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.

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.

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.


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

Chasing the Moment: Monty Alexander

Chasing the Moment: Monty Alexander

interviewed by Judith Schlesinger

Ken Burns' "JAZZ"

Ken Burns' "JAZZ"
reviewed by Tom Cunniffe

Ken Burns appeared at a sparsely attended lecture at Denver's Paramount Theatre on May 5. As expected, he brought along excerpts from his upcoming PBS documentary, "JAZZ". I can't totally condemn this documentary—after all, as Burns says, it should do wonders for increasing the audience for this music—however, I must admit some misgivings about the project as a whole.


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