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I became obsessed with coffee when my best friend bought me a one-mug Melitta machine – a cheap comment on my lifestyle, I thought, but an undeniably accurate one. I became obsessed with jazz only after I became obsessed with rock, which was only after I became obsessed with Hootenanny, which was only after I became obsessed with the Playmates’ “Beep Beep” – go, little Nash Rambler, go! I also write about jazz for JazzTimes and pronounce about it for WDCB Public Radio in Glen Ellyn, IL.,,  having covered the beat for many years for the Chicago Sun-Times. I write about books for Kirkus Reviews and wrote a recently published one for the scholastic set, American Country: Bluegrass, Honky Tonk and Crossover Sounds. In the deep, dark past (but who’s counting?), I was senior editor at No Depression, Hot Type columnist for the Reader, contributing music editor for Chicago magazine and intrepid Midwest writer for Rolling Stone. And I was the voice of “Sachs and the Cinema” on WXRT in Chicago and co-host of the “Writers Bloc” jazz program on WNUR in Evanston, IL.  I’m an adjunct at Columbia College Chicago, where I teach arts reviewing.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. maria permalink
    August 21, 2011 11:32 AM

    impressive. must reading.

  2. Debbie permalink
    August 23, 2011 6:56 PM

    Can we get an email subscription to your blog?

  3. Mark permalink
    October 25, 2011 8:26 AM

    Angie told me about your blog. I love pour over coffee and music too! Sign me up.

  4. November 9, 2011 5:31 PM

    Please tell me the name of the Latin Jazz CD that you
    reviewed on WDCB today?
    I’ve googled the shit outta it-
    and cant find it.
    Ft. Apache?
    Help my aging brain out…

    • November 9, 2011 5:48 PM

      It’s “Jerry Gonzalez y El Comando de la Clave” on Sunnyside. He used to lead the Fort Apache Band, and may well lead them again. But he’s now based in Madrid.
      This music will definitely ease your brain however aging…

  5. April 5, 2012 3:03 PM

    Lloyd, from the Sun Times back in the early 70’s? If so, I hung out with you and Roger Ebert after work, at what was it? Riccardos??

    • April 5, 2012 3:34 PM

      i didn’t do much hanging out with roger, but yes, riccardo’s was the place where jouros hung out back then, lot of chicago magazine people too. and of course friday night, it was o’rourke’s on north ave.

  6. March 13, 2013 3:21 PM

    Hi Lloyd, I was trying to read your review of my CD “Burning Bridge” on the JazzTimes, but after clicking the link it said the file was missing. Could you fix that? Would love to read what you heard. thanks for writing. best wishes, Jason Kao Hwang

  7. Ron S. permalink
    April 7, 2013 11:29 PM

    So, we meet again……

    I used to hear to your movie reviews on XRT all the time and recently noticed your name in JazzTimes and decided to Google you up to see if you were, indeed, the “Sachs and the Cinema” guy.

    I will enjoy keeping up with your music reviews in the future.

    (BTW: The Eric Revis CD does sound interesting, but I wish there was a CD of the Moran-Vandermark-Parker-Waits lineup that performed at the Green Mill a couple years ago — that was one of the best avant-jazz concerts I can remember.)

    • April 8, 2013 2:40 PM

      thanks for the note, ron. always good to hear from people who remember “sachs and the cinema.” the blog is about to undergo some significant changes, but it will be back better than ever. as for jeff parker: what group doesn’t he make better?

  8. April 9, 2013 5:12 PM

    And I remember you from the Sun-Times away back in the early 70’s, you and Roger reviewing cinema…

    • April 9, 2013 6:25 PM

      thanks for remembering, and writing, but hey, don’t put me back all the way in the early ’70s! didn’t start rvwing on the radio til late ’70s and sun-times early ’80s! RIP Roger.

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