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Hunger Relief For Who? – Part 1

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Jazz Supports Hunger Relief - 1 at the Chi-Town Jazz FestivalTop Box Foods

Chi-Town Jazz Festival has supported hunger relief in the Chicagoland area for almost 8 years. We ask many of the city’s great jazz musicians to donate their talents to perform in several venues during a week in March. We ask the venues to offer their stages and donate their entrance fees. And we solicit donations and Sponsoring support from both music lovers and all those individuals and companies who want to give back to the community by addressing  “food  insecurity,” which means helping  those who have little or no sources of food for themselves or their families. So, who do we help? Where does the money go? In this and the next few posts we’ll tell you. Click here to learn about one of the nonprofits we’ve been working with for the past few years, Top Box Foods.

Hunger Relief For Who? – Part 2

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Piano Hand for Chi-Town Jazz FestivalHyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry

The Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry gives out groceries including fresh produce every Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave.  A case manager is also available, and the pantry also gives away clothing and personal hygiene items as available. Serving the community since 1981, this Food Pantry is  part of the Hyde Park Kenwood Hunger Programs, a
501(c)3 organization with Hyde Park Union Church as the fiscal agent. They serve around five hundred individuals per month; roughly one third of our recipients are age 18 or younger, and nearly the same number are age 60 and above. Please visit their site for more info: http://hpuc.org/mission/hunger-programs/

Hunger Relief For Who? – Part 3

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Catholic Charities recipient from Chi-Town Jazz Festival

Catholic Charities

Since our beginning the Chi-Town Jazz Festival has maintained the closest relationship with Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities believes that access to adequate, affordable and nutritious food is a basic human right. Freedom from hunger is a prerequisite for individuals and families to live productive, healthy and dignified lives. Read more about what they do here.

How We Spent Our Summer And Fall

As 2016 comes to an end we want to update you on the results of this year’s Chi-town Jazz Festival and give a taste of what’s to come in 2017.

Eileen Larum, Board Member of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival presents a check to Catholic Charities, received by Msgr. Boland and Father Wayne Watts at St. Vincent Center in Chicago.
Eileen Larum, Board Member of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival presents a check to Catholic Charities, received by Msgr. Boland and Father Wayne Watts at St. Vincent Center in Chicago.

The 2016 Chi-town Jazz Festival (CTJF) closed out another successful year raising more than $42,000 in 5 days of jazz performances at a variety of venues with the help of both generous Sponsors and attendance by jazz lovers of all ages from all over the city. That brings our total raised since year one to over $210,000. We are extremely grateful to all for their kindness and support. Our mission and goal remains the same as a new year begins and we gear up again to support hunger relief.

Chi-town Jazz Festival Board Member Maureen Kaucher presents a check to Janet Deckenbacher of the Hyde Park Food Pantry. The CTJF, now in it's 7th year, raises money for hunger relief in the Chicago area and distributes it to selected nonprofits. Other recipients included Care For Real in the Edgewater community and Catholic Charities.
Chi-town Jazz Festival Board Member Maureen Kaucher presents a check to Janet Deckenbacher of the Hyde Park Food Pantry. The CTJF, now in it’s 7th year, raises money for hunger relief in the Chicago area and distributes it to selected nonprofits. Other recipients included Care For Real in the Edgewater community and Catholic Charities.

Over the summer we presented checks to three nonprofits. CTJF Board Member Eileen Lerum presented a check to Monsignor Michael Boland and Father Wayne Watts for Catholic Charities Food Pantries. Board Member Maureen Kaucher delivered a check to Janet Deckenbacher for the Hyde Park Food Pantry. And Founder/Director John Moulder presented a check to Lyle Allen for Care for Real, Edgewater’s Food Pantry.

The CTJF Board has been planning for the coming Festival. Poster designs are being finalized, solicitation for Sponsors are being sent out, dates of the Festival are now set, venues are locked in, and

Suzanne Kelly, winner of the drawing for tickets to the entire 2016-17 Chicago's Symphony Center Jazz Series stops for a quick photo.
Suzanne Kelly, winner of the drawing for tickets to the entire 2016-17 Chicago’s Symphony Center Jazz Series stops for a quick photo.

jazz artists are lining up to play for the cause. We are pleased to report that the Chicago Symphony Center has generously donated two tickets – again – for a drawing to all of their 2017-2018 Jazz Series Concerts. This year’s winner, Suzanne Kelly, paused for a quick photo as she attended the first of seven concerts during this year’s Series.

We’ll be updating you on Facebook and here with details about where and when each evenings performances will take place. For now we just want to say, “Thank You Again.” Here’s wishing you all a healthy, happy, successful, and musical New Year.

 

Bruce Didn’t Kid Around!

We were wrapping up so many pieces of the 7th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival for Hunger Relief today and came across Howard Reich’s review of Bruce Barth playing for us at pianoForte. It was so generous of Bruce to come in from New York to support our efforts. If you were there you’ll likely agree with Howard’s comments. If you weren’t – you missed a good gig and that should be a lesson to you to make sure you catch at least some of next year’s programs. Here’s Howard:

Bruce Barth’s silvery pianism brightens Chi-Town Jazz Festival

March 12, 2016

Bruce Barth Performs at PianoForte for Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago.
Bruce Barth Performs at PianoForte for Chi-Town Jazz Festival for Hunger Relief.

If there’s a more intimate, embracing and acoustically inviting space in Chicago to hear a piano recital than PianoForte Studios, on South Michigan Avenue, we have yet to encounter it.

Increasingly used by classical and jazz musicians, the concert hall at PianoForte once again showed its value on Friday evening, when pianist Bruce Barth played a solo set during the closing weekend of the seventh annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival. As always at PianoForte, a first-class instrument was at the soloist’s fingertips.

Barth’s appearance was significant not only because of the quality of the room and the piano but also because of the stature of the performer and the reason for his appearance. All the artists and venue owners donate their wares for the Chi-Town Jazz Festival, with all funds going toward hunger relief. In 2015 the event raised $46,000, bringing its total to $178,000 before this year’s edition commenced.

That a distinguished pianist such as Barth would travel to Chicago to contribute to the festival and champion its cause says a great deal about the rising stature of the event and its future prospects. The Rev. John Moulder — who’s also a top-flight Chicago jazz guitarist — conceived the festival and, against considerable odds, proved that it could work.

So when he took to the stage at PianoForte to welcome the crowd, his presence served to remind listeners not only of the importance of the occasion but also of the sacred side of jazz. A music that emerged, in part, in New Orleans’ Storyville vice district more than a century ago also carries profound influences of the church, and Moulder’s festival subtly illuminates that point.

Barth’s performance proved as serious and introspective as Moulder’s opening comments, the pianist utterly unconcerned with technical ostentation or much of anything that put the focus on himself. Instead, his was a deeply musical performance, Barth emphasizing the scores at hand rather than the wherewithal required to play and transform them.

Some of his most intriguing work emerged in a suite of compositions by contemporary composers that Barth said he hopes will become “new standards.” Realistically speaking, these works may not be poised to attain the acclaim of music by Gershwin, Ellington and Arlen, but their significance was obvious.

In Donald Brown’s “A Dance for Marie-Do,” Barth conveyed a relentless but unhurried forward drive, capturing the joyous spirit of the tune and embellishing it with delicate, right-hand filigree. In Eri Yamamoto’s “Memory Dance,” Barth’s slow-and-easy tempo enabled him to create distinct layers of gauzy sound. And in Steve Wilson’s “A Joyful Noise (For JW),” Barth maintained a silvery tone in a perpetual-motion romp that might have led lesser pianists to indulge in bombast.

Barth’s own compositions also figured prominently in this recital, especially in an opening collection of three works. The dreamy introduction and lush chords he played in “Yama,” the ethereal passages he produced high up in the keyboard in “Peaceful Place” and the displaced rhythmic accents he articulated in “Wilsonian Alto” (all from his “Live at Smalls” trio album) spoke to the substantive nature of his pianism.

There were traditional jazz standards here, too, with Barth meticulously reworking Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo” and expanding upon the complex harmonies and structural idiosyncrasies of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life.”

With the exception of the Charlie Parker tour de force “Steeplechase,” in which Barth threw off fast-flying unison lines in both hands, the program avoided bravura playing in favor of deeply felt music-making.

Considering the noble purpose of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival, that approach struck quite the right note.

Howard Reich is a Tribune critic.

The Chi-Town Jazz Festival concludes with Reginald Robinson performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.; $20 general, $10 students. And Tammy McCann at 8 p.m., Steve Million and Sarah Marie Young Quintet at 9:30 p.m. and John Moulder and Friends at 11 p.m. Saturday at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $20 general, $10 students. For more information, go to www.chitownjazzfestival.org.

hreich@tribpub.com

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Scenes From The Green Mill


This slideshow documents musicians performing for hunger relief at the Green Mill during the 7th Annual Chi-Town Jazz festival including Tammy McCann, Mike Allemana, Cliff Wallace, Steve Million, John Sims, Jim Gailloreto, Juan Pastor, Sarah Marie Young, and John Moulder.

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

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Reginald Robinson Performing for Hunger Relief


This slideshow documents Reginald Robinson performing classic and original ragtime selections in a concert at First Unitarian Church in Chicago during the Chi-Town Jazz Festival to raise money for hunger relief.

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

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Bruce Barth @ pianoForte. Wonderful!

Bruce Barth Performed at PianoForte for Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. What a treat!

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

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Scenes From Andy’s Jazz Club

This slideshow documents musicians performing for hunger relief at Andy’s during 7th Annual Chi-Town Jazz festival including Geof Bradfield, George Fludas, Dennis Carroll, Ron Petrillo, Eric Schneider, Dennis Luxion, Mike Schlik,  Frank Catalano, and Scott Williams.

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

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Scenes From The Jazz Showcase For Hunger Relief

This slideshow documents musicians who donated their time and talents to help raise money for hunger relief in Chicago including Bobby Broom, Dennis Carroll, Greg Artry, Leandro Lopez Varady, Stu Miller, Makaya McCraven, Howard Levy, Justin Thomas, Larry Kohut, and John Moulder.

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

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Scenes From Jazz Vespers

This slideshow documents how the afternoon Vespers looked last Sunday. Jim Gailloreto performed his original omposition ‘Song of Psalms’ inspired by three Psalms suggested by Rev. Ray Hylton, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Evanston. He was accompanied by Jill Kaeding (Cello) and Cheryl Wilson (Voice). Lyrics were written by Jim’s son, Coleman Gailloreto. The program included sacred music performed by Jazz favorite Tammy McCann accompanied by Dan Murphy on piano,  John Sims on bass, and Cliff Wallace on drums.

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

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What Hunger Relief Looks Like

This slideshow documents how Chi-Town Jazz Festival volunteers joined members of St. John Berchman’s basketball team and others to help serve at Tuesday’s weekly dinner provided by Catholic Charities in Chicago. Festival Director John Moulder and Ken Hall provided music. Food was generously donated by Rosebud. Legal services and medical consultation were also available.

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

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Jazz Vespers Today, 3/6, at 4

Jazz Vespers at First Presbyterian in Evanston will feature original work by Jim Gailloreto.
Jazz Vespers at First Presbyterian in Evanston will feature original work by Jim Gailloreto with Cheryl Wilson and Tammy McCann.

Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm – First Presbyterian Church of Evanston
$20, Students $10. 1427 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL. 60201, 847 864 1472
First Presbyterian Church of Evanston supports The Friendship Center.

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3/12, Event #5, An Evening with Reginald Robinson

Reginald Robinson
Reginald Robinson

Reginald Robinson will speak and perform in concert at The First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S Woodlawn in Chicago at 7:30 on Saturday, 3/12.

We quote from the MacArthur Foundation Fellows recognition when Mr. Robinson was awarded a Genius Grant. “Reginald R. Robinson is a musician and composer who chose an unusual path for his musical career: classical ragtime music. An early 20th century American musical form characterized by a syncopated melody, ragtime was advocated by composers such as Scott Joplin as a uniquely American music that would change and evolve with the succeeding years. Introduced to ragtime through an elementary school presentation, Robinson taught himself to play the piano and to read music and began researching the genre. He has remained dedicated to the form ever since. A gifted pianist, he evokes the range of passion and liveliness contained within the classic ragtime compositions of the early 1900s. He has explored in detail the great works of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, and other classical ragtime composers and has composed dozens of harmonically daring, structurally complex works. In addition to his composition and performance, Robinson has studied the history of ragtime music thoroughly; he discovered and recorded a previously unknown Joplin fragment found in the archives of Fisk University. This singular musician has devoted himself to preserving the traditions of classical ragtime while taking this vintage music into contemporary directions.

Reginald Robinson MusicReginald R. Robinson was captivated by the sound of ragtime at the age of 13. In 1992, he recorded his first demo and was immediately signed by Delmark Records. Click on the image here to see Robinson’s latest offerings. He has performed in Europe and across the U.S. at such venues as the Chicago Jazz Festival, Ravinia, and the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.”

A reception will be held following the program. Admission charge is $20.  This concert is part of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago, which benefits food pantries across the city.  All proceeds for this event will benefit the Hyde Park Food Pantry.

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Night #4, Bruce Barth @ pianoForte Chicago on 3/11

Bruce Barth

Bruce Barth @ pianoForte Chicago. Very Special! Very Limited!

Jazz pianist and composer Bruce Barth has been sharing his music with listeners the world over for more than two decades. Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, his music reflects both the depth and breadth of his life and musical experiences. In addition to traveling widely performing his own music, he has also performed with revered jazz masters, as well as collaborated with leading musicians of his own generation. And most notably, his performances feature material from his large book of very powerful and imaginative original compositions, written in a voice that is both deeply personal and expressive.

Bruce has performed on over one hundred recordings and movie soundtracks, including ten as a leader. He is equally at home playing solo piano (American Landscape on Satchmo Jazz Records), leading an all-star septet (East and West on MaxJazz), and composing for a variety of ensembles.

"Daybreak" by Bruce Barth
Bruce Barth – Daybreak
Bruce Barth Trio - Three Things of Beauty
Bruce Barth Trio – Three Things of Beauty

Throughout his professional life, Bruce has had extended collaborations with Tony Bennett, Steve Wilson, Terell Stafford, Luciana Souza, and Karrin Allyson and David Sanchez. And he has performed with James Moody, Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Art Farmer, Victor Lewis, John Patitucci, Lewis Nash, and the Mingus Big Band.

Bruce served two years on the panel for the U.S. State Department “Jazz Ambassadors” program, choosing jazz bands to represent the United States overseas. He is also a Grammy nominated producer, with more than twenty CDs to his credit.

Finally, Bruce is a dedicated teacher, with more than ten years on the jazz faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia. He has also taught at Berklee College of Music, Long Island University, and currently teaches private lessons to City College University and New School students. Bruce has participated in many workshops, clinics, and seminars in the U. S. and abroad; he also maintains a private teaching studio, with students from the U.S., South America, Europe, and Japan.

A word about pianoForte… pianoForte Concert HallThis is a very special space with limited, intimate seating. You may want to reserve a seat here.

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The Lineup on 3/10, Night 3 at Andy’s

We’ll start the evening with the George Fludas Quartet.

George Fludas
George Fludas

Chicago drummer George Fludas was inspired to play drums by his father, who was also a drummer, and who exposed him to great jazz drummers such as Art Blakey, Max Roach, and “Philly” Joe Jones. He began freelancing with Chicago greats Von Freeman, Jodie Christian and Lin Halliday, as well as playing in groups with guitarist Bobby Broom, and saxophonists Ron Blake and Eric Alexander. He has subsequently played with many stellar musicians such as Ira Sullivan, Buddy Montgomery, Lou Donaldson, Frank Wess, Kenny Burrell, Betty Carter, Johnny Griffin, Roy Hargrove, Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Cedar Walton, Diana Krall, Benny Carter, Phil Woods, Junior Cook, Slide Hampton, Jesse Davis and Benny Green. He toured Europe and Japan extensively as a member of Ray Brown’s Trio, and with groups led by Hank Jones, Diana Krall, Monty Alexander, Cedar Walton and Joey DeFrancesco. Fludas lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons and performs regularly with local artists and visiting headliners at the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club and The Green Mill. He can be heard on numerous CDs as a sideman with Ray Brown, Eric Alexander, Monty Alexander, Kyle Asche, Geof Bradfield, Scott Burns, Bobby Broom, Lin Halliday and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.

Eric Schneider
Eric Schneider

Our second set will feature Eric Schneider & Friends. After graduating from the University of Illinois and four years of extensive touring with Earl Fatha’ Hines and two years with Count Basie and his Orchestra (recording with both), Eric returned to Chicago and embarked on a richly diverse career that blends studio work, concert performances and jazz festivals, both in and out of town. He’s in constant demand on clarinet and saxophone by small groups and big bands that need a soloist who possesses both erudition and passion. Along the way he’s worked with the who’s who of jazz. He walks in the footsteps of the giants while expressing a vision that is entirely his own.

Frank Catalano
Frank Catalano

The Frank Catalano Sextet will finish the evening. Downbeat said, “Frank Catalano is John Coltrane energy for the 21st century!!!” Now 37 years old, Catalano is the only known saxman to have performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. He has also performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal. As an entrepreneur, Frank has patented a devise that allows him to control his saxophone via midi components. Frank is a spokesperson/clinician/performing artist for companies such as Yamaha, Rico/D’Addario, and JodyJazz. He can be seen in their Print Ads worldwide. Catalano’s songs have been used in the ad campaigns of Motorola, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Budweiser as well as numerous TV and Film productions.

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The Lineup for Night #2 on 3/9? Spectacular!

Chicago's Jazz Showcase
Chicago’s Jazz Showcase
Bobby Broom
Bobby Broom

There will be no place like the Jazz Showcase for night #2 of this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. We’ll start the evening with preeminent guitarist Bobby Broom who embodies the truism that it’s the player not the tune that makes for a memorable performance in jazz. He’s been an elite sideman with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine, and Dr. John among others. Broom always  demonstrates a keen ear for rarely played material, a gift for composing evocative tunes, and an impressive facility with knotty rhythmic puzzles.

Leandro Lopez Varady
Leandro Lopez Varady

The second set belongs to Leandro Lopez Varady, master of the piano and keyboard as well as an exciting composer. He has traveled across the country and around the world playing jazz with so many notable groups. Currently Leandro is pianist for the Orbert Davis Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and teaches Piano and Latin Jazz Ensemble at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.

Closing out the evening we are delighted to present Howard Levy and John Moulder playing with Larry Kohut, and Makaya McCraven.

Howard Levy
Howard Levy

Multiple Grammy- Award Winner Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher, producer, and Chicago area resident. His musical travels have taken him all over the geographical world and the musical map. Equally at home in Jazz, Classical music, Rock, Folk, Latin, and World Music, he brings a fresh lyrical approach to whatever he plays. This has made him a favorite with audiences worldwide, and a recording artist sought after by the likes of Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Paquito D’Rivera, Styx, Donald Fagen, and Paul Simon. As a sideman, Howard has appeared on hundreds of CDs and played on many movie soundtracks.

John Moulder
John Moulder

John Moulder is a guitarist and composer whose music has evolved from an assimilation of various musical traditions. John’s compositions and playing are featured on his CDs entitled Awakening (Mo-Tonal Records 1993), Through the Open Door (Igmod/Mo-Tonal Records 1997), Spirit Talk (NAIM 2003), and Trinity (Origin 2006) and Bifrost (Origin 2009) both named one of the ten best jazz CDs of 2006 and 2009 respectively by the Chicago Tribune. On his most recent release entitled The Eleventh Hour: Live at the Green Mill (Origin 2012), John collaborates with his long time musical companions, Paul Wertico, Larry Gray, Jim Trompeter and Geof Bradfield.

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Jazz Vespers Service Kicks-off Chi-Town Festival

Jazz Vespers at First PresA Jazz Vespers Service on March 6 at First Presbyterian Evanston will kick-off this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival. We’ll feature veteran jazz saxaphonist, Jim Gailloreto, performing 2 original compositions both for Soprano Saxophone, Voice and Cello.  The musicians will be Jill Kaeding (Cello), Cheryl Wilson (Voice) and Jim (Soprano Saxophone).

Jim Gailloreto
Jim Gailloreto

The composition ‘Song of Psalms’ is inspired by three Psalms suggested by Rev. Ray Hylton, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Evanston. This new music’s style is not classical or jazz, but something in the middle. The work is special to Jim because it is a collaboration with his son, Coleman Gailloreto.  The group will also perform a recent composition “As of Yet”, written for the same instrumentation.  The vocals are wordless.

Song of Psalms (Lyrics by Coleman Gailloreto)

  • Psalms of Lament: 42:9-10
  • Psalms of Hope: 33: 18-22
  • Psalms of Thanksgiving: 9: 1-2

As of Yet

Tammy McCann
Tammy McCann

After a brief intermission we’ll hear from the exciting Tammy McCann. Tammy McCann has been named “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” for several years by the Chicago Tribune!!!  Tammy is an internationally recognized Jazz Vocalist who’s powerful, sultry, and emotionally charged voice paints pictures and tells stories by merging Classical vocal technique and Gospel esthetic with Jazz to create a sound that is completely her own. Chicago Tribune’s Arts Critic, Howard Reich says McCann has, “A voice that soars in all registers, at all tempos, on all occasions… a voice that inspires wonder!”
Learn more about Jim Gailloreto here.
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Thanks to WDCB for the Boost

CTJF Director John Moulder on WDCB with Barry Winograd.
CTJF Director John Moulder on WDCB with Barry Winograd.

Chicago jazz guitarist and Founder/Director of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival, John Moulder, was welcomed by the WDCB studios on Monday, February 22, to talk with WDCB’s Barry Winograd about the 7th annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, which raises funds for hunger relief in Chicago. WDCB has been a strong media supporter of our Festival from the beginning. Thanks again folks, for your help and for the great variety of music you play.

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Our Final, Beautiful Schedule

Chi-Town Jazz Festival Final Schedule
Chi-Town Jazz Festival Final Schedule

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Bird’s-eye View of the Night’s Great Gigs

Chicago's Symphony Center
Chicago’s Symphony Center

Symphony Center was just about packed as the evening began with Willie Pickens on piano, Larry Gray on bass and Greg Artry playing drums.

The Willie Pickens Trio featuring Larry Gray on bass and Greg Artry on drums.
The Willie Pickens Trio featuring Larry Gray on bass and Greg Artry on drums.

Then came the eagerly anticipated always exciting Christian McBride Trio with McBride on bass, Christian Sands on piano, and Carl Allen on drums. This group became a Mack Avenue Super Band with the addition of Gary Burton playing vibes, Tia Fuller on sax, and Sean Jones on trumpet.

Christian McBride Trio with special guests, Gary Burton, Sean Jones, and Tia Fuller
Christian McBride Trio with special guests, Gary Burton, Sean Jones, and Tia Fuller

The evening was part of Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series’ 2015-16 season. SCP graciously allowed our Chi-Town Jazz Festival Founder/Director, John Moulder to briefly call attention to our Festival beginning on 3/6, its mission of supporting hunger relief in Chicago, and reminding all that tickets were available in the lobby as well as at all Festival venues for a drawing to win a pair of passes to the entire SCP Jazz Series for 2016-17. We were truly gratified for the warm response to our message and call for support.

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SCP Jazz Series Tickets Drawing Set for 3/12 at the Mill

Chicago Symphony Center
Chicago Symphony Center

If your lucky ticket had been drawn last March at the end of our 2015 Chi-Town Jazz Festival you would still be enjoying two passes to the entire Chicago Symphony Orchestra Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz Series for the 2015-16 season. You would have experienced master musicians including McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Joshua Redman and The Bad Plus, and Gregory Porter to name just a few. Still to come are Stefan Harris, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Marquis Hill, Dee Alexander, Anne Hampton Callaway, Rene Marie, and Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. We don’t know what the line-up will be for the SCP 2016-17 season, but we do know that the SCP has generously donated two season passes again for their upcoming season in support of our mission to support hunger relief.

ChristianMcBride
ChristianMcBride

Tickets for our drawing will be available beginning 2/19 at Symphony Center when Christian McBride takes the stage with his outstanding band that includes Gary Burton, Christian Sands, Ulysses Owens Jr., Tia Fuller, and Sean Jones. Also on the bill will be long time favorite Willie Pickens with Larry Gray and Greg Artry. The $25 tickets to next year’s season series will also be available every night of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival at every venue we play. We’ll have our drawing on March 12, the last night, at the Green Mill. Winner need not be present. Last year’s winner is loving the series. Good luck to YOU for the coming season.

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The Care For Real Food Pantry

This year the Chi-Town Jazz Festival has chosen Care for Real again as one of the recipients of our fundraising efforts. Care for Real was established in 1970 by Rev. William Johnson of the Epsicopal Church of the Atonement, Rabbi Herman Schaalman of Emanuel Congregation and other members of the Edgewater Clerical Rabbinical Association. This organization, which is now known as the Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA), wanted to provide emergency help to victims of fires in “Arson Alley,” the Kenmore-Winthrop corridor between Foster and Devon. It was intended to be a short-term solution to a specific problem. However, it soon became clear that there was a need in Edgewater for an ongoing safety net for neighbors in need. Today Care for Real is the safety net for the entire Edgewater community.

Care For Real Food PantryClients can come to Care for Real once a month for staple food items…rice, beans, peanut butter, etc. Plus, they can come up to four times a week for the fresh produce and bread that is so generously donated by neighborhood groceries and bakeries. Yet the average CFR client “shops” for staples at the pantry just seven times a year. CFR is their safety net during especially hard times.

On average, CFR distributes almost 60,000 pounds of food each month. We purchase most of our staple foods from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Local retailers, including Costco, 7-11, Aldi’s, Swedish Bakery, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, True Nature Foods and Panera Cares, regularly donate produce and bakery goods. And the community supports Care for Real with individual donations and food drives sponsored by houses of worship, schools, businesses, block clubs and residential buildings.

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First Whole Note Sponsor Steps Up!

Chi-Town Jazz Festival Founder, Fr. John Moulder, accepts the first Whole Note Sponsorship check at 2016 Kick-Off event, presented by Natalie Lake from Orthopaedic Specialists of the NorthShore.
Chi-Town Jazz Festival Founder, Fr. John Moulder, accepts the first Whole Note Sponsorship check at 2016 Kick-Off event, presented by Natalie Lake from Orthopaedic Specialists of the NorthShore.

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.

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Focus On Feeding The Hungry

This year, as we have in the past, we’ll be serving dinner for hungry guests at one of the centers in Chicago. Here is a link to how it looked last year, provided by Ellen Kobe from Northwestern University’s Medill School

Catholic Charities kicks off Jazz Fest with supper for hungry

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Save the 2016 Dates! Support the Cause.

HeaderLogo_550pxThe Festival operates through the generosity of many people—musicians who share their talents, our all-volunteer staff who donate their time, Chicago’s most loved jazz venues that donate their space, and leading Chicago institutions that donate tickets and other services—that all come together to raise funds to help those who hunger in Chicago. Your donations will help feed those who hunger through the works of Catholic Charities, Care for Real, and Top Box Foods.

Back by popular demand, we will be raffling off a pair of tickets for the next Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series at Chicago’s historic Orchestra Hall which includes almost a dozen evenings featuring today’s most acclaimed and innovative jazz artists. Raffle tickets will only be available at the performances. And, again, proceeds will help provide hunger relief in Chicago.

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