I’ve been variously impressed and disappointed by the line-ups for the Chicago Jazz Festival over the last four years or so, but this time, to commemorate their 30th year, they’ve really outdone themselves: AACM performs Friday night (I saw Roscoe Mitchell live with a trio when I was at the University of Illinois, and it was quite a mind-blowing experience), Vijay Iyer and Dave Douglas on Saturday. and (the group I most look forward to seeing) ICP (a Dutch free improvisation group) and Ornette Coleman on Sunday.
Here’s the full line-up for the main stage.
I’ll probably be taking a train (or carpool?) in for the weekend and staying at Hostelling International Chicago for a few nights. Any other Purdue folk interested on a Labor Day weekend in Chicago? They give discounts for groups of 10 or more.