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Press Release: Made In Chicago: World Class Jazz Celebrates its 10th year at Millennium Park with a six-concert series featuring Chicago’s leading jazz artists, Thursdays, July 24-August 28

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Crowd enjoying a performance at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

July 24 - August 28, 2014  • Thursdays at 6:30 pm

Every Made in Chicago concert kicks off with a short set by young, aspiring musicians from Chicago-area high schools as part of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links Ensembles and the Gallery37 After School Matters Jazz Big Band.


Milton Suggs

(schedule is subject to change)


Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar: Milton Suggs Big Band

Dunbar is renowned for diversity of style in his approach to poetry; the rhythm and rhyme of his words is ideal for musical pairing. Vocalist Milton Suggs has chosen 12 poems that express his own interpretation of Dunbar’s works. Suggs, whose father played bass with Elvin Jones, is equally at home setting bebop solos to words, performing the songs of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn and slipping into the pop-soul styles of Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway. His 15-piece big band will feature Sugg’s original compositions arranged by Kris Johnson, a renowned trumpeter, composer and professor at Ohio State University.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

NRG Ensemble (Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Kent Kessler, Steve Hunt)The Hal Russell Story

A drummer, saxophonist, trumpeter and bandleader, Russell was one of the most colorful, flexible and fiery jazz musicians to ever work in Chicago. His long-running NRG Ensemble was formed in 1980 and became a major influence on the free jazz and improvised music scene of the 90s. The original lineup—reedist Mars Williams; bassist, guitarist, and trumpeter Brian Sandstrom; bassist Kent Kessler; and drummer Steve Hunt, along with reedist Ken Vandermark (who often subbed in the band) and cellist/trumpeter Fred Lonberg-Holm—reunites to play the last album they made with Russell: The Hal Russell Story (ECM, 1992), an autobiographical exploration of the leader's life in music. Academy Award-Nominated actor Michael Shannon will perform the original texts delivered by Russell on the album for this one-time event.


Thursday, August 7, 2014John Moulder

John Moulder’s Earthborne Tales of Soul and Spirit

Anyone who has ever been around Moulder knows how powerfully he can summon heavenly spirits. That’s not only because he’s the best jazz guitarist who happens to be a practicing priest – “varying dimensions of one vocation,” as he puts it – but also because his sheets of electric sound unleash such a positive force. “Earthborne Tales of Soul and Spirit” is music that engages the connection to spirit that resonates in our everyday lives. Featuring an original suite of music performed by the guitarist and a diverse set of musicians including New York saxophonist Donnie McCaslin, Jim Trompeter on piano, trumpeter Marquis Hill, bassist Eric Hochberg and drummer Xavier Breaker.

 Matana Roberts (Photo credit: Evan Hunter McKnight)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile

Chicago composer, alto saxophonist and singer Roberts plays in her hometown for the first time in years, performing the second chapter of her ambitious genealogical epic, Coin Coin. Roberts studied under legendary Chicago saxophonist Fred Anderson and first made her mark in the collective trio Sticks & Stones with bassist Joshua Abrams and drummer Chad Taylor and has developed an artistic practice that is boundless. Although Roberts played earlier versions of Mississippi Moonchile here, this will be the first performance since releasing a recording of the piece for Montreal’s Constellation Records last year. The 18-section suite draws explicitly from the composer’s deep roots in the Chicago jazz scene.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fareed Haque – Chicago: Crossroads of the World Fareed Haque

Few jazz musicians embody the polyglot nature of Chicago’s populace like guitarist Haque, himself the son of parents from Pakistan and Chile. Haque’s multifarious interests have often obscured just how deep and accomplished he is as a hard-charging jazz musician. For this multi-part concert, Haque will lead a straight-ahead combo with pianist Willerm Delisfort, bassist Alex Austin and drummer Greg Fundis. For the second set, the quartet will be joined by Hammond B3 organist Tony Monaco and some of the Indian and Arabic musicians featured on the guitarist’s recent Delmark album, Trance Hypothesis.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera Ernest Dawkins

The sounds and images of American jazz musicians from the U.S. were an important influence on the development of political discourse of resistance in apartheid South Africa. As American jazz continually refreshes ties to its African American roots by its ever-present spirit of the blues, so South African jazz draws strength from its roots. This project reflects the determination and spirit that energized the South African freedom movement led by Nelson Mandela by foregrounding the influential women in Mandela’s life – Winnie Mandela and Graça Machel – through the powerful voice of Dee Alexander. Bringing together musicians from Chicago, South Africa and London, the ensemble will represent their interconnected histories and mutual influences.





Thursdays; July 24-August 28, 2014




6:30 pm




Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601








Every aspect of Millennium Park was designed to be fully accessible to all patrons. The following services are available:

  • Wheelchair loans in the Millennium Park Welcome Center, 201 E. Randolph Street
  • Integrated spaces for wheelchair seating at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom facilities
  • Assisted listening devices at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Sound Booth




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Millennium Garages

Parking Details: Park right below the action! Garage locations are Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave. and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave.

Packages: $30 parking/Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage (regular rates apply at Grant Park North & Grant Park South Garages)

Purchase Options: Pay at parking location; call 312.616.0600