AUG. 23 – SEPT. 2, 2019 • Free Admission • Millennium Park & Chicago Cultural Center

The oldest of Chicago's free lakefront music festivals boasts an incredibly diverse lineup during its carefully curated 10 days, which includes free neighborhood concerts leading up to the main show at Millennium Park. The range of artists comprising the Chicago Jazz Festival runs the gamut from jazz legends to influential modern masters and crucial new voices in the genre’s continuing evolution.

The 41st rendition of the free-admission festival will include a special tribute to Nat King Cole by his brother Freddy Cole and a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the festival’s programming partner.

An all-ages, multi-venue music event, the Chicago Jazz Festival brings free jazz to downtown's beautiful Millennium Park, as well as inside the nearby Chicago Cultural Center.

Here's a look at the 2019 headlining performers. For the full schedule, visit

41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival schedule of performances

Thursday, Aug. 29
6:30 – 7:25 p.m.                        Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 50th Anniversary 
7:45 – 9 p.m.                             Tribute to Nat King Cole featuring Freddy Cole

Friday, Aug. 30
4:15 – 5:05 p.m.                        George Freeman and Billy Branch
5:25 – 6:10 p.m.                        Joel Ross
6:25 – 7:25 p.m.                        Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
7:45 – 9 p.m.                             Art Ensemble of Chicago

Saturday, Aug. 31
4:15 – 5:05 p.m.                        Ben Wendel Seasons
5:25 – 6:10 p.m.                        Ryan Cohan's Originations
6:25 – 7:25 p.m.                        Christian McBride
7:45 – 9 p.m.                             Cécile McLorin Salvant

Sunday, Sept. 1
4:15 – 5:05 p.m.                        Dave Rempis Quartet
5:25 – 6:10 p.m.                        Camila Meza
6:25 – 7:25 p.m.                        Latino-America Unida
7:45 – 9 p.m.                             Eddie Palmieri Sextet

Glass reflection
For complete schedule and more information, visit the official Chicago Jazz Festival website: