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Each year, the Chicago Jazz Festival seems to inspire more pre-event presentations and postconcert performances than before. In the early 90s this activity reached a critical mass to become, in effect, a festival of its own–one unrestricted by the ridiculously early 9:30 curfew City Hall slapped on all Grant Park festivals last year. The curfew sliced one slot from each evening’s schedule, giving the city’s nightclubs and other institutions a greater opportunity–and more responsibility–to make up for the lost time. –Neil Tesser