Chicago Jazz Festival Guide

August 31, 2011 3:58 PM


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When:September 1-4, 2011
Where: Millennium Park and Grant Park
Jackson Blvd. & Columbus Dr.
Chicago IL 60604

Admission: FREE

About The Festival

The 33rd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival will take place Labor Day weekend in the heart of downtown.

The Festival will take place across multiple locations, starting on Thursday, September 1st with afternoon performances at three different venues located inside the Chicago Cultural Center.

Friday, the festival will take place at Millennium Park with Saxophone Summit.

On Saturday and Sunday, the festival moves to Grant Park where four stages come alive with Jazz music including the Jazz on Jackson Stage, the Cricket Wireless Jazz & Heritage Stage and the Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage.

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Thursday, September 1

Chicago Cultural Center
Millennium Park
Thursday Line-Up

Thursday during the day, head to the Chicago Cultural Center for performances at three different locations from 11:30AM to 3:00PM.

Thursday evening at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, enjoy the final concert in the Made in Chicago series, with Randy Weston and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble featuring the arrangements of Melba, the festival’s opening night event.

Friday, September 2

Roosevelt University
Millennium Park
Friday Line-Up

Friday’s main festivities will take place at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. See Bobby Broom, Saxophone Summit and many more.

Friday Highlights:

  • Orbert Davis Trio with Brandon McCune and Stewart Miller
  • Bobby Broom and the Deep Blue Organ Trio w/ special guest Bobby Watson
  • Saxophone Summit featuring Joe Lovano, David Liebman and Ravi Coltrane
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Saturday, September 3

Grant Park
Saturday Line-Up

On Saturday the festival moves to Grant Park. See the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble, Keith Henderson Band, Cassandra Wilson and many other tremendous performers.

Saturday Highlights:

  • DePaul University Jazz Ensemble with special guest Phil Woods
  • Keith Henderson Band
  • Miguel de la Cerna Quartet
  • Latin Inspiration
  • Maurice Brown Effect
  • Orbert Davis’ Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble
  • Cassandra Wilson


Sunday, September 4

Grant Park
Sunday Line-Up

The party continues Sunday in Grant Park. Sunday’s line up includes Jazz legends such as Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, Skinny Williams Band, Joan Collaso Quintet and Roy Hargrove.

Sunday Highlights:

  • Occidental Brothers Dance Band InternationalOrbert Davis’ Jazz Academy
  • Joan Collaso Quintet
  • Ira Sullivan 80th Birthday Celebration
  • David Sanchez with special guest Stefon Harris
  • Roy Hargrove


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Art Fair

The 2011 Art Fair will take place in the North Rose Garden between Jackson Boulevard and Buckingham Fountain. Check out all of the great vendors who will be participating this year at

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