Bobby’s Back

color photo of Bobby Lewis at Andy's Jazz Club in Chicago

Veteran Chicago jazz musician Bobby Lewis brings his trumpet and flugelhorn to Andy’s Jazz Club for the third year in a row on 3/14. Bobby’s career has spanned five decades from touring with Jack Teagarden, Tex Beneke and the Modernaires, and as conductor and featured soloist with Peggy Lee, to creating and leading several of his own groups in performance and at jazz Festivals all over the world. Bobby’s love affair with music is still growing strong!

Also appearing during the evening are Tammy McCann and the Reunion Orchestra, the Marlene Rosenberg Quartet, and the Eric Schneider Quartet with special guest Cheryl Wilson. Tickets available at the door.

Starting Where We Left Off

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.

photo of jazz musicians at Martyrs in Chicago
One of the great jazz bands at Martyrs last year included Chris Siebold and Psycles with Tim Fox on bass, Ben Lewis also on keys, Aaron McEvers on sax, and Ingrid Graudins vocals.

Here is a complete listing of Artists and Venues for this year. See you there.

Jazz Institute of Chicago Lends Support for Chi-Town Jazz Festival

logo of the Jazz Institute of ChicagoThe venerable Jazz Institute of Chicago, dedicated to preserving and perpetuating jazz in all its forms since 1969, is lending their support again for this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival. JIC consistently produces exciting events throughout the year all over Chicago. We are delighted to add them to our growing list of media sponsors and encourage all of our followers to visit their site and Facebook pages.

…and on the last day of the Festival…

Monterey Jazz Festival LogoWe invite you to celebrate the longest-running jazz festival in the world! The Monterey Jazz Festival kicked off in 1958 with its first lineup that included artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. This star-studded presentation spotlights the “traditional-untraditionalist” attitude, jazz-with-a-purpose exuberance and joyful fun that continue to be the hallmarks of the festival to this day. The evening will feature Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Potter, Benny Green, Christian McBride, and Lewis Nash. Friday, February 22. Details here.

Catholic Charities One of Our Beneficiaries

Catholic Charities’ food pantries that provide food for families, children, seniors and individuals throughout Cook County.

Catholic Charities: All about help and just about everywhere. Catholic Charities is in your neighborhood. With more than 162 programs at 157 locations across Cook and Lake counties, we help people of all races and religions move toward empowerment and self-sufficiency. Last year we touched the lives of more than 1 million parents, children, seniors and individuals, helping them through hard times.

Only 8 cents of every dollar donated goes toward our administrative expenses; the rest goes directly to help clients. While Catholic Charities raises funds separately from the Archdiocese of Chicago, we serve as the social service arm of the church. When clients seek help from Catholic Charities– whether for emergency assistance or for another type of help–they enter into a network with services that range from counseling to job training to immunization linkage.

The Chi-Town Jazz Festival is pleased to include Catholic Charities as a beneficiary of our efforts. For more info click here.

Care for Real and the 4th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival

photos of help provided by the nonprofit, Care for RealCare for Real’s just published February email update highlights that Banfield Charitable Trust awarded CfR with a Pet Pantry Grant and a donation/Valentine’s Day Dental Promotion being offered by Radiant Smiles for You. The nonprofit thanks Value Services, 6040 North Broadway, Chicago, who oversee their van repairs and donates their time and work to see that CfR’s vans continue to operate soundly. Care for Real also thanks Mb Financial Bank for stepping up and hosting a food drive on their behalf throughout the entire month of February. And they remind readers that the dates and times for this year’s Hunger Walk 2013 will be announced soon.  On Saturday, February 9, Sacred Heart Schools will be honoring CfR and presenting them with the 2013 Goal Award at the L’espirit de Sacre Coeur 10th Anniversary, Carnivale 2013. This is a prestigious award and a wonderful acknowledgment. Finally, CfR is grateful to have been included as a beneficiary at this year’s Winter Pooch-a-Palooza from Urban Pooch.

Care for Real is a vibrant organization. It 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 know 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.

Chi-Town Jazz Festival is delighted and proud to have named Care for Real as a beneficiary of this year’s events.