Jazz Institute of Chicago

36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

Produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
Programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago

Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.

The Chicago Jazz Festival microsite, provides bios, schedules and more.  Access the full Chicago Jazz Festival site and schedule here.

Chicago Jazz Festival: Neighborhood Nights

Click here for a complete schedule of the CJF's Neighborhood Nights Series.


All events take place at The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, unless otherwise noted.


Randolph Cafe

Noon Chris Foreman Trio

1:30 Erwin Helfer/John Brumbach Duo


Claudia Cassidy Theater

12:15 Keefe Jackson's Likely So

1:45 David Boykin Expanse

3:15 What Is This Thing Called Jazz: Featuring the Juli Wood Trio & Chicago Calling, with commentary by Mwata Bowden 


Preston Bradley Hall

12:30 Paulinho Garcia Quintet

2:00 Judy Roberts/Greg Fishman Duo


Roosevelt University - Ganz Hall

4:00 SUN RA PANEL DISCUSSION with John Swzed, Marshall Allen, Art Hoyle, John Corbett, moderated by William Faber


Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavillion

6:30 Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins' Memory In The Center, an Afro Jazz Opera


All events take place in Millennium Park unless otherwise noted


Von Freeman Pavilion

12:00 Xavier Breaker's Coalition

1:10 Joshua Abrams Quartet

2:20 Clark Sommers (Ba)SH

3:30 Russ Johnson Quartet


Jazz and Heritage Pavilion

12:30 Howard Alden/Andy Brown Quartet

2:00 Paul Marinaro Quartet

3:30 Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5:00 George Freeman/Mike Allemana Quartet

6:00 Rufus Reid

7:10 Myra Melford's Snowy Egret

8:30 Terrence Blanchard with Ravi Coltrane & Lionel Loueke


All events take place in Millennium Park unless otherwise noted


Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Pavillion (Harris Theater Rooftop)

11:30 Jones College Prep Jazz Combo

12:15 Pritzker College Prep Jazz Combo

1:00 Curie Metropolitan High School Jazz Ensemble

1:55 Elmhurst College Jazz Ensemble

2:50 Morgan Park High School Jazz Ensemble

3:45 Kenwood Academy Jazz Ensemble


Von Freeman Pavilion

Noon Clif Wallace Quintet

1:10 John Campbell Trio featuring Kelly Sill and Joel Spence

2:20 John Wojciechowski Quartet

3:30 Corey Wilkes Quartet


Jazz and Heritage Pavilion

12:30 Laurenzi/Ernst/Green

2:00 Chicago Underground Duo

3:30 Kurt Rosenwinkel


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5:00 Ari Brown Quintet

6:00 Gary Burton

7:10 Tom Harrel's Colors of a Dream

8:30 Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn and Eric Harland: PRISM 


All events take place in Millennium Park unless otherwise noted

Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Pavillion (Harris Theater Rooftop)

11:30 Chi Arts Jazz Combo 

12:15 Jazz Institute of Chicago Jazz Links Youth Ensemble 

1:00 St Charles North Jazz Ensemble

1:55 Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy Jazz Ensemble 

2:50 University of Illinois at Chicago Jazz Ensemble

3:45 Noteworthy Teacher's Ensemble


Von Freeman Pavilion

Noon Neal Alger's Blue Note Quartet

1:10 Tammy McCann Quintet

2:20 Dennis Luxion - Michael Raynor Quartet

3:30 Chicago Yestet


Jazz and Heritage Pavilion

12:30 Tomeka Reid Quartet

2:00 Sun Rooms

3:30 Tootie Heath Trio


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5:00 Bobby Broom Trio

6:00 Miguel Zenon Quartet

7:10 Cecile McLorin Salvant

8:30 Sun Ra Arkestra


Thursday, August 28, 2014 (All day)
Friday, August 29, 2014 (All day)
Saturday, August 30, 2014 (All day)
Sunday, August 31, 2014 (All day)
This is a Free event.


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