Last weekend from September 3-6th The Chicago Jazz Fest took place in Millennium Park. While I didn’t attend every day as I intended to. I enjoyed the shows I was able to go to. Now I’d like to share some thoughts I had on my experience at the festival overall.
I went pretty heavily on Saturday, however the festival actually started on Thursday. Many believe the festival only takes place in Millennium Park on the weekend, but the fact is it actually begins Thursday in The Chicago Cultural Center just a couple blocks away. I like this because it’s sort of like a soft opening for the festival. Kinda cool that the festival starts in the middle of a week day.
The HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JAZZ FESTIVAL:
As I stated earlier I attended mainly on Saturday and I have a few thoughts on the acts I saw. First the positives: I loved the Mark Turner Quintet and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Both were the final acts on the Jay Priztker Pavilion and absolutely killed. Acts that I wasn’t as crazy about and had a different style, were Douglas Ewart and Inventions and The Claudia Quintet. Both had a different style with spoken word heavily involved in the Claudia Quintet and free jazz “out” music displayed by Douglas Ewart and Inventions.