We’re just 10 days away from the start of the 2009 Chicago Jazz Festival, but we know that some of you can’t wait even that long. For the diehards, there’s the annual Jazz Club Tour, going down on September 2 at clubs all around town.
For $30 ($25 in advance), you’ll gain entrance to 14 of the city’s most popular venues from 6 p.m.-midnight, with the help of the Chicago Trolley Co. This year’s slate includes heavy hitters like the Green Mill and the Jazz Showcase along with smaller spots like Uncommon Ground and M Lounge. The full list of clubs and performers is after the jump; if you’re sold already, buy tickets on the website.
Chicago Jazz Club Tour 2009
Green Mill: Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan/Frank Catalano Sextet
Old Town School of Folk Music: Justin Dillard’s D-O-3-0/Art “Turk” Burton & Conga Square
Uncommon Ground (Devon): Matt Ulery’s Loom, John Goldman’s Quadrangle, Doug Loftstrom’s New Quartet, Jimmy Bennington’s Colour and Sound
Andy’s: Chicago Salty Dogs/Mike Smith Quartet
Backroom: Carlos Cannon
Close Up 2: Lyn Hilton/Audley Reid
Buddy Guy’s Legends: Harmonica Hinds, Carlos Johnson
Jazz Showcase: Ira Sullivan and Friends
M Lounge: Roger Harris Trio
Marmon Grand Ballroom: Ray Silkman
Reggie’s Music Joint: Ted Sirota and the Rebel Souls, Maurice
Velvet Lounge: Edwin Daugherty SoundScape/Dee Alexander Quartet
Red Pepper’s Masquerade Lounge: The Masheen & Co.
City Life: June Yvonne & The Mixed Ingredients