’s birthplace and will start with Seafood Cakes with remoulade sauce, followed by Cajun Sausage stuffed pork accompanied by Creamy Cheese Grits and Fresh Seasonal Vegetables, and a dessert of Cocoa-Pecan roll with Sweet Potato Ice Cream. Dinner reservations may be made through the box office. Price is $35 per person (includes wine). Deadline for dinner reservations is Monday, Oct. 29.


The ECC Arts Center presents Jazz icon Mose Allison Saturday, Nov.3 at 7:30 p.m. on the campus of Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive. Tickets are $33 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at ht tp://tickets.elgin.edu or at the ECC box office located in the Arts Center. Box office hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. To purchase tickets by phone, call 847-622-0300. All major credit cards are accepted.


For more information about the ECC Arts Center, visit elgin.edu/arts. Video clips of upcoming artists and events can be found at youtube.com/ECCArtsCenter. Connect and talk to the arts center on Standing Room Only, a blog at eccartscenter.com. The arts center also can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/ECCArtsCenter. Become a fan of the arts center on facebook at facebook.com/ECCArtsCenter.

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