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.

Michel Petruciani: A Farewell and a Last Review

Michel Petruciani
A Farewell and a Last Review
by Thierry Pérémarti

New York correspondent for Jazzman

Intense! He was intense, that's it! Fragile, naïve, and impressionable—stubborn, demanding, but incredibly generous. Yes, he gave it all. Because there was no room for things half done, half lived or half loved. Today I still don't understand how he did what he did. That piano was so big ("all those teeth" he said at four years old), and he tamed all of them.

Classic recordings—Chick Corea

Classic recordings—Chick Corea
by Stuart Nicholson

Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
Blue Note CDP 7900552.
Chick Corea (p); Miroslav Vitous (bs); Roy Haynes (d).
New York City, 14, 19 & 27 March 1968.

Matrix. My one and only love. Now he beats the drum—now he stops. Bossa. Now he sings—now he sobs. Steps—what was. Fragments. Windows. Pannonica. Samba yantra. I don’t know. The law of falling and catching up. Gemini.

Selections from the San Franciso Jazz Festival 2000

Selections from the San Franciso Jazz Festival 2000
reviewed by Rahsaan Clark Morris

Day 1
Wednesday, October 25

Bass Lines: A Life in Jazz

Bass Lines: A Life in Jazz
By Coleridge Goode with Roger Cotterell
London: Northway Publications, 2003.

Nic Jones

The bass player Coleridge Goode has proven himself to be one of the most open-minded jazz musicians, as this biography and the names he’s worked with over the years testify.

Helen Oakley Dance dies—journalist, producer, promoter, and wife of Stanley Dance

Helen Oakley Dance dies—journalist, producer, promoter, and wife of Stanley Dance
by Francis J. Dance

Helen Margaret Oakley was born on February 15, 1913 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A member of the prosperous Simpson Knitting Mills family, she was educated in her youth with her sister Cynthia by a succession of English governesses, often wintering in Nassau, the Bahamas. She attended Ovenden College, a private school in Toronto from 1926 to 1930, and then spent a year at Trinity College at the University of Toronto prior to finishing school at Les Fougeres in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Most Valued Player: Herbie Nichols

Most Valued Player: Herbie Nichols
by Nic Jones

There is a tradition of dissent in the realm of jazz piano playing, and it stretches from Count Basie to Andrew Hill. The players within it all forsook or have forsaken what might be called correct virtuosity in favour of idiosyncratic approaches of their own devising. Within this stream there is a small enclave occupied by a trio of pianist-composers, namely Hill, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Nichols, who even now enjoys comparatively little coverage.

Electric Miles

Electric Miles

Black Beauty: Live at Fillmore West
(Columbia/Legacy C2K 65138), April 1970
Miles Davis at Fillmore: Live at Fillmore East
(Columbia/Legacy C2K 65139), June 17-20, 1970

(Columbia/Legacy C2K 65135), 1969-70
Miles Davis in Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall
(Columbia/Legacy C2K 65140), September 1972
Dark Magus: Live at Carnegie Hall
(Columbia/Legacy C2K 65137), March 1974

Reviewed by Greg Masters

Steve Lacy at Unity Temple

Steve Lacy at Unity Temple
by Rahsaan Clark Morris

Bringing Down The Blackhawk

Bringing Down The Blackhawk
By Bob Knack

I was taking a lunchtime stroll in Chicago's Loop when I saw the scaffolding going up. It started on the south side of Randolph Street near the old library and was just beginning to curl around the corner and past 139 N. Wabash. I'll wager most of the passers-by had no recollection of the music history that took place at that famous but now shuttered address. It was the site of The Blackhawk, where big band music was king.


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