Englewood Jazz Festival Celebrates AACM at ’50’, Saturday, Sept. 19 in Hamilton Park


Corey Wilkes, Tammy McCann, Makaya McCraven, Young Masters Among Headliners
Dr. Conrad Worrill, Tom Tom Washington, Kidd Jordan and Hamiet Bluiett Honored

 In a community often described by its negatives, Englewood can boast one of the most positive, dynamic events in the city.  For 16 years Live the Spirit Residency has brought top tier musicians and young, emerging talent into the community for the Englewood Jazz Festival.  This year’s festival is dedicated to 50 years of the AACM,

Deeply rooted in and reflective of the rich cultural heritage of the Englewood community, since its inception the Festival has showcased up and coming young musicians and commissioned new works in celebration of the spirit of Englewood.  This year’s festival is no exception.  The Young Masters featuring teen brother phenoms Isaiah and Jeremiah Collier and James Wenzel will perform.  Plus, new compositions by Adegoke Steve Colson and Ernest Dawkins will be debuted by the festival’s resident band Live the Spirit Residency Big Band.

The 16th annual Englewood Jazz Festival will be held Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Hamilton Park & Cultural Center, 513 W. 72nd Street, 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Celebrated trumpet player Corey Wilkes, critically acclaimed vocalist Tammy McCann, and multi-dimensional drummer Makaya McCraven will bring their unique talents to the Festival along with Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Quartet featuring special guests Jeff Parker and Kidd Jordan.  Jordan will receive the 2015 Live the Spirit Award along with educator/activist Dr. Conrad Worrill, arranger/producer Tom Tom Washington and jazz saxophonist/composer Hamiet Bluiett.  For more information, call 773-800-2738 or visit www.englewoodjazzfest.org