Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz will take place on six consecutive Thursdays starting on July 25 and culminating on August 29 which simultaneously kicks off the 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. Music starts each night at 6:30 p.m. All events are at Pritzker Pavillion at Millenium Park
July 25: Dee Alexander has earned worldwide notoriety for her vocal tributes to artists such as Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Dinah Washington, but this evening, she switches gears and genders. Paying tribute to two of the biggest influences in American Music, Alexander’s performance is titled, Dee Alexander’s Funkin’ with Acoustic Soul: Tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix.”
August 15: Drummer, composer and bandleader Dana Hall celebrates the work of one of Chicago’s jazz piano innovators, Andrew Hill, in an evening titled, The Andrew Hill Project with Black Fire.
August 29: This concert will also open the Chicago Jazz Festival with a celebration of Jack DeJohnette’s 70th birthday. DeJohnette leads a Special Edition Chicago band featuring Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill for a once-in-a-lifetime reunion.