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September 12th-15th

Presented By

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 St. Charles Jazz Weekend is a four-day event that showcases and promotes live jazz music at different St. Charles establishments. An array of St. Charles venues will take part in this year’s event featuring numerous jazz soloists, quintets, and big bands.

Patrons can enjoy jazz music starting mid-day through the evening, with the opportunity to visit multiple venues.

Please note: Some Jazz Weekend performances do require the purchase of tickets to attend. Please reference the Music Schedule to see which performances require tickets.

2024 Jazz Performers

Aimee Gwen Duo

Led by guitarist Aimee Gwen, this group performs regularly throughout the Chicagoland Area. The band plays a mix of jazz including swing and bossa. 

Diego Rodriguez Big Band

The Diego Rodriguez Big Band, commonly known as the DRBB, emerged onto the Chicago jazz scene in December 2022 with a profound commitment to the art form and a dedicated to preserving the legacy of big band music. 

Led by drummer Diego Rodriguez, this ensemble stands as a testament to the enduring traditions of Black American Music. Rooted in the greats who laid the foundations of this music, the DRBB reverently pays homage to their contributions while simultaneously aiming to create their own sound. Their repertoire is marked by a fusion of standard repertoire and original arrangements/compositions, encapsulating the essence of both the past and the present.

Jack Macklin Trio

The Jack Macklin Trio is a bright light in the growing community of improvised music. The Trio will uniquely navigate their way through popular songs ranging from the present to the 1950's, as well as sprinkle in original material. Macklin is currently residing in Nashville, TN and intends to represent his experiences and American culture through his music. For a thoughtful artist like Macklin, who will research and connect with an idea and material, it is a liberating experience to connect with and explore music on a deep level. There is a sense of spontaneity, and exploration whenever this group sets foot on the bandstand. During his time in Chicago, Macklin has been heralded by WGN Chicago, and Chicago Reader magazine for his continuous work to push the music forward, and manifest a community around his music. Macklin is thrilled to share his developments with his trio, and expand upon his goal of performing music that goes beyond genres to connect with an audience on a personal level and leave the listeners wanting more. 

St. Charles North Jazz Workshop

The St. Charles North Jazz Workshop is comprised of St. Charles North band students who have a passion for performing jazz music. 

Andrew Egizio Trio

Andrew Egizio is a jazz trumpeter from the Chicagoland Area. Graduating from DePaul University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies, Egizio had the opportunity to play with the DePaul Jazz Workshop. He has performed at many restaurants throughout St. Charles and the surrounding area, and at a variety of Chicago jazz club staples such as Andy’s Jazz Club and the Jazz Showcase.

Frank Catalano

Frank Catalano is a 3-time Grammy-winning, and 11-time Grammy-nominated jazz saxophone player who has been heard by millions of people all over the globe. He has recorded alongside notable artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny's Child, and John Legend. His most recent album, “Tokyo No. 9” was recorded in collaboration with Jimmy Chamberlin, the drummer for the alternative rock band “The Smashing Pumpkins”.

John Wesley Band

John Wesley III was born and raised in Chicago, where his father played trumpet and his mother directed and sang in the church choir. Music has played a large part in the Wesley household. At about age 12, John heard his first live jazz saxophone solo. It was love at first note. From there, his life as a musician began. From the Gallery 37 Jazz Band internship to the Chicago All-City Jazz Ensemble. From the ensemble came the creation of the John Wesley Experience (JWE), a group of musicians that come together to make people feel good. JWE is currently in residence at The Duplex in Chicago's Logan Square on the third Thursday of every month.

Chris White Trio

Originally from Toronto, Chris White has gained recognition as a leader with the albums Young at Heart and Tributaries. At home in a host of genres and settings, he has made his name as a go-to freelance pianist, arranger and accompanist in the Chicago area. His performance credits include the Chicago Jazz Festival, The Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, Winter's Jazz Club, Cliff Bell's, Catalina Jazz Club, Feinstein's/54 Below (NYC) and the The Jazz Kitchen, among others.

Glenn Miller Orchestra

The most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring worldwide ever since. 

St. Charles East Jazz Workshop

The St. Charles East Jazz Workshop is comprised of St. Charles East band students who have a passion for performing jazz music.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are the performances free of charge?
    Most jazz performances are free of charge, but some do require tickets. Check the schedule for more details.

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