Schedule of Events
From his beginnings as one of Chicago's most thrilling young trumpeters, to his current status as an internationally renowned musician, composer and bandleader, Marquis Hill has worked tirelessly to break down the barriers that divide musical genres. Contemporary and classic jazz, hip-hop, R&B, Chicago house, neo-soul — to Hill, they're all essential elements of the profound African-American creative heritage he's a part of. “It all comes from the same tree,” he says. “They simply blossomed from different branches.”
8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Workshops + daytime concerts
Participants and attendees have access to two full days of jazz workshops, covering a range of topics presented by accomplished jazz musicians and Artist Educators from around the nation, including our guest artists Marquis Hill and Joel Ross; and, 2023 Festival Composer Julian Tanaka. Also, faculty from the distinguished Berklee College of Music's Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, in Boston, will lead a conversation about equity and jazz.
10 p.m. - Jam Session
Festival participants will have the chance to show off or test their improv skills by jamming alongside peers and professionals. This year, Jam Sessions will be hosted on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. On Friday evening, professional Jazz musicians and Artist Educators will take turns putting on a free improvisational show sure to dazzle and extend well into the early morning hours.
8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Student performance & reviews
Students perform before renowned artist educators in a 60-minute Performance Review. The group performs selections of its own choice and receives on-the- spot coaching and feedback immediately afterward. How the hour is divided is up to the group's director. Groups will receive a recording of their performance that includes the artist educators' comments.