Hyde Park Jazz Festival picks up the tempo

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One other point: Rather than simply booking noted headliners who quickly assemble a band for the occasion, the festival has invited many artists to bring specific projects they've been nurturing. Thus Vandermark will feature his eloquent Midwest School, an illuminating ensemble that explores and re-conceives music of Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill and Julius Hemphill. And drummer Rosaly will lead Green and Gold, a unit that plays music of Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons.

If the Hyde Park Jazz Festival can generate this much creative programming during a single weekend, one hardly can imagine what it could achieve if it transformed itself into the larger producing organization it deserves to be.

Following is the complete performance lineup for the seventh annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Film events, panel discussions and other related programming will be announced later. For details, visit

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Sept. 28

Wagner Stage at the Midway (on the Midway Plaisance, South of Woodlawn Avenue)

1:30-2:30 p.m: Pharez Whitted Sextet

3:15-4:15 p.m.: Mike Reed's People, Places & Things

5:45:6:45 p.m.: Denise Thimes Quintet

8:15-9:15 p.m.: Dana Hall Quintet

West Stage at the Midway (on the Midway Plaisance, South of Ellis Avenue)

4:30-5:30 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra featuring Frieda Lee

7-8 p.m.: Angel d'Cuba

9:30-10:30 p.m.: Ben Paterson Organ Quartet

Logan Center – Performance Hall (915 E. 60th St.)

3-4 p.m.: Miguel de la Cerna Trio

7-8 p.m.: Gerald Clayton Trio

9:30-10:30 p.m.: Ken Vandermark Ensemble: Music of the Midwest School

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