Latin Jazz Festival spreads its wings, with 2 days of music

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Here's hoping more such opportunities are forthcoming.

Friday and Saturday, Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1359 N. Sacramento Ave. Admission is free; for more information including a complete lineup, phone 312-427-1676 or visit

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Judy Roberts: The indispensable singer-pianist lives in Arizona but returns home to Chicago each summer, and she launches her latest homecoming with an engagement at the Jazz Showcase. She'll lead a quartet featuring saxophonist Greg Fishman, her husband. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4, 8 and 10 p.m. Sunday at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct.; $25-$45; 312-360-0234 or

Battle of the Saxes: The combatants are two leonine saxophonists steeped in the language and lore of Chicago tenordom: Ed Petersen (who's now based in the New Orleans area) and Eric Schneider. 9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $15; 773-878-5552 or

Pharez Whitted Sextet: Blessed with a larger-than-life sound and technique to match, Whitted tends to dominate his surroundings. He's also a strong composer-arranger, and listener can expect him to lead his sextet through a long list of attractive original works. 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard St.; $15; 312-642-6805 or

Harry Connick Jr.: The celebrated singer-pianist will perform repertoire from his new album of original, biographical material, "Every Man Should Know." 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; $49-$109; 312-294-3000 or

Ari Brown: A Chicago tenor saxophonist with a huge presence and a wide musical vocabulary, Brown will lead a quintet. 5:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard St.; $10-$15; 312-642-6805 or

Chuck Webb: The versatile Chicago bassist performs on what's billed as a "birthday bash," presented by the non-profit Hyde Park Jazz Society. 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Room 43, 1043 E. 43d St.; $10;

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