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Chicago’s 24th Annual Jazz Fair

Chicago-area jazz fans should clear the calendar of any previously made engagements from Jan. 24-26 as the 24th Annual Jazz Fair takes over the Chicago Cultural Center for three days of jazz-related poetry, cinema, history and music.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, New York poet Quraysh Ali Lansana, will recreate Charles Mingus and Langston Hughes’ recording of Weary Blues, with the original Mingus composition arranged by T.S. Galloway. Performing with Lansana will be a sextet of Chicago musicians including saxophonist Ari Brown, bassist Harrison Bankhead, pianist Ken Chaney, trumpeter Pharez Whitted and drummer Avreeyal Ra.

Friday will be packed with performances from Chicagoan and non-Chicagoan musicians alike, including Von Freeman, Jason Moran (pictured left), Franz Jackson and his Salty Dogs, John McLean and Fred Anderson. And on Saturday afternoon you can catch a number of jazz flicks including Peter Kowald: Off the Road, Sonny Rollins: Live at Loren and Steve Lacy: Lift the Bandstand.

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