Jazz Institute of Chicago

JazzCity 2014: Celebrating Music, Musicians and Community

Seventeen years ago, we designed a program that would take jazz to the community, sharing the talent, creativity and passion inherent in the music. This year, JazzCity 2014, explores the cultural impact of jazz through unique combinations, tributes to legends and new voices. Join the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Park District tonight for the first performance in this nine concert series; a tribute to legendary saxophonist Gene Ammons at Sherman Park (1301 W. 52nd Street) at 7pm.
 
Hittin’ The Jug: A Tribute to Gene Ammons features three of Chicago's veteran tenor saxophonists Ari Brown, Eric Schneider, John Brumbach joined by John Foster an alumni of our youth education program Jazz Links. Accompanied by bassist Marlene Rosenberg, drummer Robert Shy, pianist and JazzCity artistic director Miguel de la Cerna and a special appearance by vocalist and great niece of Gene Ammons, Lila Ammons, tonight's performance will surely provide a glimpse into the art of one of the most influential saxophonists of his time.
 
The remainder of the season blends good music with the beauty of Chicago's parks during performances from leading musicians. Enjoy a tribute to Elvin Jones, featuring pianist Willie Pickens, a tribe of trombones (with six, yes six trombones) for our annual celebration of Bebop Brass and a new international collaboration featuring flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble and kora master Ballaké Sissoko.
 
Don’t miss tonight’s opening performance. Come out and celebrate the music you love!
 
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JazzCity is a free concert series initiated in 1997 by the Jazz Institute in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, now in its 17th season of bringing people together from across the city to listen to Chicago’s top jazz musicians. JazzCity is sponsored by WDCB 90.9 FM and WHPK 88.5 FM Radio and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts