Did you know that the Jazz Institute of Chicago, a nonprofit organization that has been championing the music here since 1969, created the FREE Jazz Education Day last year? During the course of nearly eight hours last April, audiences at Chicago Cultural Center heard top-notch musicians play music and discuss its inner workings. The free-admission event was successful enough for the Jazz Institute to plan a follow-up, which will run 12:15-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 at the Cultural Center. A new lineup for performances and panel discussions has been planned, in hopes of fulfilling the subtitle of this year’s event: Demystifying the jazz process. All events take place at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.; for more information, visit www.jazzinchicago.org or phone 312-427-1676.
A free public program in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month! Learn about jazz with leading musician and educator Dana Hall and his Black Fire. Explore Jazz in the Media with radio personality Richard Steele, and members of today’s jazz media: Frank Alkyer (DownBeat), Dan Bindert (WDCB 90.9fm), Ayana Contreras (WBEZ), and Thaddeus Tukes, jazz journalism student at Medill; learn what influenced musicians like Renee Baker, Miguel de la Cerna, and Tammy McCann, in a panel moderated by writer and journalist, Howard Mandel; or improve your performance during a jam session led by Jarrard Harris and connect with other music lovers!
JUST ADDED: Win copies of books by writer and journalist Howard Mandel and other artist CDs during the 2pm and 4pm sessions! Winner must be present.