The month of August is nearly upon us. This means the summer, as far as schools and the cit of Chicago is concerned, is amost over. Chicago always has a festival season that starts with the Chicago Blues Festival and then it ends with the Chicago Jazz Festival. The Festival is nearly upon us, folks! As amazing as that seems, the fact remains, the dates are almost here and that means Fall will be shortly on its heels. So, you can start practicing your complaining about winter now, if you wish.
So, this week, I am going to take a look at the performers and performances at the various stages during the Chicago Jazz Festival which starts the evening of August 28 and continues through Sunday August 31. It all happens right downtown, at the same place that the Blues Festival took place and I do hope to attend at least one day and report live like I did for the Blues Festival.
The Jay Pritzker Pavillion – Millenium Park
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Millennium Park – Pritzker Pavilion
6:30p.m. – Sonny Rollins
Petrillo Music Shell – Grant Park
Friday, August 29, 2008
5:00-5:50 – T.S. Galloway’s Tribute to Capt. Walter Dyett featuring Julian Priester, Mwata Bowden, and Edwin Daugherty
6:00-6:55 – AACM Tribute featuring Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Amina Claudine Myers, Michael Logan and Thurman Barker
7:10-8:10 – Dee Dee Bridgewater Tribute to Betty Carter with Mulgrew Miller, Ira Coleman and Kenny Washington
8:30-9:30 – Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
Saturday, August 30, 2008
4:30-4:45 – Remembering Franz Jackson: Eric Schneider, Art Hoyle, Tom Hope, Dan Delorenzo and Robert Cousins
5:00-5:50 – Pharez Whitted Sextet
6:00-6:55 – Vijay Iyer Quintet
7:10-8:10 – Dave Douglas’ Brass Ecstasy
8:30-9:30 – Gerald Wilson Orchestra w/ Special Guest Kenny Burrell
Sunday, August 31, 2008
5:00-5:50 – Ron Dewar Quintet
6:00-6:55 – From the Netherlands: Instant Composers Pool
7:10-8:10 – 8 Bold Souls with Special Guest Dee Alexander
8:30-9:30 – Ornette Coleman
There are many more venues and a lot more performances. I will bring those to you the rest of this week, but you can also check out the link above for yourself. Make your plans now!