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“…Coltrane Energy for the 21st Century”

Frank Catalano will perform  at Martyrs' during this year's Festival.
Frank Catalano will perform at Martyrs’ during this year’s Festival.

Here’s a complete performance and venue schedule for the entire Festival.

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 how to donate and sponsor this 5th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival.

Here’s why we are asking you to consider supporting our cause of hunger relief. 

Stephanie: Imagination, Tonal Control, Interpretive Savvy

Here’s a complete performance and venue schedule for the entire Festival.

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?

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Vocalist Stephanie Browning will perform at Green Mill on Friday, 3/7, at 9:00.

Here’s how to donate and sponsor this 5th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival.

Here’s why we are asking you to consider supporting our cause of hunger relief. 

 

Tom, Eric, Xavier and Andy Say, “Hi!”

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Ready for action.

Here’s a complete venue and performance schedule for the entire Festival.

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.

Kick Off Event for the Chi-Town Jazz Festival

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.

Jazz fans, sponsors and volunteers will come together for a great evening.
Jazz fans, sponsors and volunteers will come together for a great evening.

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!

Care For Real’s Holiday Letter

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.

Why This Festival Exists…

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!

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.

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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.

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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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