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Jazz is food for the soul. Hailed as "one of America's original art forms," jazz is difficult to define but easy to taste. Sample 100 years (1917-2017) of flavor in music and food, as the Chicago Southland celebrates the jazz masters who had the recipe for success!


Opening Night: 29th Annual Jazz Festival


  • March 10, 2017, 5-7pm
    Obsession, Improvisation, Collaboration Opening Reception
    Governors State University Visual Art Gallery, Exhibit runs March 10 -31, 2017
    An exhibition exploring the connections between the creation of Jazz music and studio art making practices.

  • March 15, 2017, 7pm
    Swingin' Spring: An Evening of Jazz with the IPO
    Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra at Ravisloe Country Club
    Dinner buffet available in the Bunker Bar & Grill, 5-7PM
    Concert tickets, $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

  • March 18, 2017, 7pm
    Club Central Jazz Concert
    Rich Central High School
    Featuring Rich Central Jazz band and District 227 Alumni, the evening will include a concert and dinner.


  • April 1, 2017, 1-8pm
    Salon Artist Gallery
    Live Music, Refreshments, FREE Admission
    Exhibit runs 4/1/2017 to 4/27/2017

  • April 4, 2017, 11am
    Glenn Miller Orchestra
    Freedom Hall
    With its distinctive jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time.

  • April 7, 2017
    Happy Birthday Billie!
    Governors State University Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
    Celebrate the legacy of Billie Holliday on her 102nd birthday, with birthday cake at noon!

  • April 22, 2017, 4-7pm
    Exhibit Reception
    Union Street Gallery
    Jazz themed exhibit running April 12 – May 5

  • April 28, 2017, 6pm
    Jazz & Art
    The Midwest Motet Society at Tall Grass Arts Association

Closing Night:Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble featuring Tammy McCann presents The Monk Meets The First Lady

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When asked to define jazz music, Louis Armstrong once said, "Man, if you gotta ask, you'll never know."

This uniquely American art form has been seasoned by many cooks along the way. Referred to as a state of mind—the flavor of jazz can be found in many artists' work.

Like a fine gumbo, these local events blend the finest notes with a hint of jazz mixed in.

February 11, 2017, 8pm
Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole starring Evan Tyrone Martin
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts

February 12, 2017, 3pm
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Freedom Hall

March 3, 2017, 7-9pm
Third Annual Illinois School Children's Art Exhibit - "SHADES OF INSPIRATION" opening
Salon Artist Gallery
FREE admission. Live Jazz music and Refreshments
Exhibit runs 3/3/2017 to 3/29/2017

March 6-April 8, 2017
Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Art Competition Reception, April 8, 11am-1pm
Community College student exhibitions
Prairie State College Christopher Art Gallery

March 10, 2017, 7:30pm

Tom Sharpe Ensemble
Freedom Hall
A percussive symphony - a sonic and visual feast for the senses with a mix of musical influences

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Jazz Centennial

1917 was a significant year for Jazz. In 1917 the first jazz records became available in United States music shops.

Many notable musicians were born in 1917, including Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Lena Horne, Dean Martin, and others. 

Today, 100 years later we celebrate the legacy and impact of these jazz masters on many genres of music.

To learn more about the history of Jazz, and Jazz in Chicagoland visit the following resources:

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Do you want to reach new customers while supporting local businesses in your community?
Do you believe in the power of the arts to transform and reinvigorate neighborhoods?

Join us, as a Chicago Southland's "Let Them Eat Jazz" festival partner, and take your product or service to the next level  with brand recognition, exposure and publicity.

To sponsor the festival, please contact Lana Rogachevskaya at 708.235.2238

($250 level)

  • Link and logo on the Festival website
  • Flyer and poster inclusion
  • Festival promotional materials provided for your location

($500 level)

  • Link and logo on the Festival website
  • Recognition in the Festival Press Release
  • Flyer and poster inclusion
  • Half page B&W advertising (Partner Profile) in Program Playbills at participating venues

($1000 level)

  • Link and logo on the Festival website
  • Recognition in the Festival Press Release
  • Social Media and Email inclusion as a Festival Partner (all cultural venues including GSU CPA, Prairie State, Freedom Hall, NMSP, etc)
  • Full Page B&W advertising (Partner Profile) in Program Playbills at participating venues
  • A pair (2) of tickets to the Opening Night of the Festival – Prairie State Jazz Festival
  • A pair (2) of tickets to the Closing Night Concert CJP Monk Meets the First Lady at Governors State University Center for Performing Arts



Standard Bank and Trust Company

Providence Bank & Trust

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We want your Chicago Southland Jazz Festival experience to be memorable.

To book your "Let Them Eat Jazz" Tour, contact Tobie Fitzpatrick, Chicago Southland's Tour Expert. 888-895-3211 Be sure to ask about incentives and services.

For a schedule of events and hotel information visit


As a festival attendee you will receive discounted room rates at one of our preferred festival hotels, by using the CODE EATJAZZ.

Wingate - Tinley Park
Call the hotel direct at 708.532.9300 for $99.99 rate.
Wingate by Wyndham Hotels


La Banque Hotel – Homewood
Call hotel direct at 708.798.6000 for 10% off regular rates.

La Banque Hotel


Holiday Inn – Matteson
Holiday Inn - Matteson


Visit Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau website for more information surrounding the event!

Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau

For Additional Area Accommodations:


Please enjoy one of our events in participating restaurants.

Feb. 18
Dinner at LaVoute Bistro and Bar
2034 Ridge Rd., Homewood, IL 
Call 708 798-6000  

Feb. 19   
Brunch at Flavor Brunch
17575 Kedzie Ave., Hazel Crest, IL
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Call 708  914-4373

March 10
Dinner at Scrementi’s Restaurant
3760 Chicago Rd., Steger, IL
11a.m. – 10 p.m.
Call 708 755-7200

April 1
Dinner at Fresh Starts
1040 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL
11a.m. – 10 p.m.
Call 708  975-7900

April 29 
Dinner at Flavor Restaurant
5091 Sauk Trail, Richton Park, IL
11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Call 708 748-3000
Jazz entertainment

April 30
Champagne brunch at Tavern on the Green
390 E Richton Rd., Crete, IL
Call  708 672-3000

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Southland Arts, Municipalities, and Business Alliance (S.A.M.B.A.) is an economic and community development organization. Its mission is to build stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies by uniting wide-ranging cultural resources with an expanding business community to enrich the lives of the diverse population of Chicago's southern suburbs.


We believe that the South Suburbs represent the heart of Mid-America with family friendly villages, an under-recognized but strong education system, award-winning park districts with vast recreational opportunities, a vibrant arts scene, affordable housing, convenient shopping and transportation, welcoming public spaces, and perhaps most distinctively, diverse and engaged communities.


  • To promote the South Suburbs as a vibrant family-friendly arts destination.
  • To encourage connection, knowledge exchange, and resource-sharing among arts, municipalities and businesses
  • To attract and welcome new businesses and the creative class to our region.
  • To foster creativity and active participation in building the community 

For information about S.A.M.B.A. contact Geoff Bates at 708.534.4848 or

For festival marketing and publicity contact Sharon Morrissey at 708.235.2812 or

The South Suburban Small Business Association (SSSBA)

"We are thrilled to be working as an organized creative force, in conjunction with the Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau and sponsors, to bring this important festival to Chicago Southland residents and tourists. I have a long-standing belief in the power of arts and business collaborations to transform communities into vibrant economic and cultural centers," says Eugene Varnado, founder and President of the South Suburban Small Business Association (SSSBA). "We are excited to see the impact of the festival on local restaurants, businesses and arts participation."  SSSBA's Business/Arts Cooperative's mission to generate synergy between business and arts led to the formation of S.A.M.B.A.

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SAMBA, Southland Arts Municipalities and Business Alliance

Southland Arts and Municiplaities and Business Alliance
15475 S. Park Ave.
Suite 103A
South Holland, IL, 60473