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.

John Zorn

John Zorn
by Stuart Nicholson

Naked City
Elektra Nonesuch 979238-2.
John Zorn (alt); Bill Frisell (g); Wayne Horvitz (key); Fred Frith (b); Joey Baron (d); Yamatsuka Eye (v).
New York, 1989.

Batman. The Sicilian clan. You will be shot. Latin quarter. A shot in the dark. Reanimator. Snagglepuss. I want to live. Lonley woman.
Ingeneous ejeculation. Blood duster. Hammerhead. Demon sanctuary. Obeah man. Ujaku. Fuck the facts. Speedball. Chinatown. Punk china doll. N.Y. flat top box. Saigon pickup. The James Bond theme. Den of sins. Contempt. Graveyad shift. Inside straight.

Classic recordings—Wes Montgomery

Classic recordings—Wes Montgomery
by Stuart Nicholson

The Complete 'Smokin' at the Half Note', Vol.1
+Verve (J) POCJ-1816.

Wynton Kelly (p); Montgomery (g); Paul Chambers (bs); Jimmy Cobb (d).
'Half Note', New York City: 24 June 1965.
No blues. If you could see me now.
Same personnel.
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: 22 September 1965
Unit 7. Four on six. What's new.
The Complete 'Smokin' at the Half Note', Vol.2
+Verve (J) POCJ-1902.

Wynton Kelly (p); Montgomery (g); Paul Chambers (bs); Jimmy Cobb (d).
'Half Note', New York City: June 1965

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.

Accolades for Bill Russo

Accolades for Bill Russo
Chicago Jazz Ensemble
by Joe Cunniff

William Russo has often been described as an outsider, a rebel. His Chicago Jazz Ensemble struggled at first, then disbanded. Who could guess what was to come?

These are remarkable days for William Russo and his Chicago Jazz Ensemble. A successful tour of Italy, a new CD, new audiences, a growing educational program at Columbia College Chicago, and a new composition about Chicago are just some of the things going on with this conductor and his orchestra.

Jack Sheldon

Jack Sheldon
by Jim Brown

One Saturday night in late January found me at Steamer's Jazz Club in Fullerton, California, (a suburb of Los Angeles just south of Disneyland) listening to the Jack Sheldon playing with a decent quartet. It was the highlight of a great weekend.

1969 All-Star White House Tribute to Duke Ellington

1969 All-star White House tribute to Duke Ellington
Blue Note, 7243 35249 2 0.
By Terry Ripmaster

Some readers know I’ve been working on Willis Conover’s biography for four years. There came a time last year when Conover’s Voice of America jazz programs, 37,000 of them, arrived at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. I was thrilled and as they were unpacked and shelved, my eyes were popping out.

Clark Terry, Part 2

CLARK TERRY, Part 2
with Steve Voce

Click here for Part One

McCoy Tyner

McCoy Tyner
by Stuart Nicholson

Atlantis
Milestone [A] MCD 55002-2.
Azar Lawrence (ten, sop); McCoy Tyner (p); Joony Booth (bs); Wilby Fletcher (d); Guilherme Franco (perc).
San Francisco
31 August & 1 September 1974.

Atlantis. In a sentimental mood. Makin’ out. My one and only love. Pursuit. Love samba.

AACM—For Youth and Community

AACM—for youth
and community
by Richard Abrams

The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a not-for-profit organization chartered by the State of Illinois, was formed more than four years ago when a group of musicians and composers in the Chicago area saw an emergent need to expose and showcase original music.

Celebrating John Lewis: The New Black Music Repertory Ensemble

Celebrating John Lewis:
The New Black Music Repertory Ensemble

reviewed by Rahsaan Clark Morris

The Center For Black Music Research's New Black Music Repertory Ensemble continues to produce some of the more entertaining and educational events around. Thursday, May 10, the program held at the South Shore Cultural Center was originally conceived as a celebration of the work of John Lewis but, because of his untimely death last March, became instead a memorial tribute to the composer and founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

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