Join us for free live jazz concerts every Tuesday, June 3–September 9, 2014, 5:30 pm–8 pm.
The Jazz Institute has nurtured many of Chicago’s rising jazz stars through its Jazz Links Education programs. The programs provide a real-life training ground where an emphasis on leadership, performance, and mentorship help musicians develop the professional skills needed to launch their careers.
Trumpeter Ryan Nyther developed an early interest in music. He was granted a scholarship to attend Northern Illinois University where he studied with Dr. Ron Carter and received a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. Ryan has graced the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Ramsey Lewis, Roy Hargove, and Buddy Guy. His quartet features Pete Benson on piano; Junius Paul on bass; and Marcus Evans on drums.
A dinner buffet prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering is available each week for $25 per person, and features a changing menu of dishes created using fresh, locally grown produce from the MCA Farmers' Market (see menu). Tables are limited—call 312.397.4034 or email to reserve your spot.
For a more casual evening, bring a blanket or rent an MCA lawn chair ($5 each) to relax on the garden lawn. Hamburgers, house-made sausages, and a variety of freshly made salads may be purchased from our outdoor grill along with cold beverages, wine, and seasonal cocktails from the cash bar on the lower terrace. Outside food and beverages are not allowed in the sculpture garden.
In case of rain, the event takes place inside Puck's Café.