2016 • 2 years • Chicago Commitment
The Hyde Park Jazz Festival (HPJF) is an organization dedicated to supporting the presentation and ongoing development of jazz, particularly on the South Side of Chicago. HPJF's primary activity is producing a free annual two-day festival, including presenting partners across the neighborhood and programs featuring local, national and international artists. Since 2006, HPJF has brought new audiences into Hyde Park's many arts and cultural venues to celebrate jazz's great legacy and bright future. The Bamako*Chicago Project pairs American flutist Nicole Mitchell with Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko to combine their performing ensembles, share discoveries, and premiere new music that interweaves sounds of Chicago modern jazz with the traditional griot music of Mali, West Africa.