FESTIVAL WATCH | Hyde Park Jazz Festival


Hyde Park Jazz Festival – September 23-24


Headliners To Watch

Jeremy Pelt Quintet – Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt is an established name in the jazz scene, having played with a vast number of groups throughout his career. Though young, the artist has proven himself a definite name to watch, and will perform with his quintet at the festival in a set that is sure to be everything a jazz fan could want.

Amina Claudine Myers – Pianist and organist Amina Claudine Myers will appear for a rare solo performance at the jazz festival. A composer and vocalist as well, Myers released many influential albums between the late 60s and 80s, and has performed with a countless number of big names throughout her career. This solo set is certain to shine.

Andrew Cyrille and Bill McHenry – Drummer Andrew Cyrille established himself as a jazz househould name in Cecil Taylor’s band in the early 60s, as well as a number of recordings with Walt Dickerson. He will be performing with saxophonist Bill McHenry as a duo.

Joe Locke and Warren Wolf – A rare performance from a duo on vibrophone, marimba and piano, Joe Locke and Warren Wolf will prove to the audience exactly where their melodic jazz sensibility can take listeners in a set at Rockefeller Chapel.


The Undercards

Thelonious Monk’s 100th Birthday Celebration – The festival will feature three special programs commemorated Monk’s 100th birthday. Clarinetist Ben Goldberg will perform solo, Chicagoan Dee Alexander will perform with an ensemble known as “Monk and the Ladies,” and Jeremy Kahn and Steve Million will perform a double piano performance.

Ari Brown Quartet with David Burray – Chicago tenor saxophonist Ari Brown will perform with his quintet as well as special guest tenor and bass clarinetist David Murray for a unique, talent-packed

Local Flavor

Willie and Bethany Pickens and Friends – Local jazz pianist has been a major force in the Chicago jazz scene since the 60s, and will perform with his daughter, also a pianist, and a number of guests during a special set at the festival.

Maggie and Africa Brown – These two Chicago sisters will perform vocal-based jazz during a set sure to get some toes tapping.

Fat Babies – Green Mill house band Fat Babies will bring their early 30s swing to the festival for a practically mandatory set.


You Need To Know

Hyde Park Jazz Festival is a free festival with a suggested $5 donation. The music takes place in multiple venues in the area, with two outdoor stages and shows in the Smart Museum, Hyde Park Union Church, Rockefeller Chapel, Logan Art Center and more.

The Bottom Line

A free festival combining local talent with world-renowned names, Hyde Park Jazz Festival is a chance to see beloved artists while also discovering new, up-and-coming names. With a lineup packed with talent and a number of interesting venues, the 2017 festival is a must for jazz fans.

Full Lineup

Saturday, September 23:

Wagner Stage, Midway:

1:30-2:30 – Makaya McCraven Group

3:45-4:45 – Ari Brown Quintet with David Murray

6:15- 7:15 – Dee Alexander: Monk and the Ladies

8:30-9:30 – Jeremy Pelt Quintet


West Stage, Midway:

2:30-3:00 – Ifficial Reggae Movement

5:00-6:00 – Chicago AfroBeat Project

7:15-8:15 – Majestic Gents and the NuBlu Band: Chicago Steppin’

9:30-10:30 – DJ Sadie Woods


Logan Center for the Arts: Performance Hall:

3:00-4:00 & 5:45-6:45 – Nicole Mitchel and Ballake Sissoko: Bamako Chicago Sound System

7:15-8:15 – Geof Bradfield’s Yes, and…Music for Nine Improvisers

9:30-10:30 – Willie and Bethany Pickens plus Friends


Logan Center for the Arts: Penthouse:

4:00-5:00 – Grazyna Auguscik Group

6:30-7:30 – Ben Goldberg: Learned From Thelonious Monk


Logan Center For The Arts: Screening Room:

2:30-3:30 – Robin D.G. Kelley: Monk at 100 (lecture)

4:00-5:00 – Wall of Respect 50th Anniversary (panel discussion)


DuSable Museum:

3:00-4:00 – Dana Hall’s Inner Dialogue: Sound and Semiosis

4:30-5:30 – Nick Mazzarella/Tomeka Reid Duo


Smart Museum:

1:00-2:00 – Jaimie Branch’s Fly Or Die

2:30-3:30 – Katie Ernst: Twin Talk


International House:

7:15-8:15 – Double Monk: Jeremy Kahn & Steve Million with Ariane Dolan

9:30-10:30 – Andrew Cyrille & Bill McHenry


Hyde Park Bank:

4:00-5:00 – Julius Tucker Trio

5:30-6:30 – Dida Pelled Trio


Oriental Institute:

2:30-3:30 – Marlene Rosenberg/Scott Hesse


Little Black Pearl:

3:00-4:00 – Xavier Breaker and the Coalition

4;30-5:30 – Alexis Lombre Quartet


Hyde Park Union Church:

3:00-4:00 – Isaiah Collier and the Chosen Few

5:00-6:00 – Amina Claudine Myers (solo)


Rockefeller Chapel

11:00-Midnight – Joe Locke/Warren Wolf Duo


Sunday, September 24:

Wagner Stage, Midway:

2:00-3:00 – Maggie and Africa Brown: 2 Brown Sisters Swingin’ Hyde Park

4:00-5:00 – Henry Johnson Quintet

6:00-7:00 – Yes We Can: The Songs of New Orleans

West Stage, Midway:

3:00-4:00 – Fat Babies

5:00-6:00 – CALJE

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