In jazzdom, they say the tenor sax is to Chicago what the trumpet is to New Orleans. Thanks to an abundance of colossal Chicago tenor players, “Chicago jazz” is almost incomplete without it. Think of the legends: Ari Brown, Von Freeman, Clifford Jordan, Johnny Griffin… they all had a big, strong sound, combined with extraordinary technical accomplishment. Now for the backstory: all of the Windy City tenor legends shared the influence, directly or indirectly, of a high school music teacher known as Walter “Captain” Dyett who taught from 1931 to 1961. An accomplished violinist, teacher, inspirational leader and mentor, he taught more than 20,000 student musicians and nurtured many of the world’s most famous jazz luminaries, including Nat “king” Cole, Bo Diddly, Dinah Washington, Milt Hinton, and Leroy Jenkins, to name just a few.