Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Jazz Fest’

Chicago Jazz Festival Announces New NextGenJazz Stage for 2016

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

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For the 8th consecutive year, The Chicago Community Trust Jazz on the Rooftop stage will be a part of the Chicago Jazz Festival at the Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace in Millennium Park on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4. Presented by The Chicago Community Trust, the Jazz on the Rooftop stage aims to showcase up-and-coming Chicago native jazz musicians alongside the notable regional and national touring acts that attract nearly 150,000 jazz fans. This year, the festival is pleased to present Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links alumni saxophonist John Foster-Brooks, pianist Alexis Lombre, vibraphonist Joel Ross and the Hanging Hearts among the next generation of Chicago jazz greats.

The Chicago Community Trust Rooftop Jazz performances start September 3rd with a showcase of “Young Jazz Lions” featuring some of the most dedicated elementary and high school bands including the Lenart Regional Gifted and Harold Washington Elementary School Jazz Combos, the Jones College Prep Jazz Combo, the Whitney Young Magnet High School Jazz Combo, the Curie High School Jazz Ensemble, the Pritzker High School Jazz Ensemble, and the Kenwood High School Jazz Ensemble. Performances run from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. (more…)

In Honor Of The 100th Anniversary of The Birth of Sun Ra, The Chicago Jazz Festival Will Be Celebrating His Work Through Movie Screenings, Panel Discussions and A Performances by The Sun Ra Arkestra, Under The Direction of Marshall Allen, To Close Out The Festival

Friday, July 25th, 2014


(photo by Lauren Deutsch)

With roots in Chicago that would eventually take his music to the world, the prolificSun Ra regaled the music world with his colorful combination of cosmic philosophy, new jazz sounds and beguiling stagecraft, which included dance and costumes. This musical and cultural impact of Sun Ra’s work has been so profound that the centennial of his birth is an event that will pervade many of the events at this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival.


Chicago Jazz Festival Sun Ra Centennial Events:

Saturday, July 26th PM – Garfield Park Conservatory – As part of theNeighborhood Nights concert series, the legendary former Arkestra member Kelan Phil Cohran will bring his Kelan Zulu Ensemble which is comprised of Oscar Brown Jr.’s daughters, vocalist and dancer Afrika Brownand Maggie Brown, as well as a few of Cohran’s sons–Malik and Tycho Cohran–who comprise part of  the renowned Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. 


Friday, August 22th, 8 PM – Comfort Station – An outdoor screening of the Sun Ra film, Space is the Place  The Comfort Station is located at 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois.


Monday, August 25th and Tuesday, August 26th, 6 PM – Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center – There will be screenings of the Sun Ra Films Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise and Mystery Mr. Ra. On one of the evenings, there will be a discussion with Robert Mugge, director of A Joyful Noise. There will be screenings of both films, on both nights. The Claudia Cassidy Theater is located at 78 E. Washington Ave, Chicago, Illinois.


Thursday, August 28th, 4 PM – Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University – There will be a panel discussion which will include moderator Will Faber with panelists including the famed Sun Ra biographer John Szwed, Arkestra leader Marshall Allen, Chicago jazz writer John Corbett, and trumpet legend and former Arkestra member Art Hoyle. The discussion will be preceded by a rare, short solo set by Marshall Allen. Ganz Hall is located at 430 S. Michigan, 7th fl, Chicago, Illinois.
Sunday, August 31st, 8:30 PM – The Pritzker Pavillion – The Sun RaArkestra, under the direction of Marshall Allen, will be closing out the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Chicago Jazz Festival: Neighborhood Nights Brings Jazz Performances Free of Charge, ToNeighborhoods Across the City

Monday, June 30th, 2014





The Chicago Jazz Festival, one of the most acclaimed and richly curated jazz festivals in the U.S., will be presenting performances outside of the festival grounds with the Chicago Jazz Festival: Neighborhood Nights concert series.Neighborhood Nights was conceived of with an aim towards expanding the footprint of the Chicago Jazz Festival beyond the festival’s stage and partnering with community institutions such as the Chicago Park District, as well as variousChicago Public Library branches and community centers throughout Chicago.


To begin the series on July 18th and 19th, the 8th Annual Chicago Latin Jazz Festival will happen in Humboldt Park (1400 N. Sacramento Ave., Chicago). A tribute to Victor Venegas, a native of Durango, Mexico, who became one of the great bassists in Latin music as a South Side Chicagoan, highlights the 8th Annual Chicago Latin Jazz Festival on Friday, July 18 (7-10 PM) and Saturday, July 19 (1:30- 9 PM) at the Humboldt Park Boathouse (1359 N. Sacramento). Now in its second year as a two-day music and cultural arts and crafts attraction, the family friendly and free event will offer a full range of musical performances, instrument and mask-making workshops and more. Venegas, who died in 2006, helped introduce to America the charanga, the Cuban dance music he performed in the 1940’s as a member of Orquesta Nuevo Ritmo de Cuba, led by Armando Sanchez.


Full 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

Thursday, May 29th, 2014




A favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition celebrating both the mainstream of the national jazz scene as well as Chicago’s unique contributions to the art form, the 36thAnnual Chicago Jazz Festival will be presented Aug. 28-Aug. 31, 2014 inMillennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center.


This year’s headliners include trumpeter and noted film music composer Terence Blanchard, vibraphonist and jazz education pioneer Gary Burton, Miles Davis alumnus bassist Dave Holland and his all star fusion band Prism featuring three of modern jazz’s leading lights – Craig Taborn, guitarist Kevin Eubanks (formerly of The Tonight Show Band) and drummer Eric Harland, jazz’s most celebrated new straight-ahead singer in years (and rightly so), Cécile McLorint Salvant, Chicago native and bassist Rufus Reid, trumpeter and now elder statesman and noted mentor Tom Harrell leads a new band,Colors of a Dream featuring jazz’s biggest breakout crossover star of the last decade, Esperanza Spaulding Finally, the Sun Ra Arkestra celebrates the centennial of Ra’s “arrival” on planet Earth from Saturn.

The Chicago Jazz Festival differentiates itself from other American jazz festivals largely based on a history of putting its own regional stamp on the artistic proceedings. This is particularly true given the city’s deep roots in the history of jazz from Louis Armstrong to Muhal Richard Abrams to the late Von Freeman and Fred Anderson to today’s stars Ken Vandermark, Dana Hall, Mike Reed, Dave Rempis and many more. Historically incorporating artists affiliated with the Chicago-founded Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) as well as the city’s straight-ahead and world-influenced artists, the Chicago Jazz Festival takes an annual stock of what makes Chicago such an amazing international destination for jazz year-round.

Produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by theJazz Institute of Chicago, the free admission Chicago Jazz Festival festival will officially open with a Tribute to Nelson Mandela by Chicago composer Ernest Dawkins. The Millennium Park performance of Dawkins’ Afro Jazz Opera will also be the final concert in this year’s Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series. The Sun Ra Arkestra, celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of its founder, a Chicago legend, will close out the Chicago Jazz Festival. This is the event’s second year in the glorious setting of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The festivities will mark the 45th anniversary of the JazzInstitute.



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