The Hyde Park Jazz Festival gets new leadership and big ambitions

September 30, 2012

This is the sixth season of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, but it’s the first outing for new Festival Director Kate Dumbleton. She resigned from the Chicago Jazz Ensemble at Columbia College this past May.

The free event results from the work of many, including co-founder Judith Stein, musical director Carolyn Albritton, and the army of volunteers who show up each year to stage a first-rate, professional music festival.

Dumbleton says she was drawn to the jazz festival by that grassroots energy: “I was completely blown away by the number of people of people who come out, the sense of community, and just the way people organize gatherings around music.”

Listen to Kate Dumbleton’s conversation with WBEZ’s Allison Cuddy at the link below.


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