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.

Bob Dogan: Salishan

Bob Dogan: Salishan

Right Together; Redd Holt Sings; The Young Holts

Right Together; Redd Holt Sings; The Young Holts

Redd is the master drummer Chicago the world has loved for over 40 years. All jazz listeners are familiar with his work with Ramsey Lewis and Young/Holt Unlimited but need to pick-up on his independent Chicago releases.

Nicole Mitchell/Black Earth Ensemble: Afrika Rising

Nicole Mitchell/Black Earth Ensemble: Afrika Rising

The very much anticipated follow-up to Vision Quest does not disappoint and shows growth and maturity with, this time, a focus on orchestration. She succeeds in shaping a full-bodied and luxuriant sound. In the process, the Black Earth Ensemble seems larger than its actual size.

Jerry Coleman's Nine Burner: Jazz Makes You Happy

Jerry Coleman's Nine Burner: Jazz Makes You Happy

Jerry Coleman approached me at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York sometime in the mid-'80s, told me how much he loved my nonet and politely told me that he had intentions to assemble one in Chicago. Since then, the band played many dates in town and we have all grown. This underscores the beauty of jazz, every musician and ensemble have the capacity to be unique—no matter the similarities!

The Phil Mosberg Quartet: The New Balance

The Phil Mosberg Quartet: The New Balance

This is the second effort by the Phil Mosberg Quartet following and building on the strengths of the promising "Forest Through the Trees." Guitarist Phil Mosberg penned the nine compositions, which, for the most part, rely on simple and catchy lines or grooves. However, solid improvisation and group interaction are what the band leader aims at.

Famoudou Don Moye/Tatsu Aoki: A Symphony Of Cities

amoudou Don Moye/Tatsu Aoki: A Symphony Of Cities

Percussionist Famoudou Don Moye's claim to fame comes from his long tenure with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Although not a founding member, his contributions grew more substantial over the years as the last AEC performances in Chicago bore witness. Unfortunately, he has rarely been given the opportunity to record under his own name, which makes the release of A Symphony Of Cities all the more welcome.

Future Jazz

Future Jazz
By Howard Mandel
Oxford University Press,
235 pages, $26
reviewed by Don Rose

The revolutionary era of modern jazz began during the early years of World War II. A startling, complex new music called bebop heralded the age and remains a central force in jazz today—even though it was followed by a quarter century of innovation and radical change.

Shelly Manne: Sounds of the Different Drummer

Shelly Manne:
Sounds of the Different Drummer
by Jack Brand and Bill Korst
Percussion Express
P.O. Box 1731
Rockford, Illinois 61110.
190pp. $60.00
Reviewed by Bill Moody

This LP-size labor of love is a comprehensive biography of one of the most well-liked, busiest jazz and studio drummers in music. Manne's voluminous recorded history is traced from his first efforts on 52nd Street to the Hollywood film studios.

Week Twelve: Sitting In (Excerpt from Fakebook)

Week Twelve: Sitting In
Excerpt from
Fakebook: Improvisations on a Journey Back to Jazz
by Richard Terrill

Frank Portolese: Last Call

Frank Portolese: Last Call

Chicago is blessed with several magnificent jazz guitarists and Frank Portolese has been a leader of this six-string fraternity for over 20 years. On this outing, his second release for Southport, Frank gives us five wonderful original tunes, the standard These Foolish Things, and five modern jazz classics.


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