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.

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.