Hyde Park Jazz Festival’s adapted 2020 Programming

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To keep our community and artists safe, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival announces new and adapted programming for the 14th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival and summer/fall 2020.

While it will not be possible to produce the Festival in its multi venue format, the Festival’s programming this year seeks to provide audiences with safe and joyous free programs and to provide critical financial support to the Chicago jazz artist community.

“Overall, we’ve been trying to stay really thoughtful about what the needs of artists and the community are, to think creatively about how to be supportive of both listeners and musicians, and to think about what organizations can do and provide in these strange times that keeps everyone safe, but also provides people with joy and helps artists with earning a living,” said Kate Dumbleton, Executive & Artistic Director of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival says of this year’s programming.

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The 14th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival will still take place September 26th and 27th, 2020 in an adapted form. On Saturday, September 26th, a full day of performances by Chicago jazz musicians will be live streamed from the Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts. On Sunday, September 27th, the Festival will feature mobile stages and pop up performances which will bring the music to listeners in mini-performances throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods. While we will miss bringing large crowds together as a community to hear music, the mobile and pop up performances draw on many elements of jazz history on the South Side, where informal concerts and gatherings are a long standing tradition.  

Full line-up to be announced. All plans subject to change pending state and local guidelines.

Planned programs include:

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is partnering with the Hyde Park Jazz Society to bring some of Chicago’s most popular jazz duos to audiences throughout Chicago and beyond in a series of live streamed concerts to temporarily replace the Jazz Society’s beloved Sunday Jazz series, ordinarily presented at Promontory Jazz Club. For more information on the performers and to tune in, VISIT HERE

All performances take place at 7:30pm CT. Line-up is:

  • Sunday, July 26, 2020: Jo Ann Daugherty & Ryan Bennett
  • Sunday, August 9, 2020: Alexander/McLean Project (Dee Alexander and John McLean)

A postcard is a brief hello—a “wish you were here,” a “thinking of you.” At this time when we long to be together, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival has invited Chicago jazz musicians to create and share a musical postcard—a 30 minute pop up performance at a location and format their choosing in solo or duo format. Postcards may take the form of neighborhood concerts on yards, porches or park way, at an iconic location, in a parking lot or anywhere the musician chooses. More than 30 musicians will participate, including cellist Tomeka Reid, saxophonist Ernest Dawkins, clarinetist Angel Bat Dawid, saxophonist Isaiah Collier, vocalist Maggie Brown, drummer Dana Hall, trumpeter Sam Trump, drummer Avreeayl Ra, and more. The Festival will document and share the “postcards” through social media and online  VISIT HERE. The Postcard dates are July 25, July 30, August 14, and August 23. Locations and details are intentionally not shared in advance in order to keep in-person audiences small in size.

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is developing an online food-and-music program with ethnomusicologist and baker Monica Hairston O’Connell (former executive director at Columbia College Chicago’s Center for Black Music Research) and a series of programs inspired by Chicago drummer-educator Dana Hall’s 2015 “Hypocrisy of Justice” project. More information to be announced late summer.

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