BACK ALLEY JAZZ: Spinners block party edition

July 27, 2019, 12-8pm

S. Paxton between 73rd & 74th


Residents of South Shore are taking the lead in organizing and producing the second year of Back Alley Jazz, a celebration of jazz and community embedded in the neighorhood. This year’s event is inspired by the DJ jam sessions from the original Jazz in the Alley events of the 1960s and 70s, and will feature some of the DJ’s from that time period. DJ’s will perform sets from front yards along S. Paxton, complemented by several live performances by local musicians.

Join us for music, interactive art activities and a picnic area where neighbors can gather and enjoy the performances, food, and each other. Feel free to bring your own cooler and chairs!


12pm Opening Procession at 73rd & Paxton. Bring your own instrument and join the parade!

12:30 Urban Aspirations

2:00 Ladies and Gentlemen of Jazz featuring Brother Bill, Sweet Emma, Max, Lil Mike, JT the Groove Man, Leda, and Ed

5:00 Ice-Tank

6:30 Johnny Hinton + stepping w/ Dave Lomax

Back Alley Jazz 2019 is supported in part by the Joyce Foundation and by the The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities.