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

August 6-27, 2015  • Thursdays at 6:30 pm

Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz presents commissioned projects by Steve Coleman, Juli Wood and Caroline Davis, Greg Ward and a salute to the AACM’s 50th Anniversary.


(schedule is subject to change)


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Steve Coleman and Five ElementsSteve Coleman

Chicago native Steve Coleman has always retained strong ties to his hometown, especially when it involves saluting his mentor Von Freeman. Many of the recent trips to Chicago by this MacArthur Grant Fellow have involved leading workshops with young, aspiring musicians. Hot on the heels of his ambitious new large ensemble album, Synovial Joints, this summer Coleman will take up residency at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago where he and members of his long-running band Five Elements with work with a variety of Chicago musicians to share his musical concepts and grander ideas about humanity. At Made in Chicago, Coleman will highlight the process with a concert featuring Five Elements and some of his strongest Chicago residency participants.

The Residency and concert is collaboration between the Jazz Institute of Chicago, M-Base Concepts, Inc., the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

 Greg Ward

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Charles Mingus’ 1963 masterpiece – Black Saint and the Sinner Lady – has been re-interpreted by music director Greg Ward and choreographer Onye Ozuzu. Originally presented as a studio album, Mingus alluded to a fuller performance by incorporating dance into the title of each movement. Ward’s reworking of Mingus’ suite features an ensemble featuring Tim Haldeman and Keefe Jackson, woodwinds; Russ Johnson and Ben LaMar, trumpet; Norman Palm and Christopher Davies, trombones; Dennis Luxion, piano; Jason Roebke, bass and Marcus Evans, drums. Alongside the musical adaptation, Ozuzu intermingles composed and improvised dance performance. Co-produced for Made in Chicago by Mike Reed (Constellation) and Roell Schmidt (Links Hall).


Thursday, August 20, 2015Great Black Music Ensemble

AACM Chicago presents Great Black Music Ensemble: Move: An Afrofuturistic Ijó

In celebration of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) 50th anniversary, the Chicago organization’s flagship big band presents an ambitious three-part opus examining its own rich history, “ancient to the future.” The evening will feature three sections, each written by a commissioned member of the AACM – representing the founding period with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, the middle period with reedist Mwata Bowden and the contemporary period with cellist Tomeka Reid. Each part will integrate choreography from three Chicago dance groups: the Ayodele Dance and Drum Corp, Deeply Rooted Dance Company and Kings Eye View. The work concludes with a video component featuring TK, the electronic musician working with the Great Black Music Ensemble in the third section, offering a visual history of the AACM.


Thursday, August 27, 2015Maggie Brown (Photo credit: by Bruce Williams)

We REInsist! Max Roach and Oscar Brown, Jr.’s Freedom Now Suite, Reimagined

Juli Wood and Caroline Davis

Saxophonists Juli Wood and Caroline Davis offer a bold interpretation of the classic 1960 album, We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite. A powerful expression of the Civil Rights movement, the hard-hitting recording has never lost its powerful resonance. Recognizing its relevance today, Wood and Davis have “reimagined” the album – updating the original words written by Oscar Brown, Jr. and sung by Abbey Lincoln with a new collaboration between Davis and Maggie Brown, Oscar’s daughter. Trombonist Tom Garling has written new arrangements and will join a band featuring trumpeter Marquis Hill, saxophonist Ari Brown, pianist Ron Perrillo, bassist Dennis Carroll, drummer Greg Artry and the Najwa Drum Corps.



Don't Miss:Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

Through August 31 • Chicago Cultural Center • Open Daily

The first retrospective of the American artist’s paintings in two decades, this FREE exhibit—across the street from Millennium Park—includes 42 remarkable paintings chronicling the African-American experience (including life in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood), capturing the Jazz Age 1920s and 1930s.


Chicago Jazz FestivalChicago Jazz Festival September 3-6, 2015

September 3-6 • Chicago Cultural Center & Millennium Park • FREE Admission

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.




Thursdays; August 6-27, 2015




6:30-9:30 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 near the music! 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: $35 all-day 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

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