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.

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

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.

Jon Menges: Changes Within

Jon Menges: Changes Within

Jazz has certainly always been about change and on his first CD as a leader, Jon Menges seems to celebrate the concept on a variety of levels. Considering the contrast of the two standards within this collection of mostly original tunes, this collection could easily be about transitional change. But if we consider the alternating palette of bright and dark tones between guitar and trumpet, soprano and flugelhorn to be found here in abundance, we might well be dealing with a different kind of change.

John Temmerman: The Power of Two

John Temmerman: The Power of Two

Jeff Marx Quartet: The Great Unknown

Jeff Marx Quartet: The Great Unknown

Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: Live and Screamin'

Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: Live and Screamin'

Lenny King comes from the education arena of jazz and initially developed the CMO to focus on the music of Stan Kenton. Although the program has expanded to included a few non-Kenton arrangers, Stan is the model here and that's OK! Although Kenton specified that he did not want his music to linger in ghost bands, we are thankful to Lenny King for presenting this music—we still need to hear this music performed live!