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  • Sun Ra Arkestra

    Aug 31 | 8:30 pm
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    What can you say about Sun Ra, nee Herman Blount, a/k/a Le Sony'r Ra? One hundred years after he arrived on earth and 21 years after his physical embodiment passed from view, he is best known by many for his cosmic trappings:

    Cécile McLorin Salvant

    Aug 31 | 7:10 pm
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    Every once in a while, a young jazz artist appears on the scene fully formed, with her own sound and sensibility, and takes audiences by storm. That's what 24-year-old Cécile McLorin Salvant has been doing.

    Miguel Zenon Quartet

    Aug 31 | 6:00 pm
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon has his feet in two stylistic worlds: modern jazz and the traditional sounds of his native Puerto Rico – not just boleros, ballads and other popular forms, but also rural styles dating back to the 1800's and the folklori

    Holland, Eubanks, Taborn Harland: Prism

    Aug 30 | 8:30 pm
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    Even the staunchest fans of Dave Holland may have wondered what the heck he and Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn and Eric Harland were doing on Prism. What was up with the screaming guitar solos, swirling keyboards and exploding drums?

    Aug 30 | 6:00 pm
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    Never mind that his birth certificate says he's 71. Never mind how many generations of musicians he has mentored as an educator, bandleader and role model. Vibraphonist Gary Burton is no less a creative force than he has ever been, and no less dazzli

    Terence Blanchard with Ravi Coltrane & Lionel Loueke

    Aug 29 | 8:30 pm
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    For those fans who recall trumpeter Terence Blanchard's 1980's stint as one of the young lions of the Jazz Messengers, it has been extra-gratifying watching him develop into a bandleading mentor and starmaker in his own right.

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