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Announcing the 5th Annual

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The 5th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago

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.

Don’t Forget The Raffle!

The Prize:

2 tickets to each of 5 concerts in the upcoming 2013-2014 CSO Jazz Series. Good ones!

How much:

$25 per raffle ticket. They are available online at our secure site: Give Central.

Deadline:

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.

Our response:

Sustained applause for you and our sincere thanks.

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.

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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.

 

 

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.

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.

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