CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL

August 28-31 • Free Admission • Millennium Park & Chicago Cultural Center
Summer in Chicago goes out with a bang — and some bebop, funk and skat as well — at the Labor Day weekend spectacular, the Chicago Jazz Festival.

The oldest of Chicago's free lakefront music festivals, the festival marks its 36th year in 2014, and will boast incredibly diverse live sets across its carefully-curated four days, August 28-31.

An all-ages, multi-venue music event, the Chicago Jazz Festival brings free jazz music to several stages in downtown's beautiful Millennium Park including Jay Pritzker Pavilion, as well as inside the Chicago Cultural Center.

Chicago Jazz Festival headliners have been announced for 2014! See below for the list of performers and check back for the full concert schedule.

2014 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Thursday, August 28

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph Street)
  • FREE
Don't miss the opener on Thursday at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which will once again coincide with the final evening of the six-week summer concert series, Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz. Stay tuned for the full lineup.

Friday, August 29

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph Street)
  • FREE
The festival will begin programming on Friday afternoon, with multiple stages in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center showcasing live jazz daily throughout the weekend. Check back for the full concert schedule.

Headlining the evening on the main stage of Jay Pritzker Pavilion is five-time Grammy® Award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard, joined by Blue Note artists saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and West African guitarist Lionel Loueke at 8:30 pm.

Friday night opens with renowned bassist Rufus Reid, who will delight the Pritzker Pavilion audience with selections from his newly released album, Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project, at 6:00 pm.

 

Saturday, August 30

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph Street)
  • FREE
Saturday programming for the festival will feature multiple free stages of live jazz in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. Check back for the full concert schedule.

Headlining the evening at the Pritzker Pavilion at 8:30 pm is Dave Holland, the British-born bassist who has appeared on nearly 200 albums with artists ranging from Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock. He leads his neo-fusion quartet Prism, which stars guitarist Kevin Eubanks and features pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Eric Harland.

Vibraphone virtuoso Gary Burton – who boasts a 50-year career as a bandleader, acclaimed soloist, and seven-time Grammy® Award winner – will bring his quintet to the Pritzker Pavilion stage and open at 6:00 pm.

 

Sunday, August 31

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph Street)
  • FREE
The festival's final day of programming will again feature multiple free stages of live jazz in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. Check back for the full concert schedule.

Headlining the closing night of the Chicago Jazz Festival at 8:30 pm, current and former members of the Sun Ra Arkestra will join together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the visionary composer and self-proclaimed visitor from Saturn. Starting in Chicago in the mid-1950s and continuing until his death, the prolific Sun Ra regaled the music world with his colorful combination of cosmic philosophy, new jazz sounds and beguiling stagecraft (including dance and costumes).

The opening set on the Petrillo stage will start with a vibrant performance from the “new voice of Jazz,” Grammy®-nominated vocalist and rising star Cecile McLorin Salvant, at 7:10 pm.

 
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