Hyde Park Jazz Festival (II)

Hyde Park Jazz Festival (II)

Day 2 of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival always has an entirely different feel to it than Day 1. All of the events take place on the two stages erected on the University of Chicago’s Midway Plaisance. One is at Ellis Avenue and the other is at Woodlawn. People trickle in throughout the afternoon. The music tends to be less experimental, which means by 3:00 PM dancing usually breaks out in front of the West Stage. Today followed the well-established pattern , with one exception: Rather than several thousand people, the Midway was at best filled with several hundred.

The afternoon opened with vocalist Maggie Brown, a staple on the Chicago jazz scene. Juan Pastor’s Chinchano provided some serious jazz with a Latin jazz beat, Greg Ward and company offered some hard driving jazz, and Pharez Whitted closed out the Festival with some straight ahead jazz, with his trumpet featuring prominently in the set. For my money, the best act of the afternoon was Bill McFarland & the Chicago Horns. Members of the frontline horn section have played with many of the biggies, including Luther Allison, Mighty Joe Young, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, Etta James, and Koko Taylor, among others. Chicago bassist Fenton Robinson was on bass, but the horns, particularly Bill McFarland on trombone, provided a propulsive beat that accentuated Robinson’s base.

Maggie Brown Kicked the Day Off

Isaiah Collier with Maggie Brown

The Wonder of It All

Unidentified Conga Player with Juan Pastor

Rich Moore with Juan Pastor’s Chinchano

Even the Police Cannot Resist Juan Pastor’s Chinchano

Bill McFarland with the Chicago Horns

Kenny Anderson with the Chicago Horns

Hank Ford of the Chicago Horns

Rain, Rain Go Away

Rain, Rain Go Away

Dave Miller with Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade

Quinn Kirchner with Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade

Matt Ulery with Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade

Fighting Off Some Light Drizzle with an Umbrella and Some Dance Moves

Fighting Off Some Light Drizzle with an Umbrella and Some Dance Moves

Xazavian Valladay with Pharez Whitted

Jonathan Wood with Pharez Whitted

Eddie Bayard with Pharez Whitted

Some additional images from Saturday, Day 1, of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival:

Ari Brown Leads His Quintet

Irvin Pierce Leads his Quartet

Ivan Taylor with the Irvin Pierce Quartet

Victor Garcia with Dana Hall’s Spring

Tia Fuller with Diamond Cut

Freeze Frame, Greg Ward

Nathaniel Braddock with Trio Mokili

Junius Paul with Trio Mokili

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha

Hyde Park Jazz Festival (I)

Hyde Park Jazz Festival (I)