The opening act of the opening day of the Chicago Jazz Festival will be powerhouse Chicago fusion drummer Ernie Adams and his trio with special guest East Coast alto saxophonist Richie Cole, taking the “Jazz on Jackson” stage at Noon. At 1:10 pm, cross-cultural Chicago guitarist Fareed Haque—just named Best World Music Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine—and the Flat Earth Ensemble will take the stage, followed by Chicago vibraphonist, drummer and composer Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown (2:20pm) with a finale by bassist Esperanza Spalding. Meanwhile, over at the Jazz & Heritage Stage, the Dudley Owens Quintet performs at 12:30pm, the Diane Delin Quintet at 2pm and Bob Seeley and Bob Baldori at 3:30pm. The evening session at the Petrillo Music Shell features the Jeff Parker Quartet (5pm), “The Trio” with Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis and Roscoe Mitchell (6pm), Madeleine Peyroux (7:10pm) and the Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quintet (8:30pm). Other not-to missed festival highlights include an eightieth birthday jam session with Fred Anderson (5pm Saturday, Petrillo Music Shell), a rare area appearance by the Dave Holland Big Band (8:30pm Saturday, Petrillo) and “A Tribute to Art Tatum,” the greatest and most innovative of all jazz pianists, featuring Buddy DeFranco and Johnny O’Neal (6pm, Sunday, Petrillo). (Dennis Polkow)
September 4-6, Grant Park, Columbus and Jackson, (312)744-3315. Noon-9:30pm. Free.