From the Chicago Tribune:
The Velvet Lounge, a Near South Side jazz club admired around the world as home base for the late Chicago tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson, has been closed in a dispute among Anderson’s survivors. The staff of the club walked out last week, in support of Jasmine Sebaggala and Rasminee Harris, Anderson’s granddaughters, who have been managing the jazz shrine since the saxophonist’s death last June, at age 81. Sebaggala and Harris ceded control of the room, at 67 E.Cermak Rd., to their father, Eugene Anderson, and his brother, Michael Anderson, who are Fred Anderson’s sons. The cross-generational conflict came to a head on Nov. 30, and the club has been dark since Dec. 1.
- In memoriam: Fred Anderson, 1929 – 2010 (timeoutny.com)
- Steve Swell and Mikolaj Trzaska: Intimate Free Jazz at the Velvet Lounge Wednesday (chicagoreader.com)