Over the past several days we showcased many of the musicians who will perform during the festival. Just scroll down for a review. There are such a wide range of talents and styles being presented! News and interviews about our 5th year focusing on hunger relief and the generosity of the club owners and artists donating their space, time and energy has already been on TV, the radio and in print. More will be seen and heard in the next few days including in the Chicago Tribune and a very generous plug on ABC’s Windy City Live this Thursday morning. We started planning last June, started posting information and graphics in January, and here we are now, back where we began with our banner logo above, ready to go. We’ll be at Andy’s tomorrow night, 3/6, starting at 5:30 through 11:30. Four great, different bands. Stop by after work or enjoy the entire evening. Should be fun. A warm, friendly scene where people come together for a good time and an important cause. See you there?
The LA Times said, “…Akimnusire and his band demonstrated a remarkably fluid, adventurous interplay and patiently imaginative way with melody that sounded as steeped in the music’s history as it was hard-wired with the sound of something new.”
The winner of the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the 2007 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, Akinmusire has proved himself one of the most vital and deft trumpeters of his generation. He was named 2012 Trumpet Player of the Year in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association awards, and was awarded Germany’s ECHO Award as Instrumentalist of the Year, International Brass. His two CDs, Prelude to Cora (Fresh Sound New Talent) and When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note), were both met with critical acclaim. The latter topped critics’ lists at the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Allmusic.com, and earned Akinmusire France’s Grand Prix l’Academie du Jazz.
So, what that means is, if you can possibly hear this artist and his amazing quintet, you should. We’ll be there. You?
The man on this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival poster is well known in the Chicago jazz scene despite his young age. A Bachelor degree in Music Education/Jazz Studies, and his Masters in Jazz Pedagogy from DePaul University? A given! Performed with artists including Dee Alexander, Bobby Broom, Willie Pickens, Victor Garcia, Benny Golson, Ernest Dawkins, Corey Wilkes? Sure! Toured the US and abroad with Sirens of Sound, The Delisfort Project, Chicago 12 Bebop Brass, and Ronald Carter Big Band? Yep! Now he is a trumpet professor at University of Illinois, won first place at the 2012 International Trumpet Competition, and has written and recorded a highly acclaimed original work, “The Poet,” with many of Chicago’s finest, most creative musicians.
We are really looking forward to catching Marquis Hill at Green Mill Friday, 3/7. See you there?
Among the Chicago Jazz Orchestra’s accomplishments are 24 consecutive appearances at the Kennedy Center Honors Gala, a rare “Five Star” Downbeat Magazine rating for its recording Clark Terry and Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra: George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and recent appearances with an incredible array of guest artists including Ahmad Jamal, Arturo Sandoval, Michael Feinstein, Randy Brecker, Kurt Elling, and many many, more. Last year alone, the CJO’s performances will have been seen at some of Chicago’s most impressive venues including the Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park, the Auditorium Theatre, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, the Ravinia Festival, and many more.
The CJO is committed to bringing jazz orchestra music to a wide variety of musical tastes. They will close out our week of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival at the Jazz Showcase on 3/11. See you there?