Wynton Marsalis, Chucho Valdes highlight Symphony Center series

Featured Wynton Marsalis, Chucho Valdes highlight Symphony Center series

More than two decades ago, Orchestra Hall launched a jazz series that has become indispensable to music in Chicago.

For though intimate rooms such as the Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Andy's, Constellation and Winter's represent the front lines of the music, it's difficult to overestimate the impact of jazz presentations in the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. On a single night, more than 2,000 listeners hear major artists and, perhaps, consider later venturing into more intimate venues.

The 24th annual Symphony Center Presents Jazz series, starting in October, will present several leading figures, including Wynton Marsalis, Chucho Valdes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dave Holland, Ravi Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Rising stars will include Chicago drummer Mike Reed, trumpeter Amir ElSaffar and saxophonist Melissa Aldana, each of whom explores new directions in jazz.

Though no works have been commissioned for the next season, Jim Fahey, director of programming for Symphony Center Presents, says he's lining some up to celebrate the 25th anniversary season, beginning in fall 2018.

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