100 years ago in Chicago, gifted pianist and composer Lil Hardin Armstrong helped guide and define the career of her husband, Louis Armstrong. We take this opportunity to observe Women’s History Month by discussing a her career with a panel of distinguished Chicago jazz artists and educators, including pianist Bethany Pickens, pianist and Jazz Institute of Chicago Fellow Alexis Lombre, saxophonist, composer and educator Sharel Cassity, and moderator Judith Stein. Plus, hear recordings and live samplings of her work.
The Jazz Institute of Chicago is celebrating the centennial of Louis Armstrong’s arrival to Chicago with a series of performances, discussions, and showings throughout 2022. No conversation about Louis would be complete without discussing his wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong, an accomplished pianist and composer who helped shape the life and music of her husband’s internationally celebrated career. We take this opportunity to observe Women’s History Month by discussing a her career with a panel of distinguished Chicago jazz artists and educators.
Conceived with the vision to return Epiphany to a place for people to congregate, the shuttered, historic Church of the Epiphany has been preserved and adapted into the Epiphany Center for the Arts, an iconic cultural hub “For the Good of Art, Entertainment and Events.” Thoughtfully designed, the exemplary 42,000-square-foot campus located on the artsy edge of Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood boasts three distinct venues (Epiphany Hall, The Sanctuary and The Chase House) and a stunning array of amenities. The campus also features eight galleries that serve as a platform for a diverse selection of artists from Chicago and beyond. Epiphany’s exhibitions showcase the work of women, the LGBTQIA community, artists of color, and the disability culture. Epiphany’s top priority is to curate programming that is inclusive, while providing a place established artists can collaborate with emerging ones. Epiphany’s programming serves to unite community and artists alike while “Bringing Chicago Together.” Visit www.epiphanychi.com to learn more.