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.

McCoy Tyner

McCoy Tyner
by Stuart Nicholson

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.

Remembering Russ Freeman

Remembering Russ Freeman
by Bill Moody

[Russell Donald 'Russ' Freeman, born May 28 1926; died June 27, 2002. He was 76.]

The host of the Riviera Hotel's Monday Night Jazz in Las Vegas called me one day and said he'd met a guy named Russ Freeman. Given this host's penchant for smooth jazz, I thought he meant the leader of the Rippingtons. "No," he said. "This guy is a piano player. Who is he?"

Donald G. Miller: Ellington Scholar

Donald G. Miller: Ellington Scholar
by Tony Schmidt

An occasion for member input was the recent death of Donald G. Miller, a long time JIC member but known to a selected Chicago group primarily as the catalyst in the development of (a) the worldwide Duke Ellington Study Group and (b) the resulting yearly international Ellington Conferences.

Melba Liston

Melba Liston
By Steve Voce

This article first appeared in The Independent of London.

The code of behaviour at ladies' finishing schools never recommended taking up the trombone. The instrument didn't rival the piano or the cello in drawing room decorum. And yet the only two well-known women trombonists were both glamorous to look at. Melba Liston was one of them and the English Annie Whitehead, assured enough to appear naked with her horn on the sleeve of her last CD, was the other.

Bill Evans

Bill Evans
by Stuart Nicholson

This excerpt from The Essential Jazz Records Vol. 2: Modernism to Postmodernism, adapted by the author for this website, is the first article in what we hope will become a series about classic jazz recordings.

Waltz for Debby
Original Jazz Classics OJC20 210-2
Evans (p); Scott LaFaro (bs); Paul Motian (d).
New York
25 June 1961
My foolish heart, Waltz for Debby (two versions), Detour ahead (two versions), My romance (two versions), Some other time, Milestones, Porgy (I loves you, Porgy).

Sunday at the Village Vanguard

A Conversation with Brad Shepik

Brad Shepik: interview with Lazaro Vega

Rain Shortens Jazz Unites Festival

Rain Shortens Jazz Unites Festival
reviewed by Rahsaan Clark Morris

This is a truncated story because Jazz Unites’ Festival, held August 5-6, 2000 at the South Shore Cultural Center was a truncated fest. The promise of two sunny days of beautiful jazz free to all turned out to be one-and-a-third muggy and ultimately washed out days of beautiful free music. I’ll say this: true jazz fans hung tough and were rewarded.

My Music

My Music
by Art Hodes

There used to be (but it's not there anymore; I looked) a barbecue place at 48th and State. Louis Armstrong took me there one time; after that I found my own way, night after night. It wasn't the food that charged me, though I'd strip those bones bare. No, it was the music, the people, the atmosphere. There was an old electric player piano that I'd feed nickels. The music came out blues. Oh, how I longed to be able to play that way. I was in love with a music. It turned into a life-long love affair.

About Jack Noren

About Jack Noren
by Joe Levinson

This is a response to Kathy Noren's letter in the Letters section
Kathy, my name is Joe Levinson and I am a bass player in Chicago. I saw your letter and your request for stories or information about Jack Noren. Well, I can certainly tell you two remembrances that I have about Jack.


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