How the Chicago Jazz Festival Began
by George Spink
This is the story of how the annual Chicago Jazz Festival began under Mayor Jane Byrne's administration, in 1979.
About a year before Byrne was elected, Karen Conner, Paul McGrath's former wife, phoned me to ask for a few plugs on my radio show for a dance at the Aragon she was publicizing for a charity. I said I'd be happy to do so. After Byrne was elected in 1979, she made Karen her Special Events Director.