Two months ago the fate of a jazz festival in downtown Glen Ellyn was as up in the air as George Clooney with the dissolution of the founding partnership between The McAninch Arts Center, WDCB Public Radio, White Space Design and The Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce.
Today, the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce announced an impressive lineup for the newly retitled 2012 Jazz in Glen Ellyn for the Saturday, July 14th Glen Ellyn Chamber sponsored event.
- BakerzMillion is an all-star Chicago jazz sextet playing the original compositions of co-leaders, Andy Baker and Steve Million
- “…the classic sound of three horns plus rhythm comes newly alive, mindful of tradition but bristling with the assembled experience of the players involved.” – Neil Tesser
- Howard Reich, Jazz Critic for the Chicago Tribune on artist, Typhanie Monique
- “The next major jazz vocalist coming out of Chicago...some of the most convincing and deeply felt scat singing any female vocalist is offering in Chicago”
- Jazztimes Magazine has described Typhanie’s vocal sound as a modern-day Sarah Vaughan… Typhanie Monique Website.
Marshall Vente and Tropicale
- “Folks in Chicago have been raving for years about Marshall Vente’s particularly satisfying brand of Latin American influences jazz.” Arts Midwest
John Moulder Quartet
- “If Chicagoan, John Moulder, had decided to become a full-time jazz guitarist rather than a Catholic priest who plays guitar, he probably would be quite famous…”
- Howard Reich, Jazz Critic for the Chicago Tribune writes ”…There’s simply no way to converse when music of such profundity and grace is unfolding.” John Moulder Quartet Website.
Paul Wertico Special Quintet
- Seven Time Grammy Award Winner
- Modern Drummer Magazine & DRUM! Magazine Reader's Poll Winner
- A Chicago Tribune 2004 "Chicagoan of the Year"
Visit Paul’s website at: www.paulwertico.com Listen to Paul’s music.
What about Glen Ellyn Jazz Fest?
According to the MAC tensions mounted over how the Chamber wanted to fund future jazz events.
Reports from the Chamber since the cancellation of Glen Ellyn Jazz Fest about the financial situation contradict reports from other founding organizations. Aside from the changes the Chamber sought that were claimed in-congruent with the principles of the partnership, the Chamber asserts this year's event will continue to be free to the public, with food and beverages available for sale as in prior years.
How exactly the Chamber's fundraising efforts will differ and improve the financial position of this year's event remain unclear.