2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
September 20, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 1pm-midnight &
Sunday, September 28, 1-8pm
The Festival is FREE!
We do encourage a $5 donation at the entrance to help keep the Festival going.
The Festival is held at 14 venues across the Hyde Park neighborhood. Click the Venues tab above to see details.
The Midway (at 60th St. between Ellis and Woodlawn) will additionally have food, drinks, many different vendors, an information booth, and the Story-Share booth.
This year’s Festival features nearly 40 performances! Click the Artists/Schedule tab above for the full line-up.
September 20, 2014
September 19, 2014
by Jacky Runice
Dig it, Daddy-O
The South Side neighborhood plays host to two days and nights of dazzling grooves and improvised tunes during the eighth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Nearly 40 jazz acts, including world-class headliners and local emerging artists, converge upon 15 traditional and unexpected indoor and outdoor cultural venues such as the DuSable Museum, Kenwood Academy, Hyde Park Bank, Oriental Institute and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. Highlights include a world premiere by pianist Craig Taborn and performances by the Art Hoyle Quintet and cellist Tomeka Reid.
1 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 27, and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at various venues in Hyde Park. The fest is free, but a $5 donation is requested. Get a schedule at hydeparkjazzfestival.org or call (312) 745-2470 for more information.
September 17, 2014
by Howard Reich
Highlights in a rich fall jazz season:
Hyde Park Jazz Festival: Craig Taborn, Etienne Charles, Dana Hall, Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, Dee Alexander with Oliver Lake, Willie Pickens, Josh Berman and many more play multiple stages. 1 p.m. to midnight Sept. 27 and 1 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sept. 28 in venues across Hyde Park; 773-324-6926 or hydeparkjazzfestival.org
September 13, 2014
Tune in to WHPK Jazz Format Chief Richton Thomas’ Sunday morning jazz radio program on September 14 to hear a few of the artists performing at the 2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Additionally Thomas will have a very special guest, saxophonist and composer JD Allen. Allen will play at the Festival Saturday, September 27, 9:30-10:30pm at the Logan Performance Hall. For more information click here.
You can listen to WHPK at 88.5 fm or online at www.whpk.org.
Thomas’ show runs from 8-10am CST
September 12, 2014
By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul
The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is returning to the neighborhood later this month. The eighth annual festival, slated to take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28, will feature performances at 12 venues by 35 acts — including a growing number of musicians from outside Chicago.
“We have more visiting artists from out of town than ever before,” said festival executive director Kate Dumbleton, who expects attendance to range from 15,000-20,000, a figure in line with previous years.
Several collaborations between local artists and visiting musicians distinguish this year’s programming from that of previous years’, according to Dumbleton. They include Here in Now, Chicago-based cellist Tomeka Reid’s long-distance trio with New York City-based violinist Mazz Swift and bassist Silvia Bolognesi of Italy, as well as Chicago-based vocalist Dee Alexander and her quartet featuring New Jersey-based saxophonist Oliver Lake.
This year’s lineup stands in stark contrast to the festival’s first, whose budget according to festival co-founder Judith Stein only allowed for local artists to perform. But Stein stressed the abundance of homegrown world-class talent that performs at the festival.
“These are people who when they go out of the city and travel, they are widely admired and are widely sought after,” Stein said.
And this year’s festival will feature mostly local acts, including veterans such as trumpeter Marquis Hill and saxophonists Juli Wood and Ari Brown. Among them will also be vocalist Maggie Brown, who has performed in every festival since the first in 2007.
“It’s home. It’s like being able to go back to your old school and perform,” said Brown, who will perform for her second time at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave.
“Since I am in a church, I’ll feel a little freer to take a spiritual approach,” added Brown, who pointed to simultaneous performances at multiple venues as one of the festival’s highlights.
This year’s venues remain mostly the same as in previous years, except for the omission of the DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., due to a scheduling conflict, and the addition of Hyde Park Union Church and Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., where the school’s jazz band will perform. Like last year’s headline performer, pianist Craig Taiborn will play Saturday night at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.
“I think what happens when you take the same music and put it in a tent or on a traditional stage is it feels like every other festival,” Stein said. “In our case, our location is very much part of the music.”
In addition to music, history and cinema will be a part of the festival this year. Jazz-related films will be screened at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., in partnership with the Black Cinema House in Greater Grand Crossing, and festival organizers will once again collect visitors’ oral histories of jazz in the area, supported by a grant from the Joyce Foundation.
Entry to the Hyde Park Jazz Festival is free, although visitors may donate or buy $125 tickets for preferred seating online. For more information, visit hydeparkjazzfestival.org.
September 11, 2014
The Best Things to Do in Chicago in September
By Tomi Obaro, Catey Sullivan, Zac Thompson, Graham Meyer, Matt Pollock, Jason Foumberg, and Harrison Smith
Our monthly roundup of the best theatre, comedy, music, and more to go see now.
Hyde Park Jazz Festival
9/27–28 Count on some unexpected sounds at the sprawling South Side fest, including a world premiere by pianist Craig Taborn, performances by cellist Tomeka Reid, vocalist Dee Alexander, the Art Hoyle Quintet, and much more. Various times and locations. hydeparkjazzfestival.org
September 9, 2014
Trumpeter Davis’ vision right on schedule
More than a decade ago, Chicago trumpeter Orbert Davis and his longtime business partner, Mark Ingram, embraced a bold idea: Create an orchestra that could merge jazz and classical traditions, an idiom that musicians sometimes call Third Stream.
As Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic prepares to launch its 10th anniversary season this month, the two men and their colleagues appear to have accomplished what looked nearly impossible when they started.
“I’m amazed that we’re still in existence,” says Davis, looking back on a long list of performances. “Every concert featured world premieres. We had a chance to showcase a lot of the best talent that Chicago has to offer.
“And we’re right on schedule in terms of my vision.”
That vision involved not just performing Third Stream repertoire but also training classical musicians to get comfortable with improvised jazz, and jazz musicians to become conversant in symphonic practices. The task is more challenging than it sounds, for jazz and classical players are not always educated in each other’s disciplines, making it difficult for many to finesse jazz-classical orchestral scores by Miles Davis and Gil Evans, John Lewis, J.J. Johnson and other cross-genre adventurers.
Listen to the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, especially after all these years of work, and you’re hearing an ensemble that sounds equally at home in both realms.
How fitting that its 10th anniversary season will be its most ambitious, with concerts in high-profile venues such as the Auditorium Theatre and Symphony Center, as well as a second trip to Cuba in December. In addition, the organization for the first time has commissioned a new work by someone other than Davis: composer Daniel Schnyder.
In many ways, then, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic has grown dramatically in the past decade. Its annual budget developed from almost nothing to $350,000 a few years ago, $550,000 during the past three years and $750,000 for the coming season. That figure includes its extensive education efforts, which bring Davis and his organization into 11 schools and include a summer jazz academy that recently served 110 kids.
That’s a lot of action for an institution as young as this, and Davis — an optimist to the core — looks back on the past decade’s struggles in thoroughly positive terms.
“The entire journey has been one amazing high,” he says. “We could talk about the lows, but the lows were expected. It’s generally just in terms of funding.
“The highs (are in) the music itself. One of the things I get a kick out of is watching the transformation of the musicians in the orchestra. Many of our classical musicians have never been in jazz situations, except in our performances. … It goes the other way for the jazz musicians, too, to be in a very structured (classical) setting.”
Anyone who thinks all of this amounts to an arcane musicological discussion clearly has not heard the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in action. Epic Davis works such as “The Chicago River,” “Havana Blue” and “Sketches of Spain: (Revisited),” an evocative reworking of the Miles Davis and Gil Evans masterpiece recently released on CD, expand the definition of Third Stream and reaffirm the music’s viability in the 21st century.
What’s next for the organization?
Two more recordings will be out in the next year, and, after that, Davis foresees the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic acquiring a building of its own for teaching, rehearsals, recordings and everything else it does.
“That’s the goal, to have a place where students and composers can meet,” says Davis, who does not dream small.
“There will always be challenges,” he acknowledges. “We need to branch outside of Chicago more. … But there’s already an international awareness of who we are.”I’m less depressed about the challenges than I’m really encouraged about the possibilities.”
For good reason.
CJP schedule highlights
Following are highlights of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s 10th anniversary season. For more information, visit chicagojazzphilharmonic.org or phone 312-573-8932.
Hyde Park Jazz Festival: 6 p.m. Sept. 28
Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14
Cuban tour: Dec. 18-22
Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.: Feb. 6, 2015
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie: 8 p.m. April 24
Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.: 3 p.m. April 26
September 1, 2014
In addition to a stellar lineup Saturday, September 27, HPJF is excited to announce that we will also be presenting a special screening of documentary shorts by Dick Fontaine, curated by Rebuild Foundation’s Black Cinema House. This screening will take place 2-4pm at the Logan Center and includes:
Who is Sonny Rollins?
Click here for more information.
August 26, 2014
Even though summer is getting to an end, the list of jazz festivals that take place around the world is not getting shorter…quite the opposite, actually!
The Ultimate Summer Jazz Festivals Guide for September 2014 features over 60 jazz events from all over the world, including the 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, the 13th edition of Tokyo Jazz Festival, Tanjazz and Jazz au Chellah in Morocco, and Noosa Jazz Fest in Australia. And don’t forget about some of Europe’s coolest jazz happenings such as Jazz à la Villette, the Smooth Jazz Festival in Augsburg, Herts Jazz and Lancaster JazzFest in the UK.
Ah, did I mention that the Maui Jazz & Blues Festival, Canada’s Guelph Jazz and Brantford International Jazz Festival, Angel City Jazz Fest, Berklee Beantown Jazz, OutBeat Jazz and Las Vegas Jazz Festival all take place in September too?
Jazz festivals in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, and the cruise Dave Koz & Friends at Sea… this month’s jazz festivals guide really has it all (so don’t forget to tweet it)!
**See the full list online here.
Where & When: Chicago, IL (U.S.), 27-28 September
Performers: Craig Taborn, Dee Alexander Quartet feat. Oliver Lake, J. D. Allen Quartet, Etienne Charles & Creole Soul, Art Hoyle Quintet