The 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

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 performances at Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. 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.


Thursday, August 31
6:30–7:30pm George Freeman 90th Birthday Celebration
8–9ppm Dizzy Gillespie’s Centennial Celebration with Jon
Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Festival Big Band

Friday, September 1
5–5:50pm Dana Hall’s Spring
6–6:55pm Donny McCaslin Group
7:10–8:10pm Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
8:30–9:30pm Thelonious Monk Tribute

Saturday, September 2
5–5:50pm Dr. Michael White Quartet
6–6:55pm BassDrumBone
7:10–8:10pm Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom
8:30–9:30pm Ellabration! 100 Years of Ella Fitzgerald featuring the
Brad Williams Trio, Sheila Jordan, Dee Alexander,
Frieda Lee, Spider Saloff & Paul Mariano

Sunday, September 3
5–5:50pm Roscoe Mitchell’s Quartets Celebrating 50 years of
Nessa Records
6–6:55pm Sheila Jordan featuring the Steve Kuhn’s Trio
7:10–8:10pm Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt
8:30–9:30pm Rebirth Brass Band

For more info and to plan your visit go to

Produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events | Programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago

Grant support to the Jazz Institute of Chicago provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. (schedule is subject to change)

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