The DuSable Museum of African American History

2013 Hyde Park Jazz Festival


Several of the most intriguing bands in Chicago jazz, as well as national and international artists, will converge on the city’s South Side for the seventh annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, running on Sept. 28 in superb venues across the neighborhood.


Ari Brown (2)

Willie Pickens Trio
Saturday, 2:00-3:00PM


Ari Brown Quintet
Saturday, 3:30-4:30PM

History of Festival

In late 2006, Hyde Park cultural leaders convened with the Hyde Park Jazz Society to create an annual event that would bring new audiences into the many arts and cultural venues in Hyde Park and celebrate jazz’s great legacy and bright future on Chicago’s South Side. The University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement stepped up to assist this grassroots effort with both financial and staff support.

The inaugural Hyde Park Jazz Festival was held in September 2007, with the University of Chicago as the founding and lead sponsor. Almost 5,000 jazz fans enjoyed 12 hours of free, nonstop jazz played inside many museums, art galleries and architecturally significant venues in the greater Hyde Park area. A major outdoor stage was located on the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. In 2008, that stage was named the James W. Wagner Stage for the founder of the Hyde Park Jazz Society.

In only five years, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival has established itself as one of the premier annual musical festivals in Chicago – named Best Neighborhood Music Festival by Chicago Magazine. This year the Jazz Fest expands to 18 hours over 2 days, presenting Chicago’s greatest jazz musicians to an anticipated crowd of more than 20,000 jazz lovers. The Festival event is made possible with the help of more than 300 dedicated volunteers and Festival Committee members, and through the support of numerous generous individual donors, foundations and sponsors.

This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events