The Chicago Jazz Festival features performances at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington), at Orchestra Hall in Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan), and on three stages in Grant Park: the Jazz on Jackson Stage (Jackson and Lake Shore Drive), the Jazz & Heritage Stage (Columbus and Congress), and the Petrillo Music Shell. Tickets for Thursday’s Orchestra Hall program range from $10 to $55; admission to the rest of the festival is free. For information on the Grant Park performances, call 312-744-3315. Next week’s paper will include a pullout guide featuring complete critical coverage and a rundown of afterfest events around town.


Chicago Cultural Center

5:00 Lee Konitz

Orchestra Hall

7:30 Joshua Redman Quartet, Kurt Elling with Ari Brown


Jazz on Jackson Stage

Noon John Moulder Ensemble

1:10 Frieda Lee

2:20 Organissimo

3:30 Bobby Lewis Sextet

Jazz & Heritage Stage

12:30 West Aurora High School Jazz Band

2:00 Nicole Mitchell & Edward Wilkerson Jr.

3:30 Jazz Links All-Stars with Ken Chaney

Petrillo Music Shell

5:00 Dr. Michael White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band

6:00 Africa Brass with Billy Harper

7:10 Nnenna Freelon

:30 Charlie Hunter Trio with Ray Anderson


Jazz on Jackson Stage

Noon Chevere

1:10 Earma Thompson with John Whitfield

1:40 Ben Lewis

2:20 Lee Konitz workshop

3:30 Dana Hall Quintet

Jazz & Heritage Stage

12:30 Dos Claves Orquesta

2:00 Paul Wertico

3:30 Muntu Dance Theatre

Petrillo Music Shell

5:00 Maggie & Africa Brown

6:00 Bik Bent Braam

7:10 Jason Moran & the Bandwagon with Bunky Green

:30 Joe Lovano Nonet


Jazz on Jackson Stage

Noon Lucky 7s

1:10 Maurice Brown & Corey Wilkes

3:30 Rebirth Brass Band

Jazz & Heritage Stage

12:30 Civic & Arts Jazz Ensemble

2:00 Hijazz

3:30 John Watson

Petrillo Music Shell

5:00 Donald Harrison Quintet

6:00 Willie Pickens

7:10 Lee Konitz Nonet with Ohad Talmor

:30 Joey DeFrancesco Trio with Dr. Lonnie Smith & Ron Blake