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.

Jazz in Black and White: Race Culture, and Identity in the Jazz Community

Jazz in Black and White:
Race Culture, and Identity
in the Jazz Community
by Charley Gerard
Praeger Publishers, 224 pages, $39.95
Reviewed by Jim Linduff

The Best of Jackson Payne: A Novel

The Best of Jackson Payne: A Novel
by Jack Fuller
Knopf, 321 pp., $25.00
reviewed by Jim Linduff

In The Best of Jackson Payne, Jack Fuller has written a brilliant description of jazz, perhaps the most vivid I have ever read. The novel centers on the chaotic life of Jackson Payne, a Black sax player who struggles with many demons and Charlie Quinlan, a middle-aged, white musicologist and biographer who desperately is trying to understand Payne's life.

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

Brian O’Hern and the Model Citizens Big Band: Let’s Make Gravy

Brian O’Hern and his iconoclastic orchestra return for another set of zany and good-humored music. O’Hern’s goal has never been to create timeless music but to give his listeners a good time.

The Phil Mosberg Quartet: Forest Through the Trees

The Phil Mosberg Quartet: Forest Through the Trees

The Phil Mosberg Quartet consists of some find young musicians who are bringing some freshness to the Chicago jazz landscape. On "Forest Through the Trees", the band goes through a well-balanced program of original compositions.

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.

Bobby Lewis: In the Forefront & Incantation

Bobby Lewis: In the Forefront & Incantation

Chicago has waited far too long for the Forefront on CD! This is a 2 CD collection of two previously issued LP's documents this original Chicago group as it sounded in the '70's.

Sergio Pires: Umbigo

Sergio Pires: Umbigo

Sergio Pires is the other Brasilian guitarist/vocalist troubadour that now calls Chicago home. This is an adventurous album of original music that incorporates the samba, bossa, baiao, a little reggae and many other MPB ("musica popular brasileira") drum grooves that are becoming more familiar to the jazz and world audiences.


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