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WDCB to Broadcast Live from 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival!

July 30th, 2018

For the second year in a row, radio listeners will hear live coverage from the main stage of the Chicago Jazz Festival right here on WDCB! Working together in partnership with our friends at the WFMT Radio Network and Choose Chicago, WDCB will bring the excitement of the festival to all of Chicagoland with a radio broadcast of three headlining sets direct from the Jay Pritkzer Pavilion in Millennium Park, including Chicago native Ramsey Lewis, as he performs his last live concert in Chicago before his retirement.

Here’s WDCB’s Chicago Jazz Festival radio schedule (broadcasts begin 10 minutes before each set):

Wednesday, August 29, 6:30 – 9:00pm: Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
Thursday, August 30, 7:45 – 9:00pm: Kurt Elling Quintet plus Marquis Hill & Jeff “Tain” Watts
Saturday, September 1, 7:45 – 9:00pm: Ramsey Lewis

WDCB’s exclusive local broadcasts will be co-hosted by WDCB host Dan Bindert and WFMT Radio Network announcers Dee Alexander, Neil Tesser and Dave Schwan. 

A favorite Chicago Labor Day weekend tradition, the 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival will be hosted from August 24–September 2 in Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and at venues throughout the city. The festival is featuring free performances in neighborhood clubs and venues from August 24 to 29, leading up to the concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center and in Millennium Park.

The 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and the live festival broadcast is made possible by the City of Chicago, WFMT Radio Network, WDCB and Choose Chicago.

WDCB will add to the excitement of Jazz Fest Week with two live broadcast events from PianoForte Studios in Chicago:
Monday, August 27, 6:00-7:00pm: Richard Johnson
Tuesday, August 28, 6:00-7:00pm: Jo Ann Daugherty Trio (This broadcast will also be televised live on CANTV 27 in Chicago, and at CANTV.org!)

WDCB will also offer a special live broadcast from the Delmark Records Studio:
Sunday, September 2, 10 – 11am: Soul Message Band
(note: this is NOT open to the public)

Listen for more details about these events and all of our exciting Jazz Fest Week programming on WDCB!