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CSO Jazz Series Raffle Winner Picked

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra organization continued supporting our Festival again this year by offering two tickets to 5 of next season’s Jazz Series concerts. This was truly generous participation that attracted many contributions on our mission to support hunger relief. Pictured here at the Green Mill is a Care For Real representative helping Festival Founder and Artistic Director John Moulder pick this year’s recipient. 

3/9/19 – The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago raffled off 2 tickets to 5 of next season’s Symphony Center Jazz Series Saturday night at the Green Mill.
3/9/19 – The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago raffled off 2 tickets to 5 of next season’s Symphony Center Jazz Series Saturday night at the Green Mill.

Stiernberg and Simon Perform at Studio 5 for Hunger Relief

Here are a few photos from the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet performances at Studio 5 for this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival. Musicians, staff and volunteers all worked for free. Clubs donated the $20 patrons paid at the door. Great music for a worthy cause.

The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Studio 5 in Skokie, IL. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet. Studio 5 donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the mission.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Studio 5 in Skokie, IL. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet. Studio 5 donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the mission.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Studio 5 in Skokie, IL. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet. Studio 5 donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the mission.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Studio 5 in Skokie, IL. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet. Studio 5 donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the mission.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Studio 5 in Skokie, IL. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet. Studio 5 donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the mission.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Studio 5 in Skokie, IL. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet. Studio 5 donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the mission.

The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Studio 5 in Skokie, IL. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet. Studio 5 donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the mission.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Studio 5 in Skokie, IL. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet. Studio 5 donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the mission.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Studio 5 in Skokie, IL. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet. Studio 5 donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the mission.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Studio 5 in Skokie, IL. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet. Studio 5 donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the mission.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Studio 5 in Skokie, IL. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet. Studio 5 donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the mission.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Studio 5 in Skokie, IL. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet. Studio 5 donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the mission.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Studio 5 in Skokie, IL. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Don Stiernberg Quartet and the Fred Simon Quartet. Studio 5 donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the mission.

 

Allgood and The Soul Machine Perform at Andy’s for Hunger Relief

Here are a few photos from the Alyssa Allgood Quartet and the Soul Message Band with Special Guest Geof Bradfield performances at Andy’s Jazz Club for this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival. Musicians, staff and volunteers all worked for free. Clubs donated the $20 patrons paid at the door. Great music for a worthy cause.

The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Andy’s Jazz Club. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Alyssa Allgood Quartet and the Soul Message Band with Special Guest Geof Bradfield. Andy’s donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the 10th consecutive year.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Andy’s Jazz Club. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Alyssa Allgood Quartet and the Soul Message Band with Special Guest Geof Bradfield. Andy’s donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the 10th consecutive year.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Andy’s Jazz Club. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Alyssa Allgood Quartet and the Soul Message Band with Special Guest Geof Bradfield. Andy’s donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the 10th consecutive year.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Andy’s Jazz Club. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Alyssa Allgood Quartet and the Soul Message Band with Special Guest Geof Bradfield. Andy’s donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the 10th consecutive year.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Andy’s Jazz Club. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Alyssa Allgood Quartet and the Soul Message Band with Special Guest Geof Bradfield. Andy’s donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the 10th consecutive year.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Andy’s Jazz Club. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Alyssa Allgood Quartet and the Soul Message Band with Special Guest Geof Bradfield. Andy’s donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the 10th consecutive year.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Andy’s Jazz Club. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Alyssa Allgood Quartet and the Soul Message Band with Special Guest Geof Bradfield. Andy’s donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the 10th consecutive year.
The 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago was hosted by Andy’s Jazz Club. Perfomers donating their talents for the evening included the Alyssa Allgood Quartet and the Soul Message Band with Special Guest Geof Bradfield. Andy’s donated cover charges at the door to the Festival for the 10th consecutive year.

John Behling Brazilian Quartet Performs For Hunger Relief

Here are a few photos from the John Behling Brazilian Quartet performance at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase for this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival. Musicians, staff and volunteers all worked for free. Clubs donated the $20 patrons paid at the door. Great music for a worthy cause.

John Behling Brazilian Quartet Performs at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase for the 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Relief in Chicago.
John Behling Brazilian Quartet Performs at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase for the 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Relief in Chicago.
John Behling Brazilian Quartet Performs at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase for the 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Relief in Chicago.
John Behling Brazilian Quartet Performs at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase for the 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Relief in Chicago.
John Behling Brazilian Quartet Performs at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase for the 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Relief in Chicago.
John Behling Brazilian Quartet Performs at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase for the 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Relief in Chicago.
John Behling Brazilian Quartet Performs at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase for the 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Relief in Chicago.

2019 Schedule Here for 10th Chi-Town Jazz Festival

Wednesday March 6, 2019,  7 PM to 11 PM

10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival by Harvey TillisJazz Showcase
 www.jazzshowcase.com

806 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, IL. 60605
312 360 0234

7 PM    Suneetha Vaitheswaran Quintet with Neil Alger

8:30 PM John Behling Brazilian Quartet

Admission: $20 Adults $10 students

 

Friday March 8, 2019, 6PM to 12 AM

10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival by Harvey TillisAndy’s Jazz Club    
www.andysjazzclub.com

11 E. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL. 60611
312 642 6805

5 PM and 7 PM Alyssa Allgood Quartet

9:30 and 11:30 PM Soul Message Band with
Special Guest Geof Bradfield

Admission $20

 

Friday March 8, 2019,  8PM

10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival by Harvey TillisStudio 5 
www.studio5.dance

1934 Dempster St.
Evanston, IL. 60202
847-328-6683

8 PM  Don Stiernberg Quartet

9:30  Fred Simon Quartet

Admission $20

 

Saturday, March 9, 2019,  8PM to Midnight  

10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival by Harvey TillisThe Green Mill 
www.greenmilljazz.com

4802 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL. 60640
773 878 5552

8 PM        Jim Trompeter and his DePaul Quintet

9:30 PM  Mitch Paliga Band

11 PM     Eric Schneider Quartet

Admission $20

Beneficiaries for this year’s Festival include:

Catholic Charities

With 153 programs at 154 locations throughout Cook and Lake counties, we serve virtually every neighborhood and parish in the Chicagoland area. Through our broad spectrum of services, we annually assist more than 1 million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background. https://catholiccharities.net/default.aspx

Care For Real

Clients can come to Care for Real (CFR) 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 nearly 60,000 pounds of food each month. We purchase most of our staple foods from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Local retailers, bakeries, and shops, as well as 7-11, Aldi’s, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s regularly donate produce and bakery goods.

The community supports CFR with individual donations and food drives sponsored by houses of worship, schools, businesses, block clubs, and residential buildings.
Purchased food is selected for variety, nutrition and with respect for religious beliefs and ethnic preferences.

For the homeless, CFR distributes specially packaged foods that do not require refrigerated storage, can openers or cooking. In addition, CFR provides special food baskets for Thanksgiving, Eid al-Fitr and Christmas to make those holidays brighter for our neighbors.

When available, we also provide children’s diapers and cleaning, personal-hygiene products as well as home health care items (canes, adult incontinence items, skin care, etc.) when they are available.

https://careforreal.org

Beneficiaries For This Year’s Festival

Here are the beneficiaries for the 10th Annual 2019 Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago.

Catholic Charities

With 153 programs at 154 locations throughout Cook and Lake counties, we serve virtually every neighborhood and parish in the Chicagoland area. Through our broad spectrum of services, we annually assist more than 1 million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background. https://catholiccharities.net/default.aspx

Care For Real

Clients can come to Care for Real (CFR) 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 nearly 60,000 pounds of food each month. We purchase most of our staple foods from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Local retailers, bakeries, and shops, as well as 7-11, Aldi’s, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s regularly donate produce and bakery goods.

The community supports CFR with individual donations and food drives sponsored by houses of worship, schools, businesses, block clubs, and residential buildings.
Purchased food is selected for variety, nutrition and with respect for religious beliefs and ethnic preferences.

For the homeless, CFR distributes specially packaged foods that do not require refrigerated storage, can openers or cooking. In addition, CFR provides special food baskets for Thanksgiving, Eid al-Fitr and Christmas to make those holidays brighter for our neighbors.

When available, we also provide children’s diapers and cleaning, personal-hygiene products as well as home health care items (canes, adult incontinence items, skin care, etc.) when they are available.

https://careforreal.org

2019 Chi-Town Jazz Festival Schedule

Wednesday March 6, 2019,  7 PM to 11 PM

10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival by Harvey TillisJazz Showcase
 www.jazzshowcase.com

806 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, IL. 60605
312 360 0234

7 PM    Suneetha Vaitheswaran Quintet with Neil Alger

8:30 PM John Behling Brazilian Quartet

Admission: $20 Adults $10 students

 

Friday March 8, 2019, 6PM to 12 AM

10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival by Harvey TillisAndy’s Jazz Club    
www.andysjazzclub.com

11 E. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL. 60611
312 642 6805

5 PM and 7 PM Alyssa Allgood Quartet

9:30 and 11:30 PM Soul Message Band with
Special Guest Geof Bradfield

Admission $20

 

Friday March 8, 2019,  8PM

10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival by Harvey TillisStudio 5 
www.studio5.dance

1934 Dempster St.
Evanston, IL. 60202
847-328-6683

8 PM  Don Stiernberg Quartet

9:30  Fred Simon Quartet

Admission $20

 

Saturday, March 9, 2019,  8PM to Midnight  

10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival by Harvey TillisThe Green Mill 
www.greenmilljazz.com

4802 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL. 60640
773 878 5552

8 PM        Jim Trompeter and his DePaul Quintet

9:30 PM  Mitch Paliga Band

11 PM     Eric Schneider Quartet

Admission $20

Beneficiaries for this year’s Festival include:

Catholic Charities

With 153 programs at 154 locations throughout Cook and Lake counties, we serve virtually every neighborhood and parish in the Chicagoland area. Through our broad spectrum of services, we annually assist more than 1 million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background. https://catholiccharities.net/default.aspx

Care For Real

Clients can come to Care for Real (CFR) 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 nearly 60,000 pounds of food each month. We purchase most of our staple foods from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Local retailers, bakeries, and shops, as well as 7-11, Aldi’s, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s regularly donate produce and bakery goods.

The community supports CFR with individual donations and food drives sponsored by houses of worship, schools, businesses, block clubs, and residential buildings.
Purchased food is selected for variety, nutrition and with respect for religious beliefs and ethnic preferences.

For the homeless, CFR distributes specially packaged foods that do not require refrigerated storage, can openers or cooking. In addition, CFR provides special food baskets for Thanksgiving, Eid al-Fitr and Christmas to make those holidays brighter for our neighbors.

When available, we also provide children’s diapers and cleaning, personal-hygiene products as well as home health care items (canes, adult incontinence items, skin care, etc.) when they are available.

https://careforreal.org

We’ll Make It Easy For You

Donate Sponsor Here for Chi-Town Jazz Festival
Click Here for Donation & Sponsor Options

The 9th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief is just around the corner, starting on March 7 at the Jazz Showcase. Here are some important links you can easily use to enjoy the time and help us meet our goals.

You can enter to win 5 pairs of tickets to the 2018-2019 CSO Jazz series right here. They are just $20 each and remember you can buy 6 for the price of 5.

And, you just make any additional contribution to the Festival’s mission by clicking here.

Thanks! 

Our 2018 CTJF Poster Has Arrived!

Donate Sponsor Here for Chi-Town Jazz Festival
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2018 Chi-Town Jazz Festival PosterThis year’s official poster features three musicians from last year’s Festival, Andrew Vogt on bass, Sarah Marie Young singing vocals, and Makaya McCraven on drums. They will be back this year as well as so many other great talents who generously help us raise money for hunger release. Our complete schedule is posted. Take a look. Plan to attend and support the cause. See you soon!

Dates, Venues, And Talent Shaping Up For 2018 Festival

Donate Sponsor Here for Chi-Town Jazz Festival
Click Here for Donation & Sponsor Options

Chi-Town Jazz Festival 2018 by Harvey TillisThe dates are March 7-11, 2018 for this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief. You’ll be able to enjoy the talents of Seven Divas featuring Frieda Lee and Maggie Brown, Bobby Lewis, Tim Fitzgerald, Neil Alger, Tammy McCann, Eric Schneider, Typhanie Monique, Sarah Marie Young, Aaron McEvers, Bobby Broom, Erwin Helfer, Jeremy Kahn, Ryan Cohan, Geof Bradfield, Greg Ward, Dennis Carrol, and Greg Artry. Our venues include the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, Winter’s Jazz Club, First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park, PianoForte, The Green Mill, and The First Presbyterian Church of Evanston. We’ll share the specifics in coming weeks. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, interest is building and sales are brisk for the 2018-19 Raffle (see the post below) for 2 tickets to each of 5 Symphony Center Jazz Series concerts which you can purchase right here. And we are gathering momentum in our drive for Sponsors. If you would like to become one it is very easy, painless, and quite satisfying. Just click here. Thanks!

Raffle Tickets On Sale Now!

 

Donate Sponsor Here for Chi-Town Jazz Festival
Click Here for Donation & Sponsor Options

Raffle Tickets to Support Chi-Town Jazz Festival

Two tickets to each of 5 concerts! Last year’s raffle winner is set to enjoy current season concerts by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ravi Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette, and John Scofield among others.  All it took was the purchase of a raffle ticket from the Chi-Town Jazz Festival. Raffle tickets for the 2018-2019 Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series are now available right here. And they’ll be available throughout our Festival in March. $20 each or 6 for $100. Gotta get one if you want to win. 

Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available

 

 

Donate Sponsor Here for Chi-Town Jazz Festival
Click Here for Donation & Sponsor Options

2018 CTJF Sponsorship Opportunities

The Chi-Town Jazz Festival is a jazz community effort to combat hunger in the Chicago area. Musicians donate their talents and top jazz clubs donate their venues on behalf of hunger relief. Founded by composer/guitarist Johh Moulder, the Festival is now in its 9th year and has donated more than $250,000 to food pantries and social service agencies in the area including The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Catholic Charities, Care for Real Food Pantry, Top Box, and others. Details about Sponsorship Opportunities are right here.

Passing On The Thanks

Chi-Town Jazz Delivers To Catholic Charities by Harvey Tillis
CTJF Board Member Eileen Lerum presents our check from this year’s Festival to Catholic Charities.

The Chi-Town Jazz Festival has raised over $250,000 to date for hunger relief in our community. Money is donated to various nonprofits working in the field. Here CTJF Board member Eileen Lerum presents our check for over $10,000 of this year’s receipts to Msgr. Michael M. Boland, Administrator, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Kathy Donahue, ‎Director of Programs. They thanked us and we are passing that thanks along to all the musicians who donated their talent and  time, to the venues that donated their space, and to all the jazz fans and sponsors who helped us reach our goals.

Save The Date In 2018!

The 9th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief is set for March 7-11, 2018. Confirmed venues include The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club and Restaurant, and The Green Mill. We’ll post more details as they become available. One thing we know for sure is that the 9th will be a great time for a worthy cause.

Past performers over the years have included Bobby Lewis, Dana Hall, Dee Alexander, Howard Levy, Larry Gray, Marquis Hill, Orbert Davis, and Tammy McCann

Top Box Foods Receives Chi-Town Donation

Chitown Jazz Festival Present Check To Top Box Foods
CTJF Board Member Jennifer Sucher presents donation check to Top Box Foods Executive Director Sheila Kennedy.

The Chi-Town Jazz Festival hosts an annual weeklong Festival at a variety of venues around Chicago to raise awareness and money for hunger relief. The photo above documents CTJF Board Member, Jennifer Sucher, presenting almost $4000 to Top Box Foods, one of the nonprofits we work with. Top Box Foods shops all month to find the best deals on fresh fruits and vegetables and frozen meats, poultry, and fish. They then bundle the food in boxes and partner with churches, community organizations, housing facilities, and schools to help spread the word about these tremendous savings. More info about Top Box here. 

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Hunger Update From Care For Real

Lake Shore Drive At Night by Harvey TillisOne of the nonprofits providing services to their community is Care For Real in the Edgewater neighborhood. Here is a brief report from them.

Looks like Care for Real is in for a busy summer.  May 2017 was the busiest month Care for Real experienced in a long time. 5,402 individuals from 2,972 households participated in our food program and another 588 households (and approximately 1,300 individuals) received clothing and personal care items. 93 new clients came through our doors for the very first time – primarily seniors who are unable to keep up with the rising costs of basic human needs. We are grateful to everyone who supports Care for Real.

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Hunger Relief For Who? – Part 3

Donate Sponsor Here for Chi-Town Jazz Festival
Click Here for Donation & Sponsor Options
Complete Schedule Here for the Chi-Town Jazz Festival
Click here for Performance Dates, Artists & Venues
Advance Ticket Info for Chi-Town Jazz Festival
Click here for info about advance tickets to all venues.
 

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.

Hunger Relief For Who? – Part 2

Donate Sponsor Here for Chi-Town Jazz FestivalComplete Schedule Here for the Chi-Town Jazz FestivalAdvance Ticket Info for Chi-Town Jazz Festival
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 1

Donate Sponsor Here for Chi-Town Jazz Festival

Complete Schedule Here for the Chi-Town Jazz Festival

Advance Ticket Info for Chi-Town Jazz Festival

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.

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.

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