Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

This year's Chicago Jazz Festival will celebrate its first year in Millennium Park on August 29-September 1, but the incredible roster of on-stage talent is nothing new. For more than 30 years, Chicago's showcased some of the country's leading jazz musicians and 2013's lineup promises the same level of swing note and big band proficiency.  

Headline performers including NEA Jazz Master drummer Jack DeJohnnette, the legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd, pianist and composer Jason Moran and New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison with his Congo Nation Tribe Mardi Gras band. The Chicago Jazz Festival is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Chicago Jazz Partnership, and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Every performance is free; this is a completely free admission festival.

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The 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

Thursday, August 29 Chicago Cultural Center

Randolph Café

12:00-1:00, Corylus
1:30-2:30, Fat Babies

Claudia Cassidy Theater

12:15-1:15, Larry Gray Trio
1:45-2:45, Harrison Bankhead Sextet

Preston Bradley Hall

12:30-1:30, Hinda Hoffman Trio
2:00-3:00, TBA

Roosevelt University's Ganz Hall

5:00-6:00, Hamid Drake's Chicago Trio w/ Ernest Dawkins & Harrison Bankhead

Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion

6:30, Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz

  • Jack DeJohnette: Special Legends Edition
  • Chicago featuring, Muhal Richard Abrams,
  • Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill

Friday, August 30  Millennium Park

Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade)

2:20-3:15, Christopher McBride Quartet
3:30-4:25, Ben Paterson Organ Quartet
4:40-5:40, Miguel de la Cerna Quartet in partnership with the Hyde Park Jazz Society

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade)

2:00-3:00, Mike Smith Quartet
3:30-4:30, Hamid Drake w/ Michael Zerang, Eigen Aoki & Tsukasa drummers directed by Tatsu Aolki
5:00-6:00, "A Tribute to Ken Chaney"

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

6:30-7:20, Geof Bradfield's Melba!
7:40-8:40, Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers, performed by WLS's Golden Quartet and Pacifica Red Coral with video artist Jesse Gilbert
9:00-10:00, Charles Lloyd Quartet with special guest Bill Frisell

Saturday, August 31  Millennium Park

Von Freeman Pavilion

12:00-12:55, The Frank Russell Band
1:10-2:05, Hamid Drake Quartet w/ Kidd Jordan, William Parker & Cooper Moore
2:20-3:15, Ernie Krivda Quartet
3:30-4:30, Satoko Fujii's Orchestra Chicago

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion

12:30-1:30, Nick Mazzarella Trio
2:00-3:00, Erin McDougald Quartet
3:30-4:30, Chévere de Chicago

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5:00-5:50, Stafford James String and Percussion Ensemble featuring M'BOOM
6:10-7:05, Gregory Porter
7:25-8:25, Rudresh Mahanthappa's GAMAK
8:45-10:00, Jason Moran: Fats Waller Dance Party

Sunday, September 1 Millennium Park

Von Freeman Pavilion                                                                                            

12:00-12:55, Fast Citizens
1:10-2:05, Juli Wood Quintet
2:20-3:15, Evan Christopher
3:30-4:30, Atomic

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion

12:30-1:30, The Engines
2:00-3:00, Fareed Haque and Tony Monaco
3:30-4:30, Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5:00-5:50, Jimmy Heath Quartet with Jeb Patton
6:10-7:05, Hamid Drake & Bindu: Reggaeology
7:25-8:25, Robert Glasper Trio
8:45-10:00, Donald Harrison and The Congo Square Nation w/ special guest Willie Pickens

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