Chicago Jazz Festival Media Credentials / Press Images

Media requesting credentials to cover the Chicago Jazz Festival must submit requests in advance of the event, no later than two weeks prior to the start of the festival.

Submit requests on media letterhead via fax (312.744.8523) or regular mail: Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60602.


Chicago Jazz Festival History

The great composer/bandleader Duke Ellington died in the summer of 1974. Just a few weeks later, several dozen Chicago musicians held a festival to honor him, at the old bandshell at the south end of Grant Park. Ten thousand music lovers came, marking the first of what would become annual memorial concerts that drew crowds of up to 30,000. Then in 1978, musicians working with Chicago's Council of Fine Arts held the first John Coltrane Memorial Concert in Grant Park, another popular success. The next year the Jazz Institute of Chicago began planning its own August festival. That meant that three different groups of jazz people were working to present concerts at the end of August.

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