All That (Hyde Park) Jazz

Third annual festival kicks off this weekend

By Marcus Riley
|  Friday, Sep 25, 2009  |  Updated 11:15 AM CDT
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Pharez Whitted performs at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

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A lot of sweet sounds will be emanating from the South Side this weekend when the 3rd annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival kicks off.

Festival organizers promise 15 hours of free, non-stop jazz Saturday and Sunday from 100 artists at more than a dozen locations.

It all kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. at The DuSable Museum, and closes with a bang Sunday night -- or technically Monday morning -- with a Slam Jam at the International House that begins at midnight and ends at 2 a.m.

Since the festival is free -- and attracted more than 15,000 people last year -- the trick is to get there early, because seating is on a first come first served basis. Most of the venues are located close to each other, so attendees are encouraged to park and walk, although shuttles will be provided.

Guaranteed seating at the indoor events can be had by snagging a $125 weekend pass, big spender. French cigarettes not included.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival, View Map, List of Performers

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