Jazz Institute of Chicago

Chicago Jazz Festival: Neighborhood Nights Brings Jazz Performances Free of Charge, To Neighborhoods Across the City

 The Chicago Jazz Festival, one of the most acclaimed and richly curated jazz festivals in the U.S., will be presenting performances outside of the festival grounds with the Chicago Jazz Festival: Neighborhood Nights concert series. Neighborhood Nights was conceived of with an aim towards expanding the footprint of the Chicago Jazz Festival beyond the festival's stage and partnering with community institutions such as the Chicago Park District, as well as various Chicago Public Library branches and community centers throughout Chicago. 
 
The 2014 Neighborhood Nights schedule is as follows:
 
JazzCity: Chicago Latin Jazz Festival
July 18 at 7pm & July 19 at 1:30pm
Humbolt Park | 1301 N. Sacramento Avenue
 
Now in its second year as a two-day music and cultural arts and crafts attraction, the family friendly and free event will offer a full range of musical performances (including a special tribute to bassist Victor Venegas), instrument and mask-making workshops and much more.  Complete Schedule
 
 
Phil Cohran
July 26 | 5pm
Garfield Park Conservatory | 100 N. Central Park Avenue
 
The legendary Phil Cohran; an early member of Sun Ra’s Arkestra, a co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), inventor of the electric kalimba known as the frankiphone, and a bandleader whose sound has influenced everyone from Earth, Wind & Fire to Kahil El’Zabar will be joined by Oscar Brown Jr.'s daughter, vocalist and dancer Afrika Brown, as well as a few of Cohran's sons--Malik and Tycho Cohran--who comprise part of  the renowned Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. 
 
Margaret Murphy Webb
August 1 | 5pm
Arts Incubator | 301 E. Garfield Blvd
 
Margaret Murphy is an award winning vocalist who has been performing for over thirty years. She developed her unique vocal style and showmanship under the tutelage of world renown tenor saxophonist Von Freeman with whom she shared the stage at the Taste of Chicago, The Jazz Showcase, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Andy's, The Green Mill and many other popular Chicago venues. As leader of her own quartet, she has been featured at the Navy Pier Beer Garden, Chicago Lake Cruises and Chicago neighborhood fests. 
 
 
Michael Zerang and Blue Lights
August 9 | 5pm
Logan Square Roundabout | 3200 W. Logan Boulevard
 
Drummer Michael Zerang will perform with his band Blue Lights. Zerang's group is comprised of many of Chicago's most exciting and adventuresome improvisers: saxophonists Mars Williams and Dave Rempis, cornetist Josh Berman and bassist Kent Kessler. Zerang has been a stalwart member of the creative music scene in Chicago, as both a musician and an advocate of the scene. In 1985, Zerang founded the Links Hall Performance Series, in which he presented over 300 concerts in his four year tenure as curator. 
 
 
Willie Pickens
August 16 | 1pm
Woodson Regional Library | 9525 S. Halsted Street
 
The final event of the Neighborhood Nights features piano powerhouse Willie Pickens, a long-time veteran who has played with the likes of James Moody, Roy Eldridge, Max Roach, Clark Terry, Ira Sullivan and was a long-time sideman for Elvin Jones. Also featured will be NextGenJazz bassist Katie Ernst and longtime Pickens collaborator Robert Shy. 
 
 
About Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs And Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
 
About Jazz Institute of Chicago
Founded in 1969, the not for profit Jazz Institute of Chicago has programmed the Chicago Jazz Festival in partnership with the City of Chicago since the festival began in 1979. The organization’s mission to promote and nurture jazz in Chicago is carried out by providing jazz education for youth and adults, supporting the creation of new work by Chicago jazz musicians; growing the audience for jazz by presenting programs that are free and available for all and fostering a thriving jazz community.
 


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