2023 Chicago Jazz Festival
August 31-September 3, 2023
Thank you to all of the sponsors that helped to make the Chicago Jazz Festival possible. Is FREE event is a great way to end the summer in Chicago. It not only gives local upcoming musicians an opportunity to showcase their talents, but the audience a chance to appreciate it.
35th Chicago Jazz Festival
It was great to be back for the Annual Chicago Jazz festival after the absence during the COVID-19 absence.
Chico Freeman began wit a 100 Von Freeman Centennial, featuring 96 year old George Freeman.
Ron Carter and Foresight keep it going with a beautiful performance. to close out the first night.
Talent and the music was great as always. There was a last minute change to the lineup when Diane Reves was forced to cancel but to a medical procedure. Chicago's on Kurt Telling was available to step in and provided a great performance.
I was very impressed to see and hear the Harp of Brandee Younger lead her trio. She came back on the stage to perform with Makaya McCraven closing out the days performances.
The final evening of the festival, Dee Alexander and Billy Valentine delivered vocal arrangements that excited the crowd. Closing the festival were the Afro-Cuban All Stars, lead by Juan De Marcos Gonzalez. The energy on the stage generated by the musicians, singers and the dancing was contagious. They had butts out of their seats, hands clapping, feet tapping and heads bobbing.