When it began in 1979, the Chicago Jazz Festival was a full week in Grant Park–programmed to reflect the full spectrum of the music and its influences–including Blues, Latin and African-based music. Always with an emphasis on our own home-town heroes. In the early years we had everybody from Max Roach to Muddy Waters to Miles Davis to Ornette Coleman to everyone in between–building on the founding philosophy of the Jazz Institute that recognizes that the sum of all the diverse of the parts of the music is what represents its whole and its heart. We hope you enjoy a look back through these images by Lauren Deutsch. We know they will invoke memories of the magic that happened on the City’s front lawn for the past 36 years.
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