Jack DeJohnette and Wadada Leo Smith are just two of the highlights of the first two days of the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival.
When the music ends at the Jazz Festival, it’s usually just starting somewhere else in the city. Last year’s traditional jam sessions at the Velvet Lounge—always a highlight of the afterfest festivities—felt a little strange and sad without Fred Anderson working the door, but this year the Velvet too is gone. Still, plenty of worthwhile […]
With 49 sets in four days, the oldest of the city’s big lakefront music festivals stays strong in hard times
The headliners of this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival include Randy Weston, the Saxophone Summit (with Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, and Ravi Coltrane), Cassandra Wilson, and Roy Hargrove.
The Umbrella Music Festival isn’t the only game in town for jazz fans: legendary pianist Randy Weston does two book signings and plays with his trio, and local photographer Michael Jackson opens a show of his jazz shots.