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.

Marc Pompe: Nobody Else But Me

Marc Pompe: Nobody Else But Me

Marc Pompe is a musician's musician. He sings wonderfully, has a unique sound and plays solid piano too! And then, just when you think you know what he's about, he will compose a new tune with lyrics or show you something new on a standard.

Triage: Premium Plastics

Triage: Premium Plastics

Not long after taking up the challenge of filling Mars Williams' shoes within the Vandermark 5, young saxophonist Dave Rempis initiated a project, Triage, which is now comprised of bassist Jason Ajemian and drummer Tim Daisy. What distinguishes Triage from a lot of combos that have emerged from the new Chicago improvised music scene is its versatility. Indeed, "Premium Plastics", the trio's second opus, covers a lot of ground. At times moody, abstract or passionate, the music can also settle for a nice groove.

Ryan Cohan: Here and Now

Ryan Cohan's recording debut as a leader is an impressive one on his CD Here and Now. Cohan has been an active participant on the jazz scene since his graduation from DePaul in 1993.

GERSHWIN: A Biography/The Complete Lyrics of Ira Gershwin

GERSHWIN: A Biography
By Edward Jablonski
Da Capo, 520 pages (paper), $17.95

The Complete Lyrics of Ira Gershwin
Edited by Robert Kimball
Da Capo, 414 pages, $35
Reviewed by Don Rose

PLAYING IT BY EAR: An Autobiography

by John LaPorta
Cadence Jazz Books, 272 pages, $18 (www.cadencebuilding.com)
reviewed by Don Rose

NEA survey finds jazz musicians are well educated, but underpaid and lacking benefits

NEA survey finds jazz musicians are well educated
but underpaid and lacking benefits
[Press release from the National Endowment for the Arts]

Paulinho Garcia and Greg Fishman: Two for Brazil

Paulinho Garcia and Greg Fishman: Two for Brazil

Green Mill Quartet

The Green Mill Quartet has had a revolving membership over the years and can be heard on Saturday early mornings, beginning at midnight, at the Chicago club of the same name.

Kathy Kelly: A Different Vibe

Kathy Kelly: A Different Vibe

Kathy Kelly is now a veteran on the Chicago scene playing the vibes, an instrument nearly indigenous to jazz and often overlooked in a world of synthesis. She has played in Chicago for many years and also ventured to international gigs, including the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Russ Phillips: Love Walked In

On this recording Russ Phillips easily convinces all listeners that he is truly one of the finest trombonists in Chicago.


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