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Here are some posts from last year’s Festival

Green Mill owner, Dave Jemilo, and Chi-Town Jazz Festival Founder/Director, John Moulder, stand before Stella by Starlight and a cut out of the great Von Freeman waving, “Hello,” “Thanks for your support,” and, “Hey, don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket to win 2 tickets to each of 5 concerts in the upcoming CSO Jazz Concert Series.” Tickets are just $25 and can easily be bought here. The drawing is Friday night, March 22, 2013. John Dave Wave

Don’t Forget The Raffle!

The Prize:

2 tickets to each of 5 concerts in the upcoming 2013-2014 CSO Jazz Series. Good ones!

How much:

$25 per raffle ticket. They are available online at our secure site: Give Central.

Deadline:

Friday, March 22, 2013, at 5:00 PM Chicago time.

When is the Drawing:

Friday night, March 22, 2013 at the end of the CSO’s Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: 55th Anniversary Celebration which begins at 8:00 PM and features Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Potter, Benny Green, Christian BcBride, and Lewis Nash. Details for this concert and tickets for it are available here.

Where does the raffle ticket money go:

To the 4th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. We raise financial support from Chicago area businesses, corporations and individuals (like you) which is donated to well recognized, established entities. This year the beneficiaries are Edgewater’s Care For Real and Catholic Charities.

What to do next:

Buy some tickets. They are available online at our secure site: Give Central.

Our response:

Sustained applause for you and our sincere thanks.

Jazz In Black & White

Our Festival is well underway. More music today at two venues, then again on Sunday and finishing next Friday at Symphony Center. Here are some images of the past few days from a photojournalist helping us document our programs, James Foster. James’ work recently was featured in THE OPEN, as a 2012 World of Photography Finalist.

photo of IndigoSun Performs at Martyrs'
IndigoSun Performs at Martyrs’
photo of IndigoSun Performs at Martyrs'
IndigoSun Performs at Martyrs’
photo of IndigoSun Performs at Martyrs'
IndigoSun Performs at Martyrs’
Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble
Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble Performs at Jazz Showcase
photo of Ron Friedman Plays at Jazz Showcase
Ron Friedman Plays at Jazz Showcase
photo of Dennis Luxion plays at Jazz Showcase
Dennis Luxion plays at Jazz Showcase
photo of Eric Hochberg at Jazz Showcase
Eric Hochberg at Jazz Showcase

Time Out To Celebrate Q

We pause very briefly today to note and celebrate the 80th birthday of Quincy Jones. As posted by one of our media sponsors, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, “Happy 80th birthday to Quincy Jones (pictured at sunset concert of #JazzDay at the UN 2012). We salute Q as a man of vision and integrity and a constant advocate to spread the Gospel of Jazz. Named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, Quincy Jones was born on March 14, 1933, in Chicago and brought up in Seattle.

“For far too long, dating back to the emergence of Jazz and the Blues, our country has treated its only indigenous music as something unworthy of value because it was born on plantations and reared in jook joints. But the power that it possessed was mighty. From the time that I first traveled abroad as a 19 year-old trumpeter with Lionel Hampton in 1951 to being the music director for Dizzy Gillespie’s State Department Tour in 1956 — the first United States sponsored goodwill tour — to the unifying power of “We Are The World” in 1985, I witnessed firsthand the transformational effects of our Gospel, Blues and Jazz, and its ability to transcend geographic and cultural boundaries.” Quincy Jones”Quincy Jones

The Trumpet Case Raffle Station

Raffle tickets for $25 sold briskly last night at Martyrs’. Jazz lovers attending the opening night of the 4th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago, mixed charity with their love of music as they entered to win two tickets to a 5-Concert Subscription to the 2013-14 Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series. All the money goes to help feed the hungry through Edgewater’s Care For Real and Catholic Charities. Cash, checks and credit card payments were received. The winner will be drawn by the Festival’s Founder/Director, John Moulder, at Symphony Center on March 22 where the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: 55th Anniversary Celebration takes place. Look for the trumpet case raffle station tonight at the Jazz Showcase or the other venues participating this week. Locations, times, ticket info here. CSO_Jazz Series Sign

Young Lions

That’s what the late Von Freeman called them. Never “newbies.” More like Future Jazz All Stars.

photo of young jazz musicians playing in a club.
The St. Charles Jazz Band played at Jazz Showcase.

Our Festival has always supported up and comers.

photo of young jazz musicians performing in a club.
The Jake Sucher Combo playing at Martyrs’.

This year, this week, we’ll be featuring some outstanding young musicians. Tuesday, March 12, the Glenbrook South Jazz Ensemble and Lab Band will open our program at Martyrs’ starting at 7:30. On Wednesday, March 13, Lyons Township High School Jazz Ensemble and the Merit School Honors Jazz Combo will open for us at the Jazz Showcase starting at 7:00. Details.

“Young Lions.” Well named.

 

 

Unmistakeable – The Mill

“And, in the far corner, in all her alabaster glory, stands Ceres, Goddess of Harvest, rechristened Stella by Starlight by the house musicians. Stella was salvaged from the lower depths of the Green Mill, dusted off, and returned to complement the authenticity of the art deco/art nouveau décor in the light fixtures and artwork, embellished with lavishly scrolled frames. Shades of Al Capone’s heyday are found in the wall memorabilia as you enter and in the famous booth where he and his henchmen could keep a cautious eye on both doors.”Vijay Tellis Nayak Plays The Mill

Vijay Tellis Nayak performed at The Green Mill last year. We’ll be swinging out there again this coming Friday night. Here’s our complete schedule and lineup. See you at the Mill.

Gaining Support, Hearing the Buzz, Feeling the Love

MusicScoreSo many friends, old and new, are talking about this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. We know they are planning to meet on one or more of the evenings for a good time and some seriously fine music. And we are so grateful to the businesses and individuals who have already stepped up as Sponsors and Donors. This is an exciting time and we are working hard to make it the best year, both musically and financially, ever. Keep buzzing. Help spread the word about supporting our mission. As the music plays and you look around – knowing why everyone is there –  you’ll feel the love too.