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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 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.

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.

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!

Von Freeman: Live at the Dakota

Von Freeman: Live at the Dakota

Given the legend status Von freeman has acquired—in Chicago, at least—a quick look at his discography shows how poorly the great tenor's career has been documented. In this regard, "Live at the Dakota" is a significant recording because it does him justice and is fully representative of his playing.

Bird Lives! (An Evan Horne Mystery)

Bird Lives!
An Evan Horne Mystery
By Bill Moody
248 pages, Walker & Co., $23.95
reviewed by Don Rose

Racing fans relish the mysteries of Dick Francis set at horse tracks; architecture buffs enjoy the exploits of Keith Miles' architect-detective Merlin Richards; theater aficionados revel in the detections of Simon Brett's alcoholic actor, Charles Paris; even bankers can count on a kindred detective hero in Emma Lathen's John Putnam Thatcher.

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