Category Archives: Jazz

Jazz In Black & White

Our Festival is well underway. More music today at two venues, then again on Sunday and finishing next Friday at Symphony Center. Here are some images of the past few days from a photojournalist helping us document our programs, James Foster. James’ work recently was featured in THE OPEN, as a 2012 World of Photography Finalist.

photo of IndigoSun Performs at Martyrs'
IndigoSun Performs at Martyrs’
photo of IndigoSun Performs at Martyrs'
IndigoSun Performs at Martyrs’
photo of IndigoSun Performs at Martyrs'
IndigoSun Performs at Martyrs’
Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble
Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble Performs at Jazz Showcase
photo of Ron Friedman Plays at Jazz Showcase
Ron Friedman Plays at Jazz Showcase
photo of Dennis Luxion plays at Jazz Showcase
Dennis Luxion plays at Jazz Showcase
photo of Eric Hochberg at Jazz Showcase
Eric Hochberg at Jazz Showcase

Time Out To Celebrate Q

We pause very briefly today to note and celebrate the 80th birthday of Quincy Jones. As posted by one of our media sponsors, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, “Happy 80th birthday to Quincy Jones (pictured at sunset concert of #JazzDay at the UN 2012). We salute Q as a man of vision and integrity and a constant advocate to spread the Gospel of Jazz. Named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, Quincy Jones was born on March 14, 1933, in Chicago and brought up in Seattle.

“For far too long, dating back to the emergence of Jazz and the Blues, our country has treated its only indigenous music as something unworthy of value because it was born on plantations and reared in jook joints. But the power that it possessed was mighty. From the time that I first traveled abroad as a 19 year-old trumpeter with Lionel Hampton in 1951 to being the music director for Dizzy Gillespie’s State Department Tour in 1956 — the first United States sponsored goodwill tour — to the unifying power of “We Are The World” in 1985, I witnessed firsthand the transformational effects of our Gospel, Blues and Jazz, and its ability to transcend geographic and cultural boundaries.” Quincy Jones”Quincy Jones

The Trumpet Case Raffle Station

Raffle tickets for $25 sold briskly last night at Martyrs’. Jazz lovers attending the opening night of the 4th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago, mixed charity with their love of music as they entered to win two tickets to a 5-Concert Subscription to the 2013-14 Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series. All the money goes to help feed the hungry through Edgewater’s Care For Real and Catholic Charities. Cash, checks and credit card payments were received. The winner will be drawn by the Festival’s Founder/Director, John Moulder, at Symphony Center on March 22 where the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: 55th Anniversary Celebration takes place. Look for the trumpet case raffle station tonight at the Jazz Showcase or the other venues participating this week. Locations, times, ticket info here. CSO_Jazz Series Sign

Young Lions

That’s what the late Von Freeman called them. Never “newbies.” More like Future Jazz All Stars.

photo of young jazz musicians playing in a club.
The St. Charles Jazz Band played at Jazz Showcase.

Our Festival has always supported up and comers.

photo of young jazz musicians performing in a club.
The Jake Sucher Combo playing at Martyrs’.

This year, this week, we’ll be featuring some outstanding young musicians. Tuesday, March 12, the Glenbrook South Jazz Ensemble and Lab Band will open our program at Martyrs’ starting at 7:30. On Wednesday, March 13, Lyons Township High School Jazz Ensemble and the Merit School Honors Jazz Combo will open for us at the Jazz Showcase starting at 7:00. Details.

“Young Lions.” Well named.



Unmistakeable – The Mill

“And, in the far corner, in all her alabaster glory, stands Ceres, Goddess of Harvest, rechristened Stella by Starlight by the house musicians. Stella was salvaged from the lower depths of the Green Mill, dusted off, and returned to complement the authenticity of the art deco/art nouveau décor in the light fixtures and artwork, embellished with lavishly scrolled frames. Shades of Al Capone’s heyday are found in the wall memorabilia as you enter and in the famous booth where he and his henchmen could keep a cautious eye on both doors.”Vijay Tellis Nayak Plays The Mill

Vijay Tellis Nayak performed at The Green Mill last year. We’ll be swinging out there again this coming Friday night. Here’s our complete schedule and lineup. See you at the Mill.

Gaining Support, Hearing the Buzz, Feeling the Love

MusicScoreSo many friends, old and new, are talking about this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. We know they are planning to meet on one or more of the evenings for a good time and some seriously fine music. And we are so grateful to the businesses and individuals who have already stepped up as Sponsors and Donors. This is an exciting time and we are working hard to make it the best year, both musically and financially, ever. Keep buzzing. Help spread the word about supporting our mission. As the music plays and you look around – knowing why everyone is there –  you’ll feel the love too.

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.

The 2013 Chi-Town Jazz Festival

Hello and welcome to our site. We hope you will be as excited as we are about the lineup of musicians and variety of locations taking part in this year’s festival. Come join us for some great music and, in the process, help us tackle the serious growing problem of hunger in our city.

Founded in 2010, the Chi-Town Jazz Festival is the jazz community’s annual effort to support hunger relief in Chicago. Music clubs and concert halls donate their venues, musicians in the jazz community donate their talents, and our our organizing, creative and fundraising committees donate their time. We raise financial support from Chicago area businesses, corporations and individuals which is donated to well recognized, established entities including Catholic Charities. This year we will be including Care For Real, an impressive food pantry in Edgewater that has been in operation since 1970.

The dates for this year’s 4th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival are March 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 22. Venues will include Andy’s Jazz Club, Symphony Center, The Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Martyr’s, Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, and Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University. Learn about these generous venues on our Artists and Venues page. We will also be adding details shortly about participating musicians with links to their sites. Many will be returning for a second, third and fourth year. Friend us on Facebook to stay informed.

Details of the benefits to you or your company for contributing to and even becoming a sponsor of the Festival are on our Sponsors and Donors page.

We are especially proud to note that our nationally and internationally known founder, John Moulder –  guitarist, composer, teacher and priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago – is the featured artist in the January/February cover story of Chicago Jazz Magazine.

Plans are well underway for the 2013 Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. We hope you will keep track as we finalize the details and look forward to seeing you when the Festival begins.

quote by John Moulder about jazz