Sunday, September 4

11:30 am

Alexis Lombre Quintet...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Pianist Alexis Lombre has amassed a string of impressive credits and honors while studying with such keyboard legends as Benny Green and Chicago favorite Willie Pickens. The South Side native, a four-time Ravinia Jazz Scholar, will lead her quintet, ranging from bebop to soul to contemporary jazz.
12:00 pm

Kendall Moore Octet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
As someone with seasoning in both the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and Chicago Jazz Ensemble, as well as the Concert Jazz Band at the University of Miami, trombonist Kendall Moore is a natural to lead an octet – otherwise known as a little big band.
12:30 pm

Erwin Helfer...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
One of the great things about milestones – such as Erwin Helfer's 80th birthday, which was officially celebrated back in January but we joyfully mark with his latest festival appearance – is that they shine a light on extraordinary artists we sometimes take for granted.
12:50 pm

Joel Ross' Good Vibes...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Chicago's loss has been New York's gain for vibraphonist Joel Ross, who while studying with Stefon Harris at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music is making his presence felt in the Big Apple. As the leader of Good Vibes, a rotating group of young peers, he has lost none of the eagerness he demonstrated five years ago as a 16-year-old prodigy trading licks on "'Round M
2:00 pm

Norman Simmons Trio...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
Fondly remembered by fans of a certain age for his stints at the Beehive on 55th Street, where his trio backed the likes of Charlie Parker and Lester Young, Simmons is perhaps best known for his work with singers. He has accompanied such greats as Helen Humes, Carmen McRae, Joe Williams and the recently deceased Ernestine Anderson.
2:10 pm

Hanging Hearts...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Led by Chris Weller on tenor saxophone and featuring fellow Oak Parker Cole DeGenova on keyboards and Devin Drobka on drums, this improvising trio brings a blazing rock sensibility to its experimental free bop, with a strong dose of DKV Trio-school funk. Products of Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music, they recently recorded their second album with Bad Plus drummer Da
2:20 pm

George Fludas Quartet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
Twenty-five years ago, the awesome foursome of guitarist Bobby Broom, pianist Ron Perrillo, bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer George Fludas first hit the local club scene, performing at places like the Bop Shop and Andy's. Now here they are, distinguished veterans of the scene, reuniting to celebrate their good fortunes.
3:30 pm

Foster Meets Brooks Big Band...

The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage
Once exposed to tenor saxophonist and South Side native John Foster-Brooks' power-packed 15-piece band – whose name was the brainchild of a former teacher of his – it's unlikely you'll soon forget them. Introduced in 2009 and re-installed in New York two years later, the FMBBB bears the strong personality of its leader, singled out by the Chicago Tribune as a young artist to wa
3:30 pm

Doreen's Jazz New Orleans...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
Whether hosting its top artists, mounting special theme shows or having second line bands snake through the park to greet arriving spectators, the Chicago Jazz Festival has from its start maintained a close connection to New Orleans – and emphasized the strong historical connections between the Crescent City and the Windy City.
3:30 pm

Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor...

Von Freeman Pavilion
After returning to the spotlight in 2012 via an acclaimed recording of the 2007 concert that reunited the '70s trio he played in with Rivers and Dave Holland, Altschul has keep his momentum going. A drummer with a big stylistic appetite, he enjoys combining different kinds of grooves, drawing from all manner of jazz, jazz-rock fusion and world music.
5:00 pm

Michael Zerang and the Blue Lights...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Drawing on the most tuneful freebop, East European marches, sinuous Middle Eastern melodies and gutbucket blues, the Blue Lights find a perfect balance between composition and improvisation. They'll be dipping into their two irresistible recordings: Songs from the Big Book of Love and the cassette-only Hash Eaters and Peacekeepers.
6:00 pm

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
As the nephew of saxophonist Donald Harrison, New Orleans native Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah had a great role model growing up – not only a fantastic musician who played with deep conviction, but also one who, as much as he dedicated himself to tradition, never felt hampered by it.
7:10 pm

John Scofield / Joe Lovano Quartet...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Now billed as co-leaders, the guitarist and saxophonist "share a dialect of gruff eloquence, rooted as much in rhythm and blues as in the lessons of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman," said New York Times critic Nate Chinen. The ghosts of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Horace Silver also dance through the songs, Scofield originals, some of which were written years ago.
8:30 pm

Candido’s 95th Birthday Celebration ​...

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
1:10 pm

Charles Rumback Sextet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
Is this a golden age for jazz drummers? With so many traps artists leading their own bands and making terrific recordings, it sure seems that way. One of the standout albums to emerge from this trend is Chicagoan Charles Rumback's 2016 effort, In the New Year.
  • Jay Pritzker Pavillion
  • Claudia Cassidy
  • Preston Bradley Hall
  • Jazz on Jackson
  • Jazz and Heritage Stage
  • PianoForte
  • Chicago Community Trust Roof Top Jazz

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