Friday, July 19, 2013
A MID-SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: MADE IN CHICAGO: WORLD CLASS JAZZ RETURNS TO JAY PRITZKER PAVILION IN MILLENNIUM PARK(Chicago)
A MID-SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM:
MADE IN CHICAGO: WORLD CLASS JAZZ RETURNS TO JAY PRITZKER PAVILION IN MILLENNIUM PARK
Six-Concert Series, Thursdays, July 25-Aug. 29 Includes
Opening Night of 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival
It’s always a joyous occasion when jazz music takes center stage at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park with the return of the Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series on Thursday, July 25. Opening night will include a tribute to the late Helen C. Doria, a celebration of the woman responsible for creating the series in 2005.
Doria was Millennium Park’s first executive director and instrumental in setting the tone for what has become one of the nation’s most fully-utilized and culturally rich public spaces. She was dedicated to ensuring that the Park be inclusive, reaching across cultural, geographic and economic boundaries – a people’s park.
Doria was also an advocate for Chicago’s jazz community. Working with the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Park District to establish the JazzCity neighborhood concert series – as well as creating this jazz series for Millennium Park and through her work with Chicago Jazz Partnership, she supported the creativity and careers of countless jazz artists, including the leader of the opening night concert, Dee Alexander.
Alexander, a vibrant member of Chicago’s jazz community and a vocalist and composer has performed at Millennium Park in many contexts. Her 2007 Made in Chicago tribute to Nina Simone and Dinah Washington was cancelled due to severe weather, but rescheduled because Helen Doria believed strongly that the project should be heard. The concert became an important launching pad for Alexander’s career, which has taken her around the world with many projects including this year’s series opener: Funkin’ with Acoustic Soul: Tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix.
All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. with a short set by young, aspiring musicians from Chicago-area high schools as part of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links Student Ensembles and Gallery 37 After School Matters Jazz Ensemble.
The Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz finale on August 29 will also open the Chicago Jazz Festival in style, celebrating the music of Jack DeJohnette as well as his 71st birthday with his aptly named “Special Legends Edition Chicago”.
Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Grant support provided by The Boeing Company, The Chicago Community Trust and The Joyce Foundation.
The complete schedule is as follows:
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Dee Alexander’s Funkin’ With Acoustic Soul: Tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix
This tribute to two of the biggest influences on American music covers both familiar and unfamiliar territory of Hendrix and Brown through the inimitable filter of vocalist Dee Alexander’s imagination and unmatched vocal range. Alexander performs with Scott Hesse on guitar; Tomeka Reid, cello; Miguel De La Cerna, piano; Mazz Swift, violin; Harrison Bankhead and Junius Paul, bass; Yusef Ernie Adams, drums; Imania Detry and Amansu Eason, dancers.
Opening Act: The Ross Brothers Project
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Victor Garcia’s Crossing Borders
One of the most versatile and creative trumpeters in Chicago, Garcia reflects on the ways in which his roots in folkloric music from different regions in Mexico influence his cutting edge contemporary take on jazz. Using traditional instrumentation augmented by woodwinds, the ensemble includes Alberto Alvarez, vocalist, guitarist; Rich Moore, woodwinds; Rocky Year, woodwinds; Jim Gailloreto, woodwinds; Ian Torres, trumpet; Victor Garcia, trumpet; Larry Gray, cello; Dan Anderson, upright bass; Javier Saume, percussion; Juan Pastor, drums; Zara Zaharieva, violin; Benton Wedge, viola.
Opening Act: Alexis Lanier Trio
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Jeff Parker-Nels Cline Quartet: The Turning Point
Two musicians who move fluidly between the world of rock and jazz with complete authority and imagination present an interpretation of Paul Bley and John Gilmore’s classic 1964 album, The Turning Point. Parker is a long-time member of Chicago’s influential post-rock band Tortoise, while Cline has become the sharp-shooting guitarist for international favorite Wilco. Both guitarists will be joined by drummer Frank Rosaly and bassist Nate McBride.
Opening Act: Gallery 37 After School Matters Jazz Ensemble
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Dana Hall: The Andrew Hill Project with Black Fire
Drummer, composer and bandleader Dana Hall celebrates the life and work of Chicago pianist and composer, Andrew Hill, one of the most important innovators of jazz piano, with specially commissioned arrangements and compositions. Joining Mr. Hall are pianist Orrin Evans and Geof Bradfield, saxophones; Clark Sommers, acoustic bass; Justin Thomas, vibraphone; Nick Mazzarella, alto sax; Russ Johnson, trumpet and Jose Davila, tuba.
Opening Act: Sean Van Dril Quartet
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Tale of the Tiger: Pat Mallinger Quartet featuring Bill Carrothers & Cameron Pfiffner’s Marco Polo
Celebrate Sabertooth Organ Quartet’s rousing brand of soul-streaked hard-bop and 20-year longevity by hearing its co-leaders break out with their own bands. This double bill evening features a quartet with Pat Mallinger featuring pianist Bill Carrothers , Dennis Carroll and George Fludas and Cameron Pfiffner’s Marco Polo band with Terry Connell, Marquis Hill, Steve Horne, Nick Mazzarella, Juli Wood, Alejandro Urzagaste, Tom Vaitsas, Daniel Jackson Thatcher, Tim Daisy and Tim Mulvenna.
Opening Act: Tony Milano Trio
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Jack DeJohnette: Chicago Revisited
With Legends Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell & Henry Threadgill.
Special Legends Edition Chicago – Opening Night of the Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago-born jazzpianist, composer, NEA Jazz Master and one of the most influential jazz drummers of the 20th century, Jack DeJohnette celebrates his 71st birthday with a return to Chicago . This extraordinary version of DeJohnette’s Special Edition band reflects his most important Chicago influences by gathering Chicago giants Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill for a once-in-a-lifetime reunion.
Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph), Millennium Lakeside and Grant Park North.
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The Jazz Institute of Chicago
The Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and perpetuate jazz in all its forms. This is achieved through concert and education programs that nurture new talent, sustain active artists, commission new work and make jazz accessible to all. For more information, visit jazzinchicago.org.
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Chicago Artists Coalition presents
Featuring Chaz Evans, Amber Ginsburg, Mothergirl,
Jake Myers, Hoyun Son, and Latham Zearfoss
Curated by Anna Trier and Meredith Weber (Happy Collaborationists)
Opening Reception: August 9, 6 - 9pm
Exhibition Dates: August 9 - August 29, 2013
Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present pARTicipatory, a HATCH Projects exhibition featuring new works by Chaz Evans, Amber Ginsburg, Mothergirl, Jake Myers, Hoyun Son, and Latham Zearfoss, curated by Anna Trier and Meredith Weber (Happy Collaborationists). The exhibition will have an opening reception on Friday, August 9 from 6-9pm at Chicago Artists Coalition located at 217 North Carpenter Street, and will continue through August 29, 2013.
pARTicipatory posits that the audience's participation and engagement with an artwork is as important as the work itself. With this connectivity in mind, this exhibition of performative and interactive works challenges the role of the audience and engages it in acts of play and storytelling. Rather than expecting passive viewership, these works rely on the audience's participation to fully activate their intentions as artworks. In this case, the art object is not the art itself - it is merely the conduit for a conversation. Via rewired electronic singing fish, a bar recreation installation, word games and performance, the audience will be asked to contribute stories, imagination and critical dialogue to bring these works to fruition.
For more information about the exhibition and artist/curator bios, please click HERE.
featuring HATCH Projects Residents
Chaz Evans, Amber Ginsburg, Mothergirl, Jake Myers, Hoyun Son, and Latham Zearfoss
Curated by Anna Trier and Meredith Weber (Happy Collaborationists)
Opening Reception: August 9, 6 - 9pm
Exhibition Dates: August 9- August 29, 2013
The mission of the Chicago Artists Coalition is to build a sustainable marketplace for entrepreneurial artists and creatives. As pioneers in advocacy and professional development, the Coalition capitalizes on the intersection of art and enterprise by activating collaborative partnerships and developing innovative resources. The Chicago Artists Coalition is committed to cultivating groundbreaking exhibitions and educational opportunities, and to building a diverse community of artistic leaders that defines the place of art and artists in our culture and economy.
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