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.

The Miuymi Project Big Band: Rooted: Origins Of Now

The Miuymi Project Big Band: Rooted: Origins Of Now

Gene Esposito: Play in Tune

Gene Esposito: Play in Tune

JAZZ: The First Century

JAZZ: The First Century
Edited by John Edward Hasse
Morrow, 246 pages, $40
reviewed by Don Rose

SWING IT! An Annotated History of Jive

SWING IT!
An Annotated History of Jive
By Bill Milkowski
Billboard Books, 288 pages (paper), $18.95
reviewed by Don Rose

In those happy swing-filled days when jazz was America's popular music, when there were few lines drawn in the musical sand (other than those designed to keep the longhairs at bay), there was a language and a musical idiom shared by the hep (who would soon become hip).
We speak here of jive talk, the ancillary lingo to swing and jump music; a slang, an argot, a patois. But hey—as they say these days—jive was also a subset of swing music and jazz itself.

Jazz Jam Sessions: A First-Timer's Guide

A listener's guide to the jam session.
by Bill Anschell

Jazz Jam Sessions: A First-Timer's Guide

Ready to check out your first jam session? There's much more to jazz music — and to the "session" in particular — than meets the eye.
This primer will help you better appreciate the intense psychodrama being played out on stage. Special "Insider's Hints" ("I.H.") highlighted throughout the text will help you make the most of your maiden voyage.

Tommy Muellner: It’s All About Time

Tommy Muellner: It’s All About Time

Anthony Molinaro and Howard Levy: Live

Anthony Molinaro and Howard Levy: Live

Pianist Molinaro is known for his work as a soloist in the classical arena and has played with orchestras throughout the world. At present he divides his time between Rome and Chicago which led him to play jazz duets with harmonica innovator Howard Levy. This CD is a collection of live recordings from the Green Mill and WFMT in Chicago and other concerts in New York. The individual and collective playing here is at one of the highest human levels possible and suggests an ensemble much larger than a duo.

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.

Malachi Thompson: Talking Horns

Malachi Thompson: Talking Horns

Malachi Thompson is trumpeter/composer who is well known in jazz circles for his uncompromising music for his Freebop band and larger ensemble, Africa Brass. He writes well, plays with fire and always surrounds himself with great musicians. He is also a jazz activist, his liner notes on this release challenge Ken Burns and his long documentary Jazz for accuracy, completeness and the jazz link between St. Louis and Chicago.

Markos Tomaras: Too Much Too Late

Markos Tomaras: Too Much Too Late

Markos Tomaras is a bassist and arranger from Greece who now calls Chicago his home. Just when you think that you have heard it all another world influence meets jazz and produces another interesting hybrid.

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