The University of Chicago Presents brings a complete jazz series to the Logan Center in celebration of David Logan. Explore the boundaries and cross borders with sensational artists performing a range of styles and forms, unified by the essence unique to jazz.

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Julie and Parker Hall Annual Jazz Concert

Fri, Oct 23, 2015
7:30 pm

First-place winner at the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Cécile McLorin Salvant dazzles audiences wherever she performs.

"If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three--Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald--it is this 23-year old virtuoso." - The New York Times

Billy Childs Quintet

with Becca Stevens, Alicia Olatuja, and Spektral Quartet

Thu, Nov 5, 2015
6:30 pm conversation with Billy Childs and Travis Jackson
7:30 pm concert

​Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Pianist/composer Billy Childs remains one of the most prolific and acclaimed artists working in music today. The award-winning Childs won another GRAMMY in 2015 for this latest project of music inspired by brillian singer-songwriter Laura Nyro.

"Billy Child's creative magnitude seems to be that of a brilliant, powerful start suspended in the night sky of that same territory, illuminating the way." -

Warren Wolf and Wolfpack

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
7:30 pm 

The phenomenal multi-instrumentalist and virtuoso vibraphonist Warren Wolf is one of the most important and exciting young jazz artists performing today. Steeped in tradition with a progressive eye toward the evolving art form, Wolf makes his Chicago debut as a leader of his quintet, Wolfpack.

"One could hear how a classical quotation could be turned, as easily as blues changes, into a muscular jazz improvisation." - City Paper

Dion Parson and The 21st Century Band

Fri, Apr 29, 2016
7:30 pm 

Led by GRAMMY Award-winning drummer Dion Parson, this seven-piece band features a fresh, innovative sound mixing US Virgin Islands traditions with other Caribbean infusions. Together, these supremely talented artists deliver their special brand of jazz that has audiences, young and old, soaring to their feet time and time again.

"A core group of talented musicians who...use the complex improvisational techniques and instrumental voicing of jazz to explore new musical territory." -

Miguel Zenon Quartet and "Identities" Big Band

Thu, May 26, 2016
7:30 pm

Identities are Changeable

Saxophonist and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenon masterfully balances and blends the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. A song cycle for his quartet, plus big band and video, his Identities Are Chageable project explores the experience of New York Puerto Ricans.

"It's a delight to hear him employ those patented silvery tones" - DownBeat

Related events

An exploration of jazz and Afro-Puerto Rican music with Miguel Zenon
Tue, May 24, 2016 | 7 pm
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4048 W. Armitage
Free admission

Listening session with Miguel Zenon
Wed, May 25, 2016 | 7:30-8:30pm

Logan Center Performance Penthouse
Free admission

Concerts are made possible by The Reva & David Logan Foundation and the Julie and Parker Hall Endowment for Jazz and American Popular Music at the University's Department of Music. 

Our partners:

Chicago Jazz Magazine Downbeat  

Hyde Park Jazz FestivalJazz Institute of Chicago 90.9 FM WDCB

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Single tickets

$35 / $5 students


Tickets to the series of five concerts, plus priority seating, flexible exchange privileges, and more:
$123 / $114 for first-time Chicago Presents subscribers

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