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.

Joel Brandon: Haven't We All...?

Joel Brandon: Haven't We All...?

Joel Brandon holds a unique place in the music world. Not only is he a whistler, but he does so by inhaling. However, he should not be considered as a novelty act. Joel Brandon does not rely on cheap tricks; he uses his gift as a real instrument. And he does not let it eclipse his talent as a flautist either.

Tatsu Aoki: The Miyumi Project

Tatsu Aoki: The Miyumi Project

DANCE OF THE INFIDELS: A Portrait of Bud Powell

DANCE OF THE INFIDELS:
A Portrait of Bud Powell
By Francis Paudras
Translated from the French by Rubye Monet
DaCapo Press, 355 pages (paper), $18.95
Reviewed by Don Rose

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.

Eldee Young & Marshall Vente: Step Up To The Mic

Eldee Young & Marshall Vente: Step Up To The Mic

Lasting partnerships are as hard to come by in jazz as they are to explain. The clash of egos and economic considerations tend to prohibit them, and even as one scans the sweep of jazz history, few come to mind: Brubeck and Desmond; Bird and Diz; Stephane and Django; Thad and Mel, et al. One such partnership has flourished in Chicago jazz for over 15 years in Young and Vente, and this new CD is their best display to date.

Marshall Vente/Project 9, Sextet and Big Band: Marshall Law with Eldee Young, Howard Levy and Anna Dawson

Marshall Vente/Project 9, Sextet and Big Band: Marshall Law with Eldee Young, Howard Levy and Anna Dawson

John Wright Trio: The Wright Feeling

John Wright Trio: The Wright Feeling

John Wright has been playing piano and setting the standard for trios in Chicago for nearly 50 years. His style is both the majestic and blues-drenched with a big sound that fills a room with sound and fans! There is little doubt that his earlier recordings on Prestige (check out South Side Soul) influenced many Chicago pianists to “cross-over”—merging more blues into standards and jazz—and shape the “Chicago school” piano trio sound.

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!

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