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.

Tony Rankin: Interlude

Tony Rankin: Interlude

Scott Hall: Strength in Numbers

Scott Hall: Strength in Numbers

Scott Hall is the Hall in Hallway Records and represents the latest generation of musicians that owns and operates a recording label.

The Miuymi Project Big Band: Rooted: Origins Of Now

The Miuymi Project Big Band: Rooted: Origins Of Now

Grady Johnson Sextet: Jazz at Bistro 110

Grady Johnson Sextet: Jazz at Bistro 110

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.

Little Labels - Big Sound

by Rick Kennedy and Randy McNutt
Indiana University Press 1999
198 pages, $24.95
reviewed by Jim Linduff

The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz

The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz
Edited by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler
Oxford, 718 pages, $49.95
Reviewed by Don Rose
(This review first appeared in the November 7 Chicago Sun-Times.)

Golden Rules for Ensemble Playing

Golden Rules for Ensemble Playing
Unknown author
The following was forwarded to us from bandleader Bill O'Connell. For those of you who haven't seen it yet, we reproduce it here.

1. Everyone should play the same piece.
2. Stop at every repeat sign and discuss in detail whether to take the repeat or not. The audience will love it.
3. If you play a wrong note give a nasty look to one of your partners.
4. Keep your fingering chart handy. You can always catch up to the others.

Damon Short: Go Figure

Damon Short: Go Figure

It took almost 6 years to Damon Short to get this recording out. In itself, this is a tribute to the drummer’s persistence and unabated will to present his music even if commercial success and proper recognition have been eluding him—even in Chicago.

Despite Short’s uncompromising resolve, Go Figure remains relatively accessible. Of course, it will take time to truly appreciate the wealth of the compositions, which strike a balance between tuneful ensemble playing and unbridled soloing.

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