The celebrated Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series returns to Millennium Park featuring Chicago’s leading jazz artists and concerts that explore jazz connections to Africa, Latin America and the rhythm and roots of the South Side of Chicago. The 2013 series includes tribute concerts and retrospectives, along with opening night of the 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the free weekly series begins Thursday, July 25 and closes August 29, 2013.
All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. with a short set by young, aspiring musicians from Chicago-area high schools as part of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links Student Ensembles.
The 2013 series begins on Thursday, July 25 and closes August 30, 2012.
7/25: Dee Alexander’s Funkin’ With Acoustic Soul: Tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix
This tribute to two of the biggest influences on American music covers both familiar and unfamiliar territory of Hendrix and Brown through the inimitable filter of vocalist Dee Alexander’s imagination and unmatched vocal range. With Scott Hesse on guitar, Tomeka Reid, cello; Miguel De La Cerna, piano; Mazz Swift, violin, Harrison Bankhead and Junius Paul, bass; Yusef Ernie Adams, drums, Imania Detry and Amansu Eason, dancers.
8/1: Victor Garcia’s Crossing Borders
One of the most versatile and creative trumpeters in Chicago, Garcia reflects on the ways in which his roots in folkloric music from different regions in Mexico influence his cutting edge contemporary take on jazz . Using traditional instrumentation augmented by woodwinds, the ensemble includes Alberto Alvarez, Jim Gailloreto, Rocky Yera, Rich Moore, Ian Torres, Zara Zaharieva, Larry Gray, Dan Anderson, Juan Pastor.
8/8: Jeff Parker-Nels Cline Quartet : The Turning Point
Two musicians who move fluidly between the world of rock and jazz with complete authority and imagination present an interpretation of Paul Bley and John Gilmore’s classic 1964 album The Turning Point. Jeff Parker is a long-time member of Chicago’s influential post-rock band Tortoise, while Nels Cline has become the sharp-shooting guitarist for international favorite Wilco. The guitarists will be joined by drummer Frank Rosaly and bassist Nate McBride.
8/15: Dana Hall: The Andrew Hill Project with Black Fire
Drummer, composer and bandleader Dana Hall celebrates the life and work of Chicago pianist and composer, Andrew Hill, one of the most important innovators of jazz piano, with specially commissioned arrangements and compositions. Joining Mr. Hall are pianist Orin Evans and Geof Bradfield, Clark Sommers, Justin Thomas, Nick Mazzarella, Russ Johnson and Jose Davila.
8/22: Tale of the Tiger
Celebrate Sabertooth Organ Quatrtet’s rousing brand of soul-streaked hard-bop and 20-year longevity by hearing its co-leaders break out with their own bands. This double bill evening features a quartet with Pat Malinger featuring pianist Bill Carrothers, Dennis Carroll and George Fludas and Cameron Pfiffner’s Marco Polo band with Marquis Hill, Steve Horne, Nick Mazarella, Juli Wood,Alejandro Urzagaste, Tom Vaitsas, Daniel Jackson Thatcher, Tim Mulvenna and Makaya McCraven.
8/29 Jack DeJohnette: Special Legends Edition Chicago -Opening night of the Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago-born jazz pianist, composer, NEA Jazz Master and one of the most influential jazz drummers of the 20th century, Jack DeJohnette celebrates his 70th birthday with a return to Chicago. This extraordinary version of DeJohnette’s Special Edition band reflects his most important Chicago influences by gathering Chicago giants Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill for a once-in-a-lifetime reunion.
The 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival will once again be free admission, produced by the City of Chicago and programmed with the Chicago Jazz Institute. This year’s event will run from August 29-Sept 1 and will be held in Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilionn, Ganz Hall and nieghborhoods throughout Chicago..
Millennium Park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by Michigan Ave. to the west, Columbus Dr. to the east, Randolph St. to the north and Monroe St. to the south. Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph) and at the Grant Park North and East Monroe Garages, all located within a short walking distance of Millennium Park.
Millennium Park, managed and programmed by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. The result of a unique partnership between the City of Chicago and the philanthropic community, the 24.5-acre park features the work of world-renowned architects, planners, artists and designers. Among Millennium Park’s prominent features are the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States; the interactive Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa; the contemporary Lurie Garden designed by the team of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel; and Anish Kapoor’s hugely popular Cloud Gate sculpture. Since its opening in July 2004, Millennium Park has welcomed more than 24 million people, making it one of the most popular destinations in Chicago.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to promoting an ongoing celebration of the arts; supporting the people who create and sustain them; and marketing the city’s abundant cultural resources to a worldwide audience. DCASE, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, programs and promotes thousands of high-quality free festivals, exhibitions, performances and holiday celebrations presented each year at Millennium Park, Grant Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues throughout the city.
The Jazz Institute of Chicago
The Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and perpetuate jazz in all its forms. This is achieved through concert and education programs that nurture new talent, sustain active artists, commission new work and make jazz accessible to all.