Jimmy Rogers & Sunnyland Slim With John Primer | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Theater Critic's Choice

Jimmy Rogers & Sunnyland Slim With John Primer

by

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

A session teaming Chicago blues patriarch Sunnyland Slim with Muddy Waters's legendary guitarist Jimmy Rogers is a rare treat in itself; the addition of John Primer on guitar makes this one of the most intriguing bookings we're likely to see for a while. Primer was educated in the Ivy League of Chicago blues: his teachers and mentors include the unheralded guitar genius Sammy Lawhorn, Muddy himself, and Magic Slim. From Lawhorn Primer picked up his profound melodic sense and crisp, supple phrasing; with Muddy he honed his slide technique to stinging perfection and enhanced his vocal capabilities, learning to do equal justice to traditional Delta blues and his own contemporary Chicago style; now as Magic Slim's regular second guitarist he's added a dash of declamatory fire to his playing, while sacrificing none of his trademark tasteful musicianship. Pairing him with Rogers was a stroke of genius; Rogers was, in some ways, the John Primer of his day: a flawless accompanist and graceful soloist, a purveyor of music imbued with deep blues feeling, melody, and delight. They're appearing as part of a Jazz Institute of Chicago jazz fair featuring other performers, movies and discussions. Monday, 6 PM, Blackstone Hotel, 636 S. Michigan; 427-1676 or 666-1881.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Marc PoKempner.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment