Jack DeJohnette to Open Chicago Jazz Festival Aug. 29

Drummer will play with Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill

Drum legend Jack DeJohnette will close the Made in Chicago series at that city’s Millennium Park on Aug. 29, kicking off the 35th Chicago Jazz Festival. The music series is programmed in partnership with Jazz Institute of Chicago and with the support of the Chicago Community Trust.

According to a press release, DeJohnette plans “to revisit the avant-garde scene that is synonymous with his musical upbringing and the city’s AACM movement of the 1960s.” The Made in Chicago: DeJohnette will lead a special “Legends” edition Chicago band featuring Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill. A live recording of the performance will be made.

Jim Brock

Jack DeJohnetteat the Catalina Bar & Grill

This season of Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz will be dedicated to the late Helen Doria, the first Executive Director at Millennium Park, who conceived and launched the series in the summer of 2005.

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