Thursday, August 31

11:00 am

The Evolution of Afro-Cuban Jazz: A Talk with Ignacio...

Claudia Cassidy
A star musician in Cuba during the '70s, he emigrated to New York in 1980 and joined Gillespie's quartet a year later. He continued performing with the larger-than-life trumpeter until Dizzy's passing in 1993 and has also played with such luminaries as McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry and Jackie McLean. The insight he'll offer in today's c
12:00 pm

Curtis Prince Band with Ari Brown (curated by the South...

Randolph Square
Veteran drummer Curtis Prince, while making a stellar contribution as an educator in Chicago's public school system, long has distinguished himself as a sideman
12:15 pm

Thaddeus Tukes Group (curated by the Hyde Park Jazz Soc...

Claudia Cassidy
But for all his stylistic departures, Tukes reserves his deepest commitment to jazz standards. "It's great to get involved in modern harmonies and meters and so on, but there's so much you can learn from the classics," he said. "I try and connect not only with the solos on those recordings, but also the words of the songs."
12:30 pm

"What Is This Thing Called Jazz?" with Willie Pickens...

Preston Bradley Hall
In this year's installment of a popular festival feature, 86-year-old pianist Willie Pickens, a Chicago treasure, shares the wisdom he has attained over his long and distinguished career in words and music.
1:30 pm

West End Jazz Band (curated by the Illiana Club of Trad...

Randolph Square
No mere throwbacks to the jazz of the '20s and '30s, the West End Jazz Band has fully absorbed the dance-driven styles of the period during its three-plus decades together, using original arrangements and instrumentation whenever possible.
1:45 pm

Tim Stine Trio (curated by Elastic Arts)...

Claudia Cassidy
In his longstanding trio, Stine combines bracing textures and spare, open melodies (you can hear a subtle debt to the great Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto). He thrives on the wide pockets of space and deep sense of reserve of bassist Anton Hatwich and drummer Adam Vida
2:00 pm

Young Chicago Authors : Word On Jazz...

Preston Bradley Hall
Young Chicago Authors in partnership with the Chicago Jazz Festival present a dialog between jazz and hip hop with poets Patricia Frazier, Kennet Munoz and Vicki Peraluta; lyricists Freejay, Essie Linzy and Lyrik/Elgin and musicians Tony Milano (keyboard), Timmy Voltchek (bass), and Justin Boyd drums.
3:00 pm

Southport Records Celebrates 40 Years of Sparrow...

Randolph Square
Through it all, Sparrow has partnered with his wife, singer Joanie Pallatto, his invaluable right hand woman in the studio. For more than a dozen years, they presided over the "Southport Records Presents" series at Katerina's. Last year, Sparrow and Pallatto were named Chicago Jazz Heroes by the Jazz Journalists Association.
3:15 pm

Dave Rempis Quintet Performing Jackie McLean's Action (...

Claudia Cassidy
One of the pivotal efforts in the bop generation's incorporation of free jazz, Action doesn't have the reputation of McLean classics such as Let Freedom Ring and One Step Beyond, partly because it was out of print for so long. Count on basking in its glories after you hear it filtered through Rempis' take-no-prisoners sensibility.
3:30 pm

Chicago Jazz Composers Collective...

Preston Bradley Hall
For jazz composers, the opportunity to hear their works performed by like-minded players, before a receptive audience, is enormously beneficial – as it is for devoted listeners. For more than 15 years, the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective has made that happen with its monthly appearances at the historic Green Mill Jazz Club under the direction of its founder, Kathy Kelly.
6:30 pm

George Freeman 90th Birthday Celebration...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
George Freeman may not be venerated to the degree his departed brother, tenor saxophonist Von, was – and is. But neither did the beloved Vonski have people shaking their head in amazement the way they frequently do over George's ability to coax utterly unique sounds from his electric guitar. At 90, more than a half-century removed from performances with the likes of Charlie Par
8:00 pm

Dizzy Gillespie’s Centennial Celebration with Jon Fad...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Today, with Dizzy protégé Jon Faddis leading the charge on trumpet, the Chicago Jazz Festival Big Band will celebrate the awesome achievement of that historic ensemble, with the help of Dizzy confreres from different periods in his career: drummer Ignacio Berroa and saxophonist Antonio Hart
  • Jay Pritzker Pavillion
  • Claudia Cassidy
  • Preston Bradley Hall
  • Von Freeman Pavilion
  • Jazz and Heritage Stage
  • Randolph Square
  • Roof Top Jazz: Young Jazz Lions (Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace)

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