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John Wojciechowski

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Saxophonist John Wojciechowski is an urban musician through and through. He grew up and developed his powerful tenor sound in Detroit—“a really rich community with a lot of great players,” he says—and since 2002 has thrived in Chicago, working alongside some of the best players in the city. So why does he live way the heck out in the Windy City’s western suburbs in a place called Bartlett—where it takes a good half-hour to even reach one of the highways leading into the city? And does being so far away from the action have an impact on his music? The answer to the first question is that “Wojo,” as he is known, teaches high school in the historic river town of St

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Fishin' Again: A Tribute to Clyde Stubblefield & Dr. Lonnie Smith

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Fishin' Again; Chocolate Martini; Hip Hop Bach; Horse; Holler Back; Glow Worm; Scream.

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Fishin' Again

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 10:38

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Scott Burns / John Wojciechowski / Geof Bradfield: Tenor Time

Read "Tenor Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Tenor Time unveils the talents of a trio of Chicago-area tenor saxophonists, each of whom--presumably—solos on each of the album's eight numbers. The qualifier is necessary because the solo order is not given and, skillful as they are, the tenors sound much like triplets at the same workbench. That is to say that in terms of ...

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Tenor Time

Label: Afar Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Valkyrie; Monday Waltz; Force Majeure; Some Other Sunday; Altar Blues; Jazz Folk Song; Curioso; Corea.

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New Standard Jazz Orchestra: Waltz About Nothing

Read "Waltz About Nothing" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Since trumpeter Rob Parton's superlative JazzTech Big Band left the scene more than a decade ago, Chicagoans have been left to wonder when, or even if, another ensemble of that caliber would arrive to fill the void left by its departure. In 2020, their hopes were realized with the formation of the New Standard Jazz Orchestra, ...

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Originations

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Hours Before Dawn; Imaginary Lines; Heart; Sabra; A Seeker's Soul; Essence.

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Imaginary Lines

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 7:39

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Ryan Cohan: Originations

Read "Originations" reviewed by Paul Rauch


There is a risk in creating art that reflects in essence, one's own personal journey. What that journey reveals within the context of one life may not carry the same value to a collective audience. In the case of Chicago based composer/pianist Ryan Cohan, his explorative delve into his own bi-cultural roots as presented on his ...

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New Standard Jazz Orchestra: Waltz About Nothing

Read "Waltz About Nothing" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Any orchestra that professes to establish a new standard had better be able to back that up. Happily for the listener, on its debut recording, Waltz About Nothing, Chicago's New Standard Jazz Orchestra can--and does. In a little more than two years, the NSJO has arisen as a worthy successor to one of the more exemplary ...


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