The First Mondays Jazz series features Chicago artists the first Monday of every month. This event takes place at the Green Line Performing Arts Center, and is free and open to the public. In addition to showcasing local artists, First Mondays Jazz includes light refreshments and the opportunity to mingle with community members.

Year of Women in Jazz

A Year-Long Celebration Of Chicago’s Emerging & Legendary Women Jazz Artists

For the past five years, Arts + Public Life has hosted the monthly jazz performance called First Monday Jazz. To celebrate this five year milestone, Arts + Public Life, in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, is dedicating an entire year of its First Monday Jazz programming to women artists and women-led musical projects and programs. For the next year, audiences will be treated to live, monthly jazz performances by emerging and veteran women jazz artists, and a jam session led by women musicians in August 2019.

2018-2019 Year of Women in Jazz Performance Dates:
March 4: Dee Alexander
April 1: Tiaybe
May 6: Kenya McGuire Johnson
June 3: Gira Dahnee
July 1: Son Monarcas
August 5: Summer Jam
September 9: Sytarsis
October 7: Jovia Armstrong
November 4: Ugochi
December 2: Sarah Marie Young
January 6: Hanami
February 3: Megan McNeal


2019 First Monday Jazz Performers:
January 7: Second Nature Jazz Quintet
February 4: Crosswind

2018 First Monday Jazz Performers:
January 8: Sam Trump
March 5: Gira Dahnee
April 2: Greg Carmouche
May 7: M + N
June 4: Ernest Dawkins
July 9: Participatory Music Coalition
September 10: Angel Bat Dawid
October 1: The DOT (Hammond organ trio)
November 5: Jarrard Harris 
December 3: Junius Paul Quartet

Past artists include:
Dee Alexander, Junius Paul and Scott Hesse; The Jazz Institute's Jazz Links Ensemble and a special performance by Rebirth; Ari Brown and Avreeayl Ra; Fred Jackson Group; Maggie Brown; Ernest Dawkins' We Free Trio; Xavier Breaker Coalition; Marquis Hill's Blacktet; Yaw Agyeman, Khari Lemuel, Anthony Capers, Justin Dillard, and Jerry Dunlap; Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystals; Dana Hall's Polyglot; Marlene Rosenberg's Quartet; Sam Trump; avery r. young & de deacon board, Greg Duncan, Kenya McGuire Johnson, Sura, Bomba con Buya, Luciano Antonio, Marvin Tate, Sitarsys, Ugochi and The Afro Soul Ensemble, Jin J. X, and more.


Music Jazz



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Chicago, IL 60637

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