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2011 Chicago Jazz Festival

Don’t fear the Jazz! This event is a great way to get exposure to all different forms of jazz music… and it’s always a great idea to share the expressive sounds with your date!

Ornette Coleman live at Chicago Jazz Festival, Aug. 31, 2008.
Ornette Coleman live at Chicago Jazz Festival, Aug. 31, 2008. Flickr photo by mediageek

The word “jazz” (in early years also spelled “jass”) began as a West Coast slang term and was first used to refer to music in Chicago around 1915. And you thought we were just Blues!

The FREE Festival runs this Labor Day weekend (starting Thursday, Sept. 1 at Noon and running through to Sunday, Sept. 4 at 9:30 pm) at the Cultural Center and on to the Millennium and Grant Parks.

Bobby Watson at Chicago Jazz Festival - Photo by Paul "Tuna" Turner
The sax player, who I think is Bobby Watson himself, in the Bobby Watson's Horizon featuring Jeremy Pelt, Ed Simon, Essiet Essiet and Victor Lewis on the final night of the Chicago Jazz festival at the petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park.

The 33rd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival is shaping up to be a tremendous Labor Day weekend in Chicago.

Once again the Festival will happen in multiple locations, starting on Thursday, September 1 with afternoon performances at three different venues located inside the Chicago Cultural Center.

Later that evening, at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, enjoy the final concert in the Made in Chicago series, with Randy Weston and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble featuring the arrangements of Melba, the festival’s opening night event.

Friday evening, the festival holds court yet again at Millennium Park with Saxophone Summit featuring Joe Lavano, David Liebman and Ravi Coltrane.

On Saturday and Sunday, the festival moves to its traditional home in Grant Park where four stages come alive with Jazz music including the Jazz on Jackson Stage, the Cricket Wireless Jazz & Heritage Stage and the Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage.

Headlining at the Petrillo Music Shell on Saturday evening is world renowned vocalist, songwriter and producer, Cassandra Wilson. And, closing the festival on Sunday evening is two-time Grammy Award winner and trumpeter, Roy Hargrove.

More information here from ExploreChicago.org

2011 Chicago Blues Festival

Have a great musical date night out to the hot blues sounds in Grant Park June 10th, 2011 – June 12th, 2011.

Chicago Blues Festival flickr photo by gingerbydesignThe Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.

Admission is free so get your ears on for an evening stroll through Grant Park or bring some chairs, get a couple strips of food and beverage tickets (12 for $8) and settle in for some jams and people watching.

This festival is HUGE so be sure to get all the details about the various locations and preview events leading up to the big weekend.

2010 Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival

Don’t forget, this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival, presented by CareFusion, has grown. Music begins on Thursday, September 2 at Millennium Park with afternoon performances from noon to 4pm.

Take a walk down Michigan Avenue to Roosevelt University to catch the festival’s first performance from Artist-in-Residence Nicole Mitchell who plays with pianist Anthony Davis at 5pm in Ganz Hall.

Then on Friday afternoon, the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph) features jazz music in three locations: The Claudia Cassidy Theatre; Preston Bradley Hall and the Randolph Café.

That evening, return to Millennium Park for a full night’s slate that begins at 4pm and concludes with Ramsey Lewis and his 75th birthday celebration.

The Chicago Jazz Festival, presented by CareFusion moves to its traditional home of Grant Park on Saturday and Sunday where four stages offer music from mid-day to 9:30pm. Festival hours are 11am-9:30pm and it is all free admission.

More information at chicagojazzfestival.us

Chicago Jazz Festival Perfect Date Night