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.

Most Valued Player: Edmond Hall

Most Valued Player: Edmond Hall
by Nic Jones

Before Coleman Hawkins more or less single-handedly created a role for the tenor sax in jazz, the clarinet was the only reed instrument that had a home in the music. Edmond Hall, along with Johnny Dodds and Sidney Bechet, was one of its ablest exponents.

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

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

Harold Ousley returns to Chicago

Harold Ousley returns to Chicago
by Charles Walton

Most Valued Player: Buddy Tate

Most Valued Player: Buddy Tate
by Nic Jones

There have been two dominant approaches to playing the tenor saxophone in the history of jazz. The trailblazer, not only in terms of approach but also in terms of making the saxophone a legitimate instrument of jazz expression, was Coleman Hawkins; his hardness of tone was combined with harmonic sophistication. Lester Young has come to embody the other approach, although Bud Freeman was the first on record with a lighter, more supple tone and a slipperiness of phrasing by comparison with Hawkins.

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.

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