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Hearing Windy City’s Blues

Hearing Windy City’s Blues

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 2:00 pm
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This program launched One Book | One Community 2017, a celebration of Jewish Book Month. Discussions and events take place across Chicago’s Jewish community — all focused around this year’s book, Windy City Blues.

To kick off this year’s celebration, musicologist Judah Cohen directed musical tour of Chicago during the era when Phil and Leonard Chess of Chess Records launched the careers of musical icons Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, and Chuck Berry.

Guests learned about the roles played by Maxwell Street and Chicago’s blues against the tensions and upheavals of the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. Cohen was joined by special guests author Renée Rosen and Terry Chess (Phil's son).

Windy City Blues were for sale and Renée Rosen signed books following the program.

Renee RosenRenée Rosen is the bestselling author of Windy City Blues, White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants, and Dollface, as well as the young adult novel, Every Crooked Pot. She lives in Chicago and is at work on a novel about Helen Gurley Brown.

Photo by Charles Osgood.

Dr. Judah CohenDr. Judah Cohen is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, where this year he is serving as Acting Director of the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program. Among his areas of expertise are Jews, Africans Americans, and their roles in American music.

Captures the heartbeat of Chicago in guitar riffs and harmonica slides."
— Sarah McCoy, author of The Mapmaker's Children

“Fast paced and impeccably researched...Kept me reading long into the night.”
— Kristina McMorris, author of The Edge of Lost

Spertus is pleased to have
JUF News as the media sponsor
for One Book | One Community.

Image at left

CHICAGO - JANUARY 1967: Chess Records co-founder Phil Chess (L) supervises the recording of Chess artists (L-R: Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Bo Diddley as they record the album 'Super Blues' in the Tel Mar Studios in JANUARY 1967 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by BMI/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)


Kick-Off: Hearing Windy City's Blues
Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 pm
Spertus Institute, Chicago
Musicologist Judah Cohen and special guest author Renée Rosen guided a musical tour of Chicago during the era of Chess Records.

North Shore Author Event
Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 pm
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, 
Highland Park

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West Suburban Author Event
Tuesday, December 5 at 2:00 pm
Congregation Etz Chaim, Lombard
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Chicago Author Event:
Windy City Blues Finale
Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 pm
Spertus Institute, Chicago
Live blues music by Sweet G and the Lovers Entertainment Band followed by Renée Rosen in conversation with Chicago Tribune Arts Critic Howard Reich. All tickets $10.
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Books will be for sale and Renée Rosen will be signing books at all events.

Book Discussions

Discussions are led by Facilitator Rachel Kamin, Director of the Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30 pm
Congregation Etz Chaim
Lombard, IL 60148

Friday, December 1 at 7:30 pm
Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Saturday, December 2 at 12:30 pm
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
Highland Park, IL 60035

Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 pm
Congregation Or Shalom
Vernon Hills, IL 60061