Jazz Institute of Chicago

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Rob Parton, Ensemble 9: Children of the Night

Rob Parton, Ensemble 9: Children of the Night

Of the five known recording nonets, two are on the inactive list in New York and the remaining three are active in Chicago!

Anthony Braxton/Scott Rosenberg: Compositions/Improvisations 2000

Anthony Braxton/Scott Rosenberg: Compositions/Improvisations 2000

Jerry Coleman's Nine Burner: Jazz Makes You Happy

Jerry Coleman's Nine Burner: Jazz Makes You Happy

Jerry Coleman approached me at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York sometime in the mid-'80s, told me how much he loved my nonet and politely told me that he had intentions to assemble one in Chicago. Since then, the band played many dates in town and we have all grown. This underscores the beauty of jazz, every musician and ensemble have the capacity to be unique—no matter the similarities!

Marc Pompe: Nobody Else But Me

Marc Pompe: Nobody Else But Me

Marc Pompe is a musician's musician. He sings wonderfully, has a unique sound and plays solid piano too! And then, just when you think you know what he's about, he will compose a new tune with lyrics or show you something new on a standard.

Von Freeman and Frank Catalano: You Talkin' to Me?

Von Freeman and Frank Catalano: You Talkin' to Me?

If you close your eyes and imagine the clinking of glasses and the clamor of the audience in the background, this CD might easily transport you to any one of many memorable nights at Chicago's New Apartment Lounge, where for years, tenor great Von Freeman has been conducting his legendary open-door jam sessions. And yet, this set of swaggering blues, time-worn standards and session-worthy originals were recorded in a relatively staid setting at Chicago's Riverside Studios in August of 1999.

Joanie Pallatto and Marshall Vente: Two

Joanie Pallatto and Marshall Vente: Two

Joanie and Marshall present an eclectic collection of pop tunes, standards and jazz compositions that highlight their musical versatility as performers. Thoughtfully fashioned with a mix of planning and spontaneity, the selections run the listener through a range of emotions, from bright to dark. The ballads, especially, let both performers ably tap the well of their feelings. On the more rhythmic cuts, the groove is always comfortably relaxed with both performers hitting a nice laid back pocket.

Jerry Steinhilber: Chicago Trio, New York Tenor

Jerry Steinhilber: Chicago Trio, New York Tenor

Grazyna Auguscik and Paulinho Garcia: Fragile

Grazyna Auguscik and Paulinho Garcia: Fragile

Grazyna comes from Poland and sings in Portuguese, English and scats with Chicago Brasileiro Paulinho Garcia. This is a beautiful recording of vocal duets and acoustic guitar with some light percussion overdubs from Paulinho (he was once a percussionist in Brazil). The program consists of well-known Brazilian standards like Voce, A Ra, Bridges, Agua de Beber and So Dance Samba among others. My personal favorite is their treatment of Sting's haunting Fragile, a tune that is destined to become a standard.

Judy Roberts: Circle of Friends

Judy Roberts: Circle of Friends

Judy Roberts is a Chicago treasure. She plays great piano, has an innovative approach to singing and has the charisma that everyone enjoys and wishes they had some too. Judy's consistently draws listeners to her gigs; it seems that there is no end to Judy's energy. A friend of mine once told me that if Judy gets on a bus, the bus would fill with friends and fans!

Jeff Newell Quartet: Jack the Ripper

Jeff Newell Quartet: Jack the Ripper

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