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Chicago Jazz Festival Headliners 2016: Here's Who's Playing

 Orbert Davis will play Sept. 1.
Orbert Davis will play Sept. 1.
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DOWNTOWN — Orbert Davis, John Scofield and The Bad Plus are headlining this year's Chicago Jazz Festival.

The free shows will run Sept. 1 through 4 in Millennium Park and the nearby Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. This year's shows will feature sets inspired by the centennial of the Great Migration, or the exodus of millions of black people from the rural South to Northern cities, including Chicago. 

"As a favorite Labor Day weekend tradition, the 38th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival will celebrate the genre’s future while exploring the rich history that continues to influence jazz today,” said Michelle T. Boone, commissioner of the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, said in a statement.

The headliners named below will all be playing in Millennium Park. The full lineup will be released in a few weeks:

Thursday, Sept. 1

8-9 p.m.: Orbert Davis presents "Soul Migration."

Friday, Sept. 2:

7:10-8:10 p.m.: Benny Golson

8:30-9:30 p.m.: Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra directed by Carla Bley: Celebrating Charlie

Saturday, Sept. 3:

7:10-8:10 p.m.: Anat Cohen Quartet

8:30-9:30 p.m.: The Bad Plus play Ornette Coleman's Science Fiction featuring Tim Berne, Ron Miles & Sam Newsome.

Sunday, Sept. 4:

7:10-8:10 p.m.: John Scofield / Joe Lovano Quartet

8:30-9:30 p.m.: Candido’s 95th Birthday Celebration, featuring M.F. Production’s Latin Jazz All Stars with Candido, Steve Turre, Nestor Torres, Sammy Figueroa, Frankie Figueroa, Elio Villa Franca, Yunior Terry, Diego Lopez, Jorge Castro and Guido Gonzalez.