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.

An Ellington focus concert

An Ellington focus concert
by Jeff Waggoner

An Englishman Remembers Barrett Deems

An Englishman Remembers Barrett Deems
by Stephen Voce

"Barrett," said Louis Armstrong, "you're the only guy in the world that makes coffee nervous."

Early Ellington in Chicago

Early Ellington in Chicago
by Richard Wang

Most Valued Player: Lee Konitz

Most Valued Player: Lee Konitz
by Nic Jones

George Coleman

George Coleman
by Stuart Nicholson

Live at Yoshi's
Evidence ECD 22021-2
Coleman (ten); Harold Mabern (p); Ray Drummond (bs); Alvin Queen(d).
Oakland and San Francisco
August 1987

They Say It's Wonderful, Good Morning Heartache, Laig Gobblin' Blues, Io, Up Jumped Spring, Father, Soul Eyes.

Successful Debut for JAZZ Members Orchestra Subscription Series

Successful Debut for JAZZ Members Orchestra Subscription Series
By Sue Markle

Grandpa Bass

Grandpa Bass
by Jim Beebe

“Benny and Gene! Together Again! ”

“Benny and Gene! Together Again! ”
by Joe Levinson

Dave Frishberg told me this story back in 1962 in New York. He swore it was true and he should know: he was the pianist that eventful night at the Metropole.

The Metropole! Just saying the name brings back crazy memories. It was a large bar and restaurant smack in the heart of Times Square that featured small and large jazz bands on a narrow stage against the north wall, directly behind the bartenders.

My Time with Al Haig

My Time with Al Haig
by Kenny Fredrickson

In the early '60s Al Haig and I were working for a couple of weeks in the same Manhattan night club, playing solo piano and accompanying chick singers. One of the singers was a Mexican-American girl who spoke perfect English and sang her butt off.

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