Hyde Park Jazz Fest announces free online “JAZZ KITCHEN”

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Hyde Park Jazz Festival announces free online program “JAZZ KITCHEN: A Conversation Series Celebrating Food and Jazz”

In Chicago, Our most cherished institutions, celebrations and rituals are marked by the presence of music and particular foods. From the rent party to the chitlin circuit, from Mardi Gras to the neighborhood wake, good food and jazz work in concert. Theirs is a rich conversation. They share a long history of co-development, interaction and mutual influence and continue to generate layers of meaning in different political, cultural and social contexts.

How do food and music inform one another? What can these relational practices teach us about values we hold dear: experimentation, improvisation, self and communal expression, resilience, resistance, joy, or care? What can we learn by listening in on their conversation? What can thinking food and music together contribute to our ability to “imagine otherwise?” Jazz Kitchen brings together creatives and thinkers working in and among these cultural spaces to share stories, generate insights and, like in all jazz kitchen’s, enjoy a good hang with friends and family.


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The host and curator of the Jazz Kitchen is Monica Hairston O’Connell, an ethnomusicologist and the founder of Curtis & Cake, an evolving project studio exploring culture and connection at the dessert table.


Jazz Kitchen Kicks off with A Woman’s Place on October 8th.

This Jazz Kitchen conversation will cohere around Black women’s practices of care and hospitality. They will discuss how they understand and put these concepts into action in our domestic spaces and in the world. 

Scholar/musician, Dr. Tammy Kernodle will share insights from her research on pianist Mary Lou Williams‘ and harpist/pianist Alice Coltrane’s apartments/homes, their labor of care, connection, and creativity and what those spaces engendered artistically. Maya-Camille Broussard, founder of Justice of The Pies in Chicago, shares her insight as a baker whose work sustains a strong justice-focused model.

They will discuss how this works and how the women in their own families reflect and shape an ongoing tradition of Black women’s hospitality and care — a tradition that at different times extends, transcends, or works in direct opposition to mainstream, state- and industry-led notions.


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