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.

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.

Cindy Blackman

Cindy Blackman
reviewed by Rahsaan Clark Morris

Spring 2001—The drummer Cindy Blackman has been on the scene for many years, at least since the early Eighties with Sam Rivers and, later, Wallace Roney, and I was pleasantly surprised to see her one evening a few years back when I was working lights at the Aragon Ballroom and she was backing the guitarist Lenny Kravitz, kicking much harder and funkier than Sheila E. had playing behind Prince. On record, I recalled her playing on Roney's The Standard Bearer with Gary Thomas, Mulgrew Miller, and bassist Charnett Moffett.

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

The Jim Gailloreto Quintet: The Insider

The Jim Gailloreto Quintet: The Insider

As the title suggests Gailloreto is well known inside Chicago music circles as a go-to guy when you need a great tenor saxophonist. This recording will undoubtedly expand his reputation well beyond Chicago and is a document of his high level of artistry.

Paulinho Garcia and Greg Fishman: Two for Noel

Paulinho Garcia and Greg Fishman: Two for Noel

Following their CD Two for Brazil, Paulinho and Greg tackle the holiday repertoire with great class and style—set against the bossa nova and samba. Paulinho's guitar is the complete rhythm section and he sings our favorite seasonal tunes in English, except for the traditional Brazilian Boas Festas (Happy Holidays) in Portuguese. Greg is the consummate soloist; a perfect fit with Paulinho on both his tenor sax and flute. Together they are one of Chicago's musical treasures.

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