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Chicago Tribune: New home for jazz fest knows how to swing

Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune

 Gregory Porter performing at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion during the Chicago Jazz Festival, on Saturday. (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / August 30, 2013)

Gregory Porter performing at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion during the Chicago Jazz Festival, on Saturday. (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / August 30, 2013)

In a single stroke, the Chicago Jazz Festival went from grunge to glamour over the weekend, thanks to a simple – and desperately needed – change of address.

For its first 34 years, the long-suffering, often cash-strapped event subjected musicians and listeners alike to dismal production values in wide-open, oft-muddy, acoustically awful Grant Park.

The funding remains meager, but for its 35th anniversary at least the fest moved up to Millennium Park, where it looked and sounded like a million bucks (which is $800,000 more than its undernourished programming budget of $200,000).

Source: Chicago Tribune

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