WBEZ | Miguel Zenon http://www.wbez.org/tags/miguel-zenon Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Hyde Park Jazz Festival gets new leadership and big ambitions http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-09/hyde-park-jazz-festival-gets-new-leadership-and-big-ambitions-102727 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4030433978_617bb3205c_z.jpg" style="height: 426px; width: 640px; " title="New leadership drums up new energy at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F61424252&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>This is the sixth season of the <a href="http://hydeparkjazzfestival.org/">Hyde Park Jazz Festival</a>, but it&#39;s the first outing for new Festival Director Kate Dumbleton. She <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-05-09/entertainment/chi-chicago-jazz-ensemble-dana-hall-kate-dumbleton-resign-20120509_1_chicago-jazz-ensemble-cje-kate-dumbleton">resigned from the Chicago Jazz Ensemble at Columbia College</a> this past May.</p><p>The free event results from the work of many, including&nbsp;co-founder Judith Stein, musical director Carolyn Albritton, and the army of volunteers who show up each year to stage a first-rate, professional music festival.</p><p>Dumbleton says she was drawn to the jazz festival by that grassroots energy: &quot;I was completely blown away by the number of people of people who come out, the sense of community, and just the way people organize gatherings around music.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Dumbleton is herself bringing new energy to the Festival, which takes place in and around the campus of the University of Chicago.</p><p>There are now two outdoor stages on the Midway, including one with a dance floor. If you&#39;ve never been, part of the joy of attending is the chance to hear music in a variety of untraditional settings, from the gorgeous lobby of the Hyde Park Bank to the low-slung rooms of Frank Lloyd Wright&#39;s Robie House.</p><p>But thanks to a new partnership with the&nbsp;<a href="http://arts.uchicago.edu/content/logan-center">University of Chicago&rsquo;s Logan Arts Center</a>, shows will also take place in proper performance venues, including the &quot;Performance Penthouse&quot; on the 9th floor. I have no idea what the acoustics are like, but the view is incredible: Floor-to-ceiling windows afford an unusual, expansive, from-on-high view of Hyde Park and other South Side neighborhoods.</p><p>Most importantly, there are also more performers this year! Saturday is the big day at the festival: The shows run from early afternoon until late in the evening. Musically the festival is all over the map: big band swing, Afro-Latin rhythms, steel pan sounds and a variety of ensembles who play straight-ahead or more experimental jazz.&nbsp;The late-night solo show by saxophonist and MacArthur fellow Miguel Zenón, taking place at 10 p.m. in Rockefeller Chapel, is sure to be a stunner.</p><p>But Dumbleton thinks the festival&rsquo;s sweet spot is local talent.</p><p>&quot;The breadth of what Chicago offers within the scope of jazz and improvised music is stunning,&quot; she says. &quot;And perhaps wider than any other city in this country.&quot;</p><p>Here&#39;s the full<a href="http://hydeparkjazzfestival.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2012-HPJF-Schedule.pdf">&nbsp;line-up</a>&nbsp;for the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday.</p></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 05:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-09/hyde-park-jazz-festival-gets-new-leadership-and-big-ambitions-102727