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
  • Jay Pritzker Pavillion
  • Claudia Cassidy
  • Preston Bradley Hall
  • Randolph Cafe
  • Ganz Hall
  • Jazz on Jackson
  • Jazz and Heritage Stage
  • Garland Room
  • PianoForte
  • The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage

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