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Donald Harrison, Bill Frisell & Jazzmeia Horn to highlight to 2022 Chicago Jazz Festival!

July 25th, 2022

Saxophonist Donald Harrison, guitarist Bill Frisell and vocalist Jazzmeia Horn are among the mainstage headliners for this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival, taking place September 1 – 4. The City of Chicago released the full schedule today for the fest, which includes associated neighborhood events around the city along with concerts in Chicago’s Millennium Park and at the Chicago Cultural Center. WDCB is a media sponsor for the festival, which is produced by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

WDCB will again magnify the excitement of jazz fest week by presenting a series of concerts and live broadcasts, including a monthly, free WDCB Night at The Jazz Showcase featuring the Orbert Davis Quintet on Tue, August 30th, plus a live performance and broadcast from the Pianoforte Studios on Wed, August 31 – artist TBA soon.

 

Thursday, September 1
(schedule subject to change)

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
11:00am-12:00pm - Young Masters Quartet - Presented by Live the Spirit Residency
12:15-1:15pm - TOYOAKI Jazz Ensemble - Presented by Asian Improv
1:45-2:45pm - David Scott Quartet - Presented by South Side Jazz Coalition
3:15-5:15p - What is this thing called Jazz? - Presented as a part of the Chicago Made Professional Development Series.

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
11:00am-12:00pm - Andrew Lawrence Sextet performs Keith Jarret's TREASURE ISLAND - Presented by Fulton Street Collective
12:30-1:30pm - Nick Ruiz, Presented by Illiana Club
2:00-3:00pm - Mai Sugimoto Quartet - Presented by Elastic Arts
3:30-4:30pm - Marlene Rosenberg Quartet - Presented by The Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
6:30-7:30pm - Mike Allemana Vonology
7:45-9:00pm - Henry Threadgill Zooid

 

Friday, September 2
(schedule subject to change)

Harris Theater Rooftop (Enter on Randolph St.)
12:00-1:00pm - Roya Naldi
1:30-2:30pm - Lenard Simpson
3:00-4:00pm - Low Down Brass Band

Millennium Park, Von Freeman Pavilion (North Promenade)
Hosted by WDCB!
11:30am-12:25pm - Regina Harris Baiocchi (Jazz Institute of Chicago’s New New Works, Fresh Voices)
12:40-1:35pm - TBA
1:50-2:45pm - Russ Johnson Quartet
3:00-4:00pm - Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
4:15-5:05pm - Ethan Philion-Mingus Tribute
5:25-6:10pm - JD Allen
6:25-7:25pm - Jazzmeia Horn
7:45-9:00pm - Bill Frisell

 

Saturday, September 3
(schedule subject to change)

Young Lions Jazz (Harris Theater Rooftop, Enter on Randolph St.)
12-12:30pm - Jones College Prep
12:50-1:25pm - Lincoln Park High School
1:40-2:15pm - Kenwood Academy
2:30-3:05pm - Whitney Young High School
3:20-3:55pm - Chi Arts

Millennium Park, Von Freeman Pavilion (North Promenade)
Hosted by WDCB!
11:30-12:25pm - Christy Bennett’s Fume
12:40-1:35pm - Marques Carroll Quintet
1:50-2:45pm - Auroa Nealand & the Royal Roses
3:00-4:00pm - Atomic

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
4:15-5:05pm - Greg Ward
5:25-6:10pm - Miguel Zenón
6:25-7:25pm - Carmen Lundy
7:45-9:00pm - William Parker Quintet

 

Sunday, September 4
(schedule subject to change)

Harris Theater Rooftop (Enter on Randolph St.)
12:00-1:00pm - Julius Tucker Quartet
1:30-2:30pm - Gustavo Cortiñas & Desafío Candente
3:00-4:00pm - Denise Thimes

Millennium Park, Von Freeman Pavilion (North Promenade)
Hosted by WDCB!
11:30-12:25pm - Isaiah Collier (JIC New New Works, Fresh Voices)
12:40-1:35pm - Abigail Riccards with Joel Frahm
1:50-2:45pm - Geof Bradfield/Ben Goldberg/Dana Hall
3:00-4:00pm - Immanuel Wilkins Quartet

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
4:15-5:05pm - Linda May Han Oh
5:25-6:10pm - Nick Mazzarella
6:25-7:25pm - Kris Davis
7:45-9:00pm - Donald Harrison

 

WDCB Jazz Fest Week Concerts

Tue, Aug 30 at 8pm & 10pm - FREE!
WDCB Night at The Jazz Showcase
Orbert Davis Quintet

Jazz Showcase - Chicago

 

Wed, Aug 31 from 6 to 7pm
WDCB's Jazz Fest Week Live Broadcast!
pianist Jahari Stampley

PianoForte Studios - Chicago

 

Neighborhood Concerts

In 2022 DCASE continues to support local venues and Jazz-presenting organizations that offer free, public concerts with the Citywide Jazz Community Funding Program. This program supports performances that take place between August 23 – 31, 2022 leading up to the Chicago Jazz Festival in September and building excitement for Chicago as a destination for Jazz. The venues/organizations selected this year include: The South Side Jazz Coalition, Hungry Brain, Constellation, Sleeping Village, The Birdhouse Inc., Live the Spirit Residency, 51st Street Business Association, Museum of Contemporary Art, Elastic Arts Foundation and The Whistler. The complete schedule (August 23 – 31) is available below.

 

Tuesday, August 23, 7-8:30pm
Produced by: The South Side Jazz Coalition
Compassion Baptist Church multi-purpose room, 2650 East 95th Street, Chicago

A celebration Louis Armstrong's 100th Year stay in Chicago, a stay that Mr. Armstrong said launched his international career. The SSJC will present an intergenerational band, featuring young and elder trumpet players preforming selections from Mr. Armstrong's songbook backed by a rhythm section comprised of Chicago Jazz musicians

Friday, August 26, 6-10pm
Produced by The Quarry Event Center
2423 E. 75th, Chicago, IL 60649

A musical performance dedicated to the history of 75th Street Jazz. Live performance by Tony Carpenter and his band TOCA. Speakers include Rudy Jackson, Blues and Jazz Historians will show slides and videos on a large screen of past shows and musical events.

Friday, August 26, Saturday, August 27 & Sunday, August 28
Produced by the Hungry Brain
2319 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

Day-long series of events featuring multiple artists at multiple locations including Constellation, Links Hall & The Hungry Brain. The events strive to make a walkable art experience in one of Chicago’s northwest side neighborhoods. (Artists TBD)

Friday, August 26 & Saturday, August 27
Produced by Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

Day-long series of events featuring multiple artists at multiple locations including Constellation, Links Hall & The Hungry Brain. The events strive to make a walkable art experience in one of Chicago’s northwest side neighborhoods (Artists TBD)

Saturday, August 27, 12-2pm
Produced by 51st Street Business Association
51st and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive

The Brown Derby Jazz Revue at The Bronzeville Jazz/Music Festival (Host: Maggie Brown - Performing: June Yvon Theophilus Reed, Vince Willis, Dexter Sims, Phil Perkins, Diane Gallaway and more…)

Sunday, August 28, 6pm – Doors, 7pm – Show
Produced by Sleeping Village
3734 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

A concert at Sleeping Village featuring two acts performing live jazz and a DJ spinning jazz records between acts. (Artists TBD)

Monday, August 29, 6pm
Produced by The Birdhouse Inc.
Fred Anderson Park, 16th and Wabash, Chicago

Chicago's Saxophone Summit concert honors Charlie Parker's Birthday! Under the direction of Mwata Bowden, who will assemble a multi-generation quartet of saxophonists; Ari Brown; tenor, Mwata Bowden; baritone, Ed Wilkerson; -tenor and the youngest, Fred Jackson on alto. Bassist and drummer, TBD. This ensemble will pull together compositions and 'standards' transcribed for the rich, lush sound of four interwoven saxophones.

Monday, August 29, 5-7:30pm
Nu Jazz Pop Up Festival, Produced by Live the Spirit Residency
832 W. 63rd Street, Whole Foods Parking Lot

Performers: Dee Alaxander, Sam Trump, and Shanta Nurrallah

This performance will feature three ensembles from the south side and showcase artists with close connections to Live the Spirit Residency programs.

Tuesday, August 30, 5:30-8:30pm
Tuesdays on the Terrace, Produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60611

Performer: Junius Paul

Tuesday, August 30 & Wednesday, August 31, 8pm
Anagram Festival, Produced by Elastic Arts Foundation
Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave., 2nd Floor

This festival will feature two ensembles led by Chris Madsen, Dennis Carroll, Lenard Simpson, and Katie Ernst respectively.

Wednesday, August 31, 6pm – Doors, 8pm – Show
Produced by The Whistler
2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647

A concert at The Whistler featuring two sets of live jazz. Performance by Jeremy Cunningham and Mike Gamble and more…

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