In the remembrance of Captain Walter Dyett, the Jazz Institute of Chicago has taken on a worthy cause: Dyett, while teaching music at Chicago’s DuSable High School, shaped and inspired a slew of the city’s greatest jazz players, including (but not limited to) Gene Ammons, Johnny Board, Richard Davis, Dorothy Donegan, Johnny Griffin, Joseph Jarman, Leroy Jenkins, and John Young. Several Dyett alumni–saxist Von Freeman, his brother George on guitar, and trumpeter Paul Serrano–are in the octet assembled for this tribute, which also features reedman Jimmy Ellis and pianist Jodie Christian. Even so, the biggest draw this time around may be baritone saxman Pat Patrick (yet another DuSableite), who recently returned to Chicago after anchoring the sax section in Sun Ra’s bands for nearly three decades; the prospect of Patrick stretching out in more conventional settings is much anticipated. This concert has become an annual event, and though it reads like your basic jam-session format, there’s always an extra force at work that turns the evening into something special. No, there are no reports of Dyett’s ghost hanging around the front door, but the fact is he’s still strongly remembered by those who knew him–they always seem to dig a little deeper and listen a little harder when his name’s on the line. Monday, 7 and 9 PM, Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase, Blackstone Hotel, 636 S. Michigan; 427-1676 or 427-4300.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Lauren Deutsch, Steven E. Gross.