Tonight from 5:30 till 7 PM the Chicago Visitors Center (72 E. Randolph) hosts an opening reception for the photo show "Jazzography: A Portrait of the Chicago Jazz Festival at 30."
Photographers represented include Michael Jackson and Mark PoKempner (both valued Reader contributors of many years) as well as Lauren Deutsch, Scott Pollard, and Javet Kimble. Among the 200 or so photos on display will be images of Max Roach, Count Basie, Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Miles Davis, Hugh Masekela, Dexter Gordon, Oscar Brown, Steve Lacy, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, and the recently departed Johnny Griffin. A related book is in the works, its publication to coincide with the launch of the 30th annual Jazz Fest at the end of the month.
The artist-in-residence at this year's Jazz Fest, reedist Edward Wilkerson Jr., will perform live at the reception, and according to Jackson "the ghost of Barrett Deems's wig [is] scheduled to appear."
Please call 312-744-6512 to RSVP. No word yet on when the exhibit will close.