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.

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  1. Seth Robbins says:

    This is, without a doubt, the best lineup for anything I’ve ever seen. This really looks amazing, Chicago’s finally taking some pride in it’s Avant roots (Ok, so the “roots” of chicago jazz go much deeper than that, but it was the center of the jazz Avant-Garde in the late ’60’s). Free improv, downtown music, and Latin music as well!!! Right-on. I’m not a Purdue-ite, but I’d definatly like to come.

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