2015 JazzCity 18th Season
Designed to connect people to Chicago's rich and vibrant jazz legacy, JazzCity provides an opportunity to see world class musicians in your own backyard. Presented free of charge and right in a neighborhood near you, it gives musicians an opportunity to celebrate the impact of musical greats and listeners an opportunity to enjoy music where you live.
JazzCity is a program of the Chicago Park District and is supported by the National Endowment of the Arts. Media sponsors include WDCB and WHPK radio.
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February 20, 2015 | Bebop Brass Salutes Clark Terry
South Shore Cultural Center | 7059 S. South Shore Drive
Clark Terry is one of the great innovators of jazz-- celebrated for his virtuosity, swinging lyricism, and impeccable good taste. Bebop Brass salutes the trail that Terry blazed with Art Hoyle, Art Davis and Shaun Johnson, trumpet; Adam Thornburg, Tracy Kirk and Steve Berry, trombone; Eric Hochberg, bass; Xavier Breaker, drums and band leader Miguel De La Cerna, piano.
March 13, 2015 | The Revolution Has Been Compromised: Honoring the Words and Work of Gil Scott-Heron
Hamilton Park | 513 W. 72nd St
With electrifying original compositions and renditions of Scott-Heron’s thought-provoking verses, spoken word artist Khari B draws upon the improvisational tradition that links Scott-Heron’s music-based work to his roots in Chicago. Featuring Robert Irving III, piano; Shawn Wallace, Keyboards; Charles Heath, drums; Aum Mu Ra, guitar; Junius Paul, bass; Ernest Dawkins, saxophone; Coco Elysses, percussion
April 10, 2015 | Peter Lerner Sextet: Continuation
La Follette Park | 1333 N. Laramie
Continuation is the name leader and guitarist Peter Lerner gave to the recording of this impressive assemblage, which indeed represents the continuum of the legacy of Chicago jazz. The ensemble includes Lerner’s mentor Willie Pickens, piano; Marlene Rosenberg, bass; Tyrone Blair, drums; Geof Bradfield, saxophone and Marquis Hill, trumpet.
May 8, 2015 | Petra's Recession Seven
Independence Park | 3945 N. Springfield
Specializing in Chicago-style trad and early swing music, vocalist Petra Van Nuis formed the band to brighten up those Great Recession years that began in 2008. With Chicago trad icons Kim Cusack, clarinet; Russ Phillips, trombone; Bob Rummage, drums; Bob Ojeda, trumpet; Andy Brown; guitar and Joe Policastro, bass, this band incites plenty of foot stomping and some fancy dancing!
June 19, 2015 | Don't Worry, be HaRpy
Columbus Park Refectory | 5701 W. Jackson
French harpist Isabelle Olivier is one of the very few jazz artists who have chosen this instrument to express their art. Pushing the classical stringed instrument beyond its normal scope, Olivier has cultivated kindred spirits with drummer Paul Wertico and bassist Larry Gray. A perfect fit for the lushly landscaped Refectory in the park!
July 17-18, 2015 | 9th Chicago Latin Jazz Festival
Humboldt Park Boathouse | 1301 N. Humboldt Dr.
Expanded to two days, this community celebration brings Latin jazz greats from around the country and right here at home to the beautiful Boathouse in Humboldt Park.
October 16, 2015 | Robert Irving III Generations
Foster Park | 1440 W. 84th
Hard to think of a better way to represent the intergenerational connectivity of Chicago’s jazz community. Leader and pianist Robert “Baabe” Irving III premieres new compositions written and arranged for this unrestrained ensemble featuring Scott Hesse, guitar; Laurence D’Estival Irving, Rajiv Halim and Irvin Pierce, saxophone; Emma Dayhuff, bass and Charles Heath, drums.
November 13, 2015 | Song for Horace Silver
Austin Town Hall | 5610 W. Lake
It’s hard to overestimate one of jazz’s most distinguished composers and pianists’ influence on the development of jazz. Miguel de la Cerna leads an homage that features vocalist Milton Suggs alongside Ari Brown, saxophone; Corey Wilkes, trumpet; Junius Paul, bass and Makaya McCraven, drums.
December 11, 2015 | Voices Heard! - In Celebration if the AACM's 50th Anniversary
Garfield Park Conservatory | 300 N. Central Park
The season culminates with a special commission of women whose significant contributions to the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) include outstanding organizational and musical leadership. Artists representing different generations of AACM’s musical influence include world renowned musicians Nicole Mitchell, flute; Dee Alexander, vocals; Tomeka Reid, cello; Rene Baker, violin; Ann Ward, piano and Coco Elysses, percussion.