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Chicago Blues All-Stars

Chicago Blues All-Stars new album Red, Hot & Blue now available on iTunes :)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/red-hot-blue/id668825124

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Chicago Blues All-Stars

Chicago Blues All-Stars

Chicago Blues All-Stars

Website: http://www.chicagobluesallstars.com

Location: Chicago, IL

Genre:

Blues, Rock, Experimental

Members:

“Killer” Ray Allison, Chicago Slim, Anji Brooks, C.C. Copeland, Bible Black, All-Star Horns

Facebook Fan Page:

http://www.facebook.com/bluesallstars

Chicago BLUES ALL-STARS are a musical revue that features some of the most talented, entertaining and legendary artists on the scene today. Together they have created a singular sound that is uniquely eclectic, while drawing on all styles of Americana for inspiration. “KILLER” RAY ALLISON & CHICAGO SLIM, whose musical stylings reflect their lifelong commitment as blues disciples, lead CBAS.

The talent of these performers is only matched by those legendary artists that CBAS has shared the stage & recorded with domestically and internationally. Chicago Blues All-Stars have recorded with and worked along side legendary artists such as: Chuck Berry, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, James Cotton, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King, B.B. King, Magic Sam, Gary Moore, Ohio Players, Rolling Stones, Otis Rush, Koko Taylor, Big Mama Thornton, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughan, Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter.

“KILLER” RAY ALLISON (GUITAR/VOCALS): First broke into music during the early 1970’s. Now a regular on the national touring circuit for over four decades, “Killer” Ray has been an integral tour-de-force in bands by James Cotton, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells and Muddy Waters. In 1998 and 2000, Ray was nominated for the W. C. Handy Award as an instrumentalist.

CHICAGO SLIM (GUITAR/VOCALS): Is a studio veteran of imposing stature. He cut his teeth at the tender age of 18, as the musical director for legendary bluesman Otis Rush. Slim’s shared the stage with Rock’n Roll Hall-Of-Famers Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughan and Johnny Winter.

ALL-STAR HORNS: R&B veteran Johnny Cotton anchors this line-up, featuring some of the country’s hottest horn players. They’ve played with and arranged for a virtual Who’s Who of R&B/Soul. From legendary performers such as James Cotton, Junior Wells, Syl Johnson and Ohio Players, to modern rockers like Lenny Kravitz, Liquid Soul & Lubraphonic . . . All-Star Horns put the ‘unk in your funk.

Members: “Killer” Ray Allison / Chicago Slim / All-Star Horns / C.C. Copeland / Bible Black

Sounds Like: James Brown, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters

Label: Azure Music Group

Manager: Odysseus E. Johnson III M.Div.

 

 Chicago Blues All-Stars – “Red Hot & Blue” (Preview)

Azure Music 1

Azure Music Group is an artist management & production company based in NYC & Chicago. 2012 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the company. It has been over two decades in the development of a production house that has brought sonic excellence to musicians and fans around the United States.
Producer/Music Historian Odysseus E. Johnson III maintains among the most diverse and rare collection of classic instruments, memorabilia and recording equipment in the United States. Having worked with some of the greatest blues and jazz artists in recorded history, Ody J has run his company based on his love of music from three specific genres, traditional blues, classic rock and modern electronica.
In the beginning, what he wanted to hear was not readily available, so he created it and made it accessible for himself as well as for others. Album releases by Chicago Blues All-Stars, “Killer” Ray Allison & Chicago Slim, as well as historic documents on Gibson Guitars, Chicago Music Inc. & Valco only solidify his reputation as a bona-fide authority when it comes to the music of Americana.

http://www.reverbnation.com/chicagobluesallstars

Album: Chicago Blues All-Stars (V1)
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Chicago Blues All-Stars

Coming: July 1

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@bluesAllstars

Premier Practitioners Of Chicago Blues, Funk & Soul ! ! Featuring: Killer Ray Allison / Chicago Slim / Sharon Lewis / All-Star Horns

Chicago & The World · http://www.chicagobluesallstars.com

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Dr. Dan Ivankovich – ABC News (Chicago)


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CHICAGO BLUES ALL-STARS are a musical revue that features some of the most talented, entertaining and legendary artists on the scene today. Together they have created a singular sound that is uniquely eclectic, while drawing on all styles of Americana for inspiration. Members “KILLER” RAY ALLISON and DANIEL “CHICAGO SLIM” IVANKOVICH, whose musical stylings reflect their lifelong commitment as blues disciples, lead CBAS. Both “Killa” and “Slim” bring outrageous showmanship and musical talent on and off the stage.

JOHNNY COTTON’S ALL-STAR HORNS are masters of their craft as they bring the funk every night, and SCOTT “LI’L SCOTTY” DIRKS has a minimalist approach influenced by the pantheon of harp greats. JOHNNY B. GAYDEN holds down the bottom with a sound that’s larger than life, while drummer JERRY “BAM-BAM” PORTER locks in the beat with a precision only to be rivaled by ROOSEVELT “MAD HATTER” PURIFOY’s ability to fuse deep grooves with brilliant melodic ideas. Chicago Blues All-Stars round out their talented roster with the amazing vocals of their feature singers: DEITRA FARR, SHARON LEWIS, and PAT WINTERS.

The talent of these performers is only matched by those legendary artists that CBAS has shared the stage & recorded with domestically and internationally. Chicago Blues All-Stars have recorded with and worked along side legendary artists such as: Chuck Berry, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, James Cotton, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King, B.B. King, Magic Sam, Gary Moore, Ohio Players, A.C. Reed, Rolling Stones, Otis Rush, Sugar Blue, Koko Taylor, Big Mama Thornton, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughan, Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter.

“KILLER” RAY ALLISON (GUITAR/VOCALS): First broke into music during the early 1970’s. Now a regular on the national touring circuit for over four decades, “Killer” Ray has been an integral tour-de-force in bands by James Cotton, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells and Muddy Waters. In 1998 and 2000, Ray was nominated for the W. C. Handy Award as an instrumentalist.

DANIEL “CHICAGO SLIM” IVANKOVICH (GUITAR/VOCALS): Is a studio veteran of imposing stature. He cut his teeth at the tender age of 18, as the musical director for legendary bluesman Otis Rush. Slim’s shared the stage with Rock’n Roll Hall-Of-Famers Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughan and Johnny Winter.

JOHNNY COTTON’S ALL-STAR HORNS: R&B veteran Johnny Cotton anchors this line-up, featuring some of the country’s hottest horn players. They’ve played with and arranged for a virtual Who’s Who of R&B/Soul. From legendary performers such as James Cotton, Junior Wells, Syl Johnson and Ohio Players, to modern rockers like Lenny Kravitz, Liquid Soul & Lubraphonic . . . All-Star Horns put the ‘unk in your funk.

SPECIAL GUESTS . . .

SCOTT DIRKS (HARMONICA/VOCALS): Award winning blues historian, instrumentalist & producer. “Li’l Scotty” authored “Blues With A Feeling-The Little Walter Story” and produced Lurrie Bell’s breakthrough “Mercurial Son” for Delmark Records. A walking compendium of blues history and lore, Dirks’ minimalist approach keeps alive the memory of Little Walter, Big Walter & Sonny Boy.

JOHNNY B. GAYDEN (BASS/VOCALS): Johnny B’s music career as a first-call studio bass player is one that most musicians can only dream about. He recorded nine CDs and numerous DVDs with Albert Collins. The band won a Grammy Award for the Alligator recording “SHOWDOWN” with Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland and Robert Cray. Johnny is a nine-time W.C. Handy Award nominee as an Instrumentalist.

JERRY PORTER (DRUMS): Throughout his lengthy career as a professional drummer, “Bam-Bam” has worked with a wide variety of top-tier artists, such as Eddie Clearwater, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells and Big Mama Thornton. Jerry’s versatility and professionalism have established him as one of todays most in-demand touring drummers.

ROOSEVELT PURIFOY JR. (KEYBOARDS/VOCALS): “Mad Hatter” has stunned and thrilled audiences with his amazing ability to fuse deep grooves with brilliant melodic ideas. Over the past two decades, he’s been producer, arranger and instrumentalist on over 200 album sessions for Alligator, Delmark, Point Blank and Rounder records. Hatter’s fusion of traditional blues, contemporary gospel and modern R&B creates a singular sound that’s like none other in the business.

FEATURING . . .

DEITRA FARR (VOCALS): Deitra Farr is considered one of today’s top vocalists, according to Living Blues Magazine (May 1997). Fiery, energetic, she has been nominated for Traditional Female Blues artist of the year by the W.C. Handy Awards, Female Blues Artist of the year by the Living Blues Critics Awards, the British Blues Connection Awards, and the Les Trophees France Blues awards. Deitra is contribution writer to Living Blues Magazine, with her “Artist to Artist” feature.

SHARON LEWIS (VOCALS): Sharon has played every major blues festival in the world. In addition to being a featured vocalist with CBAS, Sharon is a Delmark recording artist and regularly tours internationally with a Who’s Who of the blues.

PATRICIA WINTERS (VOCALS): An accomplished vocalist, Pat spent years performing as a featured singer with pianist JoJo Brown, and the late jazz great Oscar Brown Jr. She’s frequently performed in community stage productions and was cast in the starring role of Betty-Mae in the Off-Broadway production of “Sweet Pea’s, House of Prayer”.

 

http://www.reverbnation.com/chicagobluesallstars

 


Reverend Doctor D

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“The Right Reverend, Doctor D”, Chicago blues veteran with an imposing 7-foot frame. He’s destined to become a legend, if he isn’t one already.
Ivankovich understands what it’s like to be the underdog. Achieving All-State and All-American honors as a hoops baller and shot-caller, Ivankovich was one of the most highly recruited players in the States. With over 500 scholarship offers, he decided to play for Northwestern University while working towards his BSM/MD in the prestigious Honors Program In Medical Education. Then . . . disaster. A horrific knee injury ended his dreams of playing for the NBA and the Yugoslavian Olympic team.
With newfound time on his hands, he listened to his heart and turned to music for inspiration, transitioning from classical violinist to fire-breathing blues guitarist. Within months, he was playing on-stage with some of his musical heroes. Ivankovich went right to the source of the blues on Chicago’s South Side. He jammed, performed, and recorded with Chicago legends, Eddie Taylor, Homesick James, Snooky Pryor, Lefty Dizz, Johnny Dollar, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Dion Payton, Magic Slim, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. Including a stint as bandleader for legendary bluesman, Otis Rush.
At the Checkerboard Lounge on 43rd Street, he befriended and made a lifelong connection with players that he would eventually tap for the Chicago Blues All-Stars. Names like “Killer” Ray Allison, Jerry “Bam-Bam” Porter, Johnny B. Gayden and Roosevelt “Mad-Hatter” Purifoy. While a student at Northwestern, WNUR-FM, one of America’s premier non-commercial stations broadcasting from the University, took note. While trying to find the classroom for “Intro to Geography”, he took a wrong turn. It turned out to be all too right, bringing him to the door of the WNUR on-air studios. The music director lamented that the Blues Show needed a host or faced cancellation. Fate dropped that opportunity right in his lap.
The name, Daniel Ivankovich, didn’t have the right ring for Chicago blues, so he created the on-air personality, The Right Reverend, Doctor D. “Out Of The Blue” became the premiere Chicago blues program and was syndicated in over sixty markets. This led to on-air stints at commercial outlets WCKG-FM in Chicago and WQHT-FM in New York. He worked as producer and program developer for MJI Broadcasting in New York. He strides into hospital lobbies in a sweet black leather cowboy hat and goatee. He understands the pain his patients suffer, having personally undergone thirteen knee surgeries himself. Because of this, a unique ride was necessary for comfort as well as street credibility while navigating the rough & tumble streets of the ‘hood’.
Dan Ivankovich is a well-known public figure. In March 2010 he was featured on the American Spirit segment in Katie Couric’s CBS evening news in addition to numerous segments in both print and broadcast media. After the devastating earthquake in January 2010, he traveled to Haiti on his own expense to treat the countless victims pulled from the rubble, taking special interest in the spinal cord injured patients he found laying in makeshift tents. Through a series of miracles and moxie, he cut through mountains of red tape and personally escorted two such patients, Bazelais Suy and Josette Delisca, back to the States for top-notch care, a feat that was covered by newscasts all over the country and will soon be documented in an international story by the Associated Press.
Several documentaries are currently in the works chronicling his life story and humanitarian missions. With all of his variable expertise, there is a connecting thread. Whether squeezing a blue note out of his six-string, preaching on the day’s relevant social issues, or wielding a scalpel with skill and precision, the street rules his reality. Dan Ivankovich does it all with a street-savvy hipness and honesty, integrity that’s nearly extinct in today’s climate of inequitable health care policies, greed, corruption, and injustice.
He’s bluesman, healer, shaman & philosopher, and, as Bo Diddley said about Ivankovich’s blues alter ego, The Right Reverend, Doctor D, “one of the craziest %$#@! I’ve ever met. He ain’t from this planet.”

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Dr. Dan Ivankovich aka The Right Reverend, Doctor D

Dan Ivankovich is unique. Born in Croatia, a Chicago resident since the age of three, this fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeon and spine specialist has an alter ego, “The Right Reverend, Doctor D”, Chicago blues veteran with an imposing 7-foot frame. He’s destined to become a legend, if he isn’t one already.

Ivankovich understands what it’s like to be the underdog. Taunted by his third grade classmates for his unpronounceable last name and violin, he was head and shoulders above them all in more ways than one.

Due to his academic prowess, he skipped several grades, but his parents, (Anthony and Olga), both physicians, kept young Daniel’s school progress under close watch and prevented him from being a high-school graduate at the tender age of fourteen. They knew he needed time to mature, to catch up with his imposing physical stature.

Achieving All-State and All-American honors as a hoops baller and shot-caller, Ivankovich was one of the most highly recruited players in the States. With over 500 scholarship offers, he decided to play for Northwestern University while working towards his BSM/MD in the prestigious Honors Program In Medical Education. Then . . . disaster. A horrific knee injury ended his dreams of playing for the NBA and the Yugoslavian Olympic team.

With newfound time on his hands, he listened to his heart and turned to music for inspiration, transitioning from classical violinist to fire-breathing blues guitarist. Within months, he was playing on-stage with some of his musical heroes. Ivankovich went right to the source of the blues on Chicago’s South Side. He jammed, performed, and recorded with Chicago legends, Eddie Taylor, Homesick James, Snooky Pryor, Lefty Dizz, Johnny Dollar, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Dion Payton, Magic Slim, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. Including a stint as bandleader for legendary bluesman, Otis Rush.

At the Checkerboard Lounge on 43rd Street, he befriended and made a lifelong connection with players that he would eventually tap for the Chicago Blues All-Stars. Names like “Killer” Ray Allison, Jerry “Bam-Bam” Porter, Johnny B. Gayden and Roosevelt “Mad-Hatter” Purifoy.
While a student at Northwestern, WNUR-FM, one of America’s premier non-commercial stations broadcasting from the University, took note. While trying to find the classroom for “Intro to Geography”, he took a wrong turn. It turned out to be all too right, bringing him to the door of the WNUR on-air studios. The music director lamented that the Blues Show needed a host or faced cancellation. Fate dropped that opportunity right in his lap.

The name, Daniel Ivankovich, didn’t have the right ring for Chicago blues, so he created the on-air personality, The Right Reverend, Doctor D. “Out Of The Blue” became the premiere Chicago blues program and was syndicated in over sixty markets. This led to on-air stints at commercial outlets WCKG-FM in Chicago and WQHT-FM in New York. He worked as producer and program developer for MJI Broadcasting in New York.

With success, came offers to don a “suit” and become an executive. Not for him. Ivankovich stayed true to his rebel heart. Those corporate offers weren’t tempting, but were exactly the wake-up call he needed. It was time to get back to basics, back to fulfill his mission as a healer . . . and to the source of his inspiration and strength in Chicago’s inner-city neighborhoods.

While an intern and resident, putting in 120+ hour weeks at Cook County Hospital, Ivankovich had the chance to change the status quo, work with the poor on the front-lines and see how healthcare, insurance companies and the government short-changed them. Where was the justification for five-year waiting lists for simple procedures that would improve functionality to allow a person live life to the fullest? Ivankovich started the Chicago Musculoskeletal Initiative (ChiMSI) . . . to make health care for the poor a basic human right.

He attended top post-grad fellowships, programs at RUSH (Adult Joint Reconstruction), Northwestern (Adult Spine Trauma) & Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Spinal Cord Injury). Ivankovich established orthopedic outreach and patient education programs at virtually all of Chicago’s safety-net hospitals. He raised almost $1,000,000 in committed grants and services to grow clinics and provide staffing.
Dan Ivankovich could be clearing a cushy salary treating sports injuries and backaches.  He could have a stream of well-to-do patients in a plush suburban office during the week and kick back on Sundays. Instead, he chooses to hustle at the inner city and underserved hospitals. He’s seen over a hundred thousand patients, performed over a five thousand surgeries in communities that never had this type of service . . . ever: pediatrics, trauma, joint reconstruction and spine surgery.  He treats the needy, provides specialty care for degenerated joints, broken bones, gunshot wounds, for victims and victimizers alike, the underserved of the ghetto.

He strides into hospital lobbies in a sweet black leather cowboy hat and goatee.  He understands the pain his patients suffer, having personally undergone thirteen knee surgeries himself. Because of this, a unique ride was necessary for comfort as well as street credibility while navigating the rough & tumble streets of the ‘hood’.

During his residency, he drove a 1968 Pontiac Bonneville military ambulance, but he’s upgraded to a fine set of wheels as his daily ride, a souped-up 2008 black Jeep Cherokee SRT with 22” rims. Then there’s the “Bone Mobile”, a righteous jet-black 2007 Dodge Magnum SRT street-rod with 550 horsepower, the envy of every adult male on the South & West sides. With extra legroom, Lamborghini & suicide doors, 24” DUB rims, under-car neon lights and a 2000-watt amplifier with plasma displays, it’s the BOMB ! !

Dan Ivankovich is a well-known public figure. In March 2010 he was featured on the American Spirit segment in Katie Couric’s CBS evening news in addition to numerous segments in both print and broadcast media.

After the devastating earthquake in January 2010, he traveled to Haiti on his own expense to treat the countless victims pulled from the rubble, taking special interest in the spinal cord injured patients he found laying in makeshift tents.  Through a series of miracles and moxie, he cut through mountains of red tape and personally escorted two such patients, Bazelais Suy and Josette Delisca, back to the States for top-notch care, a feat that was covered by newscasts all over the country and will soon be documented in an international story by the Associated Press.

Shortly after his return from Haiti, Dan was honored by the National Social Workers Association as the 2010 Public Citizen of the Year.  He was invited to give the commencement speech at his alma mater, Glenbrook South High School, where he spoke about the value of bucking the status quo, thinking for oneself, and paying forward one’s good fortune. He was also voted 2010 Alumnus of the Year by his Fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, Rho Chapter, at Northwestern University.

Several documentaries are currently in the works chronicling his life story and humanitarian missions.  He is co-writing an inspiring memoir, along with his newfound Haitian brother, Bazelais Suy, recounting the events before, during, and after the catastrophic quake.  Perhaps most entertaining of all, stay tuned for the graphic novel, The Rev. Doctor D and his sharp-tongued sidekick, Harmonia. This will be the perfect medium for Dan Ivankovich to act out his darkest dreams in the guise of the Byronic antihero that dwells in his soul.

With all of his variable expertise, there is a connecting thread. Whether squeezing a blue note out of his six-string, preaching on the day’s relevant social issues, or wielding a scalpel with skill and precision, the street rules his reality. Dan Ivankovich does it all with a street-savvy hipness and honesty, integrity that’s nearly extinct in today’s climate of inequitable health care policies, greed, corruption, and injustice.
He’s bluesman, healer, shaman & philosopher, and, as Bo Diddley said about Ivankovich’s blues alter ego, The Right Reverend, Doctor D, “one of the craziest %$#@! I’ve ever met. He ain’t from this planet.”

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Dr. Dan Ivankovich aka The Right Reverend, Doctor D

Dan Ivankovich is unique. Born in Croatia, a Chicago resident since the age of three, this fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeon and spine specialist has an alter ego, “The Right Reverend, Doctor D”, Chicago blues veteran with an imposing 7-foot frame. He’s destined to become a legend, if he isn’t one already.

Ivankovich understands what it’s like to be the underdog. Taunted by his third grade classmates for his unpronounceable last name and violin, he was head and shoulders above them all in more ways than one.

Due to his academic prowess, he skipped several grades, but his parents, (Anthony and Olga), both physicians, kept young Daniel’s school progress under close watch and prevented him from being a high-school graduate at the tender age of fourteen. They knew he needed time to mature, to catch up with his imposing physical stature.

Achieving All-State and All-American honors as a hoops baller and shot-caller, Ivankovich was one of the most highly recruited players in the States. With over 500 scholarship offers, he decided to play for Northwestern University while working towards his BSM/MD in the prestigious Honors Program In Medical Education. Then . . . disaster. A horrific knee injury ended his dreams of playing for the NBA and the Yugoslavian Olympic team.

With newfound time on his hands, he listened to his heart and turned to music for inspiration, transitioning from classical violinist to fire-breathing blues guitarist. Within months, he was playing on-stage with some of his musical heroes. Ivankovich went right to the source of the blues on Chicago’s South Side. He jammed, performed, and recorded with Chicago legends, Eddie Taylor, Homesick James, Snooky Pryor, Lefty Dizz, Johnny Dollar, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Dion Payton, Magic Slim, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. Including a stint as bandleader for legendary bluesman, Otis Rush.

At the Checkerboard Lounge on 43rd Street, he befriended and made a lifelong connection with players that he would eventually tap for the Chicago Blues All-Stars. Names like “Killer” Ray Allison, Jerry “Bam-Bam” Porter, Johnny B. Gayden and Roosevelt “Mad-Hatter” Purifoy.
While a student at Northwestern, WNUR-FM, one of America’s premier non-commercial stations broadcasting from the University, took note. While trying to find the classroom for “Intro to Geography”, he took a wrong turn. It turned out to be all too right, bringing him to the door of the WNUR on-air studios. The music director lamented that the Blues Show needed a host or faced cancellation. Fate dropped that opportunity right in his lap.

The name, Daniel Ivankovich, didn’t have the right ring for Chicago blues, so he created the on-air personality, The Right Reverend, Doctor D. “Out Of The Blue” became the premiere Chicago blues program and was syndicated in over sixty markets. This led to on-air stints at commercial outlets WCKG-FM in Chicago and WQHT-FM in New York. He worked as producer and program developer for MJI Broadcasting in New York.

With success, came offers to don a “suit” and become an executive. Not for him. Ivankovich stayed true to his rebel heart. Those corporate offers weren’t tempting, but were exactly the wake-up call he needed. It was time to get back to basics, back to fulfill his mission as a healer . . . and to the source of his inspiration and strength in Chicago’s inner-city neighborhoods.

While an intern and resident, putting in 120+ hour weeks at Cook County Hospital, Ivankovich had the chance to change the status quo, work with the poor on the front-lines and see how healthcare, insurance companies and the government short-changed them. Where was the justification for five-year waiting lists for simple procedures that would improve functionality to allow a person live life to the fullest? Ivankovich started the Chicago Musculoskeletal Initiative (ChiMSI) . . . to make health care for the poor a basic human right.

He attended top post-grad fellowships, programs at RUSH (Adult Joint Reconstruction), Northwestern (Adult Spine Trauma) & Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Spinal Cord Injury). Ivankovich established orthopedic outreach and patient education programs at virtually all of Chicago’s safety-net hospitals. He raised almost $1,000,000 in committed grants and services to grow clinics and provide staffing.
Dan Ivankovich could be clearing a cushy salary treating sports injuries and backaches.  He could have a stream of well-to-do patients in a plush suburban office during the week and kick back on Sundays. Instead, he chooses to hustle at the inner city and underserved hospitals. He’s seen over a hundred thousand patients, performed over a five thousand surgeries in communities that never had this type of service . . . ever: pediatrics, trauma, joint reconstruction and spine surgery.  He treats the needy, provides specialty care for degenerated joints, broken bones, gunshot wounds, for victims and victimizers alike, the underserved of the ghetto.

He strides into hospital lobbies in a sweet black leather cowboy hat and goatee.  He understands the pain his patients suffer, having personally undergone thirteen knee surgeries himself. Because of this, a unique ride was necessary for comfort as well as street credibility while navigating the rough & tumble streets of the ‘hood’.

During his residency, he drove a 1968 Pontiac Bonneville military ambulance, but he’s upgraded to a fine set of wheels as his daily ride, a souped-up 2008 black Jeep Cherokee SRT with 22” rims. Then there’s the “Bone Mobile”, a righteous jet-black 2007 Dodge Magnum SRT street-rod with 550 horsepower, the envy of every adult male on the South & West sides. With extra legroom, Lamborghini & suicide doors, 24” DUB rims, under-car neon lights and a 2000-watt amplifier with plasma displays, it’s the BOMB ! !

Dan Ivankovich is a well-known public figure. In March 2010 he was featured on the American Spirit segment in Katie Couric’s CBS evening news in addition to numerous segments in both print and broadcast media.

After the devastating earthquake in January 2010, he traveled to Haiti on his own expense to treat the countless victims pulled from the rubble, taking special interest in the spinal cord injured patients he found laying in makeshift tents.  Through a series of miracles and moxie, he cut through mountains of red tape and personally escorted two such patients, Bazelais Suy and Josette Delisca, back to the States for top-notch care, a feat that was covered by newscasts all over the country and will soon be documented in an international story by the Associated Press.

Shortly after his return from Haiti, Dan was honored by the National Social Workers Association as the 2010 Public Citizen of the Year.  He was invited to give the commencement speech at his alma mater, Glenbrook South High School, where he spoke about the value of bucking the status quo, thinking for oneself, and paying forward one’s good fortune. He was also voted 2010 Alumnus of the Year by his Fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, Rho Chapter, at Northwestern University.

Several documentaries are currently in the works chronicling his life story and humanitarian missions.  He is co-writing an inspiring memoir, along with his newfound Haitian brother, Bazelais Suy, recounting the events before, during, and after the catastrophic quake.  Perhaps most entertaining of all, stay tuned for the graphic novel, The Rev. Doctor D and his sharp-tongued sidekick, Harmonia. This will be the perfect medium for Dan Ivankovich to act out his darkest dreams in the guise of the Byronic antihero that dwells in his soul.

With all of his variable expertise, there is a connecting thread. Whether squeezing a blue note out of his six-string, preaching on the day’s relevant social issues, or wielding a scalpel with skill and precision, the street rules his reality. Dan Ivankovich does it all with a street-savvy hipness and honesty, integrity that’s nearly extinct in today’s climate of inequitable health care policies, greed, corruption, and injustice.
He’s bluesman, healer, shaman & philosopher, and, as Bo Diddley said about Ivankovich’s blues alter ego, The Right Reverend, Doctor D, “one of the craziest %$#@! I’ve ever met. He ain’t from this planet.”

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7. 7 Foot Surgeon: Helping the Uninsured

People who need surgery but can’t afford it are turning to a man whose heart is as big as his stature. Tired of seeing people suffer because they can’t afford medical care, one unconventional surgeon is taking matters in to his own giant hands….

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Leader of the “Bone Squad”, Dr. Ivankovich refuses to turn patients away when they can’t pay. It’s estimated 50 million Americans don’t have health insurance. A Harvard study found about 45,000 Americans die every year because they can’t afford the healthcare they need.

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Chicago Blues All-Stars

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Genres: Blues / R&B/Soul / Funk
Label: Azure Music
Management: Hit & Run Entertainment
Bio:

KILLER” RAY ALLISON (GUITAR/VOCALS): First broke into the blues during the early 1970’s. Now a regular on the Chicago Blues scene for over four decades, “Killer” Ray has been an integral tour-de-force in bands by Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells. With a reputation as the hardest hitting drummer in the blues world, “Killer” has turned down gig offers from Eric Clapton, John Mayall & the late Gary Moore, so he could fully focus his energies toward leading a band. In 1998 and 2000, Ray was nominated for the W. C. Handy award as an instrumentalist.

SCOTT DIRKS (HARMONICA/VOCALS): Award winning blues historian, instrumentalist & producer. Scott authored “Blues With A Feeling-The Little Walter Story” and produced Lurrie Bell’s breakthrough “Mercurial Son” for Delmark Records. A walking compendium of Chicago Blues history and lore, Dirks is an accomplished harp player whose minimalist approach keeps alive the memory of Sonny Boy, Little Walter & Big Walter.

DEITRA FARR (VOCALS): Deitra Farr is considered one of Chicago ’s top vocalists, according to Living Blues Magazine (May 1997). Fiery, energetic, she has been nominated for Traditional Female Blues artist of the year by the W.C. Handy Awards, Female Blues Artist of the year by the Living Blues Critics Awards, the British Blues Connection Awards, and the Les Trophees France Blues awards. Deitra is also a published writer, poet, songwriter, and painter, who has written articles for the Chicago Defender, Chicago Blues Annual, and currently she has a column “Artist to Artist” in Living Blues Magazine.

JOHNNY B. GAYDEN (BASS/VOCALS): Johnny B’s music career as Chicago’s first-call bass player, is one that most musicians can only dream about. He recorded nine CDs and numerous DVDs with Albert Collins. The band won a Grammy Award for the Alligator recording “SHOWDOWN” with Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland and Robert Cray. After Albert’s death in 1993, Johnny focused on session work, and his career tally is close to 100 recordings. Johnny is a nine-time W.C. Handy nominee for the Instrumentalist-Bass category. He has been honored to record with Johnny Winter, Gary Moore, John Primer, Son Seals, A.C. Reed, Junior Wells and KoKo Taylor, just to name a few.

DR. DAN “D-ROCK” IVANKOVICH (GUITAR/VOCALS): is a Chicago Music veteran of imposing stature. He cut his teeth as a bluesman at the tender age of 18, as the musical director for legendary bluesman Otis Rush. After spending nearly a decade touring with a who’s who of the blues, he’s shared the stage with legends that include: Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughan, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells. When not performing, the Reverend is CEO of OnePatient-Global Health Initiative, Medical Director of The Bone Squad, and actively blogs about social & political issues under ReverendDoctorD.

ROOSEVELT “MAD HATTER” PURIFOY JR. (KEYBOARDS/VOCALS): Roosevelt has stunned and thrilled audiences with his amazing ability to fuse deep grooves with brilliant melodic ideas. Over the past two decades, he’s remained Chicago’s busiest session musician with over 150 album credits. As musical director for the likes of Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Junior Wells and countless others, Roosevelt’s fusion of traditional meets modern creates a singular sound that is like no other in the business.

PATRICIA WINTERS (VOCALS): As an accomplished vocalist, she spent years performing as a jazz singer, but her career has been seasoned with R&B, Folk, and Gospel. She’s frequently performed in community stage productions and was cast in the starring role of Betty-Mae in the Off-Broadway production of “Sweet Peas, House of Prayer”. While in Chicago, Winters displayed her vocal talents with pianist JoJo Brown, and the late jazz great Oscar Brown Jr.

JERRY “BAM-BAM” PORTER (DRUMS): Throughout his lengthy career as a professional drummer, Jerry Porter has worked with a wide variety of top-tier blues talents, such as Johnnie Dollar, Magic Slim, Eddie Clearwater, Buster Benton, Son Seals, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Big Mama Thornton. A highlight of Porter’s career, and a testament to his talent and reliability, is his tenure as a member of Buddy Guy’s band for over fourteen years. Recently, Jerry’s versatility and professionalism have established him as one of Chicago’s most in-demand drummers.

JOHNNY COTTON & THE ALL-STAR HORNS: This rotating line-up of Chicago’s hottest horn players is anchored by Blues/R&B veteran Johnny Cotton. He’s played with and arranged for a virtual Who’s Who of Chicago music. From legendary performers such as James Cotton, Junior Wells, Syl Johnson & the Ohio Players, to modern college rockers like Lubraphonic, Johnny puts the ‘unk in your funk.

Press:

“The All Stars themselves read like a who’s who of Chicago music.”
Matt Marshall – American Blues Scene
“…(Dr. Daniel Ivankovich) is also a blues guitarist and vocalist whose shared the stage with Bo Diddley and Eddie Taylor. But even his musical career is intertwined with his passion for altruistic orthopedics. His band mates in the Chicago Blues All-Stars were not immune, with Ivankovich operating on the lead singer and giving the uninsured drummer a hip replacement. ”
Jacqueline Rupp – Orthopedics This Week
“I think this medical mission I’ve been on, taking care of people in the black community, has helped me pay my dues as a blues man (Dr. Ivankovich)”
Mike Colias – CRAIN’S Chicago Business
“He may spend some nights playing the blues with his band, but by day, Dan Ivankovich is all business: a bone doctor with a heart as big as his frame. ”
Cynthia Bowers – CBS News
“Dr. Ivankovich is “probably one of a kind” in terms of the volume he handles, says Joan Sheforgen, CEO of PrimeCare Community Health, which runs several clinics on the West Side.”
Mike Colias – CRAIN’S Chicago Business
“Doctor Ivankovich certainly does make it real; passionately playing the blues and spreading heartfelt kindness and healing across the country.”
Matt Marshall – American Blues Scene
“ Dr. Dan is truly one of the most interesting, inspiring figures in medicine, the blues, and anything else he chooses to put his larger-than-life touch on.”
Matt Marshall – American Blues Scene
“Doctor Dan, an accomplished guitarist who’s played with Bo Diddley, Otis Rush, James Cotton, Junior Wells, and dozens of others, is not just a guitarist and vocalist for the group; he’s also a healer.”
Matt Marshall – American Blues Scene
“’We’re going to try and write the next chapter for what an urban contemporary blues band could accomplish, being influenced by Muddy, and also being influenced by James Brown,’ explains Dan”
Matt Marshall – American Blues Scene
“ The band incorporates elements of Funk, Stax Records soul, R&B & Hip Hop into their unique sound.”
Matt Marshall – American Blues Scene
“ Patricia Winters, a well accomplished and long time jazz singer, is helming the vocals.”
Matt Marshall – American Blues Scene
“ Jerry Porter, a fourteen year veteran of Buddy Guy’s band who’s played with everyone from Big Mama Thornton to Ronnie Baker Brooks is handling the drums.”
Matt Marshall – American Blues Scene
“ “Killer” Ray Allison, James Cotton & Buddy Guy’s former drummer, who’s played with Clapton and many others, is taking the rhythm reigns.”
Matt Marshall – American Blues Scene
“Scott Dirks, a W.C. Handy Award winner (now called Blues Music Awards,) and author of Little Walter’s autobiography is taking up the harmonica.”
Matt Marshall – American Blues Scene
“ “We’re going to try and write the next chapter for what an urban contemporary blues band could accomplish, being influenced by Muddy, and also being influenced by James Brown,” explains Dan.”
Matt Marshall – American Blues Scene
“For those of you that have seen the TV Show Memphis Beat, about a police detective who plays blues by night and solves crime by day, Doctor Dan could be described as the real life medicinal Chicago counterpart of the Jason Lee character, but quite possibly more exciting.”
Matt Marshall – American Blues Scene
“Contrary to some off-the-cuff stereotypes, blues music is not about being sad, but rather, taking away the sadness and pain. To that end, one Chicago doctor spends his nights playing the blues away, and his days helping to relieve other’s blues through surgery, medicine and compassion. Doctor Dan Ivankovich is, to put it mildly, not your average doctor.”
Matt Marshall – American Blues Scene
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