30th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, August 28-31, 2008 in Millennium Park and Grant Park
The Mayor's Office of Special Events has announced some of the headliners for this year's Jazz Fest.
Thursday, August 28: Saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins opens the festival at 6:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. One of the pioneers of bebop in the '50s, Rollins is still an inspiration to many jazz artists around the world.
Sunday, August 31: Ornette Coleman, widely known as the creator of "free jazz," will bring his improvisatory saxophone skills to the Petrillo Music Shell as he closes out the festival on Saturday night. Though he's been on the scene for about a half-century, he hasn't lost creative flair; last year's Sound Grammar won a Grammy.