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in collaboration with the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and the Hyde Park Art Center, blkHaUS studios co-curated Back Alley Jazz (BAJ) in July 2018 in the South Side Chicago neighborhood of South Shore. A free, one-day community event, BAJ was also supported by hosts who generously invited their neighbors and the greater Chicago community into their backyards to enjoy music, design and art as a mechanism of community togetherness and celebration. Our event Grand Marshall­–musician and artist Jimmy Ellis, a community elder–inspired the revitalization of this event, a regular happening he helped to found originally in the 1970's.

photography:marc monaghan

hyde park, chicago

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