Jazz legend Candido Camero among Chicago Jazz Festival highlights (via Chicago Sun Times)

When the 38th annual Chicago Jazz Festival takes place this weekend, the full lineup of jazz greats will include a special appearance by Cuban-born percussionist Candido Camero, who will be celebrating his 95th birthday.

The free festival, running Sept 1-4 at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park, also includes performances by saxophonist Joe Lovano, guitarist John Scofield, saxophonist Benny Golson and electric bass great Scott Colley in the late Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra.

“The event is very diverse — it’s really a great celebration of the jazz community,” said director of programming Mike Reed, who is also a local musician and owner of Constellation, a jazz club in the city’s Roscoe Village neighborhood. “And since it’s free, people can go and sample different things and see what they like.”

Reed explained the theme of this year’s festival is the Great Migration, the movement of more than six million African Americans from the rural South to urban areas in the North that began 100 years ago. It was this movement that spread jazz across the country, transforming it from a style unique to New Orleans to a booming industry in Chicago.

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