• Denise Thimes

  • Chico Freeman

  • Marquis Hill

  • William Parker

Spirit of Jazz Awards 2014

will be presented to Dr. Carol Adams,
Ari Brown & Robert Shy

Chico Freeman Comes Home

to the 15th Annual Englewood Jazz Festival,
Sat. Sept 20, at Hamilton Park Cultural Center

Trumpter Marquis Hill

a homegrown favorite takes centerstage at
the 15th Annual Englewood Jazz Festival

15th Annual Englewood Jazz Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014

12:00 noon – 6:00pm

Hamilton Park Cultural Center

513 W. 72nd Street
In the event of rain, the Festival will take place in the field house.

Live The Spirit Residency is pleased to announce the program for the 13th Annual Englewood Jazz Festival, in order of appearance.

Marquis Hill Blacktet

At age 26, Marquis Hill is already a well-known name on the Chicago Jazz Scene. After retrieving a Bachelor degree in Music Education/Jazz Studies, and studying privately at Northern Illinois University, he started performing heavily in Chicago.

He has performed with artist such as: Dee Alexander, Tito Carrillo, Bobby Broom, Willie Pickens, Ron Perrillo, Victor Garcia, Benny Golson, Antonio Hart, Rodney Whitaker, Steve Turre , Ernest Dawkins, Maurice Brown, Corey Wilkes, Willerm Delisfort, Brian Lynch and many others. He has toured the U.S and abroad with many different artist and groups; Sirens of Sound, The Delisfort Project, Chicago 12, Bebop Brass, Ronald Carter Big Band, New Horzions. In the spring of 2012, Marquis Hill retrieved his Masters degree in Jazz Pedagogy from DePaul University.

Ernest Dawkins “We Free Trio”

featuring Jummane Taylor and Justin Thoma

with Special Guest William Parker:

Mr. Parker entered the music scene in 1971, playing at Studio We, Studio Rivbea, Hilly’s on The Bowery, the Salt and Pepper club and The Baby Grand, and quickly became a sought after bass player in the New York music scene. He has played with many musicians from the avant-garde such as, Bill Dixon, Sunny Murray, Charles Tyler, Billy Higgins, Charles Brackeen, Alan Silva, Frank Wright, Frank Lowe, Rashid Ali, Donald Ayler, Sonny Simmons, Jeanne Lee, Gunter Hampel, Karl Berger Dave Burrell, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons, Milford Graves and with traditionalists like Walter Bishop, Sr. and Maxine Sullivan.

2:30 pm

Live the Spirit Big Band with Special Guest Ari Brown

Working under the artistic direction of Ernest Dawkins, the residency Big Band was founded along with the festival in 2000. Here they present a repertoire of original music which remains deeply rooted in the history and present of the Englewood community, and showcases the energy and spirit of some of Chicago's finest young professional musicians. which also includes tenor saxophonist, alto saxophonist Rajiv Halim, baritone saxophonist Aaron Getsug, trombonist Steve Berry, Trumpets Corey Wilkes and Marquis Hill pianist, bassist Junius Paul, drummer Isaiah Spencer, and many more.


Presentation of the Spirit of Jazz Award

This year we honor three individuals Ari Brown, Carol Adams and Robert Shy

Denise Thimes

In a career that spans over two decades, Denise Thimes has truly been one of the most cherished voices of modern jazz. With a number of distinguished gigs across the country and overseas, the rising first lady of jazz is unquestionably on the brink of certain stardom. As jazz aficionado Phoebe Jacobs stated following another famed New York show, “Denise Thimes is like Ella and Sarah born all over again.”


Chico Freeman

The multi-reedman, keyboard artist, composer and producer embodies the intent of jazz by finding new avenues of expression that embrace the heritage and tradition of the music.

Many critics have compared him to the greats in jazz history, but the proof, beyond arguable opinion, is in the fact that he has played and recorded with some of the most innovative musicians in the world. Few artists can equal his list of musical associations: Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Jack DeJohnette, Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Hank Jones, Freddie Cole, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Haynes, Von Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Billy Hart, Lester Bowie, Famadou Don Moye, Cecil McBee, Kirk Lightsey, John Hicks, Mal Waldron, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Eurythmics, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Art Blakey, Sting, and many others.

The Englewood Jazz Festival is produced by Live The Spirit Residency a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization registered in the State of Illinois. The Festival is made possible through the generosity of the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Oppenheimer Family Foundation, Chicago Park District, Dawk Publishing, Delmark Records, and Chicago Creative Arts Online; and is sponsored by 17th Ward Alderman Latasha Thomas. This project is partially supported by a CityArts Program grant from the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs.

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