2006-08-19 / News

Weekend of Jazz Entertainers To Be Held at Grand Hotel

During the last holiday of the summer season, jazz will be celebrated at Grand Hotel's Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival beginning Friday, September 1, and running through Sunday, September 4, featuring headline entertainers Arturo Sandoval, Kurt Elling, and Nnenna Freelon.

Also appearing in this year's festival will be singer Judy Roberts, pianists Bob Baldori and Bob Seeley, the Choir Academy of Chicago, and Grand Hotel's orchestra led by Alex Graham. Radio personality Paul Anthony will be the event's master of ceremonies.

The hotel's Gatehouse restaurant on Cadotte Avenue will serve as a venue for evening entertainment by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Grand Hotel's front lawn with its fountain and flower gardens is known as the Tea

Garden, where daytime concerts are scheduled, which begin at 12 p.m. Public tickets are $65 per person for each day and include a buffet luncheon.

Evening concerts will be in the hotel's Theatre, Jockey Club, and Cupola Bar and are free, but the hotel's dress code of coat and tie for men will be enforced.

Jazz Festival Schedule Friday, September 1

9:30 p.m. 11:00 p.m.: Evening dancing featuring Alex Graham and the Grand Hotel Orchestra with special guest Judy Roberts, Theatre

11:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m.: Jazz concert with Judy Roberts, The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand

11:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m. T h e Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Gate House

Saturday, September 2

10:00 a.m.: Jazz workshop with Paul Anthony featuring Arturo Sandoval and the Dirty Dozen Band Leader, Grand Pavilion

12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.: Jazz concerts and cookout, Choir Academy of Chicago opening for Arturo Sandoval, Tea Garden

4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.: Gospel workshop with Choir Academy of Chicago director Brad Raymond, Grand Pavilion

9:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.: T h e Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Theatre

10:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m.: Evening dancing featuring Alex Graham and the Grand Hotel Orchestra, Terrace Room

10:45 p.m.: Jazz processional with the Dirty Dozen Band, from Grand Hotel front porch to The Gate House

11:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m.: Jazz concert with Judy Roberts, The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand

11:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m.: T h e Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Gate House

11:00 p.m. 1:30 a.m.: Pianists Bob Baldori and Bob Seeley, Cupola Bar Sunday, September 3

9:45 a.m. 10:30 a.m.: Gospel program with Choir Academy of Chicago, east front porch

10:45 a.m.: Jazz workshop with Paul Anthony featuring Kurt Elling and Nnenna Freelon, Grand Pavilion

11:45 p.m. 3:30 p.m.: Jazz concerts and cookout, Alex Graham and the Grand Hotel Orchestra with special guest Nnenna Freelon opening for Kurt Elling, Tea Garden

9:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.: Nnenna Freelon's tribute to Billie Holiday, Theatre

10:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m.: Evening dancing featuring Alex Graham and the Grand Hotel Orchestra, Terrace Room

10:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m.: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Gate House

10:00 p.m. 12:30 a.m.: Pianist Bob Baldori and Bob Seeley, Cupola Bar

10:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m.: Jazz concert featuring Judy Roberts, The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand

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