A strong community feeling permeated The Hyde Park Jazz Festival, which ran Sept. 28-29 across twelve different locations on Chicago’s South Side.
When vocalist Maggie Brown, daughter of Oscar Brown Jr., asked an audience if they remembered jazz at the Alley—an outdoor music festival that was held in an alley at 50th and Langley back in the ’60s and ’70s, but recently was resurrected—several hands shot up.
As part of the Hyde Park Jazz Fest, the Logan Center for the Arts hosts a panel of former DJs and record spinners who reminisce about Chicago’s Jazz in the Alley from the 50s through the 70s. This program was recorded by CAN TV.
This past weekend the 13th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival brought 36 performances by local, national, and international artists to more than a dozen venues and stages in and around Hyde Park. Saturday's programming included two new works commissioned from Chicago composers in partnership with the U. of C.'s Logan Center for the Arts: Angel Bat Dawid's Requiem for Jazz and Isaiah Collier's The Story of 400 Years, both of which employed large mixed-discipline ensembles to address the history of jazz, the history of slavery, and the African American experience. Percussionists Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph, who founded the influential Mandingo Griot Society with Gambian kora player Foday Musa Soso in the late 1970s, performed as the duo Karuna. And pianist Sylvie Courvoisier played in a duo with guitarist and brand-new MacArthur fellow Mary Halvorson.