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3rd Chicago Jazz String Summit

Chicago Jazz String Summit (CJSS) is a two-day music festival showcasing jazz, classical & experimental music by internationally celebrated musicians. Founded by critically acclaimed cellist and composer, Tomeka Reid, this year’s multi-venue event is open to public and will take place at Elastic Arts and Constellation on May 12-13, 2017 respectively. Chicago Jazz String Summit aims to bring recognition to contemporary string music and to foster a creative platform for talented improvising string musicians to convene and to experiment.

First conceived in 2013 by Reid, Chicago Jazz String Summit is one of the few festivals in Chicago dedicated to presenting ensembles led and comprised of solely string players.
“The purpose of this project is to bring more exposure and to support string players who are forging paths and boldly basing their musical life, outside of the prevailing classical path, in the area of jazz, improvised and creative music,” says Reid.

Speaking about her expectations for this year’s event, Reid remarks, “I am excited about the overall programming of this year's festival. We have several solo acts from New Orleans, Amsterdam and California. Over the course of 2 evenings, 6 ensembles will demonstrate a wide spectrum of string improvisation that is not often programmed together.”

FRIDAY MAY 12 | 9:00 PM

Chicago String Summit


The third annual Chicago String Summit, organized by cellist Tomeka Reid, brings together many of the top improvising string players from around the world in a special showcase that highlights the achievements of these musicians in a myriad of styles and approaches.

8 PM : Hank Roberts/Jacob Sacks Duo

9 PM : Mary Oliver Solo

10 PM : Mark Feldman/Tim Daisy Duo

Chicago String Summit Knows No Bounds :

Chicago Tribune, May 4th, 2016