Hear the tunes at the 2011 Chicago Jazz Festival

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Hear the tunes at the 2011 Chicago Jazz Festival

The 33rd annual Chicago Jazz Festival is preparing to turn Grant Park into a huge outdoor music venue this Labor Day weekend. One of the city’s largest annual musical events, millions of Chicago apartment residents visit the event along the shore of Lake Michigan every year.

The music got underway last night with three separate venues located within the Chicago Cultural Center. Tonight marks the outdoor debut, with the Chicago Saxophone Summit taking place in Millennium Park. Saturday and Sunday play tribute to the traditional jazz scene with acts such as singer Cassandre Wilson, Grammy award-winner trumpeter Roy Hargrove and this year’s artist-in-residence Orbert Davis taking over the stage.

This historic festival began in 1974, first serving as a tribute to the great bandleader Duke Ellington, who died just weeks before the inaugural event. Since then, the annual event has been one of the highlights of the Chicago music scene with visitors coming from around the world to soak in the legendary sounds.

As the event is completely free, it’s an affordable and exciting diversion for Chicago apartment residents city wide—so get out there and enjoy the music!

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