2nd Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival

CHICAGO (NEWS RELEASE) World-class headliners and local emerging artists will take the spotlight on Saturday, September 27 from noon to 2 a.m. There will be 14 hours of free, non-stop jazz performances for serious and casual listeners. The Festival will highlight performances by renowned jazz musicians, while celebrating the music and culture of Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

Chicago's own Ramsey Lewis is serving as this year's Honorary Festival Chair. Festival headliners are world-class, award winning, respected authorities on jazz and its culture. Performers include premier pianist/composer and MacArthur "genius" Award recipient, Reginald R. Robinson; flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell; Delmark recording saxophonist Ari Brown; saxophonist & owner of famed Velvet Lounge Fred Anderson; silver-screen trumpeter Orbert Davis; jazz vocalist Dee Alexander; Grammy-nominated trumpeter Ron Haynes, saxophone masters Chicago Sax in the City; Brazilian-style jazz duo Two For Brazil; jazz vocalist Maggie Brown; pianist/arranger Willie Pickens; trumpeter Corey Wilkes, guitarist Henry Johnson, and Latin pianist Edwin Sanchez.

Free festival shuttles will continually loop to transporting music lovers to a variety of performance venues, including the DuSable Museum of African American History, Oriental Institute, Quadrangle Club, Smart Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House, Hyde Park Art Center, Checkerboard Lounge, Rockefeller Chapel, Little Black Pearl, Experimental Station, International House and the main stage at the Midway Plaisance.

The festival organizers are working with Chicagoland Bicycle Federation to encourage attendees to ride their bikes. From noon to 10pm, cyclists can leave their bikes at a designated area, secured by a bike valet, that is located immediately on the Festival shuttle route.

The Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival's mission is to unite the community through appreciation of Hyde Park's history and a universal appreciation of jazz and its cultural importance. The Festival is being produced by the Hyde Park Cultural Alliance, the University of Chicago, the Hyde Park Jazz Society, and Music Producer Carolyn Albritton.

For information on performers, schedules and venues, visit www.hydeparkjazzfestival.org or call 773.834.3534



Noon – 2 AM



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