It was a cool evening, but there was a hot spot in our own neighborhood at Revere Park… a foot tappin’, head bobbin’ SRO crowd who showed up for the JazzCity tribute to Women of Chicago Jazz Pian
o, namely Lil Harden Armstrong, Dorothy Donegan, Earma Thompson, and Mary Lou Williams. In the first set of the program, four young musicians, two from Whitney Young High School, one from Northeastern Illinois University, and the fourth from Chicago High School for Performing Arts, gave an outstanding performance of several jazz favorites, including “Autumn Leaves.” In the second set, Bethany Pickens, whose contributions to jazz piano are legend, performed with bass player Ted Brewer and drummer Vern Allison.
JazzCity is a collaboration between the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Park District. You can find out about remaining performances by calling (312) 427-1676 or visitingwww.JazzInChicago.org. The programs are free but a donation is requested. What great offerings this city has!