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Water Colors
Presented by CIBC

Fridays and select dates, July 6 – August 24, 2018 / Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Navy Pier has teamed up with the Jazz Institute of Chicago once again to host Water Colors presented by CIBC, a free, live jazz music series featuring top Chicago jazz artists. Nearly every Friday from July 6 through August 24, guests can enjoy 90-minute sets at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, with performances ranging from emerging new talent, to established and seasoned artists.

This year’s lineup features reinvented brass band music fused with hip-hop, freedom songs through the jazz lens, classic New Orleans jazz, big-band tributes, young bebop players, afro-beat music from Lagos, renowned jazz vocalists, and one of the best up-and-coming trumpet players on the scene.

Artist travel made possible through the generous support of American Airlines.

About the Jazz Institute of Chicago

Founded in 1969, the Jazz Institute of Chicago promotes and nurtures jazz in Chicago. We do this by providing jazz education, developing and supporting musicians, building audiences and fostering a thriving jazz scene. Learn more at jazzinchicago.org.

 

Scheduled Water Colors Performances

Water Colors: Marquis Hill

Free Public Program

Friday, August 17, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Performing a free, all-ages concert, part of Water Colors, a free live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

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Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park for a free concert featuring Marquis Hill, part of Water Colors presented by CIBC, a live jazz music series co-curated with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

About Marquis Hill

Marquis Hill’s Blacktet

Marquis Hill, Trumpet; Josh Johnson, Alto Saxophone; Michael King, Fender Rhodes/Piano; Junius Paul, Bass; Makaya McCraven, Drums

Award-winning trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Marquis Hill is a highly skilled jazz musician with a bent toward soulful post-bop. A native of Chicago, Hill earned his B.A. in music education and jazz studies from Northern Illinois University in 2009. Three years later, he received his Master’s degree in jazz pedagogy from DePaul University. A highly lauded performer, Hill won first place in both the 2012 International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Improvisation Competition and the 2013 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. As a professional musician, he has performed with a wide array of artists including Benny Golson, Rodney Whitaker, Steve Turre, and others.

About Water Colors presented by CIBC

Water Colors presented by CIBC highlights some of the top local jazz talent today, featuring young aspiring jazz artists to established performers, the series showcases a variety of jazz musical styles.

Artist travel made possible through the generous support of American Airlines.

Water Colors: Chicago Afrobeat Project

Free Public Program

Friday, August 24, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Performing a free, all-ages concert, part of Water Colors, a free live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

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Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park for a free concert featuring Chicago Afrobeat Project, part of Water Colors presented by CIBC, a live jazz music series co-curated with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

Chicago Afrobeat Project performs a homage to the Lagos music scene that developed the afrobeat sound in the 1970s when African musicians began combining elements of West African musical styles such as jùjú music and highlife with American funk and jazz influences, with a focus on chanted vocals, complex intersecting rhythms, and percussion. The term afrobeat was coined by Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Fela Kuti, who is responsible for pioneering and popularizing the style both within and outside Nigeria.

About Chicago Afrobeat Project

Chicago Afrobeat Project

The Chicago Afrobeat Project (CAbP) began 15 years ago. In 2002, a group of musicians sharing a common interest in West African rhythms that could be combined with Chicago house, indie rock, hip-hop, or jazz to form new avenues for musical experimentation. Today, CAbP has performed hundreds of tour dates, and released four studio recordings, placing them at the center of the emergence of the North American afrobeat scene. The collective’s latest release, “What Goes Up” features special guest and legendary innovative drummer Tony Allen, as well as many Chicago vocalists.  Drummer Brian Eno plays kit on all 10 tracks, recording his signature beats behind the band and vocalists. This collaboration makes Chicago Afrobeat Project the first American afrobeat band to produce a full-length studio record with Tony Allen.

About Water Colors presented by CIBC

Water Colors presented by CIBC highlights some of the top local jazz talent today, featuring young aspiring jazz artists to established performers, the series showcases a variety of jazz musical styles.

View the full Water Colors lineup

Artist travel made possible through the generous support of American Airlines.

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