We started Sunday at noon with “Double Monk” featuring Steve Million and Jeremy Kahn. The event was hosted by The pianoForte Foundation in their recital hall on South Michigan Avenue.
First Presbyterian Evanston hosted our first Jazz Vespers Service. The event featured Chicago’s top big band, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Jeff Lindbergh. Repertoire included selections from the Duke Ellington Concert of Sacred Music and the liturgical music of composer Paul Ferguson. Artists included Tammy Mc Cann, Alison Vernon (soprano) and Alex York (Baritone). Tammy had already performed at the Jazz Showcase the previous Wednesday. We were delighted and grateful to receive her generous gift of voice at Vespers.
Glenbrook South Jazz
The Festival made its final move of the day to Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn. We began the evening with the Glenbrook South Jazz Lab Band, the Glenbrook South Jazz Singers, “Scat That,” and the Glenbrook South Jazz Ensemble.
The Ian Torres Big Band
The night continued as the all-star Ian Torres Big Band took the stage featuring vocals by the fabulous Leslie Beukelman.
The Stephanie Browning Quartet
We finished the evening and the Festival with Stephanie Browning and her Quartet. We can’t say it better than the Chicago Tribune’s Arts & Entertainment columnist Howard Reich, “”This level of musical imagination, tonal control and interpretive savvy rarely meet in the work of a single artist.”
The second night of this year’s Festival was hosted at Andy’s Jazz Club & Restaurant. The place was packed (due to the great groups playing, the perfect sound system, and delicious food). The Justefan Band started the evening mixing Latin, modern jazz, classical selections, and spontaneous compositions in honor of our sixth year. They were followed by returning artist Eric Schneider and Friends. Solid! Finally, Chicago Jazz Orchestra’s Bill Overton brought his Quartet in to finish the night. A fantastic time was had by all. We continue to attract large crowds to this year’s Festival thanks to the exceptional programming done by our Founder/Director, John Moulder. Come experience the vibe yourself at one of the remaining performances. Tomorrow night, Friday, we’ll be at The Green Mill. Expect a packed house, late evening, and solid jazz. See you there.
What a great way to start this year’s Festival! Tammy McCann and Mike Allemana opened the program with an intimate variety of old and new songs. Then SHE, whose members include Juli Wood, Audrey Morrison, Kelly Brand, Sarah Allen plus special guest Katie Ernst took the stage with original compositions from all the members and songs by Bobbi Wilson. Finally, Geof Bradfield, Ryan Cohan, Dennis Carrol, and George Fludas wove one intricate selection after another. In between sets we briefly reminded our audience about the reason for the Festival with messages from Care for Real and Catholic Charities. The winner of the drawing for dinner at Gibson’s and Limo service to the Jazz Showcase, Megan Chen, arrived in time to pose with Tammy and Mike. And veteran Chicago newsman Derrick Blakley stopped by to hear the sounds and pose with CTJF Founder/Director John Moulder. If you didn’t make the scene there is still time to see and hear more music. Tonight we play at Andy’s Jazz Club and Restaurant beginning at 6:00. See you there.
Well, it’s about time! We’ve been planning since last August. Lined up venues and musicians to donate their time, talents and stages to help us raise money to provide hunger relief in Chicago. This is our 6th year! We’ve raised more money every year and this year our goal is the biggest yet. Come out to hear some great jazz tonight, Thursday, Friday, or any of three time on Sunday and help us reach our goal. Here’s the schedule. See you at the Festival.