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4 Days Until CTJF 6 Begins On March 4

Each day, 1 in 6 Chicagoans struggles with food insecurity and goes to bed hungry. The 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival will bring together music lovers from across the area to support hunger relief efforts. To date, $132,000 has been raised to support hunger relief efforts in the Chicago area. The Festival, with the help of jazz musicians and venues and our team of volunteers, is working with local hunger relief agencies to address hunger insecurity in Chicagoland, Care for RealCatholic Charities of ChicagoTop Box Foods, and West Suburban PADS. Join us by attending performancesbecoming a sponsor, or simply by donating online. Thanks.

The Glenbrook South Jazz Lab Band, Glenbrook South Jazz “Scat That," Singers, and the Glenbrook South Jazz Ensemble will perform again this year at FitzGerald's next Sunday, 3/8.
Glenbrook South Jazz “Scat That” Singers, the school’s Jazz Ensemble, and the Glenbrook South Jazz Lab Band  return again this year to perform at FitzGerald’s next Sunday, 3/8.

5 Days Until CTJF 6 Begins On March 4

Howard Reich said, “…The multi-dimensionality of the settings – from club to church to recital hall – underscores the imaginativeness of the enterprise.

Because the venture is entirely philanthropic, none of the administrators gets paid, either, with Moulder spending months each year organizing the event in tandem with 10 volunteers, plus additional docents during each performance.” More

Big bands as well as small combos play at every Chi-Town Festival.
Big bands as well as small combos play at every Chi-Town Festival.

The 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, with the help of jazz musicians and venues and our team of volunteers, is working with local hunger relief agencies to address hunger insecurity in Chicagoland, Care for RealCatholic Charities of ChicagoTop Box Foods, and West Suburban PADS. Join us by attending performancesbecoming a sponsor, or simply by donating online. Thanks.

Thanks For The Press, Howard!

With the headline, “Chi-Town Jazz Festival fights hunger through music,” Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune’s esteemed Arts Editor, reached out to his large audience to explain and feature this year’s Festival.

Jazz Sax CollectionWriting about the Festival’s Founder/Director, John Moulder, Howard writes, “…Perhaps only a figure with Moulder’s unique, dual credentials as musician and pastor could have persuaded so many to give so much of themselves. As jazz guitarist, Moulder commands the respect of anyone who values high-powered virtuosity and edgy jazz improvisation. As a Catholic priest, he clearly brings a certain credibility to the idea of giving to those in need.

“First of all, Moulder’s a stand-up guy,” Green Mill owner Dave Jemilo told me last year, in explaining why he said “yes” when Moulder reached out to him for the first festival.

“If he says something, you know it’s going to be what he’s saying. We’re lucky to do this (music business) for a living, so why not be nice once in awhile? It’s not like there’s some big middlemen all over. Moulder’s the guy, and I trust him 100 percent.””

Read more here. And plan to join us starting next Wednesday.

The 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, with the help of jazz musicians and venues and our team of volunteers, is working with local hunger relief agencies to address hunger insecurity in Chicagoland, Care for RealCatholic Charities of ChicagoTop Box Foods, and West Suburban PADS. Join us by attending performancesbecoming a sponsor, or simply by donating online. Thanks.

 

6 Days Until CTJF 6 Begins On March 4

Willie Pickens performed the midnight set at the 2014 Chi-Town Jazz Festival.
Willie Pickens performed the midnight set at Green Mill during the 2014 Chi-Town Jazz Festival.

The 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, with the help of jazz musicians and venues and our team of volunteers, is working with local hunger relief agencies to address hunger insecurity in Chicagoland. Join us by attending performancesbecoming a sponsor, or simply by donating online. Thanks.

7 Days Until CTJF 6 Begins On March 4

Frieda Lee Performs at the 2014 Chi-Town Jazz Festival.
Frieda Lee Performs at the 2014 Chi-Town Jazz Festival.

The 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, with the help of jazz musicians and venues and our team of volunteers, is working with local hunger relief agencies to address hunger insecurity in Chicagoland. Join us by attending performancesbecoming a sponsor, or simply by donating online. Thanks.

8 Days Until CTJF 6 Begins On March 4

Ken Hall playing at our 2012 Chi-Town Jazz Festival.
Ken Hall playing at our 2012 Chi-Town Jazz Festival.

The 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, with the help of jazz musicians and venues and our team of volunteers, is working with local hunger relief agencies to address hunger insecurity in Chicagoland. Join us by attending performancesbecoming a sponsor, or simply by donating online. Thanks.

Reasons For This Festival? January Update

Here is a brief summary from one of the organizations the 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival supports.

Care For Real Logo“As an update to what we are experiencing, Care for Real continues to see a significant upsurge in client need.  In January, we set a record for the month, despite the cold weather, by providing free programs and services, most notably food and clothing, distributing more than 140,000 lbs. of food, to more than 7,000.  All signs point to yet another record year as we expect to assist more than 80,000 by the close of 2015. Managing day to day operations with a staff of just five, these are challenging times for us.  Luckily, a volunteer base in the hundreds help us keep up with the staggering numbers.”

The 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, with the help of jazz musicians and venues and our team of volunteers, is working with local hunger relief agencies to address hunger insecurity in Chicagoland. Join us by attending performancesbecoming a sponsor, or simply by donating online. Thanks.

Megan Wins Dinner and A Limo to the Festival

Megan Wins Dinner and Limo

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Megan Chen, who tweeted our message and was chosen by Random Name picker (http://www.miniwebtool.com/random-name-picker/).

Megan gets to enjoy dinner at Gibsons Steak House, plus a limo ride, provided by Metropolitan Limousine, to one of the #CTJF2015 performances. Thanks to everybody who participated! Metropolitan Limousine

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Geof Bradfield returns for another year as he helps raise money for hunger relief.
Geof Bradfield returns for another year as he helps raise money for hunger relief.

The 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, with the help of jazz musicians and venues and our team of volunteers, is working with local hunger relief agencies to address hunger insecurity in Chicagoland. Join us by attending performancesbecoming a sponsor, or simply by donating online. Thanks.