April 26, 2012
Chicago does not lack for great trumpeters these days, as recent concerts by the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Chicago Jazz Ensemble and Chicago Jazz Orchestra attest. For this homage, soloists Larry Bowen, David Young and Marquis Hill will face the considerable challenge of evoking the spirit ¿ if not the colossal technique ¿ of the inimitable Gillespie. Bowen, Young and Hill represent distinct generations, which could bring out contrasting facets of Gillespie's art. They'll be accompanied by trombonists Tom Garling and Norman Palm; vocalist Ben Farnandis, pianist Ken Chaney, bassist Stewart Miller and drummer Ernie Adams. The concert is presented by the non-profit Jazz Institute of Chicago as part of its important JazzCity series, which brings free music into the parks.
7 p.m. Friday at Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St.; free; 312-427-1676 or jazzinchicago.org