The Chicago Jazz Festival – A Retrospective

An important hallmark of the Chicago Jazz Festival has been the special projects we have commissioned, which have ranged from Swiss composer George Gruntz’ Chicago Cantata in 1991, to Randy Weston’s African Sunrise in 1992, Edward Wilkerson’s Dark Star in 1998 and George Lewis who was also our first Artist in Residence in 2002. Other Artists in Residence who have graced the festival include Toshiko Akiyoshi, Roscoe Mitchell, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, Charlie Haden, Edward Wilkerson, Orbert Davis, Nicole Mitchell and Hamid Drake, each one celebrating Chicago’s strong roots in their music.

This celebrates the diversity of those creative projects.


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