By AARON GETTINGER
The Jazz in the Courtyard concert series, held at the Hyde Park Shopping Center at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue, is produced annually by Carolyn Albritton, a booker for Chicago’s top jazz clubs and restaurants and one of the founders of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, now in its 12th year.
Last August, Albritton suffered a stroke and is now in financial and physical recovery. This season’s concerts will include raffles of the concerts’ posters and paintings of the performers in order help Albritton purchase a new motorized wheelchair that will provide her with the ability to move around and travel on her own.
Albritton booked four women to perform this season: Lorna Boston on June 1, Denise Thimes on July 6, Bethany Pickens on Aug. 3 and Joan Collaso on Sept. 7. Local artist Raquel Peacher created autographed acrylic canvas paintings and graphic portraits of each performer to be raffled off for $5 per ticket.
The free Jazz in the Courtyard concerts occur on first Fridays during the summer months from noon to 2 p.m.