Chicago Jazz Festival 2012: Countdown to the Big Event at Neighborhood Nights Performances.

Chicago Jazz Festival 2012: Countdown to the Big Event at Neighborhood Nights Performances.
Reeves will be one of the headliners at Chicago's Jazz Festival 2012 over Labor Day Weekend.

CHICAGO, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Although the 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival is still over a month away, jazz fans can turn up the volume with a series of pre-festival events at the Neighborhood Nights performances listed here.

  • Magic Carpet at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 100 N. Central Park Ave. at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.
  • The Bethany Pickens Band at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th, at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 17.
  • The Sunday Evening Jazz Series at The Old Town School of Folk Music, every Sunday,  July 29 through August 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Szold Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue.  Line-up:
  •  July 29      Henry Johnson Quartet;
  • August 5    Havana: A tribute to Richie Pillot;
  • August 15  Dennis Luxion / Michael Raynor Quartet;
  • August 19  Neal Alger's Blue Note Quartet;
  • August 26 Josh Berman and His Gang.

The Jazz Festival opens Thursday, August 30 through Sunday, September 2 in Grant Park with four stages of free performances. Headliners for the Fest include Roy Haynes, Dianne Reeves and Allen Toussaint. For more information call (312) 744-3316 or visit www.explorechicago.org.

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