Originally formed to raise funds for victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, guitarist Andrew Trim's band has grown into one of the more intriguing in the city with its unusual blended sound and playful melodic approach.
Pianist Ben Waltzer is too deep into modern currents to be called a throwback on piano. But with his resounding sound and unabashed streak of romanticism, he does recall a time when men and women at the mighty 88s weren't shy about radiating their love of the instrument, as opposed to hiding it under oblique harmonies and sophisticated changes.
Like her early hero Nina Simone and contemporary artists like Lizz Wright and Gregory Porter, South Side native Lucy Smith sits comfortably in the place where jazz, folk and soul converge. And like those singers, she has the range and personality to explore those styles, and more, in convincing fashion.
In an annual educational/informational feature of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the wondrous vocalist Dee Alexander, with pianist Miguel de la Cerna, will present "From Mainstream to AACM and Beyond." Alexander will talk about her involvement with the AACM and its influences on her and perform.
When Marquis Hill won the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, he only confirmed to the world what Chicagoans already knew: This kid is something special. But it isn't just his impeccable attack, with its combination of fleet, jabbing accents and soaring grace notes, that sets him apart.
This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and CJF, DCASE and JIC are proud to recognize this civil rights milestone and promote full inclusion of people with disabilities by partnering with ADA 25 Chicago to present New Orleanian pianist Henry Butler with slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein & The Hot 9.
Jay Pritzker Pavillion
Preston Bradley Hall
Jazz on Jackson
Jazz and Heritage Stage
The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage