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Chicago Slim, aka Dr. Daniel Ivankovich, is is an internationally renowned orthopedic trauma and spine surgeon. a bluesman, DJ, and a record producer.
Slim’s career began as disciple to many of his musical heroes on Chicago’s South Side. He studied with Chicago legends, Reggie Boyd Sr., Homesick James, Eddie Taylor Sr., Magic Slim and Junior Wells. His musical career also included a stint as a guitarist for the legendary bluesman, Otis Rush. He’s also shared the bill with Albert Collins, James Cotton, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Albert King, Marshall Tucker Band, Robin Trower, Rare Earth and Johnny Winter among others.
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: “Killer” Ray Allison, Johnny Cotton and Johnny B. Gayden. CBAS has been a regular headliner for sold out shows at internationally renowned venues, Buddy Guy’s Legends, House of Blues, Kingston Mines and many others in Chicago. They have also been featured in a documentary on PBS in Chicago.
Musician Heal Thyself
The mission of Musician Heal Thyself mission is to provide outreach, education and empowerment to musicians of all genres who strive to improve their quality of life via promotion of healthy lifestyles.
Musician Heal Thyself is a part of Chicago Blues Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on keeping this vital American musical genre alive and thriving. We help musicians of any genre gain access to better healthcare. We also seek to serve Chicago’s youth by creating musical opportunities to be exposed to the Blues and related genres through music education and the performing arts.
We aspire to expand our footprint in Chicago and beyond through our website and social media by reawakening interest in Blues music. We also look forward to opening a learning and performance center in Chicago’s Uptown for musicians of all ages.
Musician Heal Thyself is a program begun by Dr. Daniel Ivankovich, a spinal and trauma surgeon, humanitarian, and blues musician, professionally known as Chicago Slim. He is best known for his advocacy of the underserved in Chicago’s inner city as leader of the Bone Squad, a group of medical professionals who treat the city’s uninsured and underinsured.
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