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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.

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.

Bill Russo—1947

Bill Russo—1947
by Marty Clausen

Monday nights at the Vanity Show Lounge in the 3900 block of Broadway, across from the Vogue Theater were session nights, and the regular group was Ira Schulman, tenor; Burrell Gluskin, piano; Bob Fahsbender, bass; and myself, drums.

Father Norman J. O'Connor, the "Jazz Priest"

In the past month we lost a Father and a King.

The material below is drawn from the websites of The Boston Globe (BG), The LA Times (LA), and the Associated Press (AP), enhanced by my own fond memories of this most talented and human scholar-father during occasions in Storyville in Boston, Newport, and elsewhere in New England.-Susan Markle

In New England in the '50s and New York in the '60s, a familiar figure on the scene, on the airwaves, in the jazz press, and at jazz events was Father Norman J. O'Connor, the "jazz priest," who died June 29, 2003.

My audition for Satchmo

My audition for Satchmo
by Joe Levinson

A Conversation with Chicago's own Bob Centano and Bob Ojeda

A conversation with Chicago's own
Bob Centano and Bob Ojeda
by Charles Walton

I was recently invited to a card game where I was surprised to meet the legendary bandleader and saxophonist Bob Centano. After a couple of conversations with Bob and after hearing his band, I thought others might be delighted to learn about him, too. On the day of scheduled interview, he called to say that Bob Ojeda, composer/arranger/trumpet player with the Count Basie band, was in town and suggested that I might also be interested in what he had to say. Thus, here is a conversation with the two Bobs.

Horace Silver

Horace Silver
by Stuart Nicholson

Blowin' the Blues Away
Blue Note BLP4017 (A) BST84017 (A); GXK 8036 (J) CDP7465262 (A)+; CP325246 (J)+.

Blue Mitchell (tpt); Junior Cook (ten); Silver (p); Eugene Taylor (bs); Louis Hayes (d).
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
29 & 30 August 1959 and 13 September 1959.

Blowin' the blues away; The St. Vitus dance; Break city; Peace; Sister Sadie; The Baghdad blues; Melancholy mood.

The JAZZ Discography

The JAZZ Discography
compiled by Tom Lord

Version 3.3 A to Z CD-ROM
available from www.lordisco.com
$277 purchased through the website
$297 by mail, email, fax or phone—604 926-9953

Reviewed by Paul Baker

What do you get for the jazz aficionado who has everything? This comprehensive discography CD-ROM, advertised as "100 years of jazz recordings on one CD-ROM," is worth consideration. The CD-ROM compiles information contained in 26 printed volumes totaling about 15,500 pages, which were published over the past decade.

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Margo (Mrs. Jack) Teagarden

Margo (Mrs. Jack) Teagarden
by Jim Beebe

The Chicago Jazz scene has always been a rich and flavorful one with wonderful musicians and bands of every stylistic description. This has been made possible by the many venues—from nightclubs to dance halls—that have used jazz music as for entertainment. From bands that feature very early traditional-classic style jazz to very contemporary jazz modes, all seem to find venues in which to strut their stuff.

Britt Woodman

Britt Woodman
by Steve Voce

Duke Ellington always claimed that whenever he needed a musician he simply hired the best player available locally. He certainly made an exception when Lawrence Brown gave two weeks' notice, and Ellington cabled the young trombonist Britt Woodman in Los Angeles to come out to join the band for a season at the Thunderbird in Las Vegas in February 1951.

"Thank God I've got a fortnight to learn the book," Woodman said to Lawrence Brown when he arrived. "To hell with that," said Brown. "I'm taking off in the morning."

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