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Fred Hersch Trio added to 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival

We are proud to announce that the Fred Hersch Trio has been added to our 2015 festival line up! Filling the set formerly held by Bobby Hutcherson, you can see this stunning trio on September 4th at 7:10pm on the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Friday Feature : The Hanami Quartet

For our first Friday feature, we will highlight the Hanami Quartet. Critic Dave Sumner at Wondering Sound describes them as having a, “cerebrally inclined modern jazz take on Japanese songs…wonderfully engaging, a potent mix of sonic fluency and cinematic ambiance” take a listen to this track from their excellent first record and don’t miss their set on Thursday September 3rd at 12:15!

2015 Chicago Jazz Fest Full Lineup Announced!

The 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival is proud to announce our complete 2015 lineup!

37th Annual Festival Headliners Announced!

2015 headliners pay tribute to the AACM, Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn and more!

AACM 50th Anniversary Celebrations In the New York Times

The Chicago Jazz Festival is proud to present the Experimental Band with Muhal Richard Abrams as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the AACM. Check out this article from Nate Chinen at the New York Times where he writes about the AACM’s lasting impact and other celebrations going on throughout the year. The article can be found here.


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.

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