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.

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.

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.

Rob Parton, Ensemble 9: Children of the Night

Rob Parton, Ensemble 9: Children of the Night

Of the five known recording nonets, two are on the inactive list in New York and the remaining three are active in Chicago!

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

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.

Gig Haiku

Gig Haiku
Author(s?) unknown
The following was forwarded to us from Richard Armandi.

Jam session bassist
Observes fourteen soloists
Contemplates murder

Say, do you guys know
"Wedding Song" by Kenny G?
Buy the damn record

Riffing on "Rudolph"
Musicians in red and green
Learn humility

Best man pays sideman
Revealing greed of leader
Rebellion ensues

I'm sending a sub
But don't worry, he'll be fine
He's fresh from rehab

Solo pianist
Freed from all constraints of form
Heedlessly mangles

Jazz nymphs crowd bandstand
Offering carnal delights
My alarm clock rings

You Can't Steal a Gift

You Can't Steal a Gift
By Gene Lees Yale University Press, 2001, 252 pages, $27.95
reviewed by Susan Markle


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