Though the Chicago style of traditional jazz was born here, this city has not been a haven for it in recent years as the number of musicians who are experienced in the music has steadily diminished. The Illiana Club, though, has long kept the faith, presenting monthly trad jazz concerts. September's concert will be a special occasion. It honors Art Hodes, dean of Chicago jazz pianists, and a Chicago-style pioneer, who'll be on hand to sign copies of his autobiography, Hot Man, newly published by the University of Illinois Press. But the musical highlight will be the band led by Franz Jackson, a slightly younger veteran of the jazz wars who has his own reason to celebrate. Delmark recently issued Snag It, a journey through the classic repertoire, and Jackson's first new album in many years. Jackson is an extroverted player given to riffing and honking on tenor sax. On clarinet, his preferred instrument these days, he mingles classic-era phrasing with swing complexities, and he often sticks to his rich, reedy low registers. He'll be joined by old pal Jim Herndon on drums and Eddie DeHaas on bass--both players with strong modern jazz credentials, too--and Bobby Lewis on trumpet, Bob Havens on trombone, Joe Johnson on piano, and John Defauw on guitar. Sunday, 2-6 PM, Glendora House, 10225 S. Harlem, Chicago Ridge; 708-425-4596 or 708-755-8312.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Steven E. Gross.