September 25, 2016
America is a trailblazer in music innovation. And Jazz is perhaps one of the greatest artistic discoveries of all time. But what makes jazz such a novelty? When jazz is played, you feel it. Jazz is unique. It touches our souls and spirits in a exceptional way. And it is our heritage. Jazz encompasses every culture and unites people of all races, nations, religions and across international boundaries. Jazz music with a Latin flair is just one of the tunes that show the tremendous versatility of the music.
What exactly is...Read More
August 30, 2016
From 6pm – midnight, explore jazz in Chicago during our annual Jazz Club Tour. Hear music at a variety of participating clubs for one low price. The Jazz Club Tour includes trolley transportation and club admission; a great way to meet up with other jazz lovers!
Purchase Buttons Now! Advance:$40/$30(members) Day of: $50/$40(members). Purchase your tickets by August 30 online and at participating clubs to get the advance rate. Group rates available. Find out more about group sales.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the tour start?
Anywhere you want! You can start at any of the clubs...Read More
August 26, 2016
For jazz lovers, it's the greatest week of the year: Three consecutive evenings of music leading up to four days of the Chicago Jazz Festival proper.
The 38th annual fest, produced by the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago, as always swings in the Labor Day weekend.
Following is a critical guide to highlights, which unfold at PianoForte Studios on Monday and Tuesday; an array of clubs Wednesday; in the Chicago Cultural Center on Thursday afternoon and in Millennium Park on Thursday...Read More
August 25, 2016
Orbert Davis is a storyteller.
He has written works illuminating the life of Nelson Mandela, New Orleans after Katrina, the reversal of the Chicago River, even the history of "DuSable to Obama: Chicago's Black Metropolis."
Soon, his latest effort will debut. "Soul Migration" draws on the stories of some of the 6 million African Americans who took part in what is known as the Great Migration, moving from the rural south to the industrial north beginning a century ago.
Do not reach for your Kindle. Davis' stories aren't read, but heard — and...Read More