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2014 Chicago Jazz Festival Headliners Announced

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the headliners performing in Millennium Park for the 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. The favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), August 28-31, showcasing the very best of Jazz music from noon to 9:30pm daily. Millennium Park headliners include: Terence Blanchard, Rufus Reid, Gary Burton, Dave Holland, Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Sun Ra Arkestra. The FREE admission Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The complete schedule will be announced at a later date.

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Here Are the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival’s Five Most Exciting Acts

Robert Glasper, pianist in the Robert Glasper trio, performs in Milennium Park on September 1.
The first 80-degree week of the year may seem an odd time to be thinking about the end of summer, but jazz fans have plenty to look forward to—the full 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival lineup was just unveiled.

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Emanuel and DCASE Announce The 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival Lineup

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced the lineup for the 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival as it celebrates a milestone in its new home of Millennium Park on August 29- September 1. New this year, the Chicago Labor Day tradition will offer more hours of free music than ever before. Headline performers including NEA Jazz Master drummer Jack DeJohnnette, the legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd, pianist and composer Jason Moran and New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison with his Congo Nation Tribe Mardi Gras band. The Chicago Jazz Festival is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Chicago Jazz Partnership, and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Every performance is free; this is a completely free admission festival.

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Why the Chicago Jazz Festival left Grant Park

For decades, the defenders of the status quo have insisted that the Chicago Jazz Festival must remain anchored in Grant Park. They said the dreadful acoustics there were just fine. They said the dilapidated Petrillo Music Shell served the fest well. When the superb Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park opened in 2004, they said the place was too small for the festival's big weekend concerts.

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Chicago Jazz Festival 2013: Announces Artist in Residence

Right in line with these plans, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs announced today that the 2013 Artist in Residence for the Chicago Jazz Festival will be Chicago drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake. Drake has a long history with Chicago, having moved here with his parents in the early sixties, on the same street as Fred Anderson who would mentor the pre-teen drummer. By the early seventies, Drake joined Anderson's band, playing with him on stage at the inaugural Chicago Jazz Festival in 1979. The worldwide demand for his talents regularly takes Drake away from home. This year's Artist Residency will afford Chicagoans and visitors the rare opportunity to hear him in several contexts over the course of one weekend.

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New Look For 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival

The Chicago Jazz Festival has long been celebrated as the first of the lakefront music festivals, and as it marks its 35th year, the event will move to Millennium Park from festival grounds in Grant Park, August 29-September 1. Performances will also happen in the Chicago Cultural Center. (78 E. Washington) The festival is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. (DCASE) and programmed in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

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