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He is a world away from what he spent much of his adult life doing breaking political barriers in Calumet Park, just south of Chicago, where he served as the village's first black trustee, then as its first black mayor.

Downtown Gadsden Inc. Director Kay Moore says Porch approached her last year about offering jazz at lunch at the water wall between the Pitman Theatre and the Senior Activity Center. He had seen the space and thought it was a good venue.

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CONNECT: Buster PorchBY ANDY POWELLBuster Porch grew up in Gadsden, but served as mayor of Calumet Park, Illinois, After retirement me moved back to Gadsden, where he posed for a. Ahmad Alaadeen, Kansas native, jazz saxophonist and educator

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rather than going to the club (on base), I would go to coffeehouses and sit there and have a beer and listen to jazz over in Japan. That cemented it, he recalls.

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don come necessarily every week, but we do have a different group of people that come, and people that want to get away from the office and kick back and relax for a little bit, Moore says.

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wanted to do a lot of things in life . politics has never, ever been one of them, he says.

He appointed his successor and returned to Gadsden in 2008.

hard to pinpoint one particular (artist), because with me, I can hear a song today and hear that same song tomorrow and get a different emotion, Porch explains. what jazz does for me. why he enjoys sharing the music with others.

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Buster Porch stands under an umbrella at Musical Mondays at the Water Wall park in Downtown Gadsden, gently swaying to the recorded jazz classics he is playing for a lunchtime crowd.

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At the Water Wall, Porch says he plays jazz vocalists primarily for the audience, but does play some instrumentalists.

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in Calumet Park, just south of Chicago, where he served as the village first black trustee, then as its first black mayor.

Porch says he was playing music in his house all day and was the only one hearing it. He said many people told him they loved jazz but there was no place to listen to it. The only other place to hear jazz in Gadsden is twice a month at the Blackstone Pub and Eatery.

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Porch says he can choose a favorite jazz artist, but mentions the Jazz Crusaders, Phil Jackson, Miles Davis and John Coltrane as artists he listens to a lot.

playing it for me, I playing for me, he says. I would love to have that place jam packed to every seat, but if they not there, I still playing it for me, that how much I love it. is a fixture at Gadsden City Council meetings, but doesn plan to run for office here.

I thought I could try, I had tried, and I had no new ideas to put forth without compromising my own thought processes, Porch says.

15 years was a McDonald There was not even a new home built, Porch says.

He met with department heads and said he wanted to grow Calumet Park. philosophy was, is no in team. We going to do this. And we got started, Porch says.

Some people get into politics they need to wear a crown, and that crown is politics, Nike Dunks Mens he says. far as music, the music of jazz is soothing and relaxation of life. 70, discovered his love for jazz in an unusual place Japan.

Politics and jazz are completely different, and Porch says he greatly favors the latter over the former.

The politics, he says, was a result of him being active in his community, which led him to one who no one tells me no or says I can do anything, Porch says. do it without any fuss. I a slow walker. I walk up and I take over before you know what happened. I don have to raise hell, I just do it. became a Calumet Park trustee in 1985. Eight years later, he was elected to the first of four terms as mayor of the village with a population of about 8,000. Steel from 1967 to 1998.

Politics and jazz are completely different, and Porch says he greatly favors the latter over the former.

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Buster Porch stands under an umbrella at Musical Mondays at the Water Wall park in Downtown Gadsden, gently swaying to the recorded jazz classics he is playing for a lunchtime crowd.

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After graduating in 1963 from Carver High School, Porch joined the Air Force. While stationed in Japan, he found that coffeehouses were home to American jazz music.

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After being elected to a fourth term as mayor in 2005 Calumet Park municipal complex was named for him that year he resigned 13 months early.

He and other village officials began attending meetings and talking to developers, and the town grew.

wanted to do a lot of things in life . politics has never, ever been one of them, he says.

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