Back Alley Jazz

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Back Alley Jazz presents musicians, artists, and designers in garages and alleys in the South Shore neighborhood, creating a contemporary neighborhood happening that builds on and celebrates Chicago’s history of the neighborhood jam, as inspired by the original Jazz in the Alley events.

Commissions

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Each year the Festival commissions new work from some of today's most exciting musicians. Click below for videos of past projects and for info on upcoming commissions.

Story Share Project

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This project explores the question of "what is jazz?" from the diverse perspectives of individual storytellers.  Stories are collected at the Festival on the Midway.


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