Our 22 picks for 2022


Have you ever began carrying round a “simply in case” layer? That in all probability means fall is across the nook, and with it one of many earliest rites of the season: the Chicago Jazz Pageant. This 12 months, the Division of Cultural Affairs and Particular Occasions (DCASE) continues its neighborhood funding program (Aug. 23 to Sept. 1), which co-presents unbiased native jazz programming underneath the Jazz Fest banner. After that, the competition takes over Millennium Park for 4 performance-filled days Sept. 1-4.

Our picks from each the mainstage collection and neighborhood concert events, beneath:

Tributes to the greats: The South Facet Jazz Coalition and Jazz Institute of Chicago each have fun the a centesimal anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s arrival to Chicago, the previous with a trumpet-forward tribute (7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Compassion Baptist Church, 2650 E. ninety fifth St.) and the latter with a screening of the documentary “Satchmo the Nice,” adopted by a panel and Q&A (3:15 p.m. Sept. 1, Claudia Cassidy Theater on the Chicago Cultural Heart, 78 E. Washington St.). Saxophonists Charlie Parker and Fred Anderson additionally get worthy salutes, courtesy of a sextet together with reedist Mwata Bowden and his son, spoken phrase artist Discopoet aka Khari B. (6 p.m. Aug. 29, Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S. Wabash Ave.). In the course of the competition’s major leg, bassist Ethan Philion and his 10-piece band, Meditations on Mingus, carry out preparations of music by their namesake, who would have been 100 this 12 months; the Meditations not too long ago recorded that materials on a brand new album distributed by Sunnyside Data (4:15 p.m. Sept. 2, Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park).

Odes to an avenue: seventy fifth Avenue was once certainly one of many nice jazz drags on the South Facet. The Quarry retains that torch blazing each Friday night time, however this extra-special night (6 p.m. Aug. 26, 2423 E. seventy fifth St.) invitations performers and historians to have fun the thoroughfare’s storied legacy. It’s becoming that Mike Allemana’s “Vonology” kicks off the CJF’s mainstage acts the next week: The guitarist’s five-movement suite is an homage to native sax legend Von Freeman and, by proxy, the House Lounge, the defunct seventy fifth Avenue venue as soon as synonymous together with his identify (6:30 p.m. Sept. 1, Pritzker Pavilion).

Make like a bass and stroll: Roscoe Village’s most offbeat venues throw open their doorways Aug. 26 and 27 to encourage audiences to amble from the conjoined Constellation and Hyperlinks Corridor (3111 N. Western Ave.) to the Hungry Mind (2319 W. Belmont Ave.) and again once more. Vocalist Christy Bennett and her Fumée band, catchable at Hungry Mind on Aug. 26, additionally performs at Millennium Park the next weekend (11:30 a.m. Sept. 3, Von Freeman Pavilion/North Promenade).

Fests upon fests: Name it festival-ception: A lot of DCASE’s co-presented neighborhood occasions occur to be festivals themselves. That features the tenth annual Bronzeville Jazz & Music Pageant, whose lineup consists of vocalist Maggie Brown and mallet magician Thaddeus Tukes (10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 27, E. 51st St. and King Drive); Dwell the Spirit Residency’s Nu Jazz Pop Up, that includes vocalists Dee Alexander and Shanta Nurullah (5 p.m. Aug. 29, Entire Meals parking zone at 832 W. 63rd St.); and Elastic Arts’ Anagram Pageant (8 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31, Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave.). Milwaukee-born saxophonist Lenard Simpson — who’s grow to be a trusted sideman for the likes of Billy Childs, Kurt Elling and Marquis Hill — performs together with his trio on the final of those; later, he performs at Millennium Park together with his quartet (1:30 p.m. Sept. 2, Harris Theater Rooftop). To wrap, DCASE plugs a taking place of its personal, dedicating a Maxwell Avenue Market afternoon to a jazz celebration (11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sept. 4, 800 S. Desplaines St.).

Main ‘will get’: As common, Jay Pritzker Pavilion is reserved for the fest’s hugest headliners. Pulitzer Prize winner and AACM acolyte Henry Threadgill and his singular Zooid quintet are the primary main headliners (7:45 p.m. Sept. 1), adopted by a stacked Day 2 that includes tenor saxophonist JD Allen (5:25 p.m. Sept. 2), vocalist Jazzmeia Horn (6:25 p.m. Sept. 2) and guitarist Invoice Frisell (7:45 p.m., Sept. 2). Saxophonist and MacArthur “genius” Miguel Zenón (5:25 p.m. Sept. 3) returns, on the heels of wealthy collaborations with Chicago-based musicians: percussionist Juan Pastor’s Chinchano band and classical unit Spektral Quartet. And don’t drop double bass out of your schedule: Two of the instrument’s biggest exponents will likely be with us in William Parker (enjoying together with his quintet, 7:45 p.m. Sept. 3) and Linda Could Han Oh (4:15 p.m. Sept. 4).

… And gets-cadets: Native expertise springs everlasting, so don’t miss the “Younger Lions,” culled from scholar ensembles at Jones Faculty Prep, Lincoln Park Excessive College, Kenwood Academy, Whitney Younger and Chicago Academy for the Arts (midday to 4 p.m., Sept. 3, Harris Theater Rooftop).

All occasions free. Go to the Chicago Jazz Pageant web site at www.chicago.gov for extra info.

Hannah Edgar is a contract author.

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