Chicago 7th Latin Jazz Festival: Celebrating Community Through Culture

Chicago Latin Jazz Festival expands with legendary Cuban-born conga king Candido Camero, South Bronx great Bobby Sanabria and Canada’s leading Cuban music emissary Jane Bunnett!

Chicago Park District and Jazz Institute of Chicago’s JazzCity:
7th Chicago Latin Jazz Festival Presented by BMO Harris
Part of Chicago Jazz Festival: Neighborhood Nights
and Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks

For all the excitement the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival provided in its first six years, its explosion this year into a two-day, star-studded, music and cultural arts and crafts attraction is as unexpected a development as it is joyous. “Two years ago, when [pianist] Chuchito Valdés told me the festival was going to get bigger, I didn’t pay attention,” said fest director Carlos Flores. “But the audiences have grown, our funding has increased and we were able to bring in not only great guest artists to play with local musicians, but whole ensembles.”

Special guests don’t get more special than the beloved 92-year Cándido Camero, who has played with such giants as Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston and Elvin Jones, while scoring hits in his own right. On Friday, he will join flutist and soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett and revered Cuban pianist Hilario Durán on a set ranging from classic danzones to Mary Lou Williams masterworks. Bunnett and Durán have been collaborators since her 1993 landmark Spirits of Havana brought together North American and Cuban musicians in Havana – preceding Buena Vista Social Club by three years.

As for Saturday, the musical portion of which will begin with a joyous procession of audience participants with newly made masks and instruments to the Humboldt Park Boathouse, who better to close out the festivities than supercharged New York drummer and bandleader Bobby Sanabria. Fresh off his seventh Grammy nomination, he will lead his “propulsive, slangy, and above all historically literate” (New York Times) Quarteto Ache. The stylistically wide-ranging group features saxophonist and flutist Peter Brainin, pianist Enrique Haneine and bassist Andy Eulau.

The festival is about all kinds of Latin music, from Puerto Rico and Cuba and Mexico and many other places,” said Flores. “People expecting to hear only salsa are going to be disappointed!” Standout Chicago bands led by Joe Rendon, Edwin Sanchez, and Greg Duncan and Son Bayu, directed by Frankie “Pancho” Merced, also will perform. And with its mask-making and instrument-making workshops, storytelling sessions, dance performances and roaming performances by the Free Street Theater, the 7th Chicago Latin Jazz Festival further guarantees to be an experience to treasure.

Here’s the complete lineup:

Friday 7/19

Boathouse Stage
7:00-7:45 Greg Duncan Latin Ensemble
8:00-8:45 Edwin Sanchez Project
9:00-10PM Jane Bunnett, Hilario Durán, Candido Camero

Saturday 7/20

Afternoon Stage
2:00-2:45 En Las Tablas Performing Arts  (Dance)
3:00-3:45 Alfred Baker and the West Indian Folk Dance Co.
4:00-4:45 AFRICARIBE  (Dance)

Under the Tent

2:00-2:15 After School Matters: West Side Story/Afri Caribbean Connections and
2:25-3:00 Baba Tony & Kucha (stories)
3:15-4PM International Capoeira Angola Foundation (African-Brazilian dance-fight)
4:10-4:45 Mama Edie and The Drum Divas (stories)

Family Friendly Fun!

Mask Making-—Star Padilla
Instrument Making—Nellie Roman
Carnaval Art Making—ElevArte Community Studio
Performance—Free Street Theater

5PM Procession to Boathouse Stage
5:30-6:15 Son Bayu
6:30-7:15 Joe Rendon and Friends
7:30-8:30 Bobby Sanabria’s Quarteto ACHE

The 7th Chicago Latin Jazz Festival is presented by BMO Harris Bank. The festival is a collaborative effort with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ Chicago Jazz Festival and the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks summer concert series.

JazzCity is a free concert series initiated in 1997 by the Jazz Institute in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, now in its 16th season of bringing people together from across the city to listen to Chicago’s top jazz musicians.  JazzCity is sponsored by Southwest Airlines, WDCB 90.9 FM and WHPK 88.5 FM Radio and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.  For more information visit or call 312.427.1676


Friday, July 19, 2013 – 7:00pm
Saturday, July 20, 2013 – 1:00pm


This is a Free event.


Phone: (312) 427-1676


Humboldt Park Boathouse
1359 N. Sacramento
Chicago, IL

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