Lee's Unleaded Blues

A nagging, and widespread, misperception of Chicago's blues scene is that it has a uniform style and repertoire. A visit to Lee's in the Greater Grand Crossing area will disabuse anyone of the notion that this music contains the same refrains and songs that are heard in more heavily traveled tourist destinations. This friendly juke joint attracts people from the neighborhood, and recent transplants from Mississippi and Alabama, with blues that's inflected with soul and some surprising snatches of jazz inflections with rap delivery. Delores Scott captures this mixture: She has sung gospel with the Rev. James Cleveland, blues with Billy Branch and R&B with Roberta Flack. She'll perform July 16 at Lee's. This is also the spot to catch singer/guitarist Sir Walter Scott, who has served as a band leader and arranger for the classic Chicago vocal group the Chi-Lites. <br><br><b> Delores Scott: 10 p.m. July 16, Lee's Unleaded Blues, 7401 S. South Chicago Ave.; $5; 773-493-3477, leesunleadedblues.com</b>
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A nagging, and widespread, misperception of Chicago's blues scene is that it has a uniform style and repertoire. A visit to Lee's in the Greater Grand Crossing area will disabuse anyone of the notion that this music contains the same refrains and songs that are heard in more heavily traveled tourist destinations. This friendly juke joint attracts people from the neighborhood, and recent transplants from Mississippi and Alabama, with blues that's inflected with soul and some surprising snatches of jazz inflections with rap delivery. Delores Scott captures this mixture: She has sung gospel with the Rev. James Cleveland, blues with Billy Branch and R&B with Roberta Flack. She'll perform July 16 at Lee's. This is also the spot to catch singer/guitarist Sir Walter Scott, who has served as a band leader and arranger for the classic Chicago vocal group the Chi-Lites.

Delores Scott: 10 p.m. July 16, Lee's Unleaded Blues, 7401 S. South Chicago Ave.; $5; 773-493-3477, leesunleadedblues.com

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