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Friday August 30, 2013

From Chicago Tribune

Review: Jack DeJohnette sets new tempo for relocated jazz fest
Move to Millennium Park augurs well for 35th annual event
By Howard Reich

The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival opened boldly on Thursday, raising the curtain on its new home, Millennium Park, and featuring some of the most visionary jazz artists this city has produced.

Though previous Jazz Festival concerts have unfolded in Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion, this year – for the first time – all the outdoor concerts are being be held in and around that superb venue, relieving jazz listeners of the acoustical and aesthetic ignominy of Grant Park. So listeners who packed the Pritzker seating area and spread across the lawn in effect were settling in for four days of jazz in Chicago’s most felicitous outdoor musical setting (concerts earlier in the day had taken place in the Chicago Cultural Center and Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall).

Moreover, the opening night brought together leading-edge artists rarely heard on the same stage at the same time. The idea came from drummer Jack DeJohnette, who was born in Chicago and came of age musically here before conquering the world in multiple jazz contexts. Invited to assemble a dream band, DeJohnette enlisted players famously nurtured by the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the Chicago-based collective that began to transform the music in the mid-1960s.

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