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Maurice John Vaughn is an exciting younger-generation blues guitarist determined to hold onto tradition while blazing new trails through the multiple genres and influences that permeate today's blues and R & B scene. Vaughn's career reads like a primer in musical eclecticism: he started out as a drummer in grade school, later switched to woodwinds, and by the late 60s was gigging around town in various soul aggregations. It wasn't until the early 70s that he picked up the guitar. After playing with local bluesmen like Smilin' Bobby and Johnny Dollar, he hooked up with nationally and internationally known artists like the late Professor Eddie Lusk, Phil Guy, and A.C. Reed. Vaughn brings to his blues a thoroughly developed sense of harmony, rhythm, voicings, and improvisation. He's never lost that early passion for a wide palate of musical colors and shadings. Of all the fiery players on the Alligator roster, he may be the one most likely to fuse the often tenuous connections among traditional blues, rock, and postfunk urban hipness into a well-crafted and lasting personal statement. Friday and Saturday, 9 PM, Koko Taylor's Chicago Blues, 7 W. Division; 337-2583. Next Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, 9 PM, Blue Chicago, 937 N. State; 642-6261.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo/Steve Koress.

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