Hyde Park Jazz Fest: Bill Meyer’s Top Picks


by Bill Meyer

Joshua Abrams

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Abrams makes a virtue of versatility. He’s played electric and acoustic bass with pop and jazz ensembles, improvised freely and fearlessly with heavyweights like Fred Anderson and Peter Brötzmann, composed diverse and evocative soundtracks for The Trials of Muhammad Ali and The Interrupters, and led his own superb jazz quartet at the most recent Chicago Jazz Festival. 

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Five Acts You Should Definitely See at Hyde Park Jazz Fest

Chicago Magazine

by Matt Pollock

A cellist, a flutist, a guimbri player, and more will park it in your back yard for a free show this weekend.

If you missed Chicago’s city-sanctioned Jazz Festival in Millennium Park last month, don’t fret. The eighth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival kicks off this weekend, and its Midwest-heavy lineup is comparable if not downright better.

Launched in 2007 with the goal of drawing new audiences to Hyde Park’s myriad cultural venues, the festival features 30-plus jazz acts performing at a dozen neighborhood landmarks, including the Robie House, the Midway, and Kenwood Academy.

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DownBeat Magazine: Hyde Park Jazz Festival

DownBeat Magazine

Allen, Taborn To Perform at Chicago’s Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Co-produced with the Hyde Park Jazz Society, the festival grows more ambitious each year, earning recognition as a major jazz presenter in Chicago.

JD Allen has consistently attracted listeners since his 1999 debut album In Search Of (Red). This year Allen released Bloom (Savant), his sixth album in as many years. He will perform with his quartet, which includes pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Alexander Claffy and drummer Jonathan Barber. 

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Stars align for 8th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Chicago Tribune

by Howard Reich

Who should you see at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival? Here’s a guide.

It’s the most magical weekend of the year, venues large and small, familiar and novel lighting up a single Chicago neighborhood.

No jazz soiree in Chicago, and perhaps none in the country, embraces its environment as effectively as the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, which unfolds on the campus of the University of Chicago and its environs. With most of the concert spaces within walking distance of each other, listeners can amble from one spot to the next, enjoying the scenery and conversing with fellow music lovers along the way.

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