Women In Jazz Festival Offers Three Electrifying Shows Nov. 19-21 at Evanston’s Nichols Concert Hall

Dee Dee Bridgewater

The Music Institute of Chicago presents its sixth annual Jazz Festival, this year pointing the spotlight on women in jazz. Performances include the Anat Cohen Quartet November 19, Chicago’s own Tammy McCann with Music Institute jazz faculty November 20, and Dee Dee Bridgewater paying tribute to Billie Holiday November 21, all at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Anat Cohen Quartet
Thursday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.

Voted “Clarinetist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalist Association for eight consecutive years, the Israeli

clarinetist and tenor sax player has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation since arriving in New York in 1999. She is an established bandleader and prolific composer, idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles. Tammy McCann Strings Attached

Tammy McCann

Friday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago’s own Tammy McCann performs a joyful concert of jazz standards and the premiere of arrangements for jazz quartet and strings, performing with musicians from the Music Institute’s Jazz Studies program. Merging classical vocal technique and gospel aesthetic with jazz to create a sound that is completely her own, McCann explores new approaches to standards while remaining traditionally creative. McCann has performed with such luminaries as Ramsey Lewis and Les McCann and toured as a “Raelette” with the great Ray Charles, with sold-out shows in some of the top jazz venues in America. Dee Dee Bridgewater

Anat Cohen

Saturday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
Three-time Grammy and Tony Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater performs a powerful tribute to jazz great Billie Holiday on the 100th anniversary of her birth, joined by musicians from the Music Institute’s Jazz Studies program. She made her phenomenal New York debut in 1970 as the lead vocalist for one of the premier jazz orchestras of the time, led by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. Her early career included concerts and recordings with such giants as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach, and Roland Kirk. She received a Tony for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for her tour de force portrayal of Billie Holiday in Stephen Stahl’s Lady Day in London. Performing roles in Sophisticated Ladies, Cosmopolitan Greetings, Black Ballad, Carmen Jazz, and the musical Cabaret (the first black actress to star as Sally Bowles), she secured her reputation as a consummate entertainer. Additional Festival activities Film screening: Lady Be Good – Instrumental Women in Jazz
Saturday, November 14, 3 p.m.,
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette
The documentary film Lady Be Good – Instrumental Women in Jazz focuses on the contributions of American women instrumentalists in jazz, capturing their lost stories with rare photos, previously unseen film and television footage, and provocative interviews with Marian McPartland, Peggy Gilbert, Quincy Jones, and many more. The filmmaker, Kay D. Ray, will be present for a talk-back immediately following the screening. Tickets are available at wilmettetheatre.com. High School Invitational

Saturday, November 21, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Nichols Concert Hall

The Music Institute offers high school jazz ensembles the opportunity to perform and participate in master classes. Each ensemble will perform and receive advanced coaching from the Music Institute artist faculty, as well as guest artists from the Festival. Jazz bands from Chicago High School for the Arts, Lane Tech, New Trier, Evanston, and others are expected to perform. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Billy Strayhorn Piano Competition
November 19–21, Nichols Concert Hall
As part of the Billy Strayhorn Centennial Celebration, Music Institute piano students will compete to perform Strayhorn compositions. Winners will receive a cash prize and perform the Strayhorn works on each night of the Festival.

Music Institute of Chicago The Music Institute of Chicago is dedicated to transforming lives through music education. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers and arts therapists reach thousands of students and clients of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, and concerts through its Community School, Academy, and Nichols Concert Hall.

The Music Institute’s 2015–16 Faculty and Guest Artist Concert Series at Nichols Concert Hall continues with two concerts celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Music Institute’s Academy for gifted pre-college musicians, one in March and the other, featuring alumni Rachel Barton Pine and Matthew Lipman, May 14.

The Music Institute of Chicago’s Sixth Annual Jazz Festival: Celebrating Women in Jazz performances take place November 19–21 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Tickets for each concert are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students, available at musicinst.org/faculty-guest-artist-series or 847.905.1500 ext. 108. All programming is subject to change. For more information, visit musicinst.org.