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.

Grazyna Auguscik and Paulinho Garcia: Fragile

Grazyna Auguscik and Paulinho Garcia: Fragile

Grazyna comes from Poland and sings in Portuguese, English and scats with Chicago Brasileiro Paulinho Garcia. This is a beautiful recording of vocal duets and acoustic guitar with some light percussion overdubs from Paulinho (he was once a percussionist in Brazil). The program consists of well-known Brazilian standards like Voce, A Ra, Bridges, Agua de Beber and So Dance Samba among others. My personal favorite is their treatment of Sting's haunting Fragile, a tune that is destined to become a standard.

John Burnett: Swingin’ in the Windy City

John Burnett: Swingin’ in the Windy City

Hinda Hoffman: Moon and Sand

Hinda Hoffman: Moon and Sand

In today's climate of over-praised "Divas" who are long on style and short on substance, Hinda Hoffman is a welcomed fresh breeze. Hoffman's easy phrasing and sincere, unaffected approach sustain your interest over a 65 minute program. Hoffman chooses a program that plays to her strengths (there is no obligatory blues here) and the medley of two Strayhorn songs is a highlight—featuring new lyrics by the late Gene Esposito.

Castles Made of Sound: The Story of Gil Evans

Castles Made of Sound: The Story of Gil Evans
By Larry Hicock
DaCapo, 2002, 306 pages, $25
reviewed by Don Rose

MUSICHOUND JAZZ: The Essential Album Guide

MUSICHOUND JAZZ:
The Essential Album Guide
Edited by Steve Holtje and Nancy Ann Lee
Visible Ink Press, 1390 pages (paper), $26.95
Reviewed by Don Rose

An Ellington Focus Concert

An Ellington focus concert
by Jeff Waggoner

First published in the Illinois Jazz Educator, December 1997, it is reprinted here with permission of the author, who teaches the jazz ensemble at Hinsdale Central High School.

In the late winter of 1996, looking over my class lists for the next school year, I was unhappy to see that, once again, course requirements in our academically demanding school caused me to have less than ideal instrumentation in my upper-level jazz ensemble.

The Thelonious Monk Reader

The Thelonious Monk Reader
Edited by Rob van der Bliek
Oxford, 286 pp., $30
Reviewed by Don Rose

The eminent French musicologist Andre Hodeir posed an intriguing hypothesis back in 1959:

It is not unthinkable that in the eyes of posterity Monk will be THE Jazzman of our time, just as Debussy is now seen to have been THE composer of the period immediately preceding the first World War.

Mark Colby: Tenor Reference

Mark Colby: Tenor Reference

Mark Colby is simply one of finest tenor soloists working today. He has paid his dues with Maynard, Gerry Mulligan, Jaco, Bob James, Charlie Haden, Mose Allison and even Frank Sinatra. Every major city has a tenor soloist or perhaps a few, Chicago has Mark Colby. On this recording, named after Colby's teenage goal—play a Selmer Mark VI tenor sax—the focus is on the of the basics of jazz: high level solos and quartet interplay.

Greg Fishman: Indian Summer with Eddie Higgins

Greg Fishman: Indian Summer with Eddie Higgins

Tenor saxophonist Greg Fishman and pianist Eddie Higgins had met and played at a few sessions over the years. While Eddie was in town they decided to book some late night studio time at CRC and record some standards. The session was one of the shortest is history—all eight tunes were recorded direct to DAT in about ninety minutes with a studio bill that was less than a downtown dinner for two! This aside, their music reflects a lifetime of commitment to the art that is priceless.

John McLean: Easy Go

John McLean: Easy Go

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