Chicago’s Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series Sets 2019/2020 Schedule

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Chick Corea’s Trilogy, which also includes bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, are set to play the 2019/20 Symphony Center Presents Jazz series in Chicago on Nov. 1.

(Photo: Courtesy CSO)

The 2019/2020 Symphony Center Presents Jazz series in Chicago is set to return Nov. 1.

During the past two-plus decades, the series has featured some of the jazz world’s most feted players, including performances last year by Joshua Redman and Zakir Hussain’s Crosscurrents, which featured bassist Dave Holland and saxophonist Chris Potter. This season’s planned events dip into local talent with an appearance of Chicago drummer and bandleader Makaya McCraven, while also marking the genre’s legacy with a celebration of saxophonist Charlie Parker, who was born in 1920.

All shows are planned for Chicago Symphony Orchestra at 220 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago and are slated to begin at 8 p.m.

Nov. 1: Chick Corea Trilogy (with Christian McBride and Brian Blade)

Nov. 15: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Nov. 16: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: South African Songbook

Jan. 31: Makaya McCraven In These Times (with Marquis Hill, Jeff Parker, Junius Paul, Greg Ward, Brandee Younger)

Feb. 14: The Piano Soul of Nat King Cole featuring Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra (with Kenny Barron, Benny Green, Russell Malone)

Feb. 28: Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya

March 21: SFJAZZ Collective and special guest vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater mark the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way and Sly & the Family Stone’s Stand!

April 3: Fly Higher: Charlie Parker @ 100 (Rudresh Mahanthappa, Terri Lyne Carrington, Charenée Wade, Adam O’Farrill, Kris Davis, Larry Grenadier and DJ Kassa Overall) + Sean Jones Quartet

April 17: Artemis (Renee Rosnes, Anat Cohen, Melissa Aldana, Ingrid Jensen, Noriko Ueda and Allison Miller) + Jazzmeia Horn

May 1: Kurt Elling marks the 25th anniversary of Close Your Eyes

June 5: Dianne Reeves Beleza Brazil

For additional information about the series, visit the CSO website. DB