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The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce that, for the third consecutive year, the Chicago Jazz Festival will be heard in various Asian and European countries, as well as across the United States, and locally in Chicago on WDCB 90.9FM. These broadcasts are possible through a partnership with the WFMT Radio Network and sponsorship from Choose Chicago. Showcasing live performances by Chicago artists alongside some of the greatest names from around the world on multiple stages, the free-admission Chicago Jazz Festival takes place August 23 to September 1, 2019, in Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and venues across the city. The 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by DCASE and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC).
“The world comes to Chicago each year to celebrate this city’s rich music legacy at events like the Chicago Jazz Festival,” said Mark Kelly, DCASE Commissioner. “For the third year in a row, our partnership with the WFMT Radio Network and Choose Chicago is helping to expand the worldwide audience for the Jazz Festival and for Chicago as a music capital and a global cultural destination.”
Chicago Jazz Festival radio partner 90.9FM WDCB will present live broadcasts of Freddy Cole, Tribute to Nat King Cole on Thursday, August 29 at 7:45pm; the Art Ensemble of Chicago on Friday, August 30 at 7:45pm; and Christian McBride on Saturday, August 31 at 6:25pm. The local broadcasts will be co-hosted by WDCB host Dan Bindert and WFMT Radio Network announcers, including jazz vocalist Dee Alexander and WFMT host Dave Schwan.
Additionally, WFMT Radio Network and its nationally-syndicated Jazz Network, in partnership with DCASE and Choose Chicago, will showcase select recordings of the Chicago Jazz Festival to a broader national audience, across more than 40 stations around the country in 2020. Selected recordings will also air internationally via the European Broadcasting Union and select Asian broadcasters, extending the reach of the festival to hundreds of thousands of listeners worldwide.
Admission to the Chicago Jazz Festival is free. New this year, the expanded festival schedule includes free performances August 23–29 in neighborhood clubs and venues. Hours for Thursday, August 29 are 11am–4:30pm at the Chicago Cultural Center and 6:30–9pm in Millennium Park. On Friday, August 30, through Sunday, September 1, the festival will be in Millennium Park, 11am–9pm. For the complete lineup, visit chicagojazzfestival.us.
The Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. It is sponsored in part by 90.9FM WDCB, Allstate Insurance Company, American Airlines, Capital One, Chicago Jazz Magazine, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, CLTV-ChicagoLand’s Television, Downbeat Magazine, Stella Artois and WGN-Television.
For the latest information on the Chicago Jazz Festival, visit chicagojazzfestival.us, like us on Facebook at Chicago Jazz Festival and follow us on Twitter (@ChicagoDCASE, @ChiJazzFest, #ChicagoJazzFestival). For information on the Jazz Institute of Chicago, visit jazzinchicago.org.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events:
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
Jazz Institute of Chicago:
Founded in 1969, the not for profit Jazz Institute of Chicago has programmed the Chicago Jazz Festival in partnership with the City of Chicago since the festival began in 1979. The organization’s mission to promote and nurture jazz in Chicago is carried out by providing jazz education for youth and adults, supporting the creation of new work by Chicago jazz musicians; growing the audience for jazz by presenting programs that are free and available for all and fostering a thriving jazz community.
Millennium Park is Chicago’s town square, the #1 attraction in the Midwest and among the Top 10 most-visited sites in the U.S. Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. The Park is open 6am–11pm daily. For the latest news and events, download the Millennium Park app, visit millenniumpark.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @Millennium_Park.
WFMT Radio Network:
The WFMT Radio Network (wfmt.com/network), a division of Window to the World Communication Inc., is a Chicago-based non-profit creator and distributor of programs about arts and culture that are syndicated to hundreds of stations around the world. For decades, the WFMT Radio Network has worked with some of the most admired arts organizations such as Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Poetry Foundation, Edinburgh Festival and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Its Jazz Network is heard on 50+ stations reaching approximately 200,000 weekly listeners nationally.
WDCB, “Chicago’s Home for Jazz,” is a listener-supported, public radio station that broadcasts more than 130 hours of jazz each week from the campus of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. WDCB serves Chicagoland with jazz, blues, roots music and arts programming. WDCB can be heard throughout Chicagoland on 90.9FM, also from WDCB’s 90.7FM booster signal in the West Loop, via streaming worldwide on WDCB.org and in the city of Chicago via cable television on CAN TV42.
Choose Chicago® is the official destination marketing organization for Chicago, Illinois. Its mission is to bring regional, national and international business and leisure visitors to Chicago for the economic benefit of the city, the community and its membership. For more information, visit choosechicago.com.
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