Our great winter jazz event, The Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago, started with over 60 Sponsors, volunteers, and friends attending a kick-off event in corporate offices high above the madding crowd in downtown Chicago. Composer, pianist, and Jazz Department Chair at Merit School, Steve Million, brought a quintet of exceptional young musicians to play favorite jazz standards during the evening. We reviewed last year’s successful mission which brought the total of money raised for hunger relief during our Festival’s lifetime to over $132,000. We watched brief videos and heard reports that summarize the work of nonprofit recipients who benefit from our efforts. The view and food were spectacular, our corporate hosts were gracious, volunteers signed up to help out at the various venues where the Festival will take place, and we recognized the continued generosity of a long-time, continuing Whole Note Sponsor.
We are just getting started. There will be raffles, T-Shirts, and some of the best jazz performances anywhere in the country. Hear one of Tony Bennett’s favorite pianists, Bruce Barth and MacArthur Award recipient, Reginald Robinson to name just two of the exceptional musical artists who are donating their time and talent for the cause.