Jazz Institute of Chicago

2008 Made in Chicago in Millennium Park

2008 Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Millennium Park and the Jazz Institute of Chicago present the savory sounds of Chicago jazz during six free concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion this summer. Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz highlights jazz from Chicago, Central America, the Middle East and beyond.

Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz takes place July 24 through August 25, 2008. The sixth concert, on Monday, August 25, kicks off "Jazz Week," culminating with the Chicago Jazz Festival, August 28-31.

Every Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz concert kicks off with young, aspiring musicians from Chicago-area high schools as part of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links Student Ensembles. Groups like the After School Matters Jazz Band improvise and show off their chops before the pros take the stage.

Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz is supported by the Chicago Jazz Partnership: The Boeing Company, Kraft Foods, The Chicago Community Trust, The Joyce Foundation. United Airlines is the Official Airline and The Fairmont Chicago is the Official Hotel for Made in Chicago.

50 years of Bossa Nova featuring Paulinho Garcia's Orquestra Brazzilli with special guest João Donato

Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 7:30pm

Celebrate the music of Brazil and 50 years of the Bossa


Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 7:30pm

Caribbean music and jazz have had close connections from the beginning of the last century.  Composers and soloists from Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington to Chick Corea have been inspired by Juan T


Amir ElSaffar's Two Rivers Large Ensemble

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 7:30pm

Chicago-born, Iraqi-American trumpeter and vocalist Amir ElSaffar
(pictured) fuses traditional Iraqi Maqam music with modern jazz in a


Kelan Phil Cohran and The Legacy of Sun Ra

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:30pm

Composer, pianist and poet Sun Ra's cosmic philosophy, rooted in the swing music of Fletcher Henderson led many to experiment with connecting new and old jazz traditions.


Celebrating Nat King Cole

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 7:30pm

Born and raised in Chicago, Nat King Cole first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist, then switched his emphasis to singing, becoming one of the most popular and best-known vocalists of all ti


Mike Reed's People Places and Things Octet

Monday, August 25, 2008 - 7:30pm

Drummer Mike Reed’s  People, Places & Things Quartet focuses on music made in Chicago from the mid 1950’s through the mid 60’s.


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