Sunday, August 31

12:00 pm

Neal Alger's Blue Note Quartet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
Not to put anyone in mind of doing anything the Surgeon General wouldn't, but there are times when Neal Alger's guitar playing is so coolly expressive, and his wafting chords so subtle in their impact, you may think of cigarette smoke curling through space. As anyone who has seen his power rock trio, Needles in the Red, knows, that tells only part of his story as a musician. Bu
12:30 pm

Tomeka Reid Quartet...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
Just as her AACM sister and frequent collaborator Nicole Mitchell has transformed the flute as an improvising musician with her earthy power, Tomeka Reid has brought new vitality and breadth to the cello with her uncommon blend of ethereal spirit and fierce emotion.
1:10 pm

Tammy McCann Quintet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
Not too many singers have performed the lead role in Cavalleria Rusticana, toured as a Rae-lette with Ray Charles and sung with and been mentored by Von Freeman. But for Chicago jazz (and gospel and classical) singer Tammy McCann, those experiences have proven to be mere stepping stones in a career that has people buzzing about her in New York as well as the Windy City. Having
2:00 pm

Sun Rooms...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
It's no exaggeration to say that Sun Rooms is one of the most strikingly original vibraphone groups jazz has ever known. That's largely because Jason Adasiewicz is such an extraordinary force on the vibes. Attacking the keys with the hardest hits this side of Sonny Liston, he produces overtones and blooming after-tones that mesmerize you even as the band's collective energy pin
2:20 pm

Dennis Luxion - Michael Raynor Quartet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
Critic Neil Tesser once described Dennis Luxion, a pianist who brings a composer's presence to his playing, as "a scary-smart musician." Drummer Michael Raynor has drawn raves for his dynamic work with such artists as Kurt Elling, Ryan Cohan and Von Freeman, about whom few have waxed more eloquently or wittily than him. Together, Luxion and Raynor have been a perfect fit, and a
3:30 pm

Chicago Yestet...

Von Freeman Pavilion
With its seven, count 'em, seven horns, the Chicago Yestet has the firepower to raise more than a minor ruckus. And as suggested by the title of its 2008 debut album, Jazz is Politics?, which samples a speech by George W. Bush, the 13-member outfit isn't afraid to offer political commentary. But led by trombonist Joel Adams, whose groove-minded compositions incorporate big band
3:30 pm

Tootie Heath Trio...

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
Isn't it funny how we think we know an artist after decades of enjoying his playing only to hear him one day in an altogether different way? Albert "Tootie" Heath is one of jazz's legendary drummers. He is the driving force behind the Heath Brothers band and was a sideman for such greats as Art Farmer, Clifford Jordan and Yusef Lateef.
5:00 pm

Bobby Broom Trio...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The jazz world has long known what a special talent guitarist Bobby Broom is. That's what having Sonny Rollins pluck you out of high school to play with him at Carnegie Hall will do for you. But his emergence as a leader in his adopted city of Chicago still has been one of the local jazz scene's brightest highlights. Broom has risen to the top of his craft the time-honored way:
6:00 pm

Miguel Zenon Quartet...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon has his feet in two stylistic worlds: modern jazz and the traditional sounds of his native Puerto Rico – not just boleros, ballads and other popular forms, but also rural styles dating back to the 1800's and the folkloric plena sound of the early 20th century. In combining present and past, traditional and modern, some artists settle for a facile h
7:10 pm

Cécile McLorin Salvant...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Every once in a while, a young jazz artist appears on the scene fully formed, with her own sound and sensibility, and takes audiences by storm. That's what 24-year-old Cécile McLorin Salvant has been doing. Along with last year's Chicago Jazz Festival sensation, Gregory Porter, she has brought crowd-pleasing exuberance and charisma back to jazz vocals.
8:30 pm

Sun Ra Arkestra...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
What can you say about Sun Ra, nee Herman Blount, a/k/a Le Sony'r Ra? One hundred years after he arrived on earth and 21 years after his physical embodiment passed from view, he is best known by many for his cosmic trappings: Ra as spiritual being, interplanetary traveler, honorary ancient Egyptian. More importantly, to jazz fans, he was a musical visionary as a writer, arrange
  • 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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