Join the Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre (CRDT) and Pharez Whitted as a guest solist on October 5th & 6th at the Constellation Jazz Club.
Join Pharez Whitted and Willie Pickens at The Green Mill on Friday, September 15th at 9pm and Saturday, September 8th at 8pm.
A master trumpeter, gifted composer, conductor, and educator, ORBERT DAVIS is co-founder and artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP), a 55 piece jazz-symphonic orchestra, which he co-founded in 2004. He also works with at-risk children through his Jazz Alive program, which is the Arts Education outreach arm of the CJP. In addition to eight CD’s, including the newly released Havana Blue, and three films to his credit, Orbert conducts his newest piece, Soul Migration, commissioned for the Great Black Migration Centennial Celebration, at the opening of the 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival. He also has composed The Chicago River, inspired by the reversal of the Chicago River in the early 20th century, and performed at Symphony Center in 2013; a piece for the City of Chicago’s 173rd birthday; and Hope in Action, a tribute to Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday, both performed by the CJP to capacity crowds in Millennium Park. In 1995 the Chicago Tribune named Orbert one of the Arts People of the Year, and in 2003 Chicago Magazine named him one of seven Chicagoans of the Year. He was commissioned to write the music for the 2010 WTTW special, From DuSable to Obama for which he won an Emmy. Orbert is also host of “The Real Deal with Orbert Davis,” a weekly three hour program airing on 90.9fm WDCB, also streaming live at wdcb.org. For the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Orbert pays tribute to one of the great jazz trumpeters, Freddie Hubbard, who formed his sound out of the Clifford Brown/Lee Morgan tradition, and became a pacesetter in jazz in the 1970s. The Sextet includes ORBERT DAVIS, trumpet; VICTOR JESUS GARCIA, trumpet; PHAREZ WHITTED,trumpet; LEANDRO LOPEZ VARADY, piano; STEWART MILLER, bass; and YUSSEF ERNIE ADAMS, drums.
A piano powerhouse, WILLIE PICKENS began his career on Eddie Harris’s 1961 national hit record, Exodus, since then playing with James Moody, Roy Eldridge, Max Roach, Clark Terry, Ira Sullivan, and going on the road with Elvin Jones for five years. But instead of staying on the national and international jazz scene, Willie chose to make a home in Hyde Park, become a Chicago Public School (CPS) teacher, an active member of the Hyde Park Union Church, and a mentor to scores of upcoming musicians. Following his retirement from CPS, Willie increased his performance schedule. By the time he passed his 80th birthday, Willie was busier, more in demand, and playing better than ever. Although recently retired from decades of teaching at Northern Illinois University, he maintains a vigorous schedule, mentoring in Ravinia’s Jazz Scholar program and performing frequently at the Jazz Showcase, among other venues. Earlier this year as part of Jazz at Symphony Center series, Willie gave an electrifying performance with his trio, receiving a thundering standing ovation. The Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich has written that Willie’s intense dramatic performances result from his “large and complex chords, his great splashes of color and dissonance in the right hand and his barrelhouse octaves in the left.” He also has commented that it “takes a lifetime to learn to construct such an essay in sound, and we're fortunate that Pickens is here to show us how it's done.” Joining Willie are PHAREZ WHITTED, trumpet; KURT SCHWEITZ, bass; and ROBERT SHY, drums.
Live the Spirit Residency is pleased to announce the line-up for the 17th Annual Englewood Jazz Festival, Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 12:00 noon – 6:00pm at Hamilton Park Cultural Center, 513 W 72nd street. The festival will be held rain or shine. In the event of rain, performances will move inside the field house.
Young Masters Ensemble -- 2:15 - 3:10 pm
Showcasing the creative achievements and original compositions of emerging artists in Live the Spirit Residency's jazz education workshops, this ensemble features musical phenoms including pianist Alexis Lombre, bassist James Wenzel, and percussionist Jeremiah Collier. The ensemble will be celebrating the release of their debut album Coming of Age. They will be joined by guest artist Pharez Whitted on trumpet.
Please contact the above email to volunteer or help in any way, or to receive Festival announcements.
The Englewood Jazz Festival is produced by Live The Spirit Residency, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization registered in the State of Illinois. The Festival is made possible through the generosity of the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Oppenheimer Family Foundation, the Cohn Family Foundation, Chicago Park District, Dawk Publishing, Delmark Records, and Chicago Creative Arts Online; and is sponsored by 17th Ward Alderman Latasha Thomas, and 6th Ward Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer and The Old Town School of Folk Music. This project is partially supported by a CityArts Program grant from the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs.
Live the Spirit is in residency at Hamilton Park through the Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residence Program, which unites artists and communities in Chicago’s parks.
About Live the Spirit Residency
Live the Spirit Residency are the producers of the Englewood Jazz Festival and an after school jazz education program for youth. The organization is deeply rooted in and reflects the rich cultural heritage of the Englewood community. Their mission is to increase the musical resources of the community and connect the past to the present through programs and partnerships with artists and arts organizations committed to music, mentoring, and inter-generational knowledge exchange. For 17 years, they have presented original music to a community that is directly linked to the musicians who write and perform it at home and around the globe.
Join Pharez Whitted on Trumpet, Shawn Pelton on Drums, Joshua A. Johnson on Saxophone, Jim Beard on Piano & Keyboard & Robert Hurst on Acoustic & Electric Bass on Saturday, September 3rd at 1:30pm for the David Baker Tribute and again from 12:30am - 1:30am as the VIP house band for the Festival's Performers Jam Session at the Marriott Hotel (the official lodging for the festival).