Big Band and Beyond: Kurt Elling and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Big Band and Beyond: Kurt Elling and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra perform at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park with special guest Von Freeman
**Chicago Jazz Festival Kick-off, Monday, August 30 at 6:30pm** FREE CONCERT
At 6:30pm on Monday, August 30, three Chicago jazz favorites will unite for a special free performance in the new Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Big Band and Beyond will feature vocalist Kurt Elling and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra joined by saxophonist Von Freeman in his first big band collaboration since 1946. The program will include swing hits made famous by Frank Sinatra and the classic big bands along with new arrangements for choice selections from Elling’s repertoire by arranger Bob Mintzer (of the Yellowjackets) and Chicagoan Brad Wheeler. This concert celebrates the opening of the 26th annual Chicago Jazz Festival.
Also Kurt will sing a few songs at this event:
Saturday, August 28, 2004
The New City YMCA Grounds
Making history….
Seeking to raise public awareness of the importance of reading as well as literacy, a group of leading Chicago recording artists will band together to perform at the Chicago Sun-Times “Rock for Reading,” a day-long outdoor music festival for adults and children. The first-time event, spearheaded by Chicago singer/songwriter Alice Peacock, will be held on Saturday, August 28, from 1:00-11:00 p.m. on the grounds of the New City YMCA at the corner of Halsted & Clybourn in Chicago. Admission is $10. Children 6 yrs. & under are admitted free. Entertainment on the kids stage will kick off around 1:30pm with music on the main stage getting underway at 5:30pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the main gate. Visit for more information, directions and updates on artists scheduled to perform or call Chicago Special Events Management at 773.868.3010.
Proceeds from Rock for Reading will be donated to the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Public Schools’ Children

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