All members of the Glenbrook South Jazz Band, directed by Greg Wojcik, filled the stage at Martyrs’ last night for a final number with their swingin’ arrangement of “Birdland.”
The Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago begins tonight at Martyrs’. Wednesday at The Jazz Showcase. Thursday at Andy’s Jazz Club. Friday at the Green Mill. Saturday at Sheil in Evanston. Sunday at Lily Reid in Lake Forest. Times, tickets, locations here. Thanks for your support.
That’s what the late Von Freeman called them. Never “newbies.” More like Future Jazz All Stars.
Our Festival has always supported up and comers.
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.
We’ll be setting up this coming Tuesday, 3/12, at Martyrs’ on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago for the opening set kick off of this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. Details about the bands playing, times, and our entire schedule are here. And at this club you can purchase tickets in advance here.
So 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.
NBC Channel 5 in Chicago featured our Founder/Director, John Moulder, in a special segment that quickly tells the story of our Festival and its goal. Here’s the link.
The 4th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago starts two weeks from tonight! We’ll open this year where we closed last year, at Martyrs on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. The Rob Clearfield Quintet, the Aaron Koppel Quartet, and IndogoSun are set to perform with opening music supplied by Glenbrook South Jazz bands. Music begins at 7:30 sharp. How exciting will it be? Here’s a photos of the scene last year.
Hello and welcome to our site. We hope you will be as excited as we are about the lineup of musicians and variety of locations taking part in this year’s festival. Come join us for some great music and, in the process, help us tackle the serious growing problem of hunger in our city.
Founded in 2010, the Chi-Town Jazz Festival is the jazz community’s annual effort to support hunger relief in Chicago. Music clubs and concert halls donate their venues, musicians in the jazz community donate their talents, and our our organizing, creative and fundraising committees donate their time. We raise financial support from Chicago area businesses, corporations and individuals which is donated to well recognized, established entities including Catholic Charities. This year we will be including Care For Real, an impressive food pantry in Edgewater that has been in operation since 1970.
The dates for this year’s 4th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival are March 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 22. Venues will include Andy’s Jazz Club, Symphony Center, The Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Martyr’s, Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, and Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University. Learn about these generous venues on our Artists and Venues page. We will also be adding details shortly about participating musicians with links to their sites. Many will be returning for a second, third and fourth year. Friend us on Facebook to stay informed.
Details of the benefits to you or your company for contributing to and even becoming a sponsor of the Festival are on our Sponsors and Donors page.
We are especially proud to note that our nationally and internationally known founder, John Moulder – guitarist, composer, teacher and priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago – is the featured artist in the January/February cover story of Chicago Jazz Magazine.
Plans are well underway for the 2013 Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. We hope you will keep track as we finalize the details and look forward to seeing you when the Festival begins.