Jazz Along the Lakefront summer series kicks off tonight at Navy Pier

Jazz Along the Lakefront summer series kicks off tonight at Navy Pier

Local jazz artists are set to take the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at a free,
weekly music series, co-curated by Jazz Institute of Chicago

Get ready to enjoy 90 minutes of jazz nearly every Friday starting tonight (July 6) through August 24 at the free Jazz on the Lakefront Series Water Colors Presented by CIBC.  The series will offer a variety of jazz programing from some of Chicago’s best including reinvented brass band music fused with hip-hop, freedom songs through a jazz lens, classic New Orleans jazz, big-band tributes, young bebop players, afro-beat music from Lagos, renowned jazz vocalists, and more.

Tonight’s kick off performance, The Lowtown Brass Band is sure to get you movin’. Their music features vocalists, hip hop and body movement that has been seen in the best clubs around town including Metro, Lincoln Hall, House of Blues, Schuba’s, Cubby Bear, the Hideout and Andy’s as well as the rest of the country. Tonight’s performance runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at  Polk Bros Park.

Here’s the full summer line-up:,

Friday, July 6 Lowdown Brass Band 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 13 NextGenJazz Emerging Artists Project

Co-curated by Fresh Fest! Presented by Allstate Insurance Company

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 15 Chicago Latin Jazz Festival 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, July 20 Chicago Jazz Orchestra 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 21 Lettin’ The Good Times Float 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, August 3 Victor Goines Quartet 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, August 10 Let Freedom Sing

with Dee Alexander and Grazyna Auguscik

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, August 17 Marquis Hill’s Blacktet 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday August, 24 Chicago Afrobeat Project 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Other summer performances include:

Sunday, July 15, The Chicago Latin Jazz Festival pays homage to Latin American influences in jazz, with performances by Chuchito Valdes, Ignacio Berroa and the Chagua-Ruiz Belvis Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Saturday, July 21, A concert adaption of Chicago’s biggest winter smash hit, Lettin’ the Good Times Roll. Presented in partnership with Kicky Productions, Lettin’ the Good Times Float stars, Felicia P. Fields and E. Faye Butler, will take the stage while accompanied by other talented musicians, such as Rajiv Halim, Ron Haynes, Charles R. Heath IV, Jeremiah Hunt, Frank L. Menzies, Norman Palm and Joey Woolfalk.

WHERE:                 Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago.

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