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Erin McDougald Quartet

Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised by her parents and also her live-in Grandfather in the small town of Delaware, Erin McDougald was the oldest of two girls. Attending parochial schools from first grade through senior year of high school, Erin was a performer from her first breath of life, it would seem. Committed to dancing from the age of three and up into her twenties, Erin studied and performed countless shows with the Shirley Jennings Academy of Dance for 14 years, before transferring to the Dance Reach company in Powell, Ohio. In her youth, she rode horses, attempted tennis, loved to swim, but always found her interests guiding her back to the performing arts. By the sixth grade, McDougald was taking voice lessons with the popular local songstress Sue Mogan Mattison, where she was introduced to Traditional Folk and Celtic genres, as well as Art Songs and the occasional pop styling, which resulted in numerous "mall studio recordings". By high school, McDougald was referred to Michele Horsefield, an elderly, reputable cabaret singer in Central Ohio.

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 2:00 – 3:00pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade), 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
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Gregory Porter

At the start of 2010, the buzz about Los Angeles-born and now Brooklyn-based jazz/soul vocalist Gregory Porter was a strong, steady murmur, fueled by a growing crowd of fans who'd caught his performance in the Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated Broadway hit, It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues, or his weekly stints at the Harlem club, St. Nick's Pub. By the end of 2012, with his second CD, Be Good, having earned a Grammy®- nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance, the buzz had built to a roar, with the incredible accolades showered on Porter showing no sign of decreasing either in volume or enthusiasm. As the year drew to a close, Porter's music topped an extraordinary number of "Best of 2012" lists in the US and the UK, including NPR's "Best Music of 2012" and "100 Favorite Songs of 2012"; iTunes "Jazz Album of the Year"; and Soul Train's "Top 10 Albums of 2012". Be Good was also named Soul Tracks' "Album of the Year."

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 6:10 – 7:05pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument Jazz Vocals
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Hinda Hoffman

After attending Bloom School of Jazz in 1988, Hinda spent several years honing her vocal skills at "open mike" nights in Chicago jazz clubs. In 1993, she enrolled in the "Jazz in July" program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and was selected as the featured vocalist for the Amherst Jazz Festival that year. Hinda has performed at such venues as the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Cabaret Convention at Town Hall in New York City, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, Van Dyke's Cafe in Miami Beach, and has been seen on the Black Entertainment Television Network. Hinda currently appears in clubs throughout Chicagoland, and can be heard on jazz radio stations across the country. 

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Thursday, August 29, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 12:30 – 1:30pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Chicago Cultural Center - Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602
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