With the headline, “Chi-Town Jazz Festival fights hunger through music,” Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune’s esteemed Arts Editor, reached out to his large audience to explain and feature this year’s Festival.
Writing about the Festival’s Founder/Director, John Moulder, Howard writes, “…Perhaps only a figure with Moulder’s unique, dual credentials as musician and pastor could have persuaded so many to give so much of themselves. As jazz guitarist, Moulder commands the respect of anyone who values high-powered virtuosity and edgy jazz improvisation. As a Catholic priest, he clearly brings a certain credibility to the idea of giving to those in need.
“First of all, Moulder’s a stand-up guy,” Green Mill owner Dave Jemilo told me last year, in explaining why he said “yes” when Moulder reached out to him for the first festival.
“If he says something, you know it’s going to be what he’s saying. We’re lucky to do this (music business) for a living, so why not be nice once in awhile? It’s not like there’s some big middlemen all over. Moulder’s the guy, and I trust him 100 percent.””
Read more here. And plan to join us starting next Wednesday.
The 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, with the help of jazz musicians and venues and our team of volunteers, is working with local hunger relief agencies to address hunger insecurity in Chicagoland, Care for Real, Catholic Charities of Chicago, Top Box Foods, and West Suburban PADS. Join us by attending performances, becoming a sponsor, or simply by donating online. Thanks.