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The Chicago Jazz Festival, one of the most acclaimed and richly curated jazz festivals in the U.S., will be presenting performances outside of the festival grounds free of charge with the Chicago Jazz Festival: Neighborhood Nights concert series.


Kurt Rosenwinkel, Miguel Zenón Quartet, Tootie Heath Trio, Sun Rooms, Bobby Broom, Chicago Underground Duo, Wayne Wallace, Chris Foreman Trio, Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret, Tomeika Reid, Corey Wilkes, John Wojciechowski, Russ Johnson & Many More.

To Be Held Aug 28-aug 31 In Chicago’s Millenium Park & The Chicago Cultural Center

Art Hoyle Group, live at Carter Woodson Library

Photos and video from the August 17 performance by the Art Hoyle Group at Carter Woodson Library.

Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, and Candido Camero at the 7th Annual Latin Jazz Festival

On July 19 this year’s Neighborhood Nights got off to a rousing start at the 7th Annual Latin Jazz Festival in Humboldt Park with an intimate performance by pianist Hilario Duran, reedist Jane Bunnett, and the legendary 92-year old conguero Candido Camero.

Nels Cline-Jeff Parker Quartet plays Made in Chicago series

The Nels Cline-Jeff Parker Quartet interpret the classic Paul Bley-John Gilmore album The Turning Point in Millennium Park Thursday.




Henry Johnson plays Garfield Park Conservatory

Guitarist Henry Johnson performs at Garfield Park Conservatory, part of the 2013 Neighborhood Nights series.

PianoForte Sessions

The PianoForte Sessions occurs downtown on August 26-28. The three-concert series featuring Jim Baker, Justin Dillard, and Erwin Helfer takes place at the Fine Arts Building (1335 S. Michigan Ave.) each night between 5:30-6:30 PM and all concerts are free.

Annual Jazz Club Tour, Wednesday August 28

Find that intersection and many interesting side streets between 6:00 p.m. and midnight on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 as we kick off the Chicago Jazz Festival with our Annual Jazz Club Tour.

2013 Chicago Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

The full lineup for this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival has been announced.

Josh Berman and His Gang

Josh Berman and His Gang at Old Town School of Folk, 8/26

Last Night of Neighborhood Nights series, CD release show for his “There Now CD”

Denis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet

Photos from Denis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet, with pianist Denis Luxion, saxophonist Greg Ward, bassist Jeff Pedraz, and drummer Michael Raynor.

Havana at the Old Town School

Photos from Havana’s Sunday concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music, part of the Jazz Festival’s Neighborhood Nights Series.

Corey Wilkes at the Old Town School

Photos from Corey Wilkes’ Sunday concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music, part of the Jazz Festival’s Neighborhood Nights Series.

Dianne Reeves with guitarist Russell Malone: “Embraceable You”

Singer Dianne Reeves, who headlines this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival on Saturday September 1, performing “Embraceable You” with the guitarist Russell Malone.

Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love video in Romania

For one of his four concerts as Artist in Residence at the 2012 Chicago Jazz Festival reedist Ken Vandermark will perform in a duo with the explosive Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. Here’s a clip  of them playing in Romania in April of 2010:

Watch Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band

Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, Dizzy’s Club, NYC -Sept 11th, 2011

2012 Headliners Announced!

It’s never too soon to make plans for Labor Day when the holiday weekend includes the free admission Chicago Jazz Festival and headline talent such as Roy HaynesDianne Reeves and Allen Toussaint.

Ken Vandermark, 2012 Artist in Residence

The Chicago Jazz Festival announces saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark as its Artist in Residence for this year’s festival.

CJP Performs Sketches of Spain

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble Performs Excerpt of Sketches of Spain

Festival Artist in Residence Orbert Davis Named on Trolley!

Chicago Jazz Festival Artist in Residence Orbert Davis christens the Chicago Trolley Company’s newly named trolley in his honor for a pre-Jazz Club Tour photo op.

Roy Hargrove Interview at CJF Jazz interviews Roy Hargrove

Previews: The Global Language of Jazz

Two special Jazz Festival preview focus on the contributions of different cultures to the increasingly global nature of jazz.

Mike Reed’s Myth/Science Debuts

Mike Reed’s Myth Science Assembly perfroming Sun Ra’s unfinished work.

Appearing on Stage at the Jazz Club Tour

Jazzin’ on the Southside at ETA  Junius Paul Trio  and the Erin Mc Dougal Quartet.
Andy’s: Neal Ager and Mike Smith
Green Mill: Alphonso Ponticelli and Frank Catalano
Jazz Showcase: Ira Sullivan and Friends

Shanghai Stories Previewed in Chinatown

Tuesday August 30, 2011 In a Chicago Jazz Festival preview Francis Wong tells the story of his parent’s time in Shanghai at the Chinese American Service League in Chicago’s Chinatown.

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