Sam Lay (Courtesy “Sam Lay in Bluesland”)

Celebrating the life and musical legacy of Chicago blues legend Sam Lay.

A new book looks at the visual art associated with the blues over the course of its dynamic history. 

A Chicago master of blues and boogie-woogie piano joins us in conversation and performance.

Last week, Chicago pianist and singer Charles Goering, known as Barrelhouse Chuck, lost his battle with cancer. He was 58 years old. We revisit our November profile of the longtime bluesman.

Barrelhouse Chuck, left, and Sunnyland Slim.

He’s a longtime blues musician and fan, and now he’s in the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. Jay Shefsky has a profile of Barrelhouse Chuck.  

The Chicago Blues Festival kicks off Friday with a tribute to Alligator Records. Founder Bruce Iglauer and musician Toronzo Cannon reflect on the significance of the music they love.

The legendary owner of a storied Chicago record store is back in business after a very brief retirement. 

Toronzo Cannon (WTTW News)

Toronzo Cannon is just your typical CTA bus driver who moonlights as a sought-after Chicago blues musician. As a guitarist, singer and songwriter, he drives the sound of Chicago blues from the city to blues clubs and festivals around the world.

The music community is mourning the loss of singer Otis Clay, who died after suffering a heart attack last Friday. A longtime resident of the city’s West Side, Clay was increasingly active in community-based economic and cultural initiatives. Clay visited “Chicago Tonight” in 2006. We revisit his interview and performance.

B.B. King (Gorupdebesanez / Wikimedia Commons)

The King of Blues, B.B. King, died Thursday at the age of 89 at his home in Las Vegas, according to a message posted to his official website. Earlier this month, the legendary guitarist wrote he was receiving hospice care at his residence.

Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 57th annual Grammy Awards Sunday. Watch a 2006 interview and performance with Buddy Guy on Chicago Tonight.

Blues singer Bobby Bland died at age 83. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and recipient of a lifetime achievement Grammy Award, Bland had a memorable performance in WTTW studios back in 1977 on Soundstage with B.B. King. Watch the web extra video.

Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy talks about his career and his new autobiography. Jeffrey Brown from the PBS Newshour reports.

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