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Back Alley Jazz is inspired by the original jazz alley jams that took place in various locations on the South Side in the 1960s and 70s, and which still continue today in different forms like the annual Universal Alley Jazz Jam. The project creates a contemporary neighborhood happening that animates, builds on, and celebrates Chicago’s history and continuum of culture and art in communities.

back alley jazz 2019

Back alley jazz 2018


Case Study from 2018:


additional resources about the jazz alley jams tradition:

the alley lp: audio interviews from the smart museum

SUNSHINE BLUE SKIES SATURDAY’S, BRING YOUR CHAIRS, KICK BACK AND ENJOY THE ‘JAZZICAL SOUNDS’ COMING FROM THE SOUTH SIDE WITH LOVE, ON THE PLAZA. PARKING ON THE STREET OR ACROSS THE STREET IN THE LOT.
— FROM THE EVENT PAGE
WE APPROACHED THESE TOPICS NOT IN ORDER TO ASCERTAIN ALL THE FACTS ABOUT THE ALLEY’S DIFFERENT MANIFESTATIONS—A WORTHY GOAL, BUT BEYOND OUR SCOPE—BUT IN ORDER TO GATHER AND TELL WHAT STORIES WE COULD IN THE SPIRIT OF INTERGENERATIONAL SHARING AND BREAD-BREAKING.
— Notes from "The Alley LP"

UNIVERSAL ALLEY JAZZ JAM summer 2019


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