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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!

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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
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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
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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
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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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Slideshow – Green Mill Finale

The Chi-Town Jazz Festival for Hunger Relief ended Saturday night, March 11, 2017, at Chicago’s Green Mill. All musicians donated their exceptional talents for the cause. In addition, the Festival Director, John Moulder, drew the winner’s name for next season’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra Jazz Series.

Three groups played during the evening. The Ron Perrillo Quartet included Ron Perrillo on piano,  Scott Burns on sax, Dennis Carroll playing bass, and Greg Artry on Drums.  Bakerzmillion featured Andy Baker on trombone, Steve Million piano, Eric Jacobson playing trumpet, Jim Gailloreto on sax, John Sims bass, and Tim Davis playing drums. Jon Deitemyer’s crew featured songstress Leslie Beukelman, Rob Clearfield piano, Matt Gold guitar, Matt Ulery on bass, and Jon Deitemyer playing drums. 

 

Slideshow – At First Unitarian & At Winter’s Jazz Club

Friday evening’s programming began at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park with the great Erwin Helfer. Then it moved downtown to the new, beautiful listening room that is Winter’s Jazz Club near Navy Pier for three sets.

First up was singer Typhanie Monique sounding great and backed by Ryan Cohan on piano, Larry Kohut on bass, and Greg Artry on drums. Then Sarah Marie Young wove her singing magic helped by Steve Million on piano, Andrew Vogt on bass, and Greg Artry playing drums. Finally the Aaron McEvers Quintet closed out the evening. Winter’s owner, Scott Stegman, was  MC and Nancy Meyerson from Care For Real spoke of Chi-Town Jazz Festival’s mission. It was a terrific night of jazz!

Slideshow – 4 Bands at Andy’s For Hunger Relief

Andy’s Jazz Club & Restaurant in downtown Chicago is a perfect place from after work cocktails to late night dinner, all the time serving up stellar jazz groupings. The evening started with exciting arrangements presented by the Glenbrook South High School Jazz Bands led by their Music Director Greg Wojcik. The School has performed for our Festival every year for the last 5. Then Eric Schneider and Friends took the stage. Friends were Pete Benson on piano, Phil Gratteau playing drums, and a great new bass player whose name will be forthcoming. Then followed Tenor Madness led by Shawn Salmon on guitar. Finally Brent Kimbrough & Company took the stage and blew the house away. It was a major crowd pleaser with a variety of jazz ideas taking turns – as well as a mixed and energetic crowd, great Andy’s food, and a drink or two as well. 

Slideshow – At The Jazz Showcase

Here’s how the program looked at Joe & Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase on night two of the 2017 Chi-Town Jazz Festival for Hunger Relief. As usual, the Segal’s donated their venue for the event. The evening began with Blanche Blacke sounding strong and wonderful as always with Jim Ryan on piano, Stu Miller on bass, and John Moulder playing guitar. The ever young and creative Bobbie Lewis brought his trumpet to the stage accompanied by Pat Mallinger on sax, Stu Miller on bass, and Jeff Stately on drums. Finally Rob Clearfield on piano, Joshua Ramos on bass, Matt Gold playing guitar, and Makaya McCraven on drums brought the room to a new high as the night ended. Money raised went to hunger relief programs.

Slideshow – Jazz Vespers For Chi-Town Festival

The 8th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival for Hunger Relief began with Jazz Vespers at the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston. Performers included Steve Rashid on piano, Don Stiernberg on mandolin, John Moulder playing guitar, and the Bourné Family Singers. The program was hosted by Dr. Raymond I. Hylton and Events Coordinator Alyce Claerbaut.

Grand Finale At Green Mill Saturday Night

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Green Mill for Chi-Town Jazz FestivalThe Green Mill delivers a sophisticated yet informal, warm glowing atmosphere steeped in the heady sounds of the early ’30s and ’40s.  Uniquely comfortable to all audiences from the sequined Saturday night date to the progressively dressed offbeat student, the magic of the Mill is that the audience commingles in its mutual respect for the wide variety of music performed there. By the way, the statue in the corner is Ceres. In ancient Roman religion, Ceres  was a goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships, but she is known to musicians and those in the know as Stella by Starlight.

Ron Perrillo for Chi-Town Jazz FestivalFirst up is Ron Petrillo. Ron was introduced to Chicago jazz audiences while on tour with Ira Sullivan in 1988. His experiences while on tour with Ira Sullivan inspired him to move to Chicago in 1990. Shortly after arriving in Chicago he formed his current trio.  He’s also played in groups with Chicago greats Von Freeman, Bobby Broom, Eric Alexander, Lin Halliday and Pharez Whitted. Ron has recorded for Blue Note Records with guitarist Fareed Haque, for the Criss Cross Jazz label with guitarist Bobby Broom, for SteepleChase Records with Ira Sullivan and Von Freeman, and for Origin Records with Scott Burns and Geof Bradfield. Ron is a jazz studies lecturer for DePaul University and for the Thelonious Monk Institute through Chicago’s Gallery 37 After School Matters program.

Andy Baker for Chi-Town Jazz FestivalSteve Million for Chi-Town Jazz FestivalWhen Andy Baker and Steve Million team up they produce a vibe and sound that is classic jazz! Million has always been influenced by the music of Monk. Steve is currently the jazz chair of Merit School in the west loop downtown Chicago. He is also the director of the Merit School Honors Jazz Combo. And he still has time for gigs all over Chicagoland. Andy Baker is a trombonist, composer, arranger and educator originally from London, now living in Chicago. 

Jon Deitemyer for Chi-Town Jazz FestivalAs the drummer of choice for a vast array of incredible musicians, Jon Deitemyer embodies the warmth, sincerity, and diversity of the music that he creates. His approach to the instrument is eminently supportive: equally comfortable in a swinging piano trio or a hard-hitting fusion band. Patricia Barber raves “Jon Deitemyer is the drummer everyone wants right now,” and his resume only echoes the sentiment.