2014 JazzCity 17th Season
The simple premise of the series is to connect people of all ethnicities and generations to the legacy (both musical and spiritual) of jazz in Chicago. We make it accessible by presenting it free of charge, and located right in the neighborhood. For musicians, it's a great opportunity to present new works. For the audiences, it's an opportunity to bring families and friends to see world class musicians in their own backyard. JazzCity fosters greater awareness of the continuing legacy of Chicago's vibrant jazz community and an unparalleled opportunity for musicians to reach audiences where they live.
JazzCity is a program of the Chicago Park District and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsors includeWDCB and WHPK radio.
February 14, 2014
1301 W 52nd St.
Hittin’ the Jug: A Tribute to Gene Ammons
One of the fathers of the Chicago Sound, Ammons was called “the soul of Chicago tenor saxophony”. He continues to inspire tenor players including those playing tribute: Ari Brown, Eric Schneider, John Brumbach and John Foster. They are joined by Miguel de La Cerna on piano, Marlene Rosenberg on bass, Robert Shy on drums and special guest, vocalist Lila Ammons.
March 14, 2014
513 W 72nd St
Bebop Brass: Trombone Choir
In its 17th year, Bebop Brass salutes the trombone with a trombone roundup: Audrey Morrison, Steve Berry, Norman Palm, Tracy Kirk, Tom Garling and Zakiya Powell, rhythmically supported by Willie Pickens on piano, Kelly Sill on bass and Xavier Breaker on drums.
April 11, 2014
1230 W Greenleaf Ave.
Big Band Big Dance: The Burgess Gardner Orchestra
A master composer, arranger, educator and trumpeter who played with Count Basie, Horace Silver and Louie Bellson, Burgess Gardner also knows how to swing a band! Dust off your dancing shoes for there will be plenty of room on the floor to take a spin!
May 2, 2014
1333 N. Laramie Ave.
Beyond Black: All Sides Return
This international project is a rare opportunity for a fertile communion of Malian and African American musical approaches, through the merging of Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, kora master Ballaké Sissoko and special guests who will address the universal experience of fearless exploration and transformation. Also featuring Fassery Diabaté on balafon, Babani Kone, vocals, Josh Abrams, bass, Jovia Armstrong, percussion and vocalist Mankwe Ndosi.
June 3, 2014
Columbus Park Refectory
5701 W. Jackson Blvd 7:00 PM
Jazz Cabaret: June Yvon and Everett Greene
This annual concert features a lush summer backdrop and two stalwart vocalists, each with their own story to tell. With Dennis Luxion on piano, Chuck Webb on bass and Charles Heath on drums.
July 18-19, 2014
Humboldt Park Boathouse
1301 N. Sacramento Ave
Chicago Latin Jazz Festival
Expanded last year 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 10, 2014
Grand Crossing Park
7655 S Ingleside Ave 7:00 PM
NextGenJazz in the Park: Irvin Pierce Quartet
A chance to hear Chicago’s newest rising stars! Young tenor player Irvin Pierce, an alumnus of Jazz Institute’s Jazz Links program, is joined by Scott Hesse on guitar, Devin Foster on bass and Isaiah Spencer on drums.
November 14, 2014
501 E. 90th Pl 7:00 PM
George Freeman/Mike Allemana Organ 4tet
86 year-old guitarist George Freeman has found a willing counterpoint in his brother Von’s band mate, guitarist Mike Allemana. Hard to imagine a more grooving sound when you add Pete Benson on Hammond B3 organ and Mike Schlick on drums.
December 12, 2014
Austin Town Hall Park
5610 W Lake St, 7:00 PM
A Chicago Tribute to Elvin Jones
The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine was the vehicle in which one of the world’s greatest drummers sent his music out into the world, and he incorporated pianist Willie Pickens and tenor players Ari Brown and Dwayne Armstrong into his well-oiled machine. Alumni Pickens, Brown and Armstrong are joined for this tribute by bassist Larry Gray and one of Chicago’s greatest drummers, Ernie Adams.