Avreeayl Ra, a widely admired Chicago drummer who has been integral to the city’s jazz scene for decades, is recovering from an attack he suffered early Saturday morning after leaving the Green Mill Jazz Club, in Uptown.
Ra had attended a show by Chicago singer Grazyna Auguscik on Friday night. He left the club and headed to a nearby parking lot at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, which is when he was attacked, according to police records.
As Ra walked, a few people “said something to make me want to turn around,” Ra said in a Tribune interview.
Suddenly Ra was struck on the head.
“I was in shock,” he said. “I can’t even identify anybody. I went to turn around, they...