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Schedule- visit our Hyde Park Jazz Festival Schedule 2010 page instead.

last Saturday and Sunday in September - September 28 and 29 2013

The benefit concert in June 2013 was a smashing success crowned by Etienne Charles and Family!

Howard Reich in the Sept. 29 2010?Tribune:

“That the third annual soiree was staged mostly by volunteers -- with critical support from the University of Chicago and cultural organizations across Hyde Park -- only made the weekend's proceedings all the more impressive. Here was a Chicago community celebrating its own artistic riches and doing so with obvious skill and finesse.

The magic of this festival originates in its strategy: present state-of-the-art Chicago musicians, for free, in settings that are unique to Hyde Park . You don't often get to hear jazz in Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House or along the Midway Plaisance, and when you do, it's hard to forget it.”

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Hyde Park Jazz Festival- visit incl. for brochure when available. Info, volunteering:

Free. "Central" will be along Midway Plaisance blocks Woodlawn to Drexel, including the James Wagner Mainstage. Indoor and outdoor stages throughout Hyde Park

Presented by Hyde Park Jazz Society (, Hyde Park Cultural Alliance (HyPa), The University of Chicago, and many sponsors including Chicago Park District and 90.9 WDCB fm.
The Jazz Fest website has several new features including a map of all of the venues. Then go to Google Maps,

Volunteers are needed- sign up now as training starts mid September. Watch for the trolley stops!

Venues and lineup
Full schedule
(you can download a table-schedule by venue and time blocks and maps at their website)
More details

See about who comes to the festival and why and the opportunity it presents to arts orgs./providers and businesses.
Why is is so spread out? The idea is to bring the city and region into Hyde Park, discover the neighborhood as a Cultural Destination, and to bring them into the leading arts and cultural venues of Hyde Park- to HYPE Hyde Park and its venues.

Jazz fest coming, 3rd annual festival to be bigger than ever. Hyde Park Herald, September 9, 2009. By Kate Hawley

In 2007, its inaugural year, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival drew a respectable audience of 5,000 to hear music at various cultural venues around the neighborhood. In 2008, that number tripled to about 15,000 -- prompting organizers to wonder if attendance will skyrocket again for this year's event, to be held over 15 continuous hours on Saturday, Sept. 26.

[2007- 16 bands, 8 venues. 2008 29 bands, 12 venues. 2009 38 bands, 14 venues.]

"It's scary, but it's thrilling," said Judith Stein, of teh Hyde Park Jazz Society, which is producing the festival with the University of Chicago and the Hyde Park Alliance for Art & Culture, or HyPa.

The producers have taken steps to accommodate bigger crowds this year, adding venues and bands (see box). And more of the headline acts will perform at the James W. Wagner Main Stage at the Midway Plaisance, named in honor of the jazz promoter -- and early festival backer -- who died in January. Located between Ellis and Woodlawn avenues, the Wagner stage has the greatest capacity for spillover seating, with risers, folding chairs and space to set up lawn chairs or picnic blankets.

The show will go on if it rains - which likely won't deter the devoted jazz followers that typically flock to the festival, in the view of Carolyn Albritton, its executive director of music. Those who want to head indoors can choose from 13 other venues, including Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, and three spaces in International House at the University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th St. (For a complete list, and a lineup of musicians, visit

Shuttle buses will be available to take visitors from the Midway to the farther-flung locations, and vendors, which were introduced as part of the festival last year, will return in an area just east of the Wagner stage. Among the offerings: an expanded beer and wine garden run by Goose Island, and a tent sponsored by the Chicago Sessions record company where musicians can sign CDs.

The mission behind this swarm of activity, organizers said, is to full Hyde Park's noteworthy but sometimes overlooked cultural venues with appreciative crowds and to bring jazz back to a part of the South Side where it once reigned supreme. Wagner, who more than a decade ago started the Committee to Restore Jazz in Hyde Park, an organization that eventually became the Hyde Park Jazz Society, was key to this effort.

The success of the festival so far is as testament to Wagner's vision, in the view of some of his longtime friends. "It feels like Jim Wagner's dream has been realized," said the piano player and educator Willie Pickens, a Hyde Park resident for 50 years. The saxophone player Jimmy Ellis, a Hyde Parker of similar vintage, echoed the sentiment. Pickens and Ellis are among the local musicians who will perform in this year's festival (Pickens at 5:30 p.m. at International House, 1414 E. 59th St., and Ellis at 9:30 at the same venue). Albritton said she favored Chicago talent when booking bands, adding that the city has no shortage of active, well-reviewed musicians from which to choose: Orbert Davis, Von Freeman, Maggie Brown, Dee Alexander and many others. Stein said jazz is an area in which Chicago competes with the world's best. "We are far more than a boutique festival," she said. "We are very proud of the quality of our musicians."

Get a head start Friday September 25 8 pm at Rockefeller Chapel: Hear 2009 Grammy winner Best Album Jazz Cassandra Wilson. For info, price and tickets visit website of Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts,, 773 243-2546. 5850 S. Woodlawn.

The 3rd Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 26, 2008 will bring together world-class headliners and local emerging artists for 14 hours of FREE, non-stop jazz for the serious and casual listener, alike. Check out all of the information on performers and schedules at

Lineup (schedule see venues or visit the festival's website; this may be out of date)

Ernie Adams, Dee Alexander, Tatsu Aoki, Sumito "Ariyo" Ariyoshi, Harrison Bankhead, Mwata Bowden, Bobby Broom, Ari Brown, Maggie Brown, Maurice Brown, Alan Burroughs, Miguel de la Cerna, Sylvia del la Cerna, Ken Chaney's Awakening, Chicago Sax in the City, Ryan Cohan, Richie Cole, Orbert Davis, Ernest Dawkins, Diane Delin, Jimmy Ellis, Kai Eckhardt, Jon Faddis, Von Freeman, T.S. Galloway, Brad Goode, Everett Greene, Robert Griffin, Fareed Haque, Charles Heath, Erwin Helfer, Julia Huff, Isaiah Jackson, Kenwood Academy Jazz in the "Wood", Eric Levy, Garaj Mahal, Marguerite Mariama, Tammy McCann, Naomi Millender, Dushum Mosley, Yoko Noge, james Perkins, Willie Pickens, Gerald Powell, Josh Ramos, Audley Reid, Sean Rick man, Frank Russell, Edwin Sanchez, James Sanders adn conjunto, Robert Shy, Ray Silkman, U-High Jazz Band, James Wagner All-Star Band, Pharez Whited, Ed Wilkerson's 8 Bold Souls, Corey Wilkes, Skinny Williams, Samuel "Savoir Faire" Williams

Venues- Look for the trolley and its schedule.

Venues and who's there/ when in detail: (Mainstage and main staging: Midway Plaisance skating block. The all-night plop downer is at International House: Assembly Hall, Home Room and Outdoor Garden, 1414 E. 59th St. 5 pm-2 am and Midnight Jam.)
Note- as to artists and times, the FULL schedule which follows will be more recent and take precedence.

Court Theater may be added, in conjunction with their first feature of the season, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. 5535 S. Ellis.

DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Place, is the first and oldest institution of its kind in the country, dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. DuSable will be kicking off the Jazz Festival with music from 11am - 3pm featuring: Ken Chaney's Awakening * Sumito "Ariyo" Ariyoshi * Von Freeman

Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone, is an incubator of innovative cultural, educational, and environmental projects and small-scale enterprises. It is in this very special environment that Jazz will be enjoyed from 3:30 - 6:00 pm with: Ernie Adams * Henry Johnson

Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue, is the oldest alternative exhibition space in the City. For more than 70 years the Hyde continues to provide outstanding visual art exhibitions and education programs for all ages. At the Jazz Festival they will feature concerts from 2 - 6pm including: Julia Huff * Charles Heath * Brad Goode * Alan Burroughs

Hyde Park Bank, 1525 E. 53rd St., Maggie Brown, vocalist

Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Avenue, 3:30-4:30 pm, Ari Brown, saxophonist, 5:00 pm Everett Greene, vocalist

International House, 1414 East 59th Street is a dynamic program center and residence on the University of Chicago campus for students from around the world. I-House will feature non-stop jazz from 5:30 pm - 2 am Sunday morning including the famous midnight jam session hosted by Dee Alexander. Performers will be: Willie Pickens Trio * Ed Wilkerson's 8 Bold Souls ("Last Option" video) * Pharez Whitted * Jon Faddis * GARAJ MAHAL * Dee Alexander * John Wright * Jimmy Ellis * Ryan Cohan * Bobby Broom

Little Black Pearl, 1060 East 47th Street, believes that art is an integral part of a healthy community and is a thriving arts organization providing a safe environment, positive role models, and rigorous program and skill development activities and opportunities for children throughout the area. Jazz programming here will be from 1:00pm - 3:30pm and includes: Marguerite Mariama * Skinny Williams * Irwin Helfer

Midway Plaisance including James W. Wagner Mainstage, 1130 East Midway Plaisance North

Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 East 58th Street, is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East and is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology, and history of early Near Eastern civilizations where admission is always free. Enjoy jazz in the Museum Gallery and Hall here from 2:30 - 4:30pm with: Tatsu Aoki * Samuel "SavoirFaire" Williams

Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. Robie House inspired an architectural revolution with its sweeping horizontal lines, dramatic overhangs, stretches of art glass windows and open floor plan making it a quintessential Prairie style house. This is the unique setting for Jazz from 2:30 - 4:15 with Miguel and Sylvia de la Cerna.

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave, is home for spiritual and musical events of many world traditions and faiths of both East and West on the University of Chicago campus. The magnificent cathedral setting will host Jazz from 2:30pm - 5:00pm featuring: Diane Delin * Tammy McCann

Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue, houses a permanent collection of over 10,000 objects, spanning five millennia of both Western and Eastern civilizations and admission is always free. Outdoors 1:00-2:00 pm. Yoko Noge and the Jazz Me Blues Band *(an innovative singer and pianist who merges blues, jazz, and the music of her native Japan), 2:30-3:30 pm James Sanders and Conjunto Latin Jazz Band (Led by violinist James Sanders, Conjúnto blends Afro-Cuba, Puerto Rican, and jazz elements into a unique sound.)

Full schedule from the Festival website as of September 3, 2009. See site for about and links to artists.


11:00am-11:30am U-High Jazz Band James W. Wagner Stage on the Midway
map | web site Band

11:00am-12:00pm Ken Chaney’s Awakening DuSable Museum
map | web site Band

12:00pm-1:00pm Kenwood Academy "Jazz at the Wood" James W. Wagner Stage on the Midway
map | web site Band

1:00pm-2:00pm Yoko Noge and her Jazz Me Blues Band Smart Museum
map | web site Band

1:00pm-2:00pm Marguerite Mariama Little Black Pearl
map | web site Vocalist

1:30pm-2:30pm James Wagner All-Star Band James W. Wagner Stage on the Midway
map | web site Band

2:00pm-3:00pm Von Freeman DuSable Museum
map | web site Saxophonist

2:00pm-3:00pm Brad Goode Hyde Park Art Center
map | web site Trumpeter

2:30pm-3:00pm Samuel "SavoirFaire" Williams Oriental Institute-Museum’s Yelda Khorsabad Court
map | web site Violinist

2:30pm-3:30pm Skinny Williams & Erwin Helfer Little Black Pearl
map | web site Saxophonist and Pianist

2:30pm-3:30pm Diane Delin Rockefeller Chapel
map | web site Violinist Jazz Quartet Plus Strings

2:30pm-3:30pm James Sanders & Conjunto Latin/Jazz Band Smart Museum
map | web site Band

2:30pm-3:15pm Miguel and Sylvia de la Cerna Robie House
map | web site Pianist and Violinist

3:00pm-4:00pm Corey Wilkes & Maurice Brown James W. Wagner Stage on the Midway
map | web site Trumpeters

3:00pm-4:00pm Tatsu Aoki – The Miyumi Project Oriental Institute-Breasted Hall
map | web site Bassist

3:00pm approx. Maggie Brown, vocalist, at Court Theater

3:30pm-4:30pm Ernie Adams Experimental Station
map | web site Percussionist/drummer

3:30pm-4:30pm Alan Burroughs and the AB Band Hyde Park Art Center
map | web site Band

3:30pm-4:30pm Ari Brown Hyde Park Union Church
map | web site Saxophonist

3:30pm-4:15pm Miguel and Sylvia de la Cerna Robie House
map | web site Pianist and Violinist

4:00pm-4:30pm Samuel "Savoir Faire" Williams Oriental Institute-Museum’s Yelda Khorsabad Court
map | web site Violinist

4:00pm-5:00pm Tammy McCann Rockefeller Chapel
map | web site Vocalist

4:30pm-5:30pm Ernest Dawkins Hyde Park Bank
map | web site Saxophonist

4:30pm-5:30pm Edwin Sanchez James W. Wagner Stage on the Midway
map | web site Latin Jazz Band

5:00pm-6:00pm Julia Huff and Charles Heath Hyde Park Art Center
map | web site Vocalist & Drummer

5:00pm-6:00pm Everett Greene Hyde Park Union Church
map | web site Vocalist

5:00pm-6:00pm Henry Johnson Contemporary Jazz Project Experimental Station
map | web site Band

5:30pm-6:30pm Willie Pickens International House/Assembly
map | web site Pianist

6:00pm-7:00pm Dee Alexander James W. Wagner Stage on the Midway
map | web site Vocalist

6:00pm-7:00pm Maggie Brown Hyde Park Bank
map | web site Vocalist

6:30pm-7:30pm Richie Cole Hyde Park Union Church
map | web site Saxophonist

7:00pm-8:00pm Ed Wilkerson's 8 Bold Souls International House/Assembly
map | web site Band

7:30pm-8:30pm Orbert Davis James W. Wagner Stage on the Midway
map | web site Trumpeter

8:00pm-9:00pm John Wright International House/Home Room
map | web site Pianist

8:30pm-9:30pm Jon Faddis and Pharez Whitted International House/Assembly
map | web site Trumpeters

9:00pm-10:00pm Chicago Sax In The City James W. Wagner Stage on the Midway
map | web site Band

9:30pm-10:30pm Jimmy Ellis International House/ Home Room
map | web site Saxophonist

10:00pm-11:00pm Garaj Mahal International House/Assembly
map | web site Jazz/Funk/World Music

11:00pm-12:00am Ryan Cohan International House/ Home Room
map | web site Pianist

12:00am -1:00am Bobby Broom International House/Outdoor Garden
map | web site Guitarist

12:00am-2:00am Dee Alexander host MIDNIGHT JAM International House/Outdoor Garden
map | web site Vocalist

©2009 The University of Chicago, Office of Civic Engagement, Header Image: Gwen Pruitt
5801 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago

Some more details from the Jazz Fest:

Best American city for jazz? Chicago

Howard Mandell, a Chicago homie now based in New York City, has been covering jazz for over 30 years as a writer, editor, author and producer for National Public Radio says this week in his Jazz Beyond Jazz blog that Chicago is " #1 in America and maybe everywhere for its active, creative, meaningful, almost-economically-viable, neighborhood-rooted, exploratory and world class jazz........"
Later in his toast to the vibrant Chicago jazz scene, he notes that, "In Chicago, festivals breed festivals -- Hyde Park where the Obamas live puts on its own extravaganza Sept. 26, featuring 40 jazz performances in 13 venues over 15 hours -- again, all free, all styles."

This Saturday - rain or shine - it is jazz festival time in Hyde Park.

Here are some tips for planning your day at the festival:

What to listen to:

With 15 hours of non-stop Jazz the hardest decisions of the day will be which performances to attend. Download the complete Festival Schedule and select the performances you want and then map out. Plan to arrive at the smaller venues early to be sure to get a seat.

How to get to the Hyde Park Jazz festival:

By bicycle- Hyde Park is only 8 miles south of Grant Park along the beautiful Lake Front bike path. If you have never rode along the Lake Shore heading south you are in for a real treat as it offers great views with less traffic. There are bike racks at the Midway and throughout the neighborhood.

By bus or train

By car - Hyde Park accessible from all major highways.

Free Parking is available in the Ellis Avenue Parking Garage, at the south-east corner of 55th St.and Ellis Ave. All University of Chicago parking lots are free and open to the public during the Hyde Park Jazz Festival (and on all weekends).

How to get around the Festival:
The majority of the jazz festival venues are located in walking distance to each other. The Midway Plaisance is the transportation hub for the festival. Free shuttles leaving from the south side of the Midway (behind the stage) will serve Experimental Station, Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park Bank, Little Black Pearl, International House and the 55th and Ellis Garage. Shuttles will also be able to drop off and pick up as needed at the other venues. Just wave and the bus will stop.

Where to eat at the Jazz Festival:
There will be great food and beverages available at the Midway from Robinson's Ribs, Goose Island Brewery, Istria Cafe, Chant and Z & H Market. Piccolo Mondo will be offering refreshments and food at International House. And don't forget the myraid of restaurants found throughout Hyde Park on 57th, 55th and 53rd streets. In addiiton to their regular menu, Park 52, Chant and Mellow Yellow will offer live jazz late into the evening. And if you want a midnight snack visit Mellow Yellow since they will stay open to 3 AM in honor of the Jazz Fest. For more details check out the Jazz Festival dining guide.

Give a buck for jazz!
YES the Hyde Park Jazz Festival is FREE to all. But that does not mean it is free to produce and to pay the performers and to manage all of the venues. So help us out now and/or during the Jazz Festival dropping $1,$5, $10 or more into any of the Give a Buck boxes you will find at all of the Festival venues. Every donation helps and everyone involved with the Festival thanks you for your support.
Conversation and performance with Maggie Brown about the Hyde Park Jazz Festival now on uTube. You can see her at the 2009 Festival this year at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Greenwood at 3:00 PM on September 26, 2009.

Just the Jazz Facts:

George Lewis, a graduate of the University of Chicago's Laboratory School, wrote the official history of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, which met in Hyde Park. Many AACM members are performing in the 2009 Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

Find a list of recommended books about jazz in Chicago on Chicago Jazz Archive web pages. Members of the public who want to explore jazz history are welcome to consult the Chicago Jazz Archive collections at the University of Chicago Library's Special Collections Research Center.

The following is from 2008 information:


On-site food vendors east of the Midway Plaisance Wagner Stage- In addition to the performances on the rink, there will be vendors and exhibitors in the field east of the rink. We have four main food vendors: Chant, Goose Island , Robinson’s Ribs and Istria . Goose Island is also operating a beer and wine garden.

A sidebar: September 27, Saturday, 10 pm-midnight. 57th Street Madness. The bookstores, stores, restaurants and exhibitors will be open to meet the mob of students returning from their night at Museum of Science and Industry and residents. Stony Island to Woodlawn and maybe beyond. There will be jazz under the viaduct- Kevin Nabors Trio, 9:30-11:30 pm.

Performances will take place at 12 venues throughout the Hyde Park area:

Featured acts:

Dee Alexander,
saxist Fred Anderson,
Kari B
Zack Brock,
Ari Brown,
Maggie Brown,
Ann Burroughs,
Chicago Jazz Orchestra,
Chicago Sax in the City,
Joan Collaso and Larry Hanks,
trumpeter Orbert Davis
Kahil El-Zabar

Great Chicago guitarists Curtis Robinson, Buddy Famabo and Henry Johnson,
Ron Haynes,
Robert "Baabe" Irving III,
Jazz Institute of Chicago Jazz Links,
Charlie Johnson and the Organ Express,
Peter Lerner,
M.A.D.D. Rhythms,
flutist Nichole Mitchell,
Bethany and Willie Pickens,
ragtime pianist Reginald R. Robinson,
Frank Russell,
Edwin Sanchez Project,
Greg Spero,
Two for Brazil,
UC Lab School Band,
Corey Wilkes,
Kahil El'Zabar,
John Wright....

Tent. Schedule:

Noon-12:30: Jazz Institute Jazz Links Ensemble (DuSable Museum 740 E. 56th Pl. );

1-1:30 p.m.: Reginald Robinson (DuSable Museum);

1-2 p.m.: M.A.D.D. Rhythms $ DeTour (Midway Plaisance, 1130 Midway Plaisance N);

1-2 p.m. Bethany Pickens (Little Black Pearl 1060 E. 47th St.);

2-3 p.m.: Henry Johnson Organ Express (DuSable Museum);

2-3 p.m. Nicole Mitchell (Smart Museum 5550 S. Greenwood);

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Ron Haynes (Little Black Pearl);.

3-4 p.m.: Fred Anderson (Hyde Park Art Center 5020 S. Cornell);

3-4 p.m.: Chicago Jazz Orchestra featuring Freida Lee, vocalist (Midway Plaisance);

3:30-4:30 p.m.: Robert Irving, III (Smart Museum);

3:30-4:30 p.m.: Frank Russell (Experimental Station 6100 S. Blackstone);

4-5 p.m.: Ari Brown (Quadrangle Club 1155 E. 57th St. );

4-6 p.m.: Two for Brazil- Paulinho Garcia, Greg Fishman, Heitor Garcia (Robie House 5757 S. Woodlawn);

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Corey Wilkes and Kahil El'Zabar (Hyde Park Art Center);

5-6 p.m.: Charlie Johnson (Midway Plaisance);

5-6p.m.: Maggie Brown (Experimental Station);

6-6:30 p.m.: U. of C. High School Lab Band (Oriental Institute 1155 E. 58th St.);

6:30 p.m.: Khari B (Experimental Station);

6:30-7:30 p.m. Greg Spero (Checkerboard Lounge 5201 S. Harper);

6:30-7:30 p.m. Discopoet Khari B (Experimental Station);

7-8 p.m.: Dee Alexander (Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn);

7-8 p.m.: Peter Lerner (Oriental Institute);

7-8 p.m.: Edwin Sanchez Latin Jazz (Midway Plaisance);

7-8 p.m.: John Wright (International House);

8-9 p.m.: Joan Collaso and Larry Hanks (Checkerboard Lounge);

8:30-9:30 p.m.: Orbert Davis (International House);

9-10 p.m.: Chicago Sax in the City (Midway Plaisance);

9:30-10:30 p.m.: Willie Pickens (Checkerboard Lounge);

10-11 p.m.: The Greatest Guitars, with Henry Johnson, Curtis Robinson and Buddy Fambro (International House);

12-2 am: Midnight Slam Jam (International House, host Curtis Robinson).

VOLUNTEER JOBS- set up, handing out, directions, guides on trolleys....
Volunteer participation is essential to a successful event. As a volunteer, you’ll be assigned to help with one or more jobs such as setup/breakdown, handing out programs, selling t-shirts and posters, giving directions and information, assisting musicians, and/or light security work. If you are looking for a community service project, just sign up today! Desperate to help at last minute: come by 10:30 at hq, 55th and Ellis or Midway Plaissance by the warming house..

As a thank you, all volunteers will receive festival t-shirts (which will also identify you as volunteer staff during the event), a free collector’s CD compilation of festival performers, and the opportunity to enjoy performances both at your venue during your shift and throughout the festival before and/or after your shift.

All volunteers must attend an orientation meeting, either on Tuesday, September 16 at 3pm or Thursday, September 18 at 7pm. Meetings will be held at 5211 South Harper, Suite A (in Harper’s Court). During orientation, you will receive your assignments, get venue specific information, pick up your volunteer t-shirt, and have the opportunity to ask any questions. On the day of the festival all volunteers will report directly to the venue to which you have been assigned.

Please send an email to with the word “volunteer” in the subject line. Please send us your name, and phone number, indicate your t-shirt size, (Men’s S, M, L, XL, or XXL; Women’s S, M, L, XL), your time availability on the day of the festival (select from the guidelines below), and which day(s) you’re available for orientation. You may also call our information line at 773-834-3534 and leave a message with that information.

Please select one (or more) of the following time frames. Note: You will be assigned a 2.5 -4.5 hour shift at a specific venue within these guidelines.

1. 11am–4pm

2. 1pm–7pm

3. 6pm–11pm

4. 10pm–2am


More about the festival including demographics and opportunities

By Irene Sherr, July 21, 2009

I wanted to follow-up with all of you that attended the Hyde Park Jazz Festival meeting at the Kitchen in Experimental Station today, and those of you that did not. Keep reading and you will find out what you missed. We had a very good meeting regarding the opportunities presented by the jazz festival for local organizations. People shared suggestions and challenges from the past events. It was a lively and interesting meeting. THANK YOU ALL.

Remember: 15,000 people come to Hyde Park for the Jazz Fest and over 50% of them live within 3-5 miles. Many of these visitors have not been inside your institution and many that came said they would like to come back and visit. This is a great opportunity for you. Here is how to take advantage of it.

Audience development opportunities for venues – a list of things you can do now, during the jazz fest and after the jazz fest to attract new people inside your facility
Audience development for non-venues – The jazz Festival presents a tremendous opportunity for you too. Find a venue for a partner and plan some joint promotions, etc. These ideas and more are discussed in the sheet titled Make the most of the Jazz Festival for non-venues.
Jazz Festival Venue Contact list – This includes primary contact person for each venue and contact info for Debby Halpern (media and PR), Deanna (volunteers), Carolyn (all things jazz) and me.
Get on the Map! – Please visit the jazz fest web site. It has several new features including a map of all of the venues. Then go to Google Maps,
And make sure your venue is in the Google data base. Be sure to upload a photo of your venue.

5. Jazz Festival Audience Demographics: Audience Demographics

Jazz fans from metropolitan Chicago . From the inception of the Festival in 2007, the primary audience for the jazz festival has been individuals from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area that enjoy jazz. We will continue to target the “jazz audience” via our co-sponsor of the event, the Hyde Park Jazz Society and the Festival’s media sponsors which will include: WDCB (only jazz radio station in the metro area), WHPK, Chicago Jazz Magazine, and, which receives 2.5 million hits per month. According to the National Endowment of the Arts recently released 2008 Arts Participation Survey, the median age of jazz concert goers is 46 and aging.

Residents of the mid-South Side. The majority of those that attended the event live in Hyde Park or adjacent communities. HyPa will continue to focus on attracting more local residents to the event. HyPa’s core audience resides in the area bound by 39th Street on the north, King Drive on the west, 67th Street on the south and Lake Michigan on the east. This area is generally considered as the primary trade area for Hyde Park businesses. The demographics can be summarized as follows: 25% Caucasian, 67% African American, 5% Asian, and 3% other. Data from the 2008 Hyde Park Jazz Festival is consistent with the above. A zip code analysis of 1300 raffle tickets collected at the Festival’s main stage at the Midway Plaisance and Rockefeller Chapel indicated that 54% of Festival attendees were from mid-South Side zip codes (roughly the area bound by 31st – 119th Streets, Lake Michigan - State Street ). The balance came from throughout the metropolitan area. Similarly over 53% of respondents to an online post-event survey indicated they had traveled less than 5 miles to get to the event.

The results of the Festival’s post event online survey indicates the following about Hyde Park Jazz Festival attendees:

· Attendees love the event. Over 96% of Jazz Fest attendees indicated they were satisfied or very satisfied with the event

· Over 50% of Festival attendees indicated that they traveled less than 5 miles to attend

· People come because they love jazz.

From the Hyde Park Herald, September 24, 2008

HP Jazz Festival Sure to WOW. By Sam Cholke

After attendance at the first Hyde Park Jazz Festival defied expectations, planners said they think they'll come close to doubling last year's 5,000 people this year. "The first time we thought, 'I just hope someone shows up'" said Carolyn Albritton, music producer for the festival. Albritton said last year's event would up with a line up and down the street to hear jazz at the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., and the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. cornell Ave., threw open its doors just so people who couldn't get into a performance there could hear the music.

Close to 30 acts will perform from noon until 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at 11 venues across Hyde Park. Several new venues will be hosting acts this year , including Rockefeller Chapel on the University of Chicago campus at 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., the Little Black Pearl, 1060 E. 47th St., the Smart Museum of Art [sic- was last year], 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., and others.

Albritton said they had a lot more time to prepare for this year's festival and have added trolleys to transport people around the neighborhood for each act. The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation will be providing a guarded bicycle area for people who prefer to pedal around the neighborhood. Free parking will be available at the Ellis Avenue parking garage, at the corner of 55th street and Ellis Avenue.

"It's been all about the Hyde Park Jazz Festival for the past few months," Albritton said. "I'm even getting calls from people in other countries, Europe -- they are hyped," she said.

The festival is all Chicago talent, a feature Albritton takes great pride in. "We have great talent in this city -- to me it's the best in the country," Albritton said. "It's like a big jazz family here." It's that family spirit that has drawn people in and kept jazz so healthy in Chicago," she said. "In New York, it's a cold feeling -- you're truly on your own," Albritton said. In Chicago [jazz musicians] all know each other and you will have legends of jazz sitting down and playing with some of the new guys, she said.

That warmhearted spirit seems to rub off on the audience, too, said Ronna Hoffberg, a spokeswoman for the event. "There wasn't a harsh word all day last year, even when people were turned away," Hoffberg said.

It is unlikely people will be turned away this year as many of the new venues are larger in anticipation of a larger turnout.

Hyde Park is a great location for the festival -- there are so many institutions so close to each others, Albritton said. "It's a great chance to introduce places to people who don't live in Hyde Park," she said. "We wanted people outside Hyde Park to know Hyde Park, and what better way to get them in than music."

Asked what acts people should not miss, Albritton said she wasn't going to miss Dee Alexander at 7 p.m. at Rockefeller Chapel. The jam session at the end of the night was a real highlight last year and should be this year too, she said. The Midnight Slam Jam hosted by Curtis Robinson will run from midnight to 2 a.m. at the International House, 1414 E. 59th St.

The festival coincides this year with 57th St. Midnight Madness, where business owners on the street will stay open extra late, and an event at the Museum of Science and Industry welcoming students back to the University of Chicago. "This year there is a lot of excitement based on all the people I know who are trying to make every show," Albritton said. "I haven't felt this much excitement in many years."