Illinois native Nick Mazzarella burst onto the scene with the fiery, flexible, free form jazz trio that he brought to the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2013. On Saturday, 3/8, at Constellation, Nick and his trio will donate their considerable artistry to the Chi-Town Jazz Festival. There is no missing the influence of Ornette Coleman on this group. In addition, Nick has developed an interest in the intense spirituality of John Coltrane adding a rich new facet to his sound. When joined by bassist Anton Hatwich and drummer Frank Rosaly, the young saxophonist achieves an infectious buoyancy and vitality that’s hard to resist, full of energy, confidence, and optimism. As the great jazz critic Larry Kart has written, “He has that satisfying union of warmth/heat and continuous, logical melodic/rhythmic thought that goes right back to the beginnings of this music.” We are looking forward to this trio’s free form jazz performance at Constellation. See you there? … Source: 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival
Ramsey Lewis says, “For all those who like the songs of the Great American Songbook sung by a talented performer who knows how to get the most out of them, check out Tammy McCann. She breathes new life into these evergreens.” Howard Reich calls Tammy, “The next great voice coming out of Chicago.” And Ann Hampton Callaway sends the compliment, “She brings all the jewels to the jewel chest.” Tammy McCann brings her Reunion Jazz Orchestra to Fitzgerald’s for the Chi-Town Jazz Festival on Sunday, 3/9. See you there?
That’s what Downbeat said about Frank Catalano. The venerable magazine continues, “Catalano is the only known saxman to have performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. He recently performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal.”
Frank will be back again, donating his artistry, to play for the Chi-Town Jazz Festival at Martyrs’ on Sunday, 3/9. See you there?
Here’s what Howard Reich said in the Chicago Tribune; ““This level of musical imagination, tonal control and interpretive savvy rarely meet in the work of a single artist.” To hear samples of this artist check out video posted by our friends at Chicago Jazz Magazine. Did we mention that Stephanie Browning will open for the Chi-Town Jazz Festival on Friday, 3/7, at Green Mill?
We’re just 3 weeks away from the start of this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. To save complete info and the schedule for all venues just follow this link, 2014 CTJF FINAL Info and Schedule, then save or print the resulting page.
The 5th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago begins a month from tomorrow at Andy’s Jazz Club and Restaurant starting right after work, at 5:30. Jazz artists performing include The Tom Matta Big Band, the Eric Schneider Quartet, The Xavier Breaker Coalition, and the Andy Brown Quartet. It would be hard to find a better, more diverse, more solid jazz evening anywhere in the city on March 6. Stop by for a fun evening of music while you support hunger relief in Chicago. What better way to start a weekend!
We’ll be spotlighting info about all these groups and more in the coming days. Stay tuned.
Glenbrook South musicians will help kick off the 2014 Chi-Town Jazz Festival with a night of refreshments and jazz at Quarles & Brady Conference Center in Chicago on Thursday, January 23.
The free event, running from 6 to 8 p.m., is expected to attract new and previous sponsors and supporters as well as current and new volunteers. We will unveil the line up for every night of the March festival and will feature Gary Z’s Jazz Combo playing with Festival Founder/Director John Moulder. Gary Z’s Jazz Combo consists of GBS students, Gary Zucker on drums, Jimmy Friedman on bass, Gracie Sands on guitar, and Matt Baeckelandt on saxophone.
Representatives of the charities receiving money raised by the Festival, Care for Real and Catholic Charities, will also be on hand to talk about how the Chi-Town Jazz Festival helps them provide their greatly needed services to feed the hungry in the Chicago area. As a bonus, there will be a photography exhibit with prints for sale of past Festivals.
The Kick Off event is open to all interested parties. Click here to RSVP. Thanks!
Here is a portion of this year’s Holiday Letter from Nancy Meyerson, Board Chair of Care for Real:
“When Care for Real was established more than 40 years ago, the founders believed they were addressing a temporary need. Unfortunately, that need has not gone away. Over the past year alone, Care for Real has helped more than 53,000 people, giving them enough food to prepare 400,000 meals. Families visited our clothes closet more than 6,000 times, and we even were able to distribute donated pet food and supplies for some 3,000 dogs and cats.”
“These numbers are staggering to me, that in our country, in our city, in our neighborhood, so many people must turn to a food pantry to be able to feed themselves and their families.”
“But we live in a community where generosity abounds, so we can meet this continuing and growing need. Your gifts of money, food, clothes, toys and school supplies, and the almost 30,000 volunteer hours you give enable us to reduce the burden on so many of our neighbors.”
To learn more about Care for Real visit their web site.
The funds raised from this year’s festival will be donated to Care for Real and Catholic Charities. Care For Real is a food pantry and food delivery service to the homebound that is located in Edgewater.
In August 2013 Care for Real fed 5,232 people – an all-time record in its 43 years of existence. Despite government reports of improving economic trends, more and more people are turning to Care For Real and similar sources for assistance. With the pending cuts in federal food stamp programs, food pantries are preparing to feed more people.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has provided over 20 million meals through its community nutrition programs, including Senior Mother and Child Nutrition Program (SMCNP) food packages, Women Infants and Children (WIC) food coupons, Summer Food and school year programs, meals at senior centers, and home-delivered meals for seniors. Catholic Charities’ food pantries and food and nutrition programs provide an essential service to individuals and families with the most immediate of needs. Catholic Charities used to feed 51,000 people annually. Now they feed 51,000 quarterly.
We’ll post more information about hunger and our efforts for hunger relief here. Thanks for reading. Stay tuned. Be motivated. Help!
We invite volunteers, hosts and sponsors – both new and old – to our kickoff event Thursday, January 23, 2014. Please contact us for details.
The Chi-Town Jazz Festival raises money to help feed many individuals and families who are hungry in Chicago through the donations of music by talented jazz musicians, the generosity of the top Chicago live jazz venues and the work of our 100% volunteer team. The 2014 Festival is a marker year for us—our 5th year. Come. Join our team. Hear the music. Help the hungry.
2 tickets to each of 5 concerts in the upcoming 2013-2014 CSO Jazz Series. Good ones!
$25 per raffle ticket. They are available online at our secure site: Give Central.
Friday, March 22, 2013, at 5:00 PM Chicago time.
When is the Drawing:
Friday night, March 22, 2013 at the end of the CSO’s Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: 55th Anniversary Celebration which begins at 8:00 PM and features Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Potter, Benny Green, Christian BcBride, and Lewis Nash. Details for this concert and tickets for it are available here.
Where does the raffle ticket money go:
To the 4th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. We raise financial support from Chicago area businesses, corporations and individuals (like you) which is donated to well recognized, established entities. This year the beneficiaries are Edgewater’s Care For Real and Catholic Charities.
What to do next:
Buy some tickets. They are available online at our secure site: Give Central.
Sustained applause for you and our sincere thanks.
|Join us Sunday, March 17, at 3:00 for a delightful afternoon of jazz on the campus of Lake Forest College. The Fred Simon Quartet with Dave Onderdonk and John Moulder will play and you will be supporting hunger relief in Chicago. Details here.|
Tammy McCann and her big band perform at Andy’s Jazz Club while artist Ken Klopack captures the moment.
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.
We wish you could have heard the sounds from these bands at the Jazz Showcase. There is more music tonight at Andy’s Jazz Club, tomorrow, Sunday and next week too. Details here. We hope to see you soon. And thanks for your support.
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”
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.
The Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago begins tonight at Martyrs’. Wednesday at The Jazz Showcase. Thursday at Andy’s Jazz Club. Friday at the Green Mill. Saturday at Sheil in Evanston. Sunday at Lily Reid in Lake Forest. Times, tickets, locations here. Thanks for your support.
That’s what the late Von Freeman called them. Never “newbies.” More like Future Jazz All Stars.
Our Festival has always supported up and comers.
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.
We’ll be setting up this coming Tuesday, 3/12, at Martyrs’ on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago for the opening set kick off of this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. Details about the bands playing, times, and our entire schedule are here. And at this club you can purchase tickets in advance here.
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.
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.