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Now to Sept 1: FREE Chicago Jazz Festival Aug 23 to Sep 1

Mark your calendars for the FREE 2019 Chicago Jazz Festival, which will take place on August 23 through September 1 over Labor Day weekend.  This year, The 41th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival showcases the greatest jazz artists from Chicago and around the world across the city during new, extended festival dates.

This weekend Aug 23-25, catch a neighborhood concert by JD Allen Trio (Aug. 23), Brown Derby Jazz Revue (Aug. 24-25.), and Marc Ribot (Aug.24). These local concerts will be held every day until Aug. 30, and concerts in Millennium Park will be held Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

From August 29 to September 1, the festival’s headline performances at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion feature a tribute to Nat King Cole by his brother Freddy Cole, the Art Ensemble of ChicagoCécile McLorin Salvant and the Eddie Palmieri Sextet.  Other highlights include: Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet, Christian McBrideLatino-America UnidaJoel RossRyan Cohan’s OriginationsCamila MezaGeorge Freeman and Billy BranchBen Wendel Seasons, the Dave Rempis Quartet and a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the festival’s programming partner. 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 1th.
When: Aug. 23 to Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavillion, Michigan Ave. and Columbus Ave., Chicago

The free-admission festival showcases live performances by important Chicago artists alongside some of the greatest names from around the world.

“The fantastic lineup of jazz artists and expanded ten-day festival will animate our city and neighborhoods with free performances,” said Mark Kelly, DCASE Commissioner. “Celebrating Chicago’s music legacy, we welcome artists from across the globe and spotlight the city’s many music institutions that present great performances all year.”

From August 29 to September 1, the festival’s headline performances at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion feature a tribute to Nat King Cole by his brother Freddy Cole, the Art Ensemble of ChicagoCécile McLorin Salvant and the Eddie Palmieri Sextet.  Other highlights include: Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet, Christian McBrideLatino-America UnidaJoel RossRyan Cohan’s OriginationsCamila MezaGeorge Freeman and Billy BranchBen Wendel Seasons, the Dave Rempis Quartet and a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the festival’s programming partner.

On Thursday, August 29, performances take place at the Chicago Cultural Center from 11am to 4:30pm, in collaboration with music organizations from across Chicago, and at Millennium Park from 6:30 to 9pm. The music continues in Millennium Park on Friday, August 30, through Sunday, September 1, from 11am to 9pm, with headline performances stepping off each evening at 3:45pm with a Second-line Procession throughout the Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

The festival’s tradition of nurturing young artists continues with Rooftop Jazz presented by Allstate Insurance Company. On Saturday, August 31, the Rooftop will feature the Young Jazz Lionswith groups selected from a city-wide jazz band competition co-hosted by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The Rooftop then hosts NextGenJazz on Sunday, September 1, focusing on up-and-coming Chicago musicians alongside notable regional and national touring artists.

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce that, for the third consecutive year, the Chicago Jazz Festival will be heard in various Asian and European countries, as well as across the United States, and locally in Chicago on WDCB 90.9FM. These broadcasts are possible through a partnership with the WFMT Radio Network and sponsorship from Choose Chicago. Showcasing live performances by Chicago artists alongside some of the greatest names from around the world on multiple stages, the free-admission Chicago Jazz Festival takes place August 23 to September 1, 2019, in Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and venues across the city. The 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by DCASE and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC).

“The world comes to Chicago each year to celebrate this city’s rich music legacy at events like the Chicago Jazz Festival,” said Mark Kelly, DCASE Commissioner. “For the third year in a row, our partnership with the WFMT Radio Network and Choose Chicago is helping to expand the worldwide audience for the Jazz Festival and for Chicago as a music capital and a global cultural destination.”

Chicago Jazz Festival radio partner 90.9FM WDCB will present live broadcasts of Freddy Cole, Tribute to Nat King Cole on Thursday, August 29 at 7:45pm; the Art Ensemble of Chicago on Friday, August 30 at 7:45pm; and Christian McBride on Saturday, August 31 at 6:25pm. The local broadcasts will be co-hosted by WDCB host Dan Bindert and WFMT Radio Network announcers, including jazz vocalist Dee Alexander and WFMT host Dave Schwan.

Additionally, WFMT Radio Network and its nationally-syndicated Jazz Network, in partnership with DCASE and Choose Chicago, will showcase select recordings of the Chicago Jazz Festival to a broader national audience, across more than 40 stations around the country in 2020. Selected recordings will also air internationally via the European Broadcasting Union and select Asian broadcasters, extending the reach of the festival to hundreds of thousands of listeners worldwide.

Admission to the Chicago Jazz Festival is free. New this year, the expanded festival schedule includes free performances August 23–29 in neighborhood clubs and venues. Hours for Thursday, August 29 are 11am–4:30pm at the Chicago Cultural Center and 6:30–9pm in Millennium Park. On Friday, August 30, through Sunday, September 1, the festival will be in Millennium Park, 11am–9pm. For the complete lineup, visit chicagojazzfestival.us.

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, #ChicagoJazzFestival). For information on the Jazz Institute of Chicago, visit jazzinchicago.org.

 

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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.

 

CLICK TO SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

Listen to a sample of the fantastic live jazz music happening across the city throughout the year. With support from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago Jazz Festival Neighborhood Concerts are hosted by the city’s dynamic music organizations and venues. All events offer free admission.

 

(schedule subject to change)

Friday, August 23

8:30pm – JD Allen Trio  

Constellation Studio B, 3111 N. Western Ave.

Produced by Constellation Performing Arts, constellation-chicago.com

 

Saturday, August 24

6–10pm – Brown Derby Jazz Revue

Great Lakes Elks Lodge, 5110 S. Prairie

Produced by 51st Street Business Association, 51ststreetchicago.com

 

8:30pm – Marc Ribot Solo  

Constellation Studio B, 3111 N. Western Ave.

Produced by Constellation, constellation-chicago.com

 

Sunday, August 25

6–10pm – Brown Derby Jazz Revue

Great Lakes Elks Lodge, 5110 S. Prairie

Produced by 51st Street Business Association, 51ststreetchicago.com

 

9pm – Cooper Moore

The Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave.

Produced by Hungry Brain, hungrybrainchicago.com

 

Monday, August 26

5–7:30pm – Pop Up Nu Jazz Festival featuring Thaddeus Tukes, Sam Trump, the Young Masters under the direction  of Ernest Dawkins along with special guest Jamila Woods and Alexis Lombre, with the Englewood Soweto Exchange

Whole Foods Parking Lot, 832 W. 63rd St.

Produced by Live the Spirit Residency, englewoodjazzfest.org

 

9pm – Anagram Fest featuring The Oh Yeahs and the Alejandro Urzagaste Trio

Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave., 2nd Floor

Produced by Elastic Arts, elasticarts.org

 

Tuesday, August 27

5:30pm – Tuesdays on the Terrace: Isaiah Collier and the Chosen Few

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

Produced by Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, mcachicago.org

 

6–8pm – Ancient to the Future featuring Art Turk Burton Congo Square Ensemble and Ernest Dawkins  

Jacob R. Caruthers Center, Northeastern Illinois University, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd. 

Produced by the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), aacmchicago.org

 

8-10pm -  Preservation of Fire hosted by King Hippo featuring Resavoir and Isaiah Spencer Collective

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St.

Produced by Public Media Institute, publicmediainstitute.com

 

9pm –  Anagram Fest featuring Mobile Vanguard and the John Wojciechowski Trio

Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave., 2nd Floor

Produced by Elastic Arts, elasticarts.org

 

Wednesday, August 28

6–9pm – 100th Birthday of Nat “King” Cole with Bruce Henry, Henry Johnson and the Musical Arts Academy

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

Produced by South Side Jazz Coalition, Inc., southsidejazzcoalition.com

 

9-11pm –   Preservation of Fire: QUARTETS hosted by Angel Bat Dawid & King Hippo featuring Eliel Sherman Storey Quartet and Angel Bat Dawid & The Brothahood

Transition East, 2548 E. 83rd St.

Produced by Public Media Institute, publicmediainstitute.com

Broadcast live on 105.5FM

 

Thursday, August 29

6pm -  Nois and the Dave Rempis Quartet Honor Fred Anderson with a Nod to Charlie Parker’s 99th Birthday!

Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S. Wabash Ave.

Produced by The Birdhouse, Inc.

 

Friday, August 30

9pm – Woolgathering Records artists Matt Ulery, Russ Johnson and Tim Haldeman with special guests

Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave.

Produced by Sleeping Village, sleeping-village.com

 

 

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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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