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2:00 p.m. Aug. 2

Sun Ra didn't say it, but if he were around today he would think it:
Cyberspace is the place.

Since our blog about Dr. John's (Malcom Rebennack) tender once-in-a-lifetime Chicago concert in honor of New Orleans composer Wardell Quezergue, the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund [NOMRF] received a nice random donation. Thank you.
"I've heard Mac play many, many times," Quezergue said after the show. "And I thought he was brilliant that night. It was one of the best shows I've ever heard him play." Former dBs bass player Jeff Beninato co-founded NOMRF, came to Chicago for the show and sat in with the house band. Wardell is legally blind. Jeff said, "I consider him Mr. Ears because when you lose one of your main senses the other ones sharpen. That's probably why Wardell is so gifted as an arranger. I was getting chills sitting behind him at the show watching his head bob and sway to the music. The next day we asked if he had a good night and he said, 'Did I ! I must have been jigging because I slept so good. We're going to keep him out again for the Katrina Anti-Versary."
Wardell is back at his home in New Orleans. His friends and neighbors are asking him about his Sunday night in Chicago. He is telling them that Chicago is one town that won't let you down.

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I would like to say thanks to everyone that was involved with the benefit, in honor of my father, Wardell Quezergue.
Though, he never received the recognition that he truly deserved, i'm sure this touched him in a way that no one or nothing has. God bless all of you.


Wardell's daughter,

Thank you for your family's gifts!
Please let us all know what's going on in the future.....Dave

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Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.


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