New Smooth Jazz Album Destinations From John Gatti

After you get past Carl Sandburg’s description of Chicago as the “City of the Big Shoulders, think night clubs where for a scotch on the rocks or bottle of beer, a person can hear good jazz.

Charles learned to read Braille music which opened up a new world to him. (Reading Braille music is a lot different from reading Braille letters. It’s like another whole new language). Charles said that learning to play by ear and reading Braille gave him a very good memory. He could write an entire piece of music at his desk without going near a piano. Charles learned to play the piano, organ, saxophone, and clarinet.

Poncho Sanchez: A top-flight percussionist, composer and band leader, Sanchez remains one of Latin jazz’s pioneering and most popular artists. 8 and 10 p.m.; also 5 and 7 pm. Sunday. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore, San Francisco. $5-$25.

Time by Pink Floyd. Another great song to ring out the old while reminding us that, ‘every year is getting shorter’. It’s hard to go wrong with a Pink Floyd song.

If you want to be a bit more serious on June 1st, participate in National Barefoot Sunday. This is an ideal way for churches to help the over 300 million people around the world living without shoes. The process is simple. The act of removing your shoes and leaving them at church is profound.

3) Practice positive thinking.Think about what you’re thinking about! I read on the internet that the number one thing people would like to change for the new year is to have a more positive attitude. Thoughts lead to words. Words lead to actions, and your actions determine your approach to your career, relationships, health and just about everything else. Positive thinking is something you often have to practice.

The action moves to Grant Park Sept. 3 from noon to about 4:30 p.m. on three stages and to the Petrillo Music Shell from 5 to 9:30p.m. with Orbert Davis’ Philharmonic Ensemble at 7:10 p.m. and Cassandra Wilson appearing at 8:30 p.m.