Chicago Jazz Festival 2016 Line Up

Candido’s 95th Birthday Celebration ​...

Sep 4 | 8:30pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
featuring M.F. Production’s Latin Jazz All Stars w/ Candido, Steve Turre, Nestor Torres, Sammy Figueroa, Frankie Figueroa, Elio Villa, Franca, Yunior Terry, Diego Lopez, Jorge Castro and Guido Gonzalez... continue »

The Bad Plus play Ornette Coleman's Science Fictio...

Sep 3 | 8:30pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The Bad Plus with special guests, alto saxophonist Tim Berne, cornetist Ron Miles and soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome play the music of recently departed jazz iconoclast, Ornette Coleman from his groundbreaking 1972 album, Science Fiction.... continue »

Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra direc...

Sep 2 | 8:30pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The stellar band upholds the revolutionary legacy of Haden, who tragically passed away in 2014 after a long illness, for a performance entitled, "Celebrating Charlie" led by Haden’s longtime collaborator and arranger Carla Bley and featuring electric bass great Scott Colley... continue »

Orbert Davis...

Sep 1 | 8:00pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
A newly-commissioned piece entitled Soul Migration by Chicago trumpeter, composer and bandleader Orbert Davis will trace the route of the people who made the trek northward with a suite that takes listeners on a moving journey of their own... continue »

Anat Cohen Quartet...

Sep 3 | 7:10pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Israeli-born saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen and her quartet is one of the most exciting bands in modern jazz. The classically-trained Cohen melds influences from her native Israel with electrifying jazz, Brazilian choro, and Afro-Cuban rhythms, all expressed with an engaging, joyous presence that compels audiences to dance.... continue »

John Scofield / Joe Lovano Quartet...

Sep 4 | 7:10pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Guitarist John Scofield and saxophonist Joe Lovano, two of the most revered and influential artists of the last 40 years, reunite their much-heralded band from the early 1980s that helped launch Lovano’s career.... continue »

Benny Golson...

Sep 2 | 7:10pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The Philadelphia-born hard bop pioneer is responsible for several of the most-played standards in jazz, including “I Remember Clifford,” “Killer Joe,” “Stablemates,” and “Along Came Betty.” He also helped pave the way for jazz composers in the world of film and television, spending years writing for shows like M*A*S*H and Mission: I... continue »

Foster Meets Brooks Big Band...

Sep 4 | 3:30pm
The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
“Foster Meets Brooks Big Band” is a 15 piece ensemble founded in 2009 in Chicago and in 2011 in New York City which is comprised of various musicians from around the nation. The band brings new twists and norms to the big band sound with old goodies and original compositions by members within the ensemble.... continue »

Hanging Hearts...

Sep 4 | 2:10pm
The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Hanging Hearts is a Chicago-based jazz trio with rock energy dedicated to the fearless exploration of group improvisation. Described by critics as “hammering the walls between genre,” their music bridges the gap between jazz, rock, and experimental music.... continue »

Curie Metropolitan High School Jazz Ensemble...

Sep 3 | 2:00pm
The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Jazz bands from Curie Metro High School, a magnet school in Archer Heights, have been a regular presence at the Chicago Jazz Festival.... continue »

Joel Ross' Good Vibes...

Sep 4 | 12:50
The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Upon moving to New York, Ross started his group ‘Good Vibes’ consisting of peers with whom he’s had the opportunity and meet, play, and work with through various opportunities over the years. The band has a rotating roster of members, as the idea of the band is to be able to work with different peers in different musical situations... continue »

Alexis Lombre Quintet...

Sep 4 | 11:30am
The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Nurtured by programs sponsored by the Jazz Institute of Chicago since elementary school, young jazz pianist, Alexis Lombre is making her way onto Chicago’s jazz scene. A student of pianists Steve Million and the iconic Willie Pickens, she has performed with former Jazz Messengers, guitarist Bobby Broom and alto saxophonists, Bobby Watson and Dona... continue »

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