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Produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
Programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago
Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.
Monday, August 25 & Tuesday, August 26 in the Chicago Cultural Center
Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise and Mystery Mr. Ra
The Chicago Jazz Festival kicks-off on Thursday at the Chicago Cultural Center, Roosevelt University and Millennium Park.
Saturday's performances include the Ari Brown Quintet, Gary Burton, Dave Holland (pictured), Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn and Eric Harland.
This year's official artist is Andre Guichard.
Helpful information for planning your visit to Chicago for the Jazz Festival.
Terence Blanchard (pictured) with Ravi Coltrane & Lionel headline the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
The festival comes to a close on Sunday with performances by Cécile McLorin Salvant (pictured) and Sun Ra Arkestra.
Find out more information on the Chicago Jazz Festival.
Read about the many performers that will be performing at the 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival.