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.

Selections from the San Franciso Jazz Festival 2001

Selections from the San Franciso Jazz Festival 2001
reviewed by Rahsaan Clark Morris

Wednesday, October 24: Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner and Pharoah Sanders

My Boys Don’t Drink or Smoke!

My Boys Don’t Drink or Smoke!
A Musical Episode in The Apple
by Joe Levinson

In a recent story I wrote about the late trombonist Dick Rath in New York City, I mentioned Whitey Mitchell, a fine bass player and brother of Red Mitchell. He often played at Nick’s in the Village, a famous (now, sadly, long-gone) restaurant-jazz club that featured traditional and swing bands.

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.

Fred Hopkins Obituary

Fred Hopkins Obituary

Frederic J. Hopkins was born on October 11, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to Cedric and Lula Hopkins. Fred attended Coleman Elementary School and DuSable High School. As a student at DuSable under the direction of the late Captain Walter Dyett, his musical career as a bassist began. He later studied bass with Joseph Gustafeste of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Most Valued Player: Art Pepper

Most Valued Player: Art Pepper
by Nic Jones

The seminal figures in jazz have always inspired dedicated followers, musicians for whom an individual's playing has been the first and last word on the subject. Charlie Parker, wildly unbalanced as an individual yet also the seminal figure in the music after Louis Armstrong, inspired a legion of alto sax players all of whom were enthralled by some aspect of his musicianship. In his time the number of alto players who were not influenced by him could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Art Pepper was one of them.

A Jazz Odyssey: The Life of Oscar Peterson

A Jazz Odyssey: The Life of Oscar Peterson
By Oscar Peterson,
New York: Continuum Books, June 2002, 382 pages, $29.95.
Reviewed by David Simpson

Jazz By Mail

Jazz By Mail
Record Clubs and Record Labels, 1936–1958
by Geoffrey Wheeler
Hillbrook Press, 512 pages
$60.00, soft cover
Reviewed by Jim Linduff

Advertised as a book for the serious jazz collector, historian, musician and educator, Geoff Wheeler has written a thorough and interesting collection of information about the recording business.

The Life and Legacy of Tadley Ewing Dameron

TADD:
The Life and Legacy of Tadley Ewing Dameron
By Ian MacDonald
Jahbero, 133 pp.
$30 (US, available from Cadence, Redwood, New York), £19.50 (UK)
Reviewed by Don Rose

Tadd Dameron, born in 1917, seamlessly bridged the crucial musical years from swing to bebop. He wrote and arranged for late-1930s bands such as Lucky Millender, Andy Kirk and Vido Musso before he was 20, jammed with his fellow musical "outlaw" Charlie Parker in Kansas City in 1939 and went on to become an indispensable—though undersung—part of the modern music scene of the '40s through the early '60s.

A Modest Reply

A Modest Reply
by Joe Levinson

This essay is a response to NEA survey finds jazz musicians are well educated but underpaid and lacking benefits

I read the NEA report, "Changing the Beat" with a feeling of anger, hostility and sadness. Jazz musicians are fundamentally selfish persons who play the music they want to play for people who think they’re hip but really don’t understand what’s being played.

Dan McIntyre: Hourglass

Dan McIntyre: Hourglass

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