Jazz Institute of Chicago

Welcome to the Jazz Institute of Chicago Journal, an archive of jazz writing. You'll find incredible articles about the history of Jazz in Chicago, as well as interviews with a variety of musicians and jazz related figures and reviews of recordings and live shows.

Meade Lux Lewis (1905-1964)

Meade Lux Lewis
by Joel Simpson

The driving left-hand blues style known as boogie-woogie was probably invented around 1900 (Eubie Blake's broken octave, descending bassline in the "Charleston Rag" from 1899, is highly suggestive of a boogie pattern). It began to surface in saloons, honky-tonks, bawdy houses, and "barrelhouses" in the South and Midwest around 1912.

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker
by Stuart Nicholson

The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve Vol 4
Verve 837146-2
Parker (alt); Mitch Miller (ob, possibly eng h); Bronislaw Gimpel, Max Hollander, Milt Lomask (vln); Frank Brieff (vla); Frank Miller (cel); Myor Rosen (hrp); Stan Freeman (p); Ray Brown (bs); Buddy Rich (d); Jimmy Carroll (cond, arr).
New York City
30 November 1949
Just friends. Everything happens to me. April in Paris. Summertime. I didn't know what time it was. If I should lose you.
Parker (alt); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (bs) Buddy Rich (d).
New York City
Early April 1950

Sarah Vaughn

Sarah Vaughn
by Stuart Nicholson

Sarah Vaughan
Sassy Swings the Tivoli (Complete Version)
+Emarcy (J) 832 788-2.
Vaughan (vcl); Kirk Stuart (p); Charles Williams (bs); George Hughes (d).
Copenhagen, 18–21 July 1963.

The Chicago Daily Blues

The Chicago Daily Blues
by Bob Koester

Several years ago the editors of Blues Unlimited in England got wind of a 45-rpm record on the Bluestown label. Wanting to learn more about the firm, they asked friends going to the United States for summer vacations to try to locate the manufacturer in Chicago. They were surprised to find that the firm was located in the Boston area. Their first assumption was natural--because blues fans the world over do think of Chicago as Bluestown. It's been the major center for contemporary blues activity for decades.

A Farewell to Joe Williams

by Jeff Lindberg

Artistic Director, The Jazz Members Big Band of Chicago

Ernie Wilkins

Ernie Wilkins
By Steve Voce

This article first appeared in The Independent of London.

The trumpeter Clark Terry was responsible for Ernie Wilkins’s success as a musician and then for lifting him up when he fell upon bad times.

Michel Petrucciani

by Steve Voce

My philosophy is to have a really good time and never to let anything stop me from doing what I want to do.
—Michel Petrucciani

Eddie Marshall Day at the San Francisco Jazz Festival 2000

Eddie Marshall Day at the San Francisco Jazz Festival 2000
reviewed by Rahsaan Clark Morris

Day 8
Thursday, 2 November

Thursday had been declared Eddie Marshall Day in San Francisco by Mayor Brown. And the celebration set up by SF Jazz promised to be a really fine affair. With the likes of Bobbie Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard—who hasn't performed in Chicago for years—Bobby McFerrin, and a reunion of the late-60's group Fourth Way with violinist Michael White all slated to perform, drummer Eddie Marshall was going to be feted in style.


by Warren Leight
directed by Anna D. Shapiro
currently at Steppenwolf Theater

review by Steven Hashimoto

Blues for Big John's

Blues for Big John's
by George Spink

September 2001 will mark the 35th anniversary of the closing of Big John's, a legendary blues club in Old Town during the mid-1960s. George Spink worked at Big John's for two years, after he finished college. Unless otherwise noted, he has supplied all the photographs.


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