The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce that, for the third consecutive year, the Chicago Jazz Festival will be heard in various Asian and European countries, as well as across the United States, and locally in Chicago on WDCB 90.9FM. These broadcasts are possible through a partnership with the WFMT Radio Network and sponsorship from Choose Chicago. Showcasing live performances by Chicago artists alongside some of the greatest names from around the world on multiple stages, the free-admission Chicago Jazz Festival takes place August 23 to September 1, 2019, in Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and venues across the city. The 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by DCASE and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC).
“The world comes to Chicago each year to celebrate this city’s rich music legacy at events like the Chicago Jazz Festival,” said Mark Kelly, DCASE Commissioner. “For the third year in a row, our partnership with the WFMT Radio Network and Choose Chicago is helping to expand the worldwide audience for the Jazz Festival and for Chicago as a music capital and a global cultural destination.”
Chicago Jazz Festival radio partner 90.9FM WDCB will present live broadcasts of Freddy Cole, Tribute to Nat King Cole on Thursday, August 29 at 7:45 p.m.; the Art Ensemble of Chicago on Friday, August 30 at 7:45 p.m.; and Christian McBride on Saturday, August 31 at 6:25 p.m. The local broadcasts will be co-hosted by WDCB host Dan Bindert and WFMT Radio Network announcers, including jazz vocalist Dee Alexander and WFMT host Dave Schwan.
Additionally, WFMT Radio Network and its nationally-syndicated Jazz Network, in partnership with DCASE and Choose Chicago, will showcase select recordings of the Chicago Jazz Festival to a broader national audience, across more than 40 stations around the country in 2020. Selected recordings will also air internationally via the European Broadcasting Union and select Asian broadcasters, extending the reach of the festival to hundreds of thousands of listeners worldwide.
For the complete lineup, visit chicagojazzfestival.us