Lincoln T 'Chicago Beau' Beauchamp

Lincoln T 'Chicago Beau' Beauchamp

 Brookfield, Illinois, USA
BandBluesSpoken Word

4 Decades of International Experience

A Multi-Bluz-Groove: Acoustic Duo or Electric 5 Piece Band.

Lectures and workshops on the Culture of Blues, and beyond.

Just published: BluesSpeak:The Best of the Original Chicago Blues Annual, Univ. of Illinois Press, edited by L T Beauchamp


Lincoln T 'Chicago Beau' Beauchamp
Ambassdor of African American Roots Culture


Lincoln T 'Chicago Beau' Beauchamp was born on the south-side of Chicago on 13 February 1949, into a house of music. The recordings of Dinah Washington, Coleman Hawkins, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and others inundated his senses from the beginning.

From the age of 10 until 15, Beau studied tap-dancing with the great Afro-Cuban dancer and choreographer, Jimmy Payne. He participated in many Cabaret-type shows that were popular during that era. A show could consist of performances by Afro-Cuban dancers, magicians, tap dancers, Jazz and Blues performers, and drill teams. These shows gave young people the opportunity to participate with professionals in a community setting. There was little distinction in the taste of the audience, people of all ages appreciated the same talent.

Beau was becoming quite a tap-dancer (sometimes still used in his shows), but it was the Blues and Jazz elements of these shows that really held his interest. He became so interested in Blues that he began sneaking around to Blues clubs after school to listen to Blues bands rehearse. On famous 47th street, he would slip into the 708 Club that sizzled at night with artists like Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Mama Thornton, Little Walter, and Billy Boy Arnold. Up the street from there was the Sutherland Lounge that featured Jazz and Blues acts such as Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Esther Philips, Von Freeman, E Parker McDougal, Louis Armstrong, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillispie, Chico Hamilton, Philly Joe Jones, and nearly everyone that had a name.

Little did Beau know at the time that some of these performers he watched and listened to would have a permanent impact on his life: Billy Boy Arnold gave him harmonica lessons (they later recorded together), and Muddy Waters gave him his name, ‘Chicago Beau.’

After spending three years from the age of 17 playing harmonica and singing in small clubs, mining and logging camps, and on street corners from Chicago, to Boston, to Nova Scotia, to Amsterdam, he moved to Paris where he met, performed and recorded with Archie Shepp in August, 1969, at age 20. Beau considers the first recording with Shepp to be the beginning of his professional career.

For over 40 years Chicago Beau has recorded and performed with some of the most respected names in music including Archie Shepp, Memphis Slim, Billy Cobham, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Cal Massey, Anthony Braxton, Sunny Maurry, Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Dawkins, Johnny Shines, Billy Boy Arnold, Fontella Bass, Habib Koite, James Carter, Lester Bowie, Philly Joe Jones, Famoudou Don Moye, Jeanne Lee, Deitra Farr, Willie Kent, E. Parker McDougal, Amina Claudine Meyers, Amakhono We Sinto Choir of South Africa, Frank Zappa, Sunnyland Slim, and others.

As a record producer Beau has recorded some of Chicago's finest Blues artists including Valerie Wellington, Billy Branch, Junior Wells, Willie Kent, Deitra Farr, Shun Kikuta, Tommy McCracken, and Katherine Davis.

Chicago Beau received the CLIO award, the American advertising industry’s highest honor, for his music that was used in the 1991-92 National Basketball Association Champions, Chicago Bulls, cable television campaign.

Chicago Beau is committed to the literary side of Blues culture. In 1988 he founded Literati Internazionale, a publishing company dedicated to Blues writing and multi-culturalism. To date he has published over fifteen journals, books, and magazines that have included contributions from nearly one-hundred writers and artists including Gwendolyn Brooks, Eugene B. Redmond, Quincy Troupe, Alejo Carpentier, Hart Leroy Bibbs, and Henry Miller. As a writer, Chicago Beau has written numerous articles and three books: Great Black Music-The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Blues Stories, and BluesSpeak: Best of the Original Chicago Blues Annual, published in March 2010 by the University of Illinois Press. He was working with trumpeter Lester Bowie on his Autobiography at the time of his death. Excerpts from this work will be published soon.

Chicago Beau speaks at Universities, Schools, and Music Festivals on several topics including:

'Conversations with Blues Elders and Ancestors;' based on interviews, and friendships for over four decades.

'The Evolution of Blues as Language and Literature’

'The Absolute Necessity for Africans in the Americas to be Staunch Curators of their Musical Heritage.'

Selected Chicago Beau Performance and
Lecture Venues

Festival of Twentieth Century Music, Spain
Murcia Jazz Festival, Spain
Burghausen International Jazzwoche, Germany
ESPOO International Jazz Festival, Finland
(10 years in various roles: performer, speaker, emcee, instructor)
Bordighera Jazz Festival, Italy
Chicago Blues Festival, United States
Talinn In


The First Thing on My Mind is You, BMI

Written By: Lincoln T 'Chicago Beau' Beauchamp

The First Thing On My Mind Is You

(Beau): In the morning, little girl
The first thing on my mind is you,
Early in the morning, little girl
The first thing on my mind is you,
Cause you know the other woman don't treat me
Child, the way you do.

I know I was wrong,
And I am begging you to please forgive
I know I was wrong,
And I am begging you to please forgive,
You know you sometimes make a mistake in life
But you have to soon recognize who is your wife.

(Slim): Uuum boy, the girl she put that thing on me,
Early in the morning, baby, she put that thing on me,
Now, Beau, it ain't done nothing
Causing confusion all night long.

(Beau): I know I was wrong, Sunnyland, I know I was wrong,
But the girl had a kind heart and she forgave me.
I know I was wrong,
But she's so kindhearted she did forgive me.
She said if you wanna keep making it, Chicago Beau,
You should learn how to take and what to give.

(Play Sunnyland)



2010 Chicago Beau Sessions Vol 1.with Deitra Farr, Larry Burton, Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy Dawkins, and others.
Ouch! Do THAT Again Records. 001

1969-2005 Chicago Beau and Archie Shepp
Black Gypsy
America Records, re released on Verve (Universal)

1971-2005 Art Ensemble of Chicago
Certain Blacks
America Records, re-released on Verve (Universal)

2000 Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Tradition of Blues
AECO Records

1998 Chicago Beau / Last of the Sa Boom Boom Gypsies

1997 KATALYST Live Sessions '97

1996 Chicago Beau / Bluesville Memories
GateKeeper 001

1993 Chicago Beau and Friends
Having a Fit Over Your Love
GBW CD 009

1993 Pinetop Perkins, Chicago Beau and the Blue Ice Band
Platonic CD 004

1992 Famoudou Don Moye

1991 Chicago Beau
My Ancestors
GBW CD 004

1991 Jimmy Dawkins, Chicago Beau and 'Blue Ice' Bragason
Blues From Iceland (Originally released as 'Blue Ice')
Evidence 26064

1972 Julio Finn Blues Band
Deal for Service
Barclay Records

1970 Archie Shepp
Pitchin' Cans
Fantasy Records

1969 Archie Shepp
. BYG /Charly Records

Set List

Wide range of sounds are covered. Typical concert is 70 minutes