41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival to Feature Free Live Performances by World–Renowned Artists at Venues Throughout the City Including the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park Friday, August 23–Sunday, September 1

June 27, 2019

Music venue presenters include the 51st Street Business Association, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), The Birdhouse, Constellation, Elastic Arts, Hungry Brain, Live the Spirit Residency, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Public Media Institute, Sleeping Village and the South Side Jazz Coalition, Inc.

Christine Carrino    christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0573


The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the full schedule for the 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, happening August 23 to September 1 at legendary music clubs and performance venues across Chicago, as well as at Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). The free-admission festival showcases live performances by important Chicago artists alongside some of the greatest names from around the world.

“The fantastic lineup of jazz artists and expanded ten-day festival will animate our city and neighborhoods with free performances,” said Mark Kelly, DCASE Commissioner. “Celebrating Chicago’s music legacy, we welcome artists from across the globe and spotlight the city’s many music institutions that present great performances all year.”

From August 29 to September 1, the festival’s headline performances at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion feature a tribute to Nat King Cole by his brother Freddy Cole, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Cécile McLorin Salvant and the Eddie Palmieri Sextet.  Other highlights include: Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet, Christian McBride, Latino-America Unida, Joel Ross, Ryan Cohan's Originations, Camila Meza, George Freeman and Billy Branch, Ben Wendel Seasons, the Dave Rempis Quartet and a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the festival’s programming partner.

On Thursday, August 29, performances take place at the Chicago Cultural Center from 11am to 4:30pm, in collaboration with music organizations from across Chicago, and at Millennium Park from 6:30 to 9pm. The music continues in Millennium Park on Friday, August 30, through Sunday, September 1, from 11am to 9pm, with headline performances stepping off each evening at 3:45pm with a Second-line Procession throughout the Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

The festival’s tradition of nurturing young artists continues with Rooftop Jazz presented by Allstate Insurance Company. On Saturday, August 31, the Rooftop will feature the Young Jazz Lions, with groups selected from a city-wide jazz band competition co-hosted by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The Rooftop then hosts NextGenJazz on Sunday, September 1, focusing on up-and-coming Chicago musicians alongside notable regional and national touring artists.

The Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by DCASE and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. For more information, 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 Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park, some important changes are coming to improve security and the visitor experience at the park. The City of Chicago will implement a security perimeter and bag check for all concerts and events that take place in the park. New this year, outside alcohol will be prohibited in the park during the Chicago Jazz Festival. Visitors will have additional food and beverage options at various price points available for purchase inside the venue. Subject to bag search at the security perimeter, guests will continue to be allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to all events at Millennium Park.

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.


About 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.


About 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.


Note To Media: Media credential requests for the Chicago Jazz Festival must be submitted by email to DCASEPR@cityofchicago.org by Friday, August 23, 2019, and acceptance notifications will be sent accordingly. Submission of a request does not guarantee admission. Credentials only provide working media access to media seating, photo pit and media lounge; they do not include back stage access. Each media outlet is limited to one press and one photography credential as space is very limited. For details, visit the Chicago Jazz Festival Press Room at chicagojazzfestival.us.


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