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Water Colors

Fridays and select dates, July 12 – August 23, 2019 / Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Navy Pier has teamed up with the Jazz Institute of Chicago once again to host Water Colors, a free, live jazz music series featuring top Chicago jazz artists. Every Friday from July 12 through August 23, 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: NextGenJazz

Free Public Program

Friday, July 12, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free public program! An 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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Free and open to the public! Water Colors opens with a performance featuring the next generation of Chicago jazz musicians, with Joe Powers, Jeremiah Collier and others.  This concert is presented as a part of the closing performance of Fresh Fest! Chicago Youth Music & Performance Showcase. NextGenJazz provides audiences an opportunity to hear talented, emerging Chicago jazz artists hone their craft. 

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

About NextGenJazz

The NextGenJazz Emerging Artists Project promotes leadership, creativity, and a foundation for self-marketing for members of Jazz Links Student Council; a program for students to develop musically and professionally through exposure to live music, workshops with professional musicians and performance opportunities throughout the city.

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

Water Colors: Chicago Latin Jazz Festival

Free Public Program

Sunday, July 14, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free public program! An 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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Free and open to the public! For the third year, Navy Pier welcomes this annual Latin Jazz musical celebration. The festival includes a tribute to Jerry Gonzales by Victor Garcia and the Chicago Latin Jazz Collaborative. Musicians include Jane Bunnett, Mary Paz (percussions and vocals), Danae Olano (piano and vocals), Yissy Garcia (drums), Tailin Marrero (bass and vocals) and Joanna Majoko (percussion and vocals).

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

About the Performers

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque highlight this year’s festival. A long-time jazz musician on the scene, Canadian Jane Bunnett began digging deep into the music of Cuba during a trip there in 1982. She has been credited with introducing a lot of great Cuban musicians to North American audiences over the past couple of decades. Her latest project, Maqueque is an assembly of all-star Cuban musicians, a sextet which includes herself and five extraordinary young women.

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

Water Colors: Bebop Exchange

Free Public Program

Friday, July 26, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free public program! An 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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Free and open to the public! Bebop, a style of jazz developed in the early to mid-1940s in the United States, features songs characterized by a fast tempo, complex chord progressions with rapid chord changes and numerous changes of key, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on a combination of harmonic structure, the use of scales and occasional references to the melody.  Some of Chicago’s bebop masters hit the stage with this edition of the series.  

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

Performers

Scheduled musicians include Chicago Tribune’s 2018 Chicagoan of the Year, saxophonist Ari Brown; guitarist George Freeman; Isaiah Collier (saxophone); bassist Jeremiah Hunt; and Jeremiah Collier on drums.

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

Water Colors: Fast Forward

Free Public Program

Friday, August 2, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free public program! An 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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Free and open to the public! Chicago jazz musicians fuse contemporary and urban sounds and styles with traditional jazz.

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

Performers

Scheduled performers include Greg Spero (piano), Irvin Pierce (saxophone), Jeremiah Hung (bass), Khari Lemuel (cello), Xavier Breaker (drums), Kalyan Pathak (tablas), and others special guests.

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

Water Colors: Celebrating 50 Yrs of the Art Ensemble of Chicago

Free Public Program

Friday, August 9, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free public program! An 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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Free and open to the public! The Art Ensemble of Chicago is an avant-garde jazz group that grew out of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the late 1960s. The ensemble integrates many jazz styles and plays many instruments, including “little instruments”such as bells, bicycle horns, birthday party noisemakers, wind chimes, and various forms of percussion. The musicians wear costumes and face paint while performing. These characteristics combine to make the ensemble’s performances both aural and visual.

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

Performers

The eclectic mix of musicians for this performance will include former and current members of the Art Ensemble: Corey Wilkes (trumpet), Tomeka Reid (cello), Greg Ward (saxophone), Jaribu Shahid (bass) and Vincent Davis (drums).

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

Water Colors: Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Free Public Program

Friday, August 16, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free public program! An 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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Free and open to the public! The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is a 17-piece premiere jazz ensemble that has garnered both national and international recognition–is Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation and one of the oldest jazz repertory orchestras in the country.

Conductor and Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg is one of the foremost transcribers in jazz. As a result, the Orchestra’s repertoire draws upon his vast library, which includes the works of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, Oliver Nelson, Ray Charles, and many others.

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

Performers

Guest vocalist Dee Alexander and musicians Eric Schneider and Thaddeus Tukes will join the CJO for a tribute and musical celebration to jazz greats Dinah Washington, Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton.

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

Water Colors: King Oliver’s Lawn Party! 100 Years of Jazz in Chicago

Free Public Program

Friday, August 23, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free public program! An 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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Free and open to the public! The Water Colors series closes with a bang. Celebrate 100 years of Jazz in Chicago at King Oliver’s Lawn Party! The beautiful Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawn is the perfect setting to dance and swing like its 1919. 

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

Performers

Music and dance performances will feature The Fat Babies, the Galaxie Girls and more!

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

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