Monday, August 25

5:30 pm

Sam Grossner...

PianoForte
Sam started playing piano at 7 years of age. As a teen, he helped a friend of his repair and rebuild player pianos, which quickly brought him to the world of stride piano and piano player Fats Waller among others. Today he both plays and restores pianos. Sam played piano at the original DejaVu Tavern on Lincoln Avenue for several years at the Sunday night jazz jam sessions.
6:00 pm

Screening of Sun Ra Films "A Joyful Noise" and "Mystery...

Claudia Cassidy
To help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sun Ra there will be screenings of the Sun Ra Films Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise and Mystery Mr. Ra. On Tuesday the 26th, there will be a discussion with Robert Mugge, the director of A Joyful Noise.

Tuesday, August 26

5:30 pm

John Wright...

PianoForte
To this day the pianist, organist and bassist does not read or write music. Known commercially as “South Side Soul” he currently appears with his own quartet in clubs in the Chicago area. Selected recordings include South Side Soul-John Wright Trio, John Wright: Mr. Soul, John Wright: Makin’ Out and John Wright: The Last Amen. His studio credits include Prestige, Fantus and C
6:00 pm

Screening of Sun Ra Films "A Joyful Noise" and "Mystery...

Claudia Cassidy
To help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sun Ra there will be screenings of the Sun Ra Films Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise and Mystery Mr. Ra. On Tuesday the 26th, there will be a discussion with Robert Mugge, the director of A Joyful Noise.

Wednesday, August 27

5:30 pm

Matthew Shipp...

PianoForte
At the beginning of his career Shipp was stylistically compared to some of his predecessors in the jazz piano pantheon but has since been recognized as a complete stylistic innovator on the piano – with AllMusic referring to his “unique and recognizable style”; and Larry Blumenfeld in Jazziz Magazine referring to Shipp as “stunning in originality.” Jazziz Magazine also referred

Thursday, August 28

12:00 pm

Chris Foreman Solo...

Randolph Cafe
Through all the trends, revampings and revolutions jazz has gone through since the great Jimmy Smith made the Hammond B-3 organ an essential component of hard bop and blues, the crowd-pleasing appeal of the instrument has remained the same. Whether commandeered by a Smith acolyte like Joey DeFrancesco or an innovator like Greg Lewis with his Organ Monk Trio, this monster in a b
12:15 pm

Keefe Jackson's Likely So...

Claudia Cassidy
For more than 20 years, Chicago's improvising musicians have conducted a wonderful exchange program with their European counterparts, resulting in many memorable collaborations. So it goes with saxophonist Keefe Jackson's Likely So, an unusual all-reed ensemble that features fellow local boys, a Polish stalwart and a Swiss trio.
12:30 pm

Paulinho Garcia Quinet...

Preston Bradley Hall
Brazil has no better emissary in the Windy City than singer-guitarist Paulinho Garcia. For more than 30 years, this native of Belo Horizonte, located in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, has waved the flag of his homeland here through sensitive, richly melodic performances of its music.
1:30 pm

Erwin Helfer / John Brumbach Duo...

Randolph Cafe
Chicago has gifted the world with any number of great pianists in the blues and boogie woogie tradition: Jimmy Yancey, Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons, Art Hodes, Sunnyland Slim, Pinetop Perkins. None has been more loved than the remarkable Erwin Helfer, who at 78 is the last living link to Jimmy (and Mama) Yancey.
1:45 pm

David Boykin Expanse...

Claudia Cassidy
As the name of his longstanding band suggests, saxophonist David Boykin thrives on wide-open spaces – and wide-open conceptual possibilities. While indebted to the intervallic leaps and floating time sense of Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians role models including Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, he has never been shy about giving voice to funk & hip-hop
2:00 pm

Judy Roberts / Greg Fishman Duo...

Preston Bradley Hall
Singer-pianist Judy Roberts ruled over so many jazz rooms in Chicago for so many years, her fans still feel her vibe here years after she moved to Phoenix. Her visits here reinforce the feeling that she never left.
3:15-4:30pm

Juli Wood Trio & “Chicago Calling” with added comme...

Claudia Cassidy
"What is this thing called Jazz?" Ask any 5 people and you'll get 5 different answers. Is one of them right and the others wrong? Not according the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Seeing jazz as a mosaic whose whole is substantially greater than its parts, "What is this thing called Jazz?" sets out to fill in the mosaic...
4:00 pm

Sun Ra panelists discussion...

Ganz Hall
Had Sun Ra lived – not that there isn't a great possibility he's still with us, floating in the cosmos – he would have turned 100 this year. In Chicago, where he first made his mark as a pianist, arranger, big band genius and keyboard inventor, that's special cause for celebration.
6:30pm

Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in t...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
For the official opening-night show of the Chicago Jazz Festival – and the finale of this year's Made in Chicago concert series – local composer, saxophonist and AACM veteran Ernest Khabeer Dawkins has created a work in honor of the late South African president that promises to do many of the inspiring things Mandela said music could do.

Friday, August 29

12:00 pm

Xavier Breaker's Coalition...

Von Freeman Pavilion
Born and raised in South Carolina, Xavier Breaker brings to the bandstand both a limber, excitable style as a drummer and strong writing skills developed at Northern Illinois University's jazz studies program. In a short time, he and the members of his Coalition have established themselves as rising players in Chicago's "next generation" of jazz players.
12:30 pm

Howard Alden / Andy Brown Quartet...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
The neo-swing movement of the '80s has come and gone, but one of its key players, guitarist Howard Alden, continues to promote the timeless attributes of pre-modern jazz while exploring some of the unsung artists who left their mark on it.
1:10 pm

Joshua Abrams Quartet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
A prolific bassist on the Chicago scene, Joshua Abrams has played in and recorded with any number of important bands over the past 15 years including Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble, Mike Reed's Loose Assembly and Dave Rempis' Aphelion trio. Abrams also has made his mark as a leader. The New York Times praised his 2010 album, Natural Information, as "one of the rough gems of the post-everything musical era."
2:00 pm

Paul Marinaro Quartet...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
A straight-ahead jazz vocalist whose recent, acclaimed, self-produced debut album, Without a Song, includes such classics as “That Old Black Magic,” “Devil May Care” and “For All We Know,” Paul Marinaro sings with the easy authority of someone who grew up with these songs – which he did.
2:20 pm

Clark Sommers (Ba)SH...

Von Freeman Pavilion
You might reasonably expect a band named (Ba)SH to make a bunch of unadulterated noise. And with the great drummer Dana Hall's bomb-dropping capabilities, they certainly are capable of that. But if any quality defines bassist Clark Sommers' trio, featuring consummate saxophonist Geof Bradfield, it's their exploratory sensibility.
3:30 pm

Russ Johnson Quartet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
A notable recent addition to the Chicago jazz scene, trumpeter Russ Johnson has fit right in with his ability to play a wide range of styles in a wide range of settings. During his years in New York, the Racine, Wis., native played with such heavies as Lee Konitz (he's a member of the altoist's New Nonet) and Bill Frisell and such emerging stars as Jenny Scheinman and Noah Prem
3:30 pm

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet's days of flying under the radar are at an end. Its 2013 album, Latin Jazz/Jazz Latin, earned the San Francisco-based group its second Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album. And Wallace, a trombonist who has a handful of Grammy nominations for other projects, is reaping more and more critical praise for his "gorgeous" playing" (JazzWax
5:00 pm

George Freeman / Mike Allemana Quartet...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Guitar duos rarely have the edgy excitement that this one promises. Chicago legend George Freeman, a sui generis stylist if ever there was one on the instrument, is prized by young listeners who have had their heads spun by his soul-jazz experiments from the '70s, and fans who have never heard guitar lines of such keening, bop-charged expression.
6:00 pm

Rufus Reid...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
It's been four decades since Rufus Reid lived in Chicago, where he attended Northwestern University and got his career off to an imposing start accompanying legends at the Jazz Showcase. But his fans here still embrace the bassist nonpareil as one of their own, which makes his latest festival appearance extra special.
7:10 pm

Myra Melford's Snowy Egret...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
When Myra Melford was taking piano lessons from Erwin Helfer as a teenager in the northern suburbs, could she ever have imagined they'd both be featured artists at the Chicago Jazz Festival? Maybe, maybe not. But if there's one thing Melford has never lacked, it's vision.
8:30 pm

Terence Blanchard with Ravi Coltrane & Lionel Loueke...

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. Tonight, as on his striking 2013 album, Magnetic, he'll have three more emerging players in his midst: the rhythm section of pianist Fabian Almazan, bass

Saturday, August 30

11:30 - 12:00 pm

Jones College Prep Jazz Combo, directed by Frank Menzie...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Revamped as a magnet school in the late '90s, Jones College Prep was ranked third in Illinois by U.S. News. Its jazz groups have gotten steadily stronger under the direction of Frank Menzies, a seasoned trumpeter who has played with such luminaries as Jon Faddis and Roy Haynes.
12:00 pm

Clif Wallace Quintet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
A native of Fort Wayne, drummer Clif Wallace has played in all kinds of bands since his undergraduate days at North Carolina Central University and in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead program. He made his early mark on record playing on Carolina bassist John Brown's Top 40 hit, "Merry Christmas, Baby;" Chicago Quartet (2010), by Polish saxophonist Marcin Zupanski, and People Calling (
12:15 – 12:45 pm

Pritzker College Prep Jazz Combo, directed by Ben Das...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Pritzker College Prep, partof the Noble Street charter school operation, opened its doors to a freshman class of 154 students in 2006. Das founded the music department in 2007. Four years later, its jazz combo and jazz ensemble ranked fifth and sixth at the Berklee College of Music's national jazz festival, and they continue to get better and better.
12:30 pm

Laurenzi / Ernst / Green...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
The young collective of tenor saxophonist and "aspiring beatmaker" Dustin Laurenzi, bassist and singer Katie Ernst and drummer Andrew Green offer an entrancing sound that's somewhere between hip-hop and lounge music. Influenced by the spare experimentation of clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre's trios and modern classical music's minimalist school, Laurenzi/Ernst/Green also thrives on
1:00 – 1:40 pm

Curie Metropolitan High School Jazz Ensemble, directed...

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. In director Torres, the jazz program has musician who leads by example: His 2013 recording, January: The Birth and Development of the Ian Torres Big Band, featuring topnotch players from around the city, drew considerable praise.
1:10 pm

John Campbell Trio featuring Kelly Sill and Joel Spence...

Von Freeman Pavilion
During the late 1970's and early 1980's, no Chicago piano trio was more popular or formidable than that of pianist John Campbell, a Bloomington, Il., native whose chemistry with University of Illinois alums Kelly Sill (bass) and Joel Spencer (drums) was unsurpassed. As the house rhythm section at the Jazz Showcase, they backed a Who's Who of jazz greats.
1:55 - 2:35 PM

Elmhurst College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Doug Beach...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Located in the western Chicago suburb, Elmhurst College boasts one of the nation's most admired jazz ensembles – one that has toured 17 nations, twice performing in Europe under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, and featured such luminaries as Clark Terry, Louie Bellson and Lee Konitz.
2:00 pm

Chicago Underground Duo...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
The longest-lasting and most experimental of the Chicago Underground groups, going back to the Chicago Underground Orchestra of the mid-'90s, the Chicago Underground Duo – Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor – has been a compelling work in progress. Embracing ever-bolder laptop and engineering effects, the CUD funnels a deep stream of influences, beginning with the bop on which corneti
2:20 pm

John Wojciechowski Quartet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
One of the things that makes the Chicago jazz scene so strong and renewable is its ability to draw talented artists from all over the map. In recent years, more and more players have moved here to be part of a scene that offers the opportunity to team up with like-minded musicians, perform on a regular basis and define one's own sound and style. Those were certainly among the a
2:50 - 3:30 pm

Morgan Park High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Shem...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Morgan Park High School Jazz Ensemble, from Chicago's South Side, is the recipient of this year's Chicago Composer Award from the Jazz Institute of Chicago. In what is sure to be one of the highlights of the festival's Young Lions concerts, they will perform a commissioned composition by Don Owens, a distinguished writer and arranger long associated with Northwestern University
3:30 pm

Corey Wilkes Quintet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
In the best sense of the word, Corey Wilkes has been an upstart since emerging on the Chicago scene in the early 2000's, fresh from honing his craft in New Orleans. A product of Rich South High School in suburban Richton Park and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has used his outsize natural gifts as a trumpeter to shift effortlessly from the most groove-tight hard bop
3:30 pm

Kurt Rosenwinkel...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
Just as Michael Brecker was embraced as a guru of contemporary tenor saxophone by players of recent generations, 43-year-old Kurt Rosenwinkel has had his every solo pored over by aspiring guitarists. Taking leave from such towering role models as Wes Montgomery and George Benson, Rosenwinkel has coined a highly individual harmonic approach with his shifting chords and special s
3:45 - 4:25 pm

Kenwood Academy Jazz Ensemble, directed by Gerald Powel...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
This has been an extra-special year for the Kenwood Academy Jazz Ensemble. Under the direction of Gerald Powell, its robust horn section added a stirring element to young piano great Jason Moran's spring performance at Symphony Center. Its power and composure following the shooting of one of its members was a testament to its inner strength, and the healing potential of music.
5:00 pm

Ari Brown Quintet...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
In this tenor saxophone town, Ari Brown has long stood tall, and with the passing of revered tenor giants Von Freeman and Fred Anderson, he stands even taller. To be a true Chicago tenor, it's never enough to play "tough" – you also need to develop your own identity. That's what Brown has done over the years. A soloist who was strongly influenced by John Coltrane, he has develo
6:00 pm

Gary Burton...

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 dazzling an improviser
7:10 pm

Tom Harrell's Colors of a Dream...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
From his emergence in the bands of Horace Silver and Phil Woods through various groups of his own, trumpeter Tom Harrell has occupied a special place in jazz. A model of consistency, he's regarded not only as one of the strongest soloists at work – a player of surpassing lyrical intensity – but also one of the finest composers. And as revealed by his terrific recent album, Colo
8:30 pm

Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn and Eric Harl...

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? The answer, quite simply, was that these revered musicians were having great fun revealing a side of their talent that they haven't often gotten a ch

Sunday, August 31

11:30 – 12:00 pm

Chi Arts Jazz Combo, directed by Caitlin Hickey...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Founded in 2009, the Chicago High School for the Arts is a college-preparatory academy specializing in training young artists for professional careers in dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts. A “Renaissance 2010” Contract School, it boasts a highly accomplished and multi-disciplinary faculty.
12:00 pm

Neal Alger's Blue Note Quartet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
Not to put anyone in mind of doing anything the Surgeon General wouldn't, but there are times when Neal Alger's guitar playing is so coolly expressive, and his wafting chords so subtle in their impact, you may think of cigarette smoke curling through space. As anyone who has seen his power rock trio, Needles in the Red, knows, that tells only part of his story as a musician. Bu
12:15 – 12:45 pm

Jazz Links Youth Ensemble directed by Mark Coulter, Car...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
12:30 pm

Tomeka Reid Quartet...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
Just as her AACM sister and frequent collaborator Nicole Mitchell has transformed the flute as an improvising musician with her earthy power, Tomeka Reid has brought new vitality and breadth to the cello with her uncommon blend of ethereal spirit and fierce emotion.
1:00 – 1:40 pm

St. Charles North Jazz Ensemble, directed by John Wojci...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Located in the far western Chicago suburb, St. Charles North High School (SCN) is known for its annual New York Voices Jazz Festival and for this estimable ensemble, whose director, John Wojciechowski, is also a great role model. He'll show off his impressive saxophone playing skills at this year's fest with his own band and other groups.
1:10 pm

Tammy McCann Quintet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
Not too many singers have performed the lead role in Cavalleria Rusticana, toured as a Rae-lette with Ray Charles and sung with and been mentored by Von Freeman. But for Chicago jazz (and gospel and classical) singer Tammy McCann, those experiences have proven to be mere stepping stones in a career that has people buzzing about her in New York as well as the Windy City. Having
1:55 – 2:35 pm

Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy Jazz Ensemble, directe...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy, an elementary school located in Little Village, introduced its band program in 1985. Since 2002, the program has been directed by Carlos Ayento, who has groomed an impressive number of young musicians for area high school music programs. Today's performance by the MSSA Jazz Ensemble will give festgoers an early peek at tomorrow's high school st
2:00 pm

Sun Rooms...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
It's no exaggeration to say that Sun Rooms is one of the most strikingly original vibraphone groups jazz has ever known. That's largely because Jason Adasiewicz is such an extraordinary force on the vibes. Attacking the keys with the hardest hits this side of Sonny Liston, he produces overtones and blooming after-tones that mesmerize you even as the band's collective energy pin
2:20 pm

Dennis Luxion - Michael Raynor Quartet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
Critic Neil Tesser once described Dennis Luxion, a pianist who brings a composer's presence to his playing, as "a scary-smart musician." Drummer Michael Raynor has drawn raves for his dynamic work with such artists as Kurt Elling, Ryan Cohan and Von Freeman, about whom few have waxed more eloquently or wittily than him. Together, Luxion and Raynor have been a perfect fit, and a
2:50 - 3:30 pm

University of Illinois at Chicago Jazz Ensemble, direct...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
It isn't often that a college band gets to present as expansive and ambitious as piece as the great Kenny Wheeler's eight-piece "Sweet Time Suite" (included on his masterful ECM album, Music for Large & Small Ensembles).
3:30 pm

Chicago Yestet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
With its seven, count 'em, seven horns, the Chicago Yestet has the firepower to raise more than a minor ruckus. And as suggested by the title of its 2008 debut album, Jazz is Politics?, which samples a speech by George W. Bush, the 13-member outfit isn't afraid to offer political commentary. But led by trombonist Joel Adams, whose groove-minded compositions incorporate big band
3:30 pm

Tootie Heath Trio...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
Isn't it funny how we think we know an artist after decades of enjoying his playing only to hear him one day in an altogether different way? Albert "Tootie" Heath is one of jazz's legendary drummers. He is the driving force behind the Heath Brothers band and was a sideman for such greats as Art Farmer, Clifford Jordan and Yusef Lateef.
3:45 - 4:25 pm

Noteworthy Teachers Ensemble, directed by Chip Gdalman...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Don't worry if you've never heard of Noteworthy High School. This ensemble, which started five years ago, is comprised of band directors from the Chicago Public School system, all of whom will prove they can practice what they teach, and then some.
5:00 pm

Bobby Broom Trio...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The jazz world has long known what a special talent guitarist Bobby Broom is. That's what having Sonny Rollins pluck you out of high school to play with him at Carnegie Hall will do for you. But his emergence as a leader in his adopted city of Chicago still has been one of the local jazz scene's brightest highlights. Broom has risen to the top of his craft the time-honored way:
6:00 pm

Miguel Zenon Quartet...

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 folkloric plena sound of the early 20th century. In combining present and past, traditional and modern, some artists settle for a facile h
7:10 pm

Cécile McLorin Salvant...

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. Along with last year's Chicago Jazz Festival sensation, Gregory Porter, she has brought crowd-pleasing exuberance and charisma back to jazz vocals.
8:30 pm

Sun Ra Arkestra...

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: Ra as spiritual being, interplanetary traveler, honorary ancient Egyptian. More importantly, to jazz fans, he was a musical visionary as a writer, arrange
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