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    Posted: 30 Aug 2023 at 6:06am

Chicago Jazz Festival is this weekend, with leading jazz lights including Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter and Chico Freeman  

The Chicago Jazz Festival, long a favorite among the summer music festivals, returns for Labor Day weekend, celebrating jazz of all types and highlighting local talent alongside international artists at events Aug. 31 through Sept. 3.

Produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago, this year’s festival highlights include jazz legend Ron Carter and Foursight, singer Dianne Reeves, drummer and composer Makaya McCraven, and Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars. Plus Chico Freeman will play the 100 Von Freeman Centennial tribute.

The Harris Theater Rooftop will also be included in the festival, with two evenings of performances, including the Young Lions Jazz Showcase featuring local high school talent and the Next Gen Jazz event. Meanwhile, performers including The Natalie Scharf Quartet and Bobbi Wilsyn will appear at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The full schedule is below, details are subject to change.

Chicago Jazz Festival is Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., and in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.; free, more information at chicago.gov

Thursday

Chicago Cultural Center Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

  • 11 a.m.-noon — The Live the Spirit Residency Young Masters
  • 12:15-1:15 p.m. — Asian Improv, Francis Wong’s “Legends and Legacies”
  • 2-3 p.m. — The Fred Jackson Quartet
  • 3:15-5:15 p.m. — What is this thing called Jazz?

Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South

  • 11 a.m.-noon — Zubin Edalji Quintet
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. — Zack Markstet, Performing Horace Silvers’ 1966 release “The Jody Grind”
  • 2-3 p.m. — The Natalie Scharf Quartet
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Bobbi Wilsyn 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion (Gates open at 5 p.m., enter off Randolph or Monroe)

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. — Chico Freeman -100 Von Freeman Centennial
  • 8-9 p.m. — Ron Carter and Foursight

Friday

Millennium Park (Seating bowl and Great Lawn open at 2:45 p.m., any entrance to the park is a direct entrance to the event)

Von Freeman Pavilion, North Promenade

  • 11:30-12:25 p.m. — Eric Hochberg String Thing
  • 12:40-1:35 p.m. — Alexis Lombre Quartet
  • 1:50-2:45 p.m. — Anthony Bruno Quartet
  • 3 p.m.-4 p.m. — Jeb Bishop Quartet

Jay Pritzker Pavilion (Security gates open 2 hours before the event start time.)

  • 4:15-5:05 p.m. — Juan Pastor Chinchano
  • 5:25-6:10 p.m. — Walter Smith III Quartet
  • 6:25-7:25 p.m. — Ari Brown Quintet
  • 7:45-9 p.m. — Dianne Reeves 

Saturday

Millennium Park (Seating bowl and Great Lawn open at 2:45 p.m., any entrance to the park is a direct entrance to the event)

Harris Theater Rooftop — Young Lions Jazz (Enter on Randolph Street)

  • 11 a.m. — Chicago High School for the Arts
  • 11:50 a.m. — Midwest Young Artists Conservatory
  • 12:40 p.m. — Lane Tech College Prep High School
  • 1:35 p.m.- Whitney Young High School
  • 2:25 p.m. — New Trier High School
  • 3:15 p.m. — Kenwood Academy High School

Von Freeman Pavilion, North Promenade

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. — Alvin Cobb Jr.
  • 12:40-1:35 p.m. — Devon Sandridge
  • 1:50-2:45 p.m. — Theodis Rodgers Organ Trio
  • 3-4 p.m. — Carmen Stokes 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 4:15-5:05 p.m. — T a.m.my McCann
  • 5:25-6:10 p.m. — Brandee Younger
  • 6:25-7:25 p.m. — Nduduzo Makhathini
  • 7:45-9 p.m. — Makaya McCraven

Sunday

Millennium Park (Seating bowl and Great Lawn open at 2:45 p.m., any entrance to the park is a direct entrance to the event)

Harris Theater Rooftop — Next Gen Jazz (Enter on Randolph Street)

  • 11-11:40 a.m. — Saucedo Alumni Latin Jazz Collective
  • 12-12:40 p.m. — Urban Horizons
  • 1-1:40 p.m. — Charlie Reichert Powell & New River
  • 2-2:40 p.m. — Neon Wilderness
  • 3-3:40 p.m. — Mxmrys

Von Freeman Pavilion, North Promenade

  • 11:30-12:25 p.m. — Herbsaint
  • 12:40-1:35 p.m. — Tim Fitzgerald Wes Montgomery Project
  • 1:50-2:45 p.m. — Christian Dillingham Quartet
  • 3-4 p.m. — Petra’s Recession Seven

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 4:15-5:05 p.m. — The Pharez Whitted Quintet
  • 5:25-6:10 p.m. — Chicago Soul Jazz Collective with Dee Alexander
  • 6:25-7:25 p.m. — Billy Valentine
  • 7:45-9 p.m. — Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars

  • from  www.chicagotribune.com


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Dianne Reeves cancels Chicago Jazz Festival set; Kurt Elling to fill in

‘Personal reasons’ blamed for Reeves’ withdrawal from Pritzker Pavilion set.

 
  Aug 31, 2023, 12:27am GMT+3 
 

On the eve of the Chicago Jazz Festival’s launch, one of the weekend’s top draws — singer Dianne Reeves — has canceled her appearance.

Reeves “is no longer able to perform due to personal reasons,” said a statement from the festival’s sponsor, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, which offered no further explanation.

Replacing her at 7:45 p.m. Friday will be Grammy-winning vocalist Kurt Elling, who will be joined by guitarist Charlie Hunter to perform songs from their new collaborative album “SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree.”

from https://chicago.suntimes.com



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