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Presented by 51st Street Business Association

Saturday August 19, 10am-10pm
51st St. and Martin Luther King Dr.

Join us at the 11th Annual The Bronzeville Jazz Music Festival

Hosted by Dana Divine and Maggie Brown. Performances by -Brown Savage World, Bill McFarland and the Chicago Horns, Bethany Pickens, Bobbi Wilsyn and The Brown Derby Jazz Revue All Stars: Rudy Jackson, James Perkins, Ken Cooper, Theophilus Reed, June Yvon, Vince Willis, Dexter Sims, Phil Perkins, Diane Gallaway, Roger Weaver, Micha'el Thompson.

Presented by The Birdhouse, Inc.

Monday, August 21, 6pm
Fred Anderson Park, 16th and Wabash (1611 S. Wabash)

Join us as Nick Mazzarella, alto saxophonist/composer/improviser, trail blaze his work, while embodying altoists Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman and Charlie Parker, Nick, a consistent presence in Chicago's robust new music scene, played with Fred Anderson at his famous Velvet Lounge. This is a welcome intersection in a post-modern, hard-bop era.

Nick Mazzarella Quartet:

  • Nick Mazzarella, alto saxophone
  • Tim Stine, Guitar
  • Matt Ulery, Bass
  • Quin Kirchner, Percussion

Presented by Sleeping Village

Monday, August 21, 7pm
Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont

Join us at Sleeping Village on Monday, Aug. 21 for versatile performances by Zach Morp, Em Spel, and Lucky Cloud. This is part of the Chicago Jazz Festival. The show is free admission, all attendees must be 21+. The bar opens at 6pm, venue doors open at 7pm, and music starts at 7:30pm.

Presented by Delmark Records

Saturday, August 26, 3-9pm
Behind Burning Bush Brewery, along the river
4014 N. Rockwell St.

Rockwell Blues and Jazz Stroll

This is the third annual Rockwell Street Stroll, as Delmark celebrates its 70th anniversary as a label. This is a truly collaborative music and cultural event within the Rockwell Corridor, spearheaded by Delmark Records, Burning Bush Brewery, CHIRP radio, and the North Center Chamber of Commerce, with the support of DCASE and the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Presented by Live the Spirit Residency

Monday, August 28, 5pm
Englewood Square
832 E. 62nd and Halsted

The Young Masters

The ensemble, born of a jazz workshop and young artists' mentoring program features some of the most promising high school and college-aged musicians in Chicago. For this event, they will present a new set of their original compositions. Featuring: Oscar Evely drums, Miles Richey Piano, Jamal Damien Trumpet, Nathanial Harrigan Trumpet, Galen Morriss Bass, Directed by Ernest Dawkins Sax.

Presented by the South Side Jazz Coalition

Monday, August 28, 7pm
Compassion Baptist Church
2650 E. 95th St.

A new jewel on Chicago's jazz horizon, vocalist Ms. Denise Thimes will appear at Compassion Church as part of the citywide celebration of The 2023 Chicago Jazz Festival. Ms. Thimes will be accompanied by Richard Johnson, Ernie Adams and Christian Dillingaham. Also appearing, young lion Jerome Matthews, Jr.

Presented by Elastic Arts Foundation

All Events Take Place at Elastic Arts
3429 W. Diversey Ave., 2nd Floor


Monday, August 28, 8pm
Coco Elysses
Elastic Arts is excited to present original compositions and live conduction by this long-time AACM member, multi-instrumentalist, composer and the current AACM Chairperson. Coco will be joined by other members of the AACM and special guests including

  • Coco Elysses, Percussion/Diddley, Bow/Vocals
  • Alexis Lombre, Piano
  • Casper, Drums
  • Adam Zanolini, Bass/Flute
  • Keya Trammel, Vocals


Tuesday, August 29, 8pm
Extraordinary Popular Delusions ft. Mars Williams.
After a brief pause on public performances, Elastic Achievement Award recipient and legendary saxophonist Mars Williams will rejoin this long-standing ensemble of exploratory jazz pioneers: Edward Wilkerson, Jr. (sax, clarinet), Mars Williams (sax) Jim Baker (piano, synth), Brian Sandstrom (double bass, guitar, trumpet), Steve Hunt (drums).


Wednesday, August 30, 8pm
Two masterful exponents of the Chicago sound who share a prophetic first name will combine to ignite Elastic's stage: Isaiah Spencer (drums), Isaiah Collier (sax), Elio Wijaya (piano), Christian Dillingham (bass).

Presented by The Museum of Contemporary Art

Tuesday, August 29, 5:30pm
MCA’s Anne & John Kern Terrace Garden (rain location: MCA Edlis Neeson Theater)

Summer Tuesdays come alive on the MCA terrace with free concerts highlighting artists from Chicago’s internationally renowned music community. Enjoy live music while relaxing on the lawn with your own picnic, or savor snacks and drinks available for purchase. Then head inside to catch the MCA’s summer exhibitions—we’re open late on Tuesdays and free for Illinois residents.

2023 marks the centennial anniversary of jazz legend Dexter Gordon’s birth and August 29 is jazz giant Charlie Parker’s birthday. In celebration of these prodigious saxophonists, we close our Tuesdays on the Terrace series with renowned Chicago composer and saxophone player, Rajiv Halim, who makes his MCA terrace debut. Halim will play two sets that feature beloved songs from Gordon and Parker, as well as his original music.

Presented by The Whisler

Tuesday, August 29, 8pm
The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Dynamic rhythm section and Whistler mainstays Matt Ulery (bass) and Quin Kirchner (drums) lead a house band playing a set of original material, American songbook tunes and other lesser-known jazz standards, followed by an open jam session welcoming all jazz musicians to join in.