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Water Colors
Presented by CIBC

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

Join us for Water Colors presented by CIBC, a free, weekly live jazz music series co-curated with the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The series will be held every Friday from July 6 through August 24 at 6:30 pm at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park.

Enjoy 90-minute sets by local jazz musicians, from emerging talent to established artists, along Chicago’s treasured lakefront. 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 in the world.

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: Lowdown Brass Band

Free Public Program

Friday, July 6, 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 Lowdown Brass Band, part of Water Colors presented by CIBC, a live jazz music series co-curated with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

About Lowdown Brass Band

Come to Navy Pier for a free jazz concert featuring Lowdown Brass Band, part of Water Colors, at 6:30 pm on Friday, July 6, 2018.

The Lowdown Brass Band (LDB) breaks the barrier between audience and performer with their live show, which features dynamic vocalists, hip-hop MCs, and body movement that gets any wallflower up and on their feet. The Lowdown Brass Band has performed at premier venues and festivals in Chicago, throughout the United States, and across the globe, including: The Metro, Double Door, Lincoln Hall, Schuba’s, House of Blues, Cubby Bear, The Promontory, Hideout, Andyʼs Jazz Club, Cliff Bell’s, Taste of Chicago, Wakarusa, Meijer Gardens, and the Cotai Jazz and Blues Festival. The LDB has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such artists as: Lake Street Dive, G Love and the Special Sauce, Dumpstaphunk, The Stooges Brass Band, Ricky B, Wycliffe Gordon, Bonerama, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, The O’ Myʼs, and The Drastics.

Learn more at lowdownbrassband.com

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.

Water Colors: NextGenJazz Emerging Artists Project

Free Public Program

Friday, July 13, 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. This is also the final performance of Fresh Fest! presented by Allstate Insurance Company, Navy Pier’s inaugural youth performance festival on July 12th and July 13th.

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Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park for a free concert featuring the NextGenJazz Emerging Artists Project, part of Water Colors presented by CIBC, a live jazz music series co-curated with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and Fresh Fest! presented by Allstate Insurance Company: Chicago Youth Music & Performance Showcase.

About the NextGenJazz Emerging Artists Project

NextGenJazz Emerging Artists Project

Three ensembles of talented high school students from the Jazz Institute’s Jazz Links Jazz Ambassadors and Jazz Links Student Council groups perform.  The NextGen Emerging Artist Project was developed to train and prepare high school students for a professional performance career. The inaugural performance series was created in 2017 in partnership with William Harris Lee Luthier at the Fine Arts Building. 

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.

About Fresh Fest! presented by Allstate Insurance Company

Fresh Fest! presented by Allstate Insurance Company is a two-day showcase of Chicago’s talented young performing artists, presenting a range of musical and dance talent in a variety of styles, including blues, classical, rock, jazz and more.

View the full Fresh Fest! lineup

Fresh Fest! presented by Allstate Insurance Company

Water Colors: Chicago Latin Jazz Festival

Free Public Program

Sunday, July 15, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

A special presentation of Navy Pier’s free live jazz music series, Water Colors, featuring Chuchito Valdes, Ignacio Berroa, and the Chagua-Ruiz Belvis Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.

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Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park for a free concert featuring Chuchito Valdes, Ignacio Berroa, and the Chagua-Ruiz Belvis Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, part of Water Colors presented by CIBC, a live jazz music series co-curated with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

About the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival Performers

Chuchito Valdes

Chuchito Valdes

Chuchito Valdes’ father Chucho and grandfather Bebo are members of the Cuban Valdes musical dynasty.  Dionisio Ramón Emilio Valdés Amaro (October 9, 1918 – March 22, 2013), better known as Bebo Valdés, was a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger. He was a central figure in the golden age of Cuban music, led two famous big bands, and was one of the “house” arrangers for the Tropicana Club.   To celebrate his centennial, his grandson Chuchito Valdes will write arrangements for Bebo’s music to be performed by him and the Chicago Latin Jazz Collaborative, an ensemble with a rotating roster of local Latin Jazz musicians.

Ignacio Berroa

Ignacio Berroa

Best known for his work with Dizzy Gillespie, Afro-Cuban and jazz drummer Ignacio Berroa was born in Havana, Cuba. In 1980 Berroa moved to New York. By the next year, Dizzy Gillespie had invited him to join his quartet, and he spent the next ten years playing in the trumpeter’s various groups. Equally adept in jazz and Latin percussion, Berroa recorded and performed with artists like Tito Puente, Charlie Haden, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Chick Corea. Gillespie best defined Ignacio as: “… the only Latin drummer in the world in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro Cuban music as well as Jazz.

Chagua-Ruiz Belvis Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

Ignacio Berroa

Chagua is a 9-piece youth ensemble playing jazz inspired by Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barreto, Tito Puente and the 1960’s and 70’s boom of Latin music in the United States. Their repertoire includes reinterpretations of classics as well as original compositions.

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.

Water Colors: Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Free Public Program

Friday, July 20, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

A special presentation of Navy Pier’s free live jazz music series, Water Colors.

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

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra will present “Summer Vibes” featuring vibraphonist Thaddeus Tukes. Revisit the famed Lionel Hampton and Terry Gibbs vibraphone classics and a great survey of classic Big Band tunes for an unforgettable evening of classic Jazz and a chance to celebrate the start of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra’s 40th anniversary.

About the Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Come to Navy Pier for a free jazz concert featuring the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, part of Water Colors, at 6:30 pm on Friday, July 6, 2018.

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO)–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. The CJO also performs compositions and arrangements by members of the CJO, including Associate Artistic Director Charles Harrison.

Learn more at chicagojazzorchestra.org

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.

Water Colors: Lettin’ The Good Times Float

Free Public Program

Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

A special presentation of Navy Pier’s free live jazz music series, Water Colors, featuring Felicia P. Fields and E. Faye Butler.

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Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park for a special presentation of Navy Pier’s free live jazz music series, Water Colors presented by CIBC, featuring Felicia P. Fields and E. Faye Butler.

This performance presented in partnership with Kicky Productions.

About Lettin’ the Good Times Float

Lettin' the Good Times Float

Lettin’ the Good Times Float is a new concert version inspired by Chicago’s biggest winter smash hit starring superstar divas Felicia P. Fields & E. Faye Butler backed by equally legendary musicians Rajiv Halim, Ron Haynes, Jeremiah Hunt, Charles R. Heath IV, Norman Palm, Joey Woolfalk and Frank L. Menzies in an evening of songs, stories and lots of sass. Don’t miss this epic event before it sets off on an international tour early next year!

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.

Water Colors: Victor Goines Quartet

Free Public Program

Friday, August 3, 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 the Victor Goines Quartet, part of Water Colors presented by CIBC, a live jazz music series co-curated with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

About the Victor Goines Quartet

Victor Goines Quartet

Victor Goines, Saxophone; Jo Ann Daugherty, piano; Clif Wallace, drums; John Sims, bass

Victor Goines is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, touring throughout the world and recording more than twenty albums. As a leader, Goines has recorded seven albums including his most recent release Twilight (2012) on Rosemary Joseph Records. A gifted composer, Goines has more than 50 original works to his credit. He has recorded and/or performed with many noted jazz and popular artists including Ahmad Jamal, Ruth Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Willie Nelson, Marcus Roberts, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and a host of others. Currently, he is the director of jazz studies/professor of music at Northwestern University. He received a bachelor of music degree from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1984, and a master of music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in 1990. 

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.

Water Colors: Let Freedom Sing

Free Public Program

Friday, August 10, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

A special presentation of Navy Pier’s free live jazz music series, Water Colors, with Dee Alexander and Grazyna Auguscik.

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Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park for “Let Freedom Sing,” with Dee Alexander and Grazyna Auguscik, part of Water Colors presented by CIBC, a live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

About “Let Freedom Sing”

Victor Goines Quartet

Dee Alexander and Grazyna Auguscik
with Miguel de la Cerna, piano; Junius Paul, bass; Ernie Adams, drums

Chicago vocalist Dee Alexander and Polish vocalist Grazyna Auguscik reflect on the meaning of freedom and love through the songs and music that have accompanied the freedom movements in both countries.  Alexander’s strong connection to the freedom movement in the United States is reflected in a collaborative body of work with Auguscik, whose lengthy career both here and in her native Poland have contributed to evolving her creative approach.

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.

Water Colors: Marquis Hill’s Blacktet

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’s Blacktet, part of Water Colors presented by CIBC, a live jazz music series co-curated with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

About Marquis Hill’s Blacktet

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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