This year’s lineup details a sprawling cross section of the genre, including world-changing explorers the Art Ensemble of Chicago, trad band the Fat Babies, venerable guitarist George Freeman, and restless experimenter Rob Mazurek.
Wisconsin trumpeter and composer Russ Johnson strikes a perfect balance between mainstream and vanguard.
The lively quartet Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis brings to the festival finds the meditative heart of free improvisation.
The quartet that bassist Eric Revis brings to Jazz Fest is packed with inside-outside explorers: pianist Kris Davis, reedist Ken Vandermark, and drummer Chad Taylor.
Flutist Nicole Mitchell brings her Afrofuturist epic Mandorla Awakening back to Chicago for the Jazz Festival.
Louis Moholo-Moholo, the last survivor of legendary South African group the Blue Notes, introduces his current band to Chicago.
Tim Fitzgerald makes his Jazz Festival debut leading the seven-piece band Full House.
The lineup for September 1 includes Cameron Pfiffner’s Adolphe’s Ax; Mwata Bowden’s One Foot In, One Foot Out; and Orbert Davis’s Soul Migration.
The September 2 roster features Tarbaby with Oliver Lake, the Benny Golson Quartet, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, and more.
Among the highlights on September 3 are the JD Allen Trio, the Anat Cohen Quartet, and the Bad Plus performing Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction.
The bill on September 4 features the Charles Rumback Sextet, Erwin Helfer, Michael Zerang & the Blue Lights, the John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet, and much more.
Previews of every act in Millennium Park and beyond, including Fred Hersch in his overdue festival debut and AACM cofounder Muhal Richard Abrams leading a historic reunion of the Experimental Band
The lineup at the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival includes Dave Holland’s Prism, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and much more.
Jack DeJohnette and Wadada Leo Smith are just two of the highlights of the first two days of the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival.
Robert Glasper Quartet and others close out Jazz Fest’s final day.