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Heisenberg Uncertainty Players

Heisenberg Uncertainty Players (HUP) is a 17-piece Chicago-area jazz ensemble that plays only original compositions and arrangements from members of the group. Formed in 2011, HUP has been featured around the Chicago area in venues like The Jazz Showcase, Martyrs’, Fitzgerald’s Night Club, The Logan Center for the Arts, and WGN-TV, and they currently hold a monthly residency at Wicker Park’s Phyllis’ Musical Inn. They have arranged a wide variety of music, covering jazz standards and showtunes to versions of songs by Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, 50 Cent, and other pop/rock artists. Notable projects for HUP include a collaboration with Chicago rapper K.I.D., their 2013 debut CD of all original compositions, entitled Emergency Postcards, and an upcoming collaboration with a visual artist on a suite written as an homage to torn down baseball stadiums.


“I was intrigued by the music’s texture [sound], by the technical virtuosity and facility of the young musicians playing it, engaged by their youthful exuberance in executing it, constantly surprised by the new directions these talented players pushed the music, amused by their audaciousness in combining meter and melody in unexpected ways [Dave Brubeck would have loved these guys], amazed by the music’s humor and its poignancy [let alone some of its complicated song titles]“

-JazzProfiles Editorial Staff

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


self released


Emergency Postcards

Unknown label



Self Produced


In 2 Win

From: Single
By Heisenberg Uncertainty Players


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