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Geof Bradfield’s Melba!

Geof Bradfield was born in Houston, TX, where he attended the renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He lived and worked for periods in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington before settling in Chicago in 2004. Along the way, he has been fortunate to work alongside many jazz luminaries and to perform throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. He is featured on numerous recordings, including his critically acclaimed 2010 release African Flowers, which was named one of the top 10 CDs of 2010 by the Los Angeles Times. His septet performed this 10-part suite in 2011 at Chicago's Millennium Park to an audience of 8,000 as part of the celebrated series Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz. Mr. Bradfield and his ensemble also presented the suite at the DuSable Museum of African American Art as the Artist-in Residence of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in the fall of 2011.

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Friday, August 30, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 6:30 – 7:20pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument Saxophone
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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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Hamid Drake

By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in improvised music.  Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers Peter Brotzmann, Fred Anderson, and Ken Vandermark, among others.

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Thursday, August 29, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 5:00 – 6:00pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Roosevelt University - Ganz Hall, 430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
  • Instrument Drums
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