The style of music we now refer to as Jazz first appeared on the Southside of Chicago between 1910 and 1920.  Chicago had established itself as a hub for the industries of manufacturing, railroad and meatpacking and attracted many wealthy individuals who controlled those sectors.  The traced origins of Jazz began in New Orleans, Louisiana, but due to the opportunities in the booming city of Chicago, many influential artists took the decision to take their craft to the Windy City.  The increased number of new habitants to Chicago, created a demand for cabarets, small cafes, dance halls and dinner clubs.

The pioneer of Jazz, Louis Armstrong, born in New Orleans in 1901, found his way to Chicago in 1922.  He, along with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday cemented the genre of music and all of these artists are still popular in the 21st century.  Chicago style Jazz is a recipe of Mississippi Delta & New Orleans “Dixieland” notes, with heavy bass, guitar and fast tempos.  Chicago became the hot spot for legendary clubs like the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge which was Al Capone’s hang out for many years and his favorite booth can still be found inside.  It is said that the Green Mill is the oldest running Jazz club in all of America.

Today, the scene is still very much alive and proud in the city. You can easily find many contemporary clubs, spotlighting new sounds and the old classics.  A free, four-day downtown festival dedicated to Jazz is held each Labor Day weekend, in beautiful Millennium Park and features a diverse lineup of talent.  Celebrated now for over Four decades, this festival attracts people from all over North America and abroad.

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