JazzCity is a free concert series initiated in 1997 by the Jazz Institute in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, now in its 21st season of bringing people together from across the city to listen to Chicago’s top jazz musicians.
Created to connect people of all ethnicities and generations to the legacy of jazz in Chicago, this annual concert series which honors Chicago’s Jazz icons and their legacy is presented free of charge and right in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. JazzCity provides musicians with an opportunity to present new work and audiences with an opportunity to bring families and friends to see world-class musicians in their own backyard. JazzCity fosters greater awareness of the continuing legacy of Chicago’s vibrant jazz community and an unparalleled opportunity for musicians to reach audiences right where they live.
JazzCity 2018 honors NEA Jazz Master Earle Lavon Freeman, (better known as Von Freeman or fondly called Vonski). A musician whose life and art spanned several decades and influenced generations of Chicago jazz players (as well as national and international artists). JazzCity 2018 will address different aspects of Freeman’s life, informing audiences about his important musical influences, his mentorship role, and how his legacy continues in Chicago’s jazz scene.