Chicago Cultural Center Free Jazz listening sessions
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 312-744-6630, Bronzeville Stage
About Digging Our Roots
Digging Our Roots will introduce new audiences to the glories of a century-old legacy and refresh aficionados’ love for the heritage of music that continues to inspire audiences and influence musicians world-wide today.
The Jazz Institute of Chicago has created jazz listening sessions. Chicago has inspired jazz and blues artists to create classic recordings for 100 years. Digging Our Roots hosts current local jazz and blues stars who will discuss Chicago’s musical masterpieces with renowned writers and broadcasters who have long, insightful ties to those enduring hits.
Five free listening sessions will be presented monthly from January-May, The interactive sessions will be conducted seminar-style, with opportunity for the audience to listen to recordings selected by the musicians and journalists and join in the conversation afterwards.
February 21, 2019 5:30 pm -7:00pm Jelly Roll Morton
A conversation between writer and former Downbeat Magazine editor John McDonough and pianist Erwin Helfer about the music of Jelly Roll Morton. Widely recognized as a pivotal figure in early jazz, Morton was jazz’s first arranger.
March 21, 2019 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Minnie Ripperton
A conversation between WBEX/Vocolo radio journalist Ayana Contreras and pianist, composer and educator Robert “Baabe” Irving III about the jazz-influenced music of Curtis Mayfield, Minnie Ripperton and Earth Wind and Fire.
April 25, 2019 – 5:30 pm-7:00 pm The Chicago Tenor Sound
A conversation between tenorwoman Juli Wood and jazz journalist, photographer and saxophonist Michael Jackson about the Chicago Sound and the ways in which the particular energy and vitality of Chicago’s urban culture shaped Chicago’s tenor saxophone players’ approach to their horns.
May 23, 2019 – 5:30 pm-7:00pm Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Junior Wells
A conversation between WDCB radio journalist Leslie Keros and Blues harpist and educator Billy Branch about the pioneering music and influence of Muddy Waters Howlin Wolf and harpist Junior Wells n Chicago Blues.