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.
Chi-Town Jazz Festival volunteers and supporters prepared and served dinner to about 130 guests at the evening supper program hosted by Catholic Charities in Chicago last night, March 3, 2015. In addition, Chi-Town Jazz Festival Founder/Director and Catholic priest, Father John Moulder, along with jazz mandolin player Don Stiernberg and Stewart Miller on bass treated Catholic Charities homeless supper guests to an hour-long evening jazz concert. The special concert was a preview of shows that will be performed throughout Chicago from March 4 – 8 as part of the 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival to raise funds for hunger-relief programs in the Chicago area, including for Catholic Charities network of 9 food pantries.
We couldn’t be more proud of Marquis Hill and, really, of all the musicians who join us, many coming back every year, to help in our efforts to fight hunger. This year’s artists cover such a wide range of styles and influences. Come see for yourself. We start this Wednesday at the Jazz Showcase in downtown Chicago. First set begins at 7:00PM. Be ready for a swingin’ good time!
Responding to popular demand, we are pleased to offer advance ticket sales for Jazz Vespers in Evanston on 3/7, Double Monk at pianoForte on 3/8, and FitzGerald’s on 3/8. Click here, then choose from the “Suggested Event” listings on the right side of the page.
Dinner Reservations at Andy’s Jazz Club & Restaurant
If you are planning to dine at Andy’s this Thursday, 3/5, during the Chi-Town Jazz Festival it is suggested that you make reservations. 312-642-6805, Andy’s Jazz Club.
One of our consistently generous supporters has offered to match donations submitted by February 28, 2015. You may DOUBLE the value of your donation at no extra cost to you by making your donation today through our secure online link! This applies to all donations up to a grand total of $3500!
Howard Reich said, “…The multi-dimensionality of the settings – from club to church to recital hall – underscores the imaginativeness of the enterprise.
Because the venture is entirely philanthropic, none of the administrators gets paid, either, with Moulder spending months each year organizing the event in tandem with 10 volunteers, plus additional docents during each performance.” More…
Writing about the Festival’s Founder/Director, John Moulder, Howard writes, “…Perhaps only a figure with Moulder’s unique, dual credentials as musician and pastor could have persuaded so many to give so much of themselves. As jazz guitarist, Moulder commands the respect of anyone who values high-powered virtuosity and edgy jazz improvisation. As a Catholic priest, he clearly brings a certain credibility to the idea of giving to those in need.
“First of all, Moulder’s a stand-up guy,” Green Mill owner Dave Jemilo told me last year, in explaining why he said “yes” when Moulder reached out to him for the first festival.
“If he says something, you know it’s going to be what he’s saying. We’re lucky to do this (music business) for a living, so why not be nice once in awhile? It’s not like there’s some big middlemen all over. Moulder’s the guy, and I trust him 100 percent.””