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.

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.

Accompanying Ira Sullivan

Accompanying Ira Sullivan
by Kenny Fredrickson

The author, a pianist, is a Chicagoan who worked with many of the big names in jazz during the '50s and '60s.

Ira Sullivan, the quintessential be-bopper, burst upon the Chicago jazz scene during the late '40s like a comet from the far-off reaches of outer space.

Harold Ousley returns to Chicago

Harold Ousley returns to Chicago
by Charles Walton

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.

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.

Bill Perkins

Bill Perkins
with Steve Voce


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