Jazz Institute of Chicago


Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Annual Gala

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4.5 Decades of Jazz Excellence

The Jazz Institute of Chicago 45th Anniversary Gala

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Drake Hotel | 140 East Walton | Chicago, IL

A complete sell-out for 2013, this year is not to be missed! Our 45th Anniversary Gala features the premiere of a specially commissioned composition by rising star trumpeter Marquis Hill, an alumni of our Jazz Links education programs, with a special guest appearance by world renowned trumpeter Jon Faddis, our first Jazz Links mentor.   The evening includes a reception, silent auction, seated dinner and our Jazz Excellence Awards which recognize the important contributions made by members of our jazz community.


6:00 PM: Reception and Silent Auction

7:15 PM Dinner and Jazz Excellence Awards

8:00 PM Concert Performance, featuring Marquis Hill

2014 Jazz Excellence Awards Recipients

Walter Dyett Lifetime Achievement Award:

Muhal Richard Abrams, Jazz Institute & AACM Co-founder, Jazz Master Composer and Pianist


Lifetime Achievement in Education Award:

Richard Wang, Professor of Music Emeritus UIC, Jazz Institute Vice President and Past President


Timuel Black Community Service Award:

Dr. Carol Adams, Executive Director, DuSable Museum of African American History

James Fahey, Director of Programming for Symphony Center Presents


Outstanding Jazz Advocate:

Marjorie Kiewit, Long-time Jazz Institute of Chicago supporter and philanthropist


How to Support

Purchase Tickets:  Individual tickets and all sponsor levels are available for on-line purchase.  Click here to reserve your seat today.

Be A Sponsor: For more information on sponsorship, download a complete kit here, download a commitment form or purchase on-line

Donate a Silent Auction Item: To donate a silent auction item, call (312) 427-1676 x 3.

Salute the JIC or an Award recipient: Community program book ads are available again this year!  Support JIC by paying tribute to one of our 2014 Jazz Excellence Awardees or to the organization by purchasing an ad in our program book. For more information, call (312) 427-1676 x 3.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:00pm
This is a Paid event.


(312) 427-1676 x3
Drake Hotel
140 E. Walton
Chicago, IL 60611


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