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Labor Day Weekend: FREE Chicago Jazz Festival Aug 29 to Sep 7

Mark your calendars for the FREE 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival, which will take place on August 29 through September 7 over Labor Day weekend.  This year, The 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival showcases the greatest jazz artists from Chicago and around the world across the city during new, extended festival dates. Headliner performances in Millennium Park include Ramsey Lewis, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Maceo Parker and Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. See the full schedule below.  The Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The festival will include four stages of free live performances by a large pool of Chicago jazz talent and others from around the world.

 

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Event: The Chicago Jazz festival takes over Millennium Park and neighborhoods all over town this weekend through Sep 7th.
When: Aug. 29 to Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavillion, Michigan Ave. and Columbus Ave., Chicago

 

With six additional days, the festival will now feature free performances in neighborhood music clubs and venues produced by Constellation Performing ArtsElastic Arts FoundationGreen Mill Corp., HotHouseLinks Hall, Inc.Live the Spirit ResidencySegundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural CenterSouth Side Jazz CoalitionThe Birdhouse, Inc. and The Hungry Brain. Also released is the lineup for the RoofTop Jazz in Millennium Park on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2 featuring young, up and coming jazz artists, coinciding with the City of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth.

“In honor of the 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, the event continues to build collaboration within the Jazz community and share free jazz music across Chicago,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “The city is excited to support Jazz-presenting organizations and venues to showcase the people that make one of Chicago’s most beloved art forms possible, not just during the festival, but throughout the entire year.”

The Chicago Jazz Festival’s extended schedule will include free performances in neighborhood clubs and venues from August 24 to 29, leading up to the concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center and in Millennium Park. The additional performances offer festival audiences even more opportunities to experience Chicago’s exceptional jazz sounds at some of the city’s legendary music venues.

 

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RoofTop Jazz: Young Jazz Lions and NextGenJazz

In honor of the City of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth and in keeping with the festival’s tradition of nurturing young artists, on Saturday, September 1, the Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace in Millennium Park will feature the RoofTop Jazz: Young Jazz LionsThe Chicago Public School Jazz ensembels were selected during a city-wide jazz band competition that was co-hosted by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Participating schools on Saturday include: ChiArts Jazz Combo, directed by Anthony Bruno; Morgan Park High School Jazz Combo, directed by Shemekah Nash; Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s CYSO Jazz Combo, directed by Pharez Whitted; Eric Solorio High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Madeleine Mollinedo; Whitney Young Jazz Ensemble, directed by James Barbick and Kenwood Academy Jazz Band, directed by Gerald Powell. Performances begin at 11am and continue throughout the afternoon until 3:45pm.

On Sunday, September 2, the Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace hosts RoofTop Jazz: NextGenJazzfocusing on emerging Chicago musicians. Performances begin at 11:15am and continue throughout the day until 4pm. The stage kicks off with the Derek Duleba Quartet, a group of jazz guitarists from Northern Illinois University offering a fresh take on jazz standards. Cesar Martinez’s Cuicatl have been performing together since the fall of 2017 and their brand of jazz is inspired by the sounds of Mexico. Morgan Pirtle is a jazz vocalist, composer and arranger in Chicago. She recently graduated from UIC where she studied with vocalist Cheryl Wilson and has performed with Rufus Reid, Dee Alexanders, Jon Faddis and others. Greg Uhlmann’s Typical Sisters is a trio of guitar, bass and drums influenced by rock music, singer-songwriters, minimalism and a rich history of American improvisers. The final set for the NextGenJazz stage is the Jahari Stampley Ensemble led by Chicago pianist and the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 2017 Kiewit-Wang Mentorship award recipient Jahari Stampley.

Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2018 as the Year of Creative Youth to celebrate the city’s young artists and the mentors who inspire them. Presented by Allstate Insurance Company, the Year of Creative Youth also features youth performances and art at City of Chicago festivals, events and exhibitions throughout the year. For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/yocy.

Admission to the Chicago Jazz Festival is free. Hours for Wednesday, August 29, in Millennium Park are 6:30–9:30pm, and for Thursday, August 28, are noon–4:30pm at the Chicago Cultural Center and 6:30pm–9:30pm in Millennium Park. On Friday, September 1, through Sunday, September 3, the festival will be in Millennium Park, 11am–9:30pm.

 

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Chicago Jazz Festival Schedule for Jazz Clubs and Venues

 

Friday, August 24

8pm – Corner Store of Edgewater Beach Apartments5555 N. Sheridan Rd.

Jason Stein, Katie Ernst and Avreeayl Ra

Produced by HotHouse

 

Saturday, August 25

7:30pm – Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.

Josh Berman, Jason Roebke & Michael Vatcher, Craig Taborn

 

Sunday, August 26

7:30pm – Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave.

“Touch My Beloved’s Thought” composed by Greg Ward and choreographed by Onye Ozuzu, Twin Talk

8pm – The Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave.

Ken Vandermark/Haarvard Wiik Duo, Vincent Chancey Quartet

 

Monday, August 27

5pm – Englewood Square, 832 W. 63rd St.

Pop Up NU Jazz Festival featuring Corey Wilkes (trumpet), Marquis Hill (trumpet), Makaya McKraven (drums), Junius Paul (bass), Isaiah Sharkey (guitar), Megan McNeal, Marvin Tate and Ernest Dawkins

Produced by Live the Spirit Residency

 

9pm – The Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway

Patricia Barber Quartet

 

Tuesday, August 28

6pm – Fred Anderson Park, 1629 S. Wabash Ave.

The Fred Anderson Legacy Band with special guest Mai Sugimoto

Produced by The Birdhouse

 

7pm – Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center, 1250 W. 119th St.

Von is the Word! A Jam session honoring the Memory, Music and Legacy of Earl LaVon “Von” Freeman

Produced by the South Side Jazz Coalition

 

9pm – The Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway

The Fat Babies

 

Wednesday, August 29

6pm – Fred Anderson Park, 1629 S. Wabash Ave.

Chicago Japanese American Jazz Legacy

Produced by The Birdhouse

 

8:30pm – Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

Jerry Medina y La Banda, The Ruiz Belvis Collective

Produced by Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

 

9pm – The Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway

Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan

 

9pm – Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave., 2nd Floor

AACM Generations

 

Chicago Jazz Festival Schedule for Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center

 

Wednesday, August 29

Millennium Park

Jay Pritzker Pavillion

  • 6:30–9pm – Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: Legends and Lions

 

Thursday, August 30

Chicago Cultural Center

Claudia Cassidy Theater

  • 11am–Noon – Mindeman/Hall/Sommers Trio, in collaboration with the Jazz Record Art Collective
  • 12:15–1:15pm – Great Black Music Ensemble in collaboration with AACM
  • 1:45–2:45pm – Jazz Beat/The Intersection of Jazz and Hip Hop, in collaboration with Young Chicago Authors and the Jazz Institute of Chicago
  • 3:15–4:15pm – Miyumi Project Sextet in collaboration with Asian Improv

 

Preston Bradley Hall

  • 11am–Noon – What is this thing called Jazz? Robert Irving III: Insights on Improvisation
  • 12:30–1:30pm – Carmen Stokes Quartet, in collaboration with the South Side Jazz Coalition
  • 2–3pm – Paul Giallorenzo Trio, in collaboration with the Elastic Arts Foundation
  • 3:30–4:30pm – Chicago Cellar Boys, in collaboration with the Iliana Club of Traditional Jazz

 

Millennium Park

Jay Pritzker Pavilion            

  • 5pm – Second-line Procession led by Mystick Krewe of Laff featuring the Big Shoulders Brass Band (starts at the west side of the Great Lawn)
  • 5:25–6:15pm – Geof Bradfield Nonet
  • 6:30–7:25pm – Nicole Mitchell and Mandorla Awakening
  • 7:45–9pm – Kurt Elling featuring Marquis Hill and Jeff “Tain” Watts

 

Friday, August 31

Millennium Park

Von Freeman Pavilion (Chase Promenade South)

  • 11:30am–12:25pm – Junius Paul Quartet
  • 12:40–1:35pm – Quin Kirchner Group
  • 1:50–2:45pm – Chris Speed Trio
  • 3–4pm – Greg Ward and 10 Tongues

 

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (Chase Promenade North)                

  • Noon–1pm – Gayle Kolb Sextet
  • 1:30–2:30pm – Roy McGrath Remembranzas Quintet
  • 3–4pm – Million Brazilan Project, featuring Sarah Marie Young and Guy King

 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 3:45pm – Second-line Procession led by Mystick Krewe of Laff featuring the Big Shoulders Brass Band (starts at the west side of the Great Lawn)
  • 4:15–5:05pm – Tribute to Dr. Muhal Richard Abrams
  • 5:25–6:15pm – Sabertooth Organ Quartet 25th Anniversary
  • 6:30–7:25pm – Louis Hayes Quintet: “Seranade for Horace”
  • 7:45–9pm – Dianne Reeves

 

Saturday, September 1

Millennium Park

Young Jazz Lions (Harris Rooftop)

  • 11am–1:30pm – ChiArts Jazz Combo
  • 11:45am–12:15pm – Morgan Park High School Jazz Combo
  • 12:30–1pm – CYSO Jazz Combo
  • 1:15–1:55pm – Eric Solorio High School Jazz Ensemble
  • 2:10–2:50pm – Whitney Young High School Jazz Ensemble
  • 3:05–3:45pm – Kenwood Academy Jazz Band

 

Von Freeman Pavilion (Chase Promenade South)

  • 11:30am–12:25pm – Black Diamond
  • 12:40–1:35pm – Dustin Laurenzi and Natural Language
  • 1:50–2:45pm – Matthew Shipp and Ivo Perelman Quartet
  • 3–4pm – Amina Claudine Myers Trio

 

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (Chase Promenade North)                

  • Noon–1pm – Bruce Henry
  • 1:30–2:30pm – The Chuck Webb Band featuring Margaret Murphy
  • 3–4pm – Nolatet

 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 3:45pm – Second-line Procession led by Mystick Krewe of Laff featuring the Big Shoulders Brass Band (starts at the west side of the Great Lawn)
  • 4:15–5:05pm – Tribute to Willie Pickens
  • 5:25–6:10pm – Kenny Barron Quintet
  • 6:25–7:25pm – Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
  • 7:45–9pm – Ramsey Lewis

 

Sunday, September 2

Millennium Park

NextGenJazz (Harris Rooftop)

  • 11:15am–Noon – Derek Duleba Quartet
  • 12:15–1pm – Cesar Martinez’s Cuicatl
  • 1:15–2pm – Morgan Pirtle+5
  • 2:15–3pm – Greg Uhlmann’s Typical Sisters
  • 3:15–4pm – Jahari Stampley Ensemble

 

Von Freeman Pavilion (Chase Promenade South)

  • 11:30am–12:25pm – Tribute to John Wright
  • 12:40–1:35pm – Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die
  • 1:50–2:45pm – Jason Stein Quartet
  • 3–4pm – Eric Revis Quartet featuring Ken Vandermark

 

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (Chase Promenade North)                

  • Noon–1pm – Quentin Coaxum Quintet
  • 1:30–2:30pm – Alejandro Urzagaste’s Flow featuring Bill Carrothers
  • 3–4pm – Fareed Haque and his Funk Brothers

 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 3:45pm – Second-line Procession led by Mystick Krewe of Laff featuring the Big Shoulders Brass Band (starts at the west side of the Great Lawn)
  • 4:15–5:05pm – Matt Ulery’s Loom Large
  • 5:25–6:10pm – Arturo O’Farrill Sextet
  • 6:25–7:25pm – Charles McPherson and Barry Harris Quartet
  • 7:45–9pm – Maceo Parker

 

The Chicago Jazz Festival is programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago and sponsored in part by American AirlinesChicago Jazz MagazineChicago Transit AuthorityChicago TribuneCLTV-ChicagoLand Television, Communications Direct, Downbeat MagazineStella ArtoisWGN-TVand 90.9FM WDCB.

 

For the latest information on the Chicago Jazz Festival, visit chicagojazzfestival.us, like us on Facebook at Chicago Jazz Festival and follow us on Twitter (@ChicagoDCASE, @ChiJazzFest, #ChicagoJazzFest). For information on the Jazz institute of Chicago, visit jazzinchicago.org.

 

Millennium Park – What you need to know before you go…

For the Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park, some important changes are coming to improve security and the visitor experience at the park. The City of Chicago will implement a security perimeter and bag check for all concerts and events that take place in the park. New this year, outside alcohol will be prohibited in the park during the Chicago Jazz Festival. Visitors will have additional food and beverage options at various price points available for purchase inside the venue. Subject to bag search at the security perimeter, guests will continue to be allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to all events at Millennium Park.

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