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Chicago Jazz Festival

Photograph: Brantley Gutierrez
Lionel Loueke
Free

In its 36th year, Jazz Fest returns to Millennium Park (and the Cultural Center) with a lineup slightly less exciting that that of 2013, but solid nonetheless in its mix of fusion, traditional bop and cosmic shizz. The big event here is Sun Ra Arkestra closing on Sunday night at Pritzker Pavilion, celebrating the 100th birthday of the man from Saturn (though he spent a good 15 years in Chicago, recording the seminal and still cool Super-Sonic Jazz). Bassist Rufus Reid (Fri), Terence Blanchard with Ravi Coltrane and Lionel Loueke (Sat), vibist Gary Burton (Sat), and Brit bassist Dave Holland (Sat) also headline and merit your attention.

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