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: 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.


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

review by Steven Hashimoto

Growing Up Musically in Chicago

Growing Up Musically in Chicago
by Marty Clausen

I was lucky to be born in Chicago when I was. It was the end of the roaring '20s, and jazz was already a huge part of our culture. When I started playing drums in the early '40s, we were in transition between swing and bebop. The "new music" was drawing a lot of us into a whole different way of playing, and thinking.

When I was about sixteen I met Sandy Mosse while rehearsing with Don Newey's small band. We didn't think of it at the time, but we were to be lifelong friends and fellow players in many different musical situations.

Betty Roché

Betty Roché
by Steve Voce

If ever anyone was at the right place at the wrong time, then it was Betty Roché.

In Search of Tad(d) Dameron

In Search of Tad(d) Dameron
by Ian MacDonald

The following material is based on the author's research into Dameron's life and music, which culminated in the recent publication of "Tadd—the life and legacy of Tadley Ewing Dameron." A review of his book will appear here shortly.

In October, a compilation CD titled "The Lost Sessions" will hit the stores which will include previously unreleased material from the Blue Note vaults. Featured will be various bands led by Charlie Rouse, Ike Quebec, Duke Pearson and...Tadd Dameron.

Classic recordings—Gerry Mulligan

Classic recordings—Gerry Mulligan
by Stuart Nicholson

The Complete Pacific Jazz and Capitol Records of the Original Gerry Mulligan Quartet and Tentette with Chet Baker
Mosaic MR5-102
Mulligan (bar); Red Mitchell (bs); Chico Hamilton (d).
Los Angeles, 9-10 June 1952.
Get happy. ‘S wonderful. Godchild. Haig and haig. She didn’t say yes...

Chet Baker (tpt); Mulligan (bar); Jimmy Rowles (p).
Los Angeles, 9 July 1952.
Bernie’s tune. Lullaby of the leaves. Utter Chaos #1.

Same personnel as above.
Los Angeles, 15 & 16 October 1952.

The complete Dean Benedetti recordings of Charlie Parker

The complete Dean Benedetti
recordings of Charlie Parker

reviewed by Don Rose

35 Melrose Place, Stamford Connecticut 06902
Mail order only.
7 CD Box, $112, 10 LP box $100
with 48-page booklet.

Jazz Places

Jazz Places
by Howard S. Becker

Howard S. Becker, now a prominent sociologist, was a pianist in Chicago in the late 1940s. He studied with Lennie Tristano and succeeded Lou Levy with Harold Fox's band. He wrote early books about drug abuse among be-bop musicians.

What follows was first given as a talk at the Université Mendes-France in Grenoble, France. It was followed by a 45 minute "recital," in which I was accompanied by Benoit Cancoin, a really excellent bass player from Lyon. A good time was had by all.


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