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Jazz and Wine Fest at Cantigny Park

Sunday, June 18, 12-6 pm

Jazz and Wine ticket – $60
Jazz-only ticket (wine samples not included) – $40
Youth ticket (under 21) – $20

Save 20% on tickets through May 26. Use code JAZZE at checkout.


Onsite parking – $15
Offsite parking – $5

Relax and savor Cantigny’s Jazz and Wine Fest, a new event for 2023!  This entertainment-filled afternoon will feature five acts, two stages, and 10 wine sampling stations. The bands will perform on two stages in different areas of Cantigny Park, but not simultaneously, so you’ll be able to enjoy all of them. No matter where you are in the park, we promise you will hear the music!

Our festival headliner is the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. In the history of jazz music, there is only one bandleader who has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold-out concerts around the world for over 30 years after his passing. William James “Count” Basie was and still is an American icon who personifies the grandeur and excellence of jazz. The Count Basie Orchestra, today directed by Scotty Barnhart, has won 18 Grammy Awards and played at every major jazz festival and concert hall in the world.

As an added treat, CBO’s Cantigny appearance will include guest vocalist Vanessa Rubin, a jazz legend in her own right. The Cleveland native is revered for her diverse vocal talents, delivered with emotional depth and sometimes a playful sass.

The CBO and Rubin will close out Jazz and Wine Fest with a performance beginning at 4:45 pm. Four other notable acts will precede them:

  • Thaddeus Tukes Quartet (12 pm) — The Chicago Tribune said this musician and composer “brings poetry to the vibraphone.” A graduate of Northwestern University, where he pioneered the first degree in jazz vibraphone studies, Tukes currently performs as a bandleader and special guest with various ensembles throughout the country.
  • Victor Garcia’s Latin Jazz Septet (1:30 pm) – This acclaimed young trumpeter from Chicago released his debut album, “The Grind/The Groove,” in 2018. He’s recorded on dozens of other albums, three of them Grammy-nominated.
  • Frank Catalano Quartet (3 pm) – A world-class tenor saxophonist, this Chicagoan holds three Grammys and has shared stage or studio with the likes of Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, David Sanborn and Jimmy Chamberlin.
  • Big Shoulders Brass Band (4:15 pm) – Our festival calls for a New Orleans-style street parade and BSBB will give us one! They’ll play a short set, too, showcasing a uniquely Chicago form of jazzy Dixieland funk.

As the jazz notes waft through Cantigny, oenophiles can sample an interesting selection of wines of different varietals and styles. In partnership with Romano Beverage (Elmhurst, Ill.) and Regal Wine Company (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Cantigny’s food and beverage team has curated a high-quality menu of reds and whites for easy summer sipping. The 10 tasting stations will feature international and domestic selections, including the very best of California winemaking.

Gates open at 11 am on June 18. Seating is on the lawn, so blankets and/or folding chairs are recommended. Food trucks will offer a wide variety of meals and snacks, plus beer and soft drinks. No outside alcohol or coolers will be allowed. 



Parking is available for pre-purchase along with event tickets. Limited parking is available onsite at Cantigny Park for a convenient walk to the festival. Offsite parking at the DuPage County garage (509 County Farm Road in Wheaton) will be available with a bus to bring you to and from Cantigny Park.

Our partner and Media Sponsor for this exciting event is WDCB Public Radio “Chicago’s Home for Jazz!”

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