40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival 2018 Schedule

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I love the Chicago Jazz Festival!

August 24-September 2, 2018 New Extended Dates • Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and Venues Across Chicago

FREE Admission

Neighborhood Music Venues: August 24-29, 2018

Millennium Park Schedule: August 29th – September 2nd, 2018

Schedule of Free Chicago Jazz Festival Performances at Neighborhood Music Venues

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, 632 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

Monday, August 27

 6-7pm – PianoForte Chicago, 1335 S. Michigan Ave.

WDCB Jazz Fest Week Live Broadcasts

Richard Johnson Solo Piano

Tune in Live on 90.9, 90.7 or WDCB.org

Tuesday, August 28

 6-7pm – PianoForte Chicago, 1335 S. Michigan Ave.

WDCB Jazz Fest Week Live Broadcasts

Jo Ann Daugherty Trio

Tune in Live on 90.9, 90.7 or WDCB.org

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

 6:30pm – Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove

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

The Chicago Jazz Festival is Labor Day weekend at Millennium Park.

Chicago Jazz Festival slideshow

 Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival’s mission is to showcase Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.

Download the Brochure:

jazzfestbrochure18.pdf

  1. Wednesday: August 29, 2018

Highlights from the WEBSITE:

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 6:30-9pm – Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: Legends and Lions: Chicago trumpeter, composer and bandleader

2. Thursday, August 30, 2018:

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Millennium Park, Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.

(schedule is subject to change)

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

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

  • 11am–12pm – What Is This Thing called Jazz? Ernie Adams: 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

Park Grill Plaza Stage

  • 12–2pm – Julius Tucker
  • 4–6pm – Thaddeus Thukes Vibez

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

3. Friday, August 31, 2018:

Millennium Park, Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.

(schedule is subject to change)

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

Park Grill Plaza Stage

  • 12–2pm – High Hat
  • 4–6pm – Bomanville

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

4. Saturday, September 1, 2018:

Millennium Park, Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.

(schedule is subject to change)

Young Jazz Lions (Harris Rooftop)

  • 11–11:30am – 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
  • 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

Park Grill Plaza Stage

  • 12–2pm – Petra van Nuis
  • 4–6pm – Isabella Sherwood

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

5. Sunday, September 2, 2018placeholder://

Millennium Park, Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.

(schedule is subject to change)

NextGenJazz  (Harris Rooftop)

  • 11:15am–12pm – 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)

  • 12–1pm – Quentin Coaxum Quintet
  • 1:30–2:30pm – Alejandro Urzagaste’s Flow featuring Bill Carrothers
  • 3–4pm – Fareed Haque and his Funk Brothers

Park Grill Plaza Stage

  • 12–2pm – Lucas Gillian
  • 4–6pm – Irvin Pierce

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-Barry Harris Quartet
  • 7:45–9pm – Maceo Parker

Free. For information visit: www.jazzinchicago.org

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