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Chicago Jazz Festival - August 31st-September 3rd, 2023

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Chicago Jazz Festival  - Ron Carter and Foursight
Ron Carter and Foursight photo by Frank Nourry

Thursday, August 31

Chicago Cultural Center| Claudia Cassidy Theater

11am-12pm:The Live the Spirit Residency Young Masters, Presented by Live the Spirit

12:15pm-1:15pm:Asian Improv, Francis Wong's “Legends and Legacies,” Presented by Asian Improv

2pm-3pm:Fred Jackson’s Erudition Project, Presented by The Elastic Arts Foundation

3:15pm-5:15pm: What is this thing called Jazz? Presented by the Education Committee of the Jazz Institute of Chicago

Preston Bradley Hall

11am–12pm: Zubin Edalji’s Four Windows, Presented by The Hyde Park Jazz Society 12:30pm-1:30pm: Zack Markstet, Performing Horace Silvers' 1966 release "The Jody Grind," Presented by The Fulton Street Collective

2pm-3pm: The Natalie Scharf Quartet, Presented by Illiana Club

3:30pm-4:30pm: Bobbi Wilson, Presented by The South Side Jazz Coalition

Millennium Park

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

6:30pm-7:30pm: Chico Freeman 100

8pm -9pm: Ron Carter and Foursight


Friday, September 1

Millennium Park

Von Freeman Pavilion (North Promenade)

11:30am-12:25pm: Eric Hochberg String Thing

12:40pm-1:35pm: Alexis Lombre Quartet

1:50pm -2:45pm: Anthony Bruno Quartet

3pm-4pm: Jeb Bishop Quartet

SuperBlue: Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

4:15pm-5:05pm: Juan Pastor Chinchano

5:25pm-6:10pm: Walter Smith III Quartet

6:25pm-7:25pm: Ari Brown Quintet

7:45pm-9:00pm: SuperBlue: Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter


Chicago Jazz Festival - Makaya McCraven
Makaya McCraven

Saturday, September 2

Millennium Park

Harris Theater Rooftop: Young Lions Jazz

11am: Chicago High School for the Arts

11:50am: Midwest Young Artists Conservatory

12:40pm: Lane Tech College Prep High School

1:35pm: Whitney Young High School

2:25pm:Kenwood Academy High School

Von Freeman Pavilion (North Promenade)

11:30am-12:25pm: Alvin Cobb Jr.

12:40pm-1:35pm: Devon Sandridge

1:50pm-2:45pm: Theodis Rodgers Organ Trio

3pm-4pm: Carmen Stokes

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

4:15pm-5:05pm: Tammy McCann

5:25pm-6:10pm: Brandee Younger

6:25pm-7:25pm:Nduduzo Makhathini

7:45pm-9pm:Makaya McCraven


Chicago Jazz Festival  Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars
Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars photo by Tom Ehrlich

Sunday, September 3

Millennium Park

Harris Theater Rooftop Jazz: Next Gen Jazz

11am-11:40am:Saucedo Alumni Latin Jazz Collective

12pm-12:40pm: Urban Horizons

1pm-1:40pm: Charlie Reichert Powell & New River

2pm-2:40pm: Neon Wilderness

3pm -3:40pm: Mxmrys

Von Freeman Pavilion (North Promenade)


12:40pm-1:35pm: Tim Fitzgerald Wes Montgomery Project

1:50pm-2:45pm:Christian Dillingham Quartet

3pm-4pm: Petra's Recession Seven

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

4:15pm-5:05pm: The Pharez Whitted Quintet

5:25pm-6:10pm: Chicago Soul Jazz Collective w/ Dee Alexander

6:25pm-7:25pm: Billy Valentine

7:45pm-9pm: Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars


Programming of the Chicago Jazz Festival

The Jazz Institute of Chicago celebrates its 54th year promoting and nurturing Chicago’s world class jazz community. Founded in 1969, this not-for-profit organization works tirelessly to provide education, develop and support musicians, build audiences, and foster a thriving jazz scene in Chicago through education and public programs.

The Jazz Institute is the programming partner for the Chicago Jazz Festival since 1979, Jazz Institute of Chicago works with DCASE to help ensure audiences experience the highest quality international, national, local, and young future jazz artists.

The Chicago Jazz Festival is sponsored by 90.9fm WDCB, Chicago Transit Authority, WGN TV, Millennium Garages, Chicago Jazz Publishing and DownBeat.

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