Some of the greatest names on Chicago’s jazz scene will be highlighting this year’s Hyde Park Jazz Festival coming up on September 29 and 30 including Dee Alexander, Victor Goines, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Parker, and Tomeka Reid. HyPa and the Hyde Park Jazz Society, as co-producers of the Jazz Fest, are also hyped to announce this year’s Festival Director, Kate Dumbleton who joins the Jazz Fest from the Chicago Jazz Ensemble (CJE) at Columbia College in Chicago.
Named by Chicago Magazine as the 2011 Best Neighborhood Music Festival, the 6th annual event will continue to be on the Midway on the University of Chicago campus and in the many creative and unexpected, indoor and outdoor venues throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood.
Kate says, “I am honored to join the 2012 Hyde Park Jazz Festival team. It is rare to encounter the kind of organic, deeply co-creative collaboration that exists at the core of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Innovative energy and imagination have been at the center of everything the festival has created in the last five years; I can’t wait to participate in exploring the possibilities in whatever bubbles up next with this remarkable group.”
The complete 2012 line up is still in the works, yet this is a taste of all of the great music being planned for 6th annual Jazz Fest:
Dee Alexander is one of Chicago’s most gifted and respected female vocalist/songwriters. Her talents span every music genre, from gospel to R&B, from blues to neo-soul. Yet her true heart and soul are experienced in their purest form through her performance of jazz music. From a soft, sultry traditional ballad, to a contemporary jazz-funk groove; from a high flying swing, to a scat-filled romp, Dee Alexander delivers each style with a passion and love of music that comes across in each and every note, and with a style and grace that is truly her own.
Clarinetist, saxophonist, and educator Victor L. Goines has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993. With these legendary ensembles he has toured worldwide and has performed on more than 20 releases, including Marsalis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Blood on the Fields (Columbia Records), Jazz at Lincoln Center’s CongoSquare (JALC) and the soundtracks for Ken Burns’ documentaries JAZZ, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, and The War. Goines is also a gifted composer and an acclaimed solo artist and leads his own quartet and quintet. Among the many noted jazz and popular artists with whom he has collaborated are Terence Blanchard, Ruth Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Green, Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, James Moody, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder.
Wycliffe Gordon has solidified a place in musical history as one of the top trombonists of his generation. The Jazz Journalists Association has named him Trombonist of the Year six times in the last ten years, and he tours regularly, leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet. He is a former member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has also been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” series. Gordon currently serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music. His work with young musicians from elementary schools to universities worldwide includes master classes, clinics, workshops, and lectures. In September Gordon released Hello Pops! a tribute album to Louis Armstrong, Gordon’s favorite artist and a significant musical influence.
Guitarist Jeff Parker is one of Chicago’s most visible and versatile musicians, appearing on over 75 recordings with artists from across the musical spectrum. Best known these days through his work in the experimental-rock ensemble Tortoise, Mr. Parker co-founded the Chicago Underground Trio, the critically acclaimed mélange of hard bop, free jazz, and non-jazz forms, and has also worked with saxophonist Joshua Redman, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, drummer Brian Blade, and the late Chicago saxophonist Fred Anderson. Downbeat named Mr. Parker one of its “25 For the Future,” and in 2008 the Chicago Reader voted him “Jazz Soloist Of The Year.”
Cellist Tomeka Reid is a sought after freelance musician in the Chicago metropolitan area. She consistently strives to expand her music palette to include other musical styles and performance techniques. Originally from Washington, DC, Tomeka moved to where she has been teaching, composing, and performing with the AACM’s Great Black Music Ensemble, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble/Strings, Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly, Dee Alexander’s Evolution Ensemble, Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. Tomeka also co-directs the String Orchestra program at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.