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Annual jazz

It began with a rumble, and then a screech, and then a bang. A thumping baseline saddled up beside vocals preaching the gospel of love, while drums echoed against gothic stonework. At Union Church on 56th and Woodlawn, the Hyde…

One o’clock jump

The fifth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival showcased twenty hours of music at thirteen locations and drew over 150 professional jazz musicians from around the world. Twelve hours after the first horns had been blown, however, the festival shifted focus away from the virtuosos and onto the audience itself.

Time Signatures

Glancing skyward and whispering concerns about the weather, concertgoers listened tensely, ready to reach for umbrellas or dash indoors at the first sign of a downpour. Members of the audience sat before the tented stage and milled around the pavilion on the Midway Plaisance, looking out from behind winter coats and $6 pulled pork sandwiches. The sound of the University of Chicago’s Jazz X-tet, an ensemble composed of undergraduate musicians that features the poetic stylings of Chicago native Khari B., boomed from the speakers in the Goose Island Beer Garden. The pavilion was overcome with the pleasantly erratic sounds of brass and percussion.

Jazz at the Rock

“Dee Alexander is one of the most exciting performers I have ever seen…She’s a true genius and a true musical diva,” announced Richard Steele, host of “Eight Forty-Eight” on Chicago Public Radio. And so began the Saturday evening portion of…