Chicago Underground Duo

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Chicago Underground Duo in Aarhus, Denmark 2015
Chad Taylor 2015
Rob Mazurek 2015

Chicago Underground Duo is an avant-garde jazz duo consisting of cornetist Rob Mazurek and drummer/percussionist Chad Taylor. They formed in 1997, having both been members of Chicago Underground Orchestra. They have released numerous recordings on the Thrill Jockey label.

Rob Mazurek / Chad Taylor[edit]

Rob Mazurek was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1965, and played trumpet and cornet in high school. After high school he attended the Bloom School of Jazz in Chicago, and began playing gigs with local jazz musicians.

In 1996, Mazurek founded a workshop at Chicago jazz club The Green Mill called Chicago Underground for the performance of avant-garde, improvisatory jazz. By 1998, a new ensemble had formed around this idea, featuring guitarist Jeff Parker, drummer Chad Taylor, bassist Noel Kupersmith, and trombonist Sara Smith. As the Chicago Underground Orchestra, this ensemble released several albums on Chicago's Delmark Records. Mazurek and Taylor continued to form groups under the Chicago Underground umbrella, performing as the Chicago Underground Duo, Chicago Underground Trio and Chicago Underground Quartet.


  • 12° Of Freedom CD (Thrill Jockey, 1998)
  • Synesthesia CD (Thrill Jockey, 2000)
  • Axis And Alignment CD (Thrill Jockey, 2002)
  • In Praise of Shadows CD/LP (Thrill Jockey, 2006)
  • Boca Negra CD/LP (Thrill Jockey, 2010)
  • Age of Energy CD (Northern-Spy, 2012)
  • Locus CD/LP (Northern-Spy, 2014)

As the Chicago Underground Trio[edit]

  • Possible Cube (Delmark, 1999)
  • Flamethrower (Delmark, 2000)
  • Slon (Thrill Jockey, 2003)
  • Chronicle (Delmark, 2007)

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