With the OPS annual meeting in Chicago this year, this is a great opportunity to hear world class Jazz and Blues in many of the Chicago clubs. Long a center for Jazz and Blues, Chicago boast a long history of support for these musical art forms. The Chicago Blues festival began in 1984, and is held annually in June, celebrating its 31st year the festival is free to attend.
The Chicago Jazz Festival now in its 36th year began as a memorial concert for Duke Ellington in 1974. Later, another concert in honor of John Coltrane was also held, and in 1979 the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
With the City of Chicago combined the various concerts into what became the Chicago Jazz Festival. The Festival is held over Labor Day Weekend. The venue was recently moved to the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park after years at the Petrillo Band shell in nearby Grant Park.
While these great events have already occurred, many of the performers can be heard in the Clubs and small theaters around Chicago. For information on Jazz and Blues clubs see the links below.
For current information on what to do and see, check the Choose Chicago web site, trip advisor and Time out Chicago.
To get specific information by area or topic with reviews use the search function at the top of Yelp.com or http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Live+Jazz+Clubs&find_loc=Chicago%2C+IL
And remember, the OPS was founded at the Palmer House in Chicago 45 years ago, so while we haven’t been around as long as Chicago Blues and Jazz, we have been around longer than the festivals.
Whatever you choose to do while in Chicago, have fun!
Dave Holland and Kevin Eubanks
Terrance Blanchard Chicago Jazz Festival 2014
Esperansa Spalding Chicago Jazz Festival 2014
Text and Photos by Alan Frohlichstein CRA, FOPS