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A New Chicago Jazz Spot –OPENING FRIDAY

From early indications the new West Town “Club Blujazz” looks like it’s positioned to be a winner.  For starters the husband and wife team of  jazz guitarist Greg Pasenko and his wife, jazz violinist Diane Delin, who are running it are not neophytes. They have worked with the best including legends Mel Torme and Frank Sinatra.  Not only that, they have their own label, Blujazz, after which the club was named.   And that’s not all. They are starting smart by opening with jazz pianist MIKE MELVION who has toiled as music director at venues including the Grammys and arranged for the best from Tom Waits to Lou Rawls.

Another plus is that the club is small therefore, intimate, with seating for no more than 100.  The drink menu is peppered with the high-end stuff from classic martinis to single malt Scotches and imported beers.  With the main emphasis on the hooch and the music, the food menu, although not an afterthought, is simple but ample.  Selections include hummus platters, flatbread pizza and an assortment of marinated olives and imported cheese.

Expect to hear top national and international jazz talent at “Club Blujazz.” Expect to pay a cover charge from $10 on weekdays to $20 and up on weekends.

TIP:  For nightowls—you can get into the weekends 11:30p.m. late shows FREE, no cover.  Hours:  Monday through Saturday, 6:30p.m. to 2a.m. Sunday, 6:30p.m. to midnight.  1540 W. North Ave.  (773) 360 8046.

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