Hyde Park Jazz Festival. A splendid event that reaches across its neighborhood, the 12th annual fest will feature harpist Brandee Younger, pianist Kris Davis, Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Mike Reed’s “The City Was Yellow: The Chicago Suite,” Christian Sands Trio with Marcus Strickland, Ravi Coltrane, Kenwood Academy Jazz Band, Jason Moran and more. Sept. 28 and 29 in Hyde Park; free, with suggested $5 donation; www.hydeparkjazzfestival.org.
On 73rd Street and Paxton, toward Merrill, at least one hundred people marched: past cars, over puddles, into alleys and across the block. As they marched, they held bundles of herbs in the air, played percussion, danced, and waved flags. This scene was the beginning of the Back Alley Jazz Festival—and the man at the front of the crowd, who rode in a mint-green Pedicab and wore a sash that read “Grand Marshall,” was Jimmy Ellis, a saxophonist who has been playing in Chicago since 1948.