One of the many jazz musicians today who continue to develop self-organized initiatives is Mike Reed, who was also performing at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Mentioning him, Kate Dumbleton states: “[artists like him] have tremendous agencies in terms of what their work is and what is represented. That is a political statement.” Reed is not only a respected musician and composer; he is also the artistic director of the Pitchfork Music Festival, founder of the venue Constellation and founding director of the Umbrella Music collective and the eponymous festival which will take place 8-10 November 2013.
The Hyde Park Jazz Festival was a delightful introduction to Chicago’s jazz scene, which remains undoubtedly vibrant and innovative. Most venues dedicated to Jazz in Chicago are affordable and accessible to “beginners” ears, so if you feel ready to take the musical plunge, here is a short list of recommendations: