CHICAGO, January 18, 2013. It’s time to think summer. With the thermometer promising to nosedive to the coldest reading in Chicago in two years, today is a good day to start planning for Chicago’s Summer Festival Season.
Right in line with these plans, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs announced today that the 2013 Artist in Residence for the Chicago Jazz Festival will be Chicago drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake. Drake has a long history with Chicago, having moved here with his parents in the early sixties, on the same street as Fred Anderson who would mentor the pre-teen drummer. By the early seventies, Drake joined Anderson’s band, playing with him on stage at the inaugural Chicago Jazz Festival in 1979. The worldwide demand for his talents regularly takes Drake away from home. This year’s Artist Residency will afford Chicagoans and visitors the rare opportunity to hear him in several contexts over the course of one weekend.
2013 marks the 35th year for Chicago Jazz Festival making it the first of the city’s growing line-up of lakefront music festivals. This year’s festival will move to Millennium Park from its former home on the festival grounds in Grant Park. As always, the festival takes place over Labor Day weekend which comes early this year running from August 29 through September 1. In addition to performances in Millennium Park, performances will be held in the Chicago Cultural Center. (78 E. Washington). The festival is presented by the DCASE and programmed in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
“The Chicago Jazz Festival highlights a genre that is such a part of Chicago’s musical heritage and it’s a great Labor Day Weekend tradition,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of DCASE. “But over time, traditions can use a jolt of new and fresh ideas. Millennium Park and the Pritzker Pavilion’s state-of-the-art sound system provide an idyllic setting to enjoy this festival and experience the intricacies of jazz music.”
The first evening of the Chicago Jazz Festival, Thursday, August 29, will once again coincide with the final evening of Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz. Then on Friday, three stages will come alive with entertainment in Millennium Park (including the north and south ends of the Chase Promenade) as the festival begins that day at 2 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours will also be extended from previous years, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and an additional stage will feature live performances, resulting in the festival providing the most hours of free jazz music than it has in recent years.