Chicago Jazz Festival

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THE CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS & SPECIAL EVENTS AND THE JAZZ INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO ANNOUNCE THE COMPLETE LINEUP OF THE 38th ANNUAL CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 1-4, 2016

NEWLY ANNOUNCED ACTS INCLUDE: JD ALLEN TRIO, BARRY ALTSCHUL’S 3DOM FACTOR, DOREEN’S JAZZ NEW ORLEANS, BRIAN CARPENTER’S GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA, JOHN MCLEAN’S TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE CHRISTIAN, MWATA BOWDEN’S ONE FOOT IN, ONE FOOT OUT, CHRISTIAN SCOTT ATUNDE ADJUAH, TARBABY (ORRIN EVANS, NASHEET WAITS, ERIC REVIS Featuring OLIVER LAKE), PHAREZ WHITTED, HAROLD MABERN/ERIC ALEXANDER, ERWIN HELFER, GREG ROCKINGHAM, CHARLES RUMBACK, NATE LEPINE, MICHAEL ZERANG & THE BLUE LIGHTS & Many More

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events(DCASE) is pleased to announce the 38th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. The Labor Day Weekend tradition will take place in Millennium Park and at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street) September 1-4, showcasing the greatest jazz artists from Chicago and around the world. The FREE admission Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by DCASE and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC).

The Chicago Jazz Festival has always taken pride in celebrating the full spectrum of jazz with a special emphasis on the city’s unique place in the music’s artistic development. This year’s programming takes a special look at that history while celebrating the artists, events and moments that continue to shape jazz today.

The range of headlining artists at the 2016 festival runs the gamut from jazz legends celebrating momentous occasions to commemorations of key contributions by lost giants, from influential modern masters to crucial new voices in the music’s continuing evolution. The roster includes revered saxophonist/composer Benny Golson, saxophonist/clarinetist Anat Cohen, the John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet, and a 95th birthday celebration for legendary percussionist Candido Camero.

In addition to these still-thriving greats, this year’s festival will look back at some of the legends that the jazz world has lost in recent years. Irreverent trio The Bad Plus will perform the music of Ornette Coleman’s 1971 album SCIENCE FICTION with saxophonists Tim Berne and Sam Newsome and trumpeter Ron Miles. Composer/arranger Carla Bley will lead the Liberation Music Orchestra, the politically-charged ensemble founded by late bassist Charlie Haden, with in-demand bassist Scott Colley filling Haden’s shoes. Rambling Boy, the 2009 documentary on Haden, will also screen as part of the festival.

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