Chicago Jazz Fest in full swing

August 29, 2008 5:28:33 AM PDT
The smooth sounds of jazz fill the city this weekend during the 30th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival in Grant Park. The Labor Day tradition- and Chicago's longest running music festival- includes headliners Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman.

The festival kicked off with an evening concert by Rollins- one of the last jazz originals, who helped event Bebop and ran with Miles Davis, Clifford Jordan and Max Roach- on Thursday, August 28, at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. After the performance, the fest moved into Grant Park for the three-day event.

Admission is free.

For festival information, check out ChicagoJazzFestival.us.

The Schedule:

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

    Thursday, August 28, 2008
  • 6:30p.m. - Sonny Rollins

Petrillo Music Shell

    Friday, August 29, 2008
  • 5:00-5:50 - T.S. Galloway's Tribute to Capt. Walter Dyett featuring Julian Priester, Ken Chaney, Mwata Bowden,
  • Edwin Daugherty, Ari Brown and Von Freeman
  • 6:00-6:55 - AACM Tribute featuring Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Amina Claudine Myers, Michael Logan and Thurman Barker
  • 7:10-8:10 - Dee Dee Bridgewater's "Tribute to Betty Carter"
  • 8:30-9:30 - Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
    Saturday, August 30, 2008
  • 4:30-4:45 - Remembering Franz Jackson
  • 5:00-5:50 - Pharez Whitted Sextet
  • 6:00-6:55 - Vijay Iyer Quintet
  • 7:10-8:10 - Dave Douglas' Brass Ecstasy
  • 8:30-9:30 - Gerald Wilson Orchestra with special guest Kenny Burrell
    Sunday, August 31, 2008
  • 5:00-5:50 - Ron Dewar Quintet
  • 6:00-6:55 - From the Netherlands: Instant Composers Pool
  • 67:10-8:10 - 8 Bold Souls with Special Guest Dee Alexander
  • 68:30-9:30 - Ornette Coleman

Jazz on Jackson Stage Friday through Sunday don't miss the New Orleans All Star Brass Band performing at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Jackson Blvd. between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive

    Friday, August 29, 2008
  • 12:00-12:55 - Isotope 217
  • 1:10-2:05 - Jazz Guitar Summit featuring Curtis Robinson, John Moulder, Jeff Parker, Buddy Fambro, Robert Shy, Ernie Adams and Josh Abrams
  • 2:20-3:15 - Alison Ruble Sextet
  • 3:30-4:30 - "Jazz has the Blues" featuring George Freeman, Ari Brown, Corey Wilkes and Billy Branch
    Saturday, August 30, 2008
  • 12:00-12:55 - Jo Ann Daugherty Quartet
  • 1:10-2:10 - Larry Gary'S "Tribute To The Chicago Bass Masters"
  • 2:20-3:15 - John Wright Quartet
  • 3:30 - Willie Pickens Trio with special guest Brian Lynch
    Sunday, August 31, 2008
  • 12:00-12:55 - Frank D'Rone Quartet
  • 1:10-2:10 - "Chicago Keys" with - Bob Dogan and Jim Trompeter
  • 2:20-3:15 - Josh Berman and His Gang
  • 3:30-4:30 - Sean Jones Quintet

Jazz & Heritage Stage

    Friday, August 29, 2008
  • 12:30-1:30 - Kenwood Academy Jazz Band, Composer Residency with Nicole Mitchell
  • 2:00-3:00 - "History of Jazz" with Ron Perillo
  • 3:30-4:30 - "Jimmy's Jam Session" featuring Curtis Black Quartet plus Ahmad Salaheldeen, Edward House, Zaid Krisberg
    Saturday, August 30, 2008
  • 12:30-1:30 - James Sanders' Conjunto
  • 2:00-3:00 - "Percussion Discussion" with Thurman Barker
  • 3:30-4:30 - Walter Dyett: Remembering a Jazz Warrior
    Sunday, August 31, 2008
  • 12:30-1:30 Vijay Iyer: Composer Talk
  • 2:00-3:00 "Art of the Solo" featuring Julian Priester
  • 3:30-4:30 Karl Montzka Quartet


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