Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Nov 07 08
Music Institute of Chicago, Evanstone, IL 60601

The Music Institute of Chicago's fifth annual Jazz Festival celebrates the incredible career and influence of jazz icon Charlie Parker.

Friday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.: Bird with Strings

The festival opens with a rare performance of music from the legendary Bird with Strings recordings, with jazz veteran Charles McPherson as saxophone soloist and Music Institute Artist in Residence Tammy McCann singing Easy Living and I Thought About You. Also on the program is a newly commissioned work for jazz quartet and strings by Northwestern University Director of Jazz Studies Victor Goines. 

Saturday, November 8, 4 p.m.: Lecture and Book-Signing

The festival continues with a lecture by acclaimed cultural critic and author Stanley Crouch, who discusses his recent book Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. WBEZ's Richard Steele serves as moderator. 

Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.: Bebop Extravaganza

The closing concert features Charles McPherson on saxophone and the Music Institute jazz faculty quintet, with Victor Garcia on trumpet, Jeremy Kahn on piano, Stewart Miller on bass, Ernie Adams on drums, and Music Institute Jazz Studies Director Audrey Morrison on trombone performing Charlie Parker classics, such as Confirmation, Moose the Mooch and Ornithology.

A Jazz Invitational Saturday, November 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. features high school student jazz ensembles performing and receiving coaching from Charles McPherson and Music Institute jazz faculty. Participating high schools to date include Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), Glenbrook South, and Pritzker College Prep. A master class with McPherson follows at 3 p.m.

Bird with Strings: 7:30 p.m.

Jazz Invitational: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Lecture and Book-Signing: 4 p.m.
Bebop Extravaganza: 7:30 p.m.

Discounts available for seniors and students.

Public Transportation:

Purple Line - Dempster