WBEZ | Jazz Institute of Chicago http://www.wbez.org/tags/jazz-institute-chicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago jazz pianist Ken Chaney remembered as one of 'the best' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-12/chicago-jazz-pianist-ken-chaney-remembered-one-best-104553 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6858_ken%20chaney.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Ken Chaney at the piano (courtesy kenchaney.webs.com)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F72459281" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://kenchaney.webs.com/">Ken Chaney</a>, a long-standing Chicago jazz musician and educator, died last Wednesday at the age of 73.</p><p>Chaney&#39;s reputation among his fellow musicians is stellar: Everyone praises his musicianship and attitude. &nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Ken Chaney was one of the best musicians I ever worked with. And Chaney was cool,&quot; said drummer Isaac &quot;Red&quot; Holt.</p><p>Holt&nbsp;hired Chaney to play in his group Young-Holt Unlimited in the late 1960s. They had a hit with the song &quot;Soulful Strut.&quot;<br /><br />Chaney was born in Edmonton, Alberta and came to Chicago in the mid-1950s. After leaving Holt&rsquo;s group in the 1970s, he went on to form and lead his own ensembles, including The Awakening. &nbsp;</p><p>Holt said Chaney&#39;s musical talents were all over the map.</p><p>&quot;Later on he was known as a bebop player because he had the bebop brass around him. But Ken Chaney was a versatile piano player. He could play whatever you wanted to play,&quot; Holt said.<br /><br />Pianist Miguel de la Cerna took Chaney&#39;s chair when he left Young-Holt Unlimited. He said Chaney&rsquo;s other great legacy is as a teacher of musicians ranging from countless Chicago music students to vocalist Dee Alexander and current Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;For our town, he&rsquo;s sort of like what Art Blakely became which is almost a school, you know you had to come through Ken Chaney school,&quot; de la Cerna said.</p><p>Chaney also had a rare view of the jazz profession.</p><p>&quot;Ken taught me this was a business. We had to act like businessmen, instead of the traditional musician stereotypes. There was a way you had to dress, a way you had to act. And those lessons were invaluable to me. I don&#39;t know who I&#39;m going to call now to know how to act,&quot; de la Cerna said.<br /><br />Family, friends, and fellow musicians will remember Chaney <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-12-23/entertainment/ct-ent-1224-ken-chaney-obit-20121223_1_young-musicians-pianist-ken-chaney-jazz-pianist">at a memorial in Hyde Park this Saturday.</a><br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 13:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-12/chicago-jazz-pianist-ken-chaney-remembered-one-best-104553 Mentor program links a new generation of aspiring musicians to jazz legends http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-22/mentor-program-links-new-generation-aspiring-musicians-jazz-legends-9086 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-22/jazz848.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Jazz Links Ensemble's mission is simple: it connects young, aspiring musicians to some master jazz types. The program is sponsored by the J<a href="http://www.jazzinchicago.org/" target="_blank">azz Institute of Chicago</a>. The<a href="http://www.jazzinchicago.org/educates/jazz-links/jazz-links-artist-residencies" target="_blank"> mentors and their protégés</a> gather once a month at the Chicago Cultural Center to develop their Bebop chops and other forms of jazz. The ensemble has a new album out called<em>,</em> <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jazzlinksensemble" target="_blank"><em>The Drive</em></a>. WBEZ’s Richard Steele recently sat down with two of its members--mentor <a href="http://www.myspace.com/robertirvingiii" target="_blank">Robert Irving III</a> and Zakiya Powell, a former Jazz Links mentee--for some music and conversation.</p></p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 14:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-22/mentor-program-links-new-generation-aspiring-musicians-jazz-legends-9086 Pianist Reginald Robinson shares the ragtime sound http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/pianist-reginald-robinson-shares-ragtime-sound <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/reg_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>America might be the birthplace of jazz but Chicago has proven to be an excellent incubator of high-caliber jazz musicians, from Benny Goodman to Ramsey Lewis and Fred Anderson. And lest we forget, each year the <a href="http://www.jazzinchicago.org/" target="_blank">Jazz Institute of Chicago</a> and the Chicago Park District remind us with a concert series exploring Chicago&rsquo;s contributions to jazz.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jazzinchicago.org/presents/jazzcity/21st-century-ragtime" target="_blank">JazzCity</a> wraps up its 13th season Friday night with a performance by Reginald Robinson at 7 p.m. at <a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/parks.detail/object_id/1c33259e-6699-4152-9564-798e3e9e966e.cfm" target="_blank">La Follete Park</a>. <br /><br />The pianist is an acclaimed practitioner of one of the original forms of jazz: ragtime. He's also out with a new collection of his work called <a href="http://www.reginaldrrobinson.com/store.html" target="_blank">&quot;Reflections</a>&quot;.<br /><br />Throughout &quot;Eight Forty-Eight,&quot; Robinson played some of his original ragtime compositions in the Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio. <br /><br /><strong>Song List:<br /></strong>&quot;The Sunshine Hours<strong>&quot;<br /></strong>&quot;Poker Face Blues&quot;<br />&quot;Sweet Envy&quot;<br />&quot;Janet&quot; (Web Extra)</p><p>*All songs can be played below.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p><p><iframe height="321" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/17404828?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 13:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/pianist-reginald-robinson-shares-ragtime-sound