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The complete schedule of the 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival

All 68 sets in Millennium Park and the Cultural Center, including Maceo Parker, Jaimie Branch, Jason Stein, Diane Reeves, Greg Ward & 10 Tongues, and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

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Maceo Parker plays Sunday at 7:45 PM at Pritzker Pavilion. - GUILLAUME LAURENT
  • Guillaume Laurent
  • Maceo Parker plays Sunday at 7:45 PM at Pritzker Pavilion.

Details on prefestival concerts around Chicago from Friday, August 24, till Wednesday, August 29, can be found at the DCASE website.

Wednesday, August 29

Millennium Park

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

6:30–9 PM Orbert Davis's Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: Legends and Lions

Thursday, August 30

Chicago Cultural Center

Claudia Cassidy Theater

11 AM–noon Mindeman/Hall/Sommers Trio perform the 1968 Chick Corea album Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, presented by the Jazz Record Art Collective

12:15–1:15 PM Great Black Music Ensemble, in collaboration with the AACM

1:45–2:45 PM Jazz Beat/The Intersection of Jazz and Hip-Hop, in collaboration with Young Chicago Authors and the Jazz Institute of Chicago featuring Stark and the Law, Patricia Frazier, and Christian JaLon

3:15–4:15 PM Miyumi Project Sextet, in collaboration with Asian Improv

Preston Bradley Hall

11 AM-noon What Is This Thing Called Jazz? Robert Irving III: Insights on Improvisation

12:30–1:30 PM Carmen Stokes Quartet, in collaboration with the South Side Jazz Coalition

2–3 PM Paul Giallorenzo Trio, in collaboration with the Elastic Arts Foundation

3:30–4:30 PM Chicago Cellar Boys, in collaboration with the Iliana Club of Traditional Jazz

Millennium Park

Park Grill Plaza Stage

Noon–2 PM Julius Tucker

4–6 PM Thaddeus Tukes Vibez

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5 PM Second-Line Procession by the Mystick Krewe of Laff with the Big Shoulders Brass Band (starts at Cloud Gate)

5:25–6:15 PM Geof Bradfield Nonet

6:30–7:25 PM Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble: Mandorla Awakening
Update at Thu 8/30, 4:30 PM: Due to a family medical emergency, Nicole Mitchell will not perform at the Jazz Festival. The Black Earth Ensemble's set will go on, led by cellist Tomeka Reid.

7:45–9 PM Kurt Elling with Marquis Hill and Jeff "Tain" Watts

Greg Ward & 10 Tongues play Friday at 3 PM at Von Freeman Pavilion. - ZAKKIYYAH NAJEEBAH
  • Zakkiyyah Najeebah
  • Greg Ward & 10 Tongues play Friday at 3 PM at Von Freeman Pavilion.

Friday, August 31

Millennium Park

Von Freeman Pavilion (south promenade)

11:30 AM–12:25 PM Junius Paul Quartet

12:40-1:35 PM Quin Kirchner Quintet

1:50-2:45 PM Chris Speed Trio

3–4 PM Greg Ward & 10 Tongues

Park Grill Plaza Stage

Noon–2 PM High Hat

4–6 PM Bowmanville

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (north promenade)

Noon–1 PM Gayle Kolb Sextet

1:30–2:30 PM Roy McGrath Remembranzas Quintet

3–4 PM Million Brazilian Project, featuring Sarah Marie Young and Guy King

Dianne Reeves performs Friday at 7:45 at Pritzker Pavilion. - COURTESY THE ARTIST
  • Courtesy the Artist
  • Dianne Reeves performs Friday at 7:45 at Pritzker Pavilion.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

3:45 PM Second-Line Procession by the Mystick Krewe of Laff with the Big Shoulders Brass Band (starts at Cloud Gate)

4:15–5:05 PM Tribute to Muhal Richard Abrams with Amina Claudine Myers, Myra Melford, Mwata Bowden, Ari Brown, Leon Q. Allen, Harrison Bankhead, and Reggie Nicholson

5:25–6:15 PM Sabertooth 25th anniversary

6:30–7:25 PM Louis Hayes Quintet: "Serenade for Horace"

7:45–9 PM Dianne Reeves

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society plays Saturday at 6:25 PM at Pritzker Pavilion. - NOAH STERN WEBER
  • Noah Stern Weber
  • Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society plays Saturday at 6:25 PM at Pritzker Pavilion.

Saturday, September 1

Millennium Park

Young Jazz Lions (Harris Theater rooftop)

11–1:30 AM ChiArts Jazz Combo

11:45 AM–12:15 PM Morgan Park High School Jazz Combo

12:30–1 PM CYSO Jazz Combo

1:15–1:55 PM Eric Solorio High School Jazz Ensemble

2:10–2:50 PM Whitney Young High School Jazz Ensemble

3:05–3:45 PM Kenwood Academy Jazz Band

Von Freeman Pavilion (south promenade)

11:30 AM–12:25 PM Black Diamond

12:40–1:35 PM Dustin Laurenzi & Natural Language

1:50–2:45 PM Matthew Shipp & Ivo Perelman Quartet

3–4 PM Amina Claudine Myers Trio

Park Grill Plaza Stage

Noon–2 PM Petra van Nuis

4–6 PM Isabella Sherwood

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (north promenade)

Noon–1 PM Bruce Henry

1:30–2:30 PM The Chuck Webb Band featuring Margaret Murphy

3–4 PM Nolatet

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

3:45 PM Second-Line Procession by the Mystick Krewe of Laff with the Big Shoulders Brass Band (starts at Cloud Gate)

4:15–5:05 PM Tribute to Willie Pickens

5:25–6:10 PM Kenny Barron Quintet

6:25–7:25 PM Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

7:45–9 PM Ramsey Lewis

The Jason Stein Quartet plays Sunday at 1:50 PM at Von Freeman Pavilion. - PETER GANNUSHKIN
  • Peter Gannushkin
  • The Jason Stein Quartet plays Sunday at 1:50 PM at Von Freeman Pavilion.

Sunday, September 2

Millennium Park

NextGenJazz (Harris Theater rooftop)

11:15 AM–noon Derek Duleba Quartet

12:15–1 PM Cesar Martinez's Cuicatl

1:15–2 PM Morgan Pirtle+5

2:15–3 PM Typical Sisters

3:15–4 PM Jahari Stampley Ensemble

Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die plays Sunday at 12:40 PM at Von Freeman Pavilion. - NAIMA GREEN
  • Naima Green
  • Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die plays Sunday at 12:40 PM at Von Freeman Pavilion.

Von Freeman Pavilion (south promenade)

11:30 AM–12:25 PM Tribute to John Wright

12:40–1:35 PM Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die

1:50–2:45 PM Jason Stein Quartet

3–4 PM Eric Revis Quartet

Park Grill Plaza Stage

Noon–2 PM Lucas Gillan

4–6 PM Irvin Pierce

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (north promenade)

Noon–1 PM Quentin Coaxum Quintet

1:30–2:30 PM Alejandro Urzagaste's Flow

3–4 PM Fareed Haque & His Funk Brothers

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

3:45 PM Second-Line Procession by the Mystick Krewe of Laff with the Big Shoulders Brass Band (starts at Cloud Gate)

4:15–5:05 PM Matt Ulery's Loom Large

5:25–6:10 PM Arturo O'Farrill Sextet

6:25–7:25 PM Charles McPherson & Barry Harris Quartet

7:45–9 PM Maceo Parker

Update Fri 8/24: Park Grill Plaza Stage listings were added.

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