The 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

Here it is in all its glorious detail (a day late and a dollar short). Wait: that’s not entirely accurate. Many details were abandoned for clarity’s sake, but this is for those among us who are the the highest common demoninator. Remember, all the downtown performances are free. No admission charge. Hie thee thither, posthaste.

Friday, August 23: 8:30pm – JD Allen Trio at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.

Saturday, August 24: 6:00–10:00pm – Brown Derby Jazz Revue at Skidoe’s Restaurant, 235 E. 51st St.
8:30pm – Marc Ribot Solo at Constellation

Sunday, August 25: 6:00–10:00pm – Brown Derby Jazz Revue at Skidoe’s
9:00pm – Cooper Moore at The Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave.

Monday, August 26: 5:00–7:30pm – Pop Up Nu Jazz Festival featuring Thaddeus Tukes,  Sam Trump, and the Young Masters under the direction  of Ernest Dawkins, along with special guest Jamila Woods and Alexis Lombre, with the Englewood Soweto Exchange in the Whole Foods Parking Lot, 832 W. 63rd St.

9:00pm – Anagram Fest featuring The Oh Yeahs and the Alejandro Urzagaste Trio at Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave., 2nd Floor

Tuesday, August 27: 5:30pm – Tuesdays on the Terrace: Isaiah Collier and the Chosen Few at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

6:00–8:00pm – Ancient to the Future featuring Art “Turk” Burton Congo Square Ensemble and Ernest Dawkins at the Jacob R. Caruthers Center, Northeastern Illinois University, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd.

8:00-10:00pm -  Preservation of Fire hosted by King Hippo featuring Resavoir and Isaiah Spencer Collective at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St.

9:00pm – Anagram Fest featuring Mobile Vanguard and the John Wojciechowski Trio at Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave., 2nd Floor

Wednesday, August 28: 6:00–9:00pm – 100th Birthday of Nat “King” Cole with Bruce Henry, Henry Johnson, and the Musical Arts Academy at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

9:00-11:00pm –   Preservation of Fire: QUARTETS hosted by Angel Bat Dawid & King Hippo featuring the Eliel Sherman Storey Quartet and Angel Bat Dawid & The Brothahood at Transition East, 2548 E. 83rd St. (Broadcast live on 105.5FM)

Thursday, August 29: 6:00pm -  Nois and the Dave Rempis Quartet honor Fred Anderson with a Nod to Charlie Parker’s 99th Birthday! at Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S. Wabash Ave.

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
11:00am–Noon – The Red Rose Jazz Band Septet–programmed in collaboration with the Illiana Jazz Club
12:15–1:15pm – Anton Hatwich Trio–programmed in collaboration with the Elastic Arts
1:45–2:45pm – Mai Sugimoto Quartet–programmed in collaboration with Asian Improv Arts Midwest


3:15–4:15pm – John Wociechowski–programmed in collaboration with the Jazz Record Art Collective

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
11:00am–Noon – What Is This Thing Called Jazz? Conversation and “Play & Tell” about the Jazz trumpet – with Corey Wilkes, Pharez Whitted, Miguel de la Cerna, Micah Collier, and Jeremiah Collier on drums
12:30–1:30pm – Alexis Lombre Quintet
2:00–3:00pm – Tribute to Joseph Jarman, Alvin Fielder, and Saalik–Ziyad
3:30–4:30pm – Curtis Robinson


5:45pm – Mystick Krewe of Laff and the Big Shoulders Brass Band will lead a New Orleans-style second-line procession, starting at the west side of the Great Lawn

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
5:45pm – Mystick Krewe of Laff and the Big Shoulders Brass Band
6:25–7:25pm – Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 50th Anniversary featuring Nicole Mitchell, Rob Mazurek, Ari Brown, Jeff Parker, and others
7:45–9:00pm – Freddy Cole, Tribute to Nat King Cole

Friday, August 30
9:00pm – Matt Ulery, Russ Johnson, and Tim Haldeman, with special guests at Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave.

Von Freeman Pavilion
11:30am–12:25pm – Miguel de la Cerna Trio
12:40–1:35pm – Metropolitan Jazz Octet with Dee Alexander
1:50–2:45pm – Rocky Yera Band
3:00–4:00pm – Rob Mazurek

Capital One Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
Noon–1:00pm – After Dark Sextet
1:30–2:30pm – Kitt Lyles’s Real Talk Collective Septet
3:00–4:00pm – The JuJu Exchange

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
3:45–5:05pm – Mystick Krewe of Laff and the Big Shoulders Brass Band
4:15–5:00pm – George Freeman and Billy Branch


5:25–6:15pm – Joel Ross and Good Vibes
6:25–7:25pm – Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
7:45–9:00pm – Art Ensemble of Chicago

Saturday, August 31

Young Jazz Lions Stage
11:00–11:30am – Saucedo Academy Latin Jazz Band
11:45am–12:15pm – Thomas Kelly High School Jazz Combo
12:30–1:00pm – ChiArts Honors Jazz Combo
1:15–1:55pm – Dekalb High School Jazz Ensemble
2:10–2:50pm – Kenwood Academy Jazz Band
3:05–3:45pm – Whitney Young Magnet High School Jazz Band

Von Freeman Pavilion
11:30am–12:25pm – Carolyn Fitzhugh
12:40–1:35pm – Andy Brown Quartet
1:50–2:45pm – The Fat Babies
3:00–4:00pm – Hinda Hoffman and the Soul Message Band

Capital One Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
Noon–1:00pm – Chris Madsen Quartet
1:30–2:30pm – Jeremy Cunningham
3:00–4:00pm – Frank Catalano

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
3:45pm – Second-line Procession led by Four Star Brass Band
4:15–5:00pm – Ben Wendel Seasons
5:25–6:15pm – Ryan Cohan’s Originations
6:25–7:25pm – Christian McBride


7:45–9:00pm – Cécile McLorin Salvant

Sunday, September1

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11:15am–Noon – Emerging Artist Big Band
12:15–1:00pm – Zach Rosenstiehl Nacht Group
1:15–2:00pm – Dakarai Barclay Sextet
2:15–3:00pm – The Perrilles Project
3:15–400pm – Alec Tet

Von Freeman Pavilion
11:30am–12:25pm – Joan Collaso Sextet
12:40pm–1:35pm – Sharel Cassity Quartet
1:50pm–2:45pm – Russ Johnson
3:00–4:00pm – Ben Lamar Gay

Capital One Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
Noon–1:00pm – Paulinho Garcia
1:30pm–2:30pm – Juli Wood’s Big Bari Band Quintet


3:00–4:00pm – Ben Sidran

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
3:45pm – Second-line Procession led by Four Star Brass Band


4:15–5:00pm – Rempis/Flaten/Ra + Baker Quartet
5:25–6:15pm – Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra
6:25–7:25pm – Latino-America Unida
7:45–9:00pm – Eddie Palmieri Sextet

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_jazz_festival.html

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