The 10th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival Boasts Its Best Lineup Yet

Chicago Magazine

by Mark Guarino

Use the musical math below to find your perfect set at this year’s event.

A Love Supreme + Modern tap + Hip-hop = Supreme Love

Hear John Coltrane’s 1965 opus like never before: paired with a work by local modern tap collective M.A.D.D. Rhythms that combines Coltrane’s chant-driven tunes, African dance, and even a Mos Def sample.
GO: September 24 at 9:30 p.m., Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

 

Puerto Rican folk music + Avant-garde contemporary classical = Miguel Zenón and Spektral Quartet

MacArthur “genius” Zenón, a composer and saxophonist known for fusing jazz and Afro-influenced music from his native Puerto Rico, adds an extra level of experimentation with a jibaro-tinged commission for Chicago’s Spektral Quartet.
GO: September 24 at 7:15 p.m., Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

 

Free-jazz star x 4 = Joshua Abrams, Ari Brown, Gerald Cleaver, Jeff Parker Quartet

Decorated Detroit drummer Cleaver swoops in for a set with Chicago’s free-jazz brat pack: bassist Abrams of Natural Information Society, tenor sax vet Brown, and, in from California, Tortoise guitarist Parker.
GO: September 24 at 9:30 p.m., International House, 1414 E. 59th St.

 

Old-school improvisation + New-school edge = Matana Roberts

Once one of the youngest musicians affiliated with Chicago’s experimental jazz collective Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, this former local spins a blend of ’60s free jazz with heady, modern electronics (see her 12-album series Coin Coin, an exploration of African American history through free jazz). She’ll perform two solo sets on alto sax.
GO: September 24 at 4 and 6 p.m., Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

 

Vocal powerhouse x Free-jazz royalty = Dee Alexander Quartet with Dwight Trible

Alexander, Chicago’s daring and unpredictable jazz vocalist, performs a series of duets with West Coast crooner Trible, who spent most of his career singing with free-jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders. In other words, this set could be titled Powerhouse Squared.
GO: September 24 at 6 p.m., Wagner Stage, 1130 Midway Plaisance West