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 DJ Old School + stepping w/ Dave Lomax


This is a residential neighborhood, so parking will be limited. Please consider taking Uber, Lyft, public transportation, or Divvy Bike if you are not within walking distance.

Additional parking will be available at Bouchet Elementary School at 74th and Jeffery Ave.

Out of respect for neighborhood residents, please try to park on more major streets first (the numbered streets, i.e. 71st, 73rd, 74th, 75th) before parking on smaller neighborhood streets.



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Back Alley Jazz 2019 is supported by the Joyce Foundation,

the The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities,

and the Woods Fund.