For the 2017 Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Malian master kora player and composer BALLAKÉ SISSOKO co-led a special project with flutist and composer NICOLE MITCHELL. Joining the bandleaders was be Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble and Malian musicians FASSERY DIABATÉ, and FATIM KOUYATE. Included in the performance will be world premiere compositions from Sissoko and Mitchell commissioned by the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. This performance was co-presented with the World Music Festival at the Reva and David Logan Center with support from the MacArthur Foundation International Fund.

Their performance was preceded by workshops in three Chicago Public High Schools in partnership with Ravinia Festival.

Bamako*Chicago Sound System included JEFF PARKER (guitar), MANKWE NDOSI (voice), JOSHUA ABRAMS (bass), and JOVIA ARMSTRONG (percussion).



To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival partnered with the Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts to commission composer and alto saxophonist MIGUEL ZENON to compose a 60-minute full composition for Chicago's own Spektral Quartet. Entitled Yo Soy la Tradicion, the new work was inspired by traditional music from the rural areas of Puerto Rico.

Spektral Quartet is: AUSTIN WULLIMAN, violin; CLARA LYON, violin; DOYLE ARMBRUST, viola; RUSSELL ROLEN, cello.



Ambrose Akinmusire "banyan"

At the Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2015 AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE presents his composition, banyan, which builds on his interest in the role of the griot and mentor in social and jazz history. He is developing a sixty-minute composition and companion video installation exploring storytelling and mentorship as oral and aural tradition in artist and community networks. To develop the composition and companion video, Ambrose interviewed Rob Carter, Bertha Hope, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Persip, Archie Shepp, Bennie Maupin, and Henry Threadgill. For this project, Ambrose has created a 12-person ensemble with the following personnel: Saxophones: WALTER SMITH, MARCUS STRICKLAND, JACOB RODRIGUEZ, TIM GREEN. Trumpets: AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE, JUMAANE  SMITH, JASON PALMER. Trombones: VINCENT ARVEL CHANDLER, JOSH ROSEMAN. Rhythm Section: HARISH RAGHAVAN, bass; SAM HARRIS, piano; JUSTIN BROWN, drums.


Mikel Patrick Avery "Parade"

Commissioned in collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation as part of the Hyde Park Jazz Fest's Story Share Project.


Tomeka Reid Ensemble "Tokens"

Commissioned in collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation as part of the Hyde Park Jazz Fest's Story Share Project.