June 17, June 24, July 1, July 8
Twin brothers Wayne and Duayne Gray grew up on gospel, R&B, jazz, funk, soul, rock and classical music, but musician dad Richard Gray, who played with Fats Domino, influenced them the most. Gray Matters has played the House of Blues, Civic Opera House, Park West, South Shore Country Club and venues around the country.
Greg Duncan Trio
June 17, June 24, July 1, July 22
This trumpet-led group is a compact version of Greg’s internationally recognized quintet. With his knowledge of swing, standards and soul, Greg leads the trio through the classic jazz repertoire. He has played professionally in Chicago for more than 10 years, performing with Billy Harper, Richie Cole, Jorge Rossy and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
June 17, July 29, August 26
The Rio Bamba sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba, American and Latin jazz played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal, or instrumental to a Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor!
Rendition featuring Pamela Fernandez
The style, experience and musical persona of each musician in Rendition contribute to a unique collaboration in everything they play, from jazz standards to contemporary to rhythm and blues.
July 1, August 12, September 9
Chicago-based Detour JazFunk’s roster boasts some of the nation’s premier musicians including guitarist/vocalist Phil Seed, percussionist/vocalist Ben Johnson, bassist Kenery Kent Smith and keyboardist Tim Gant. From smooth jazz to funky old and new school R&B and neo soul, Detour JazFunk delivers.
Lake Effect featuring Michael Avery
Elegant compositions with attention to melodic detail and compelling liquid grooves are trademarks of the Lake Effectsound. Lake Effect is the exquisite smooth-jazz band co-created by Neil Artwick and Bob Davis, featuring Michael Avery.
Petra van Nuis
July 8, July 15, July 22
Petra van Nuis has a light, gorgeous voice and a gift for melody. She sings at Chicago’s top jazz venues, including the Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Katerina’s, Andy’s, Fitzgerald’s, City Winery, the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Chicago Cultural Center and at clubs and festivals around the country.
Marqueal Jordan Trio
Saxophonist and vocalist Marqueal Jordan has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene for 20 years. His well-received debut solo CD, Catalyst, was released in October 2013. He will perform in a smaller trio version of his working band, Marqueal Jordan & The Players.
UroSoule featuring Agnieszka Iwanska
July 15, August 19
UroSouleplays an infectious and original jazz/soul enriched by vocalist and songwriter Agnieszka Iwanska. Her CD “All That I Am” hit No. 38 on the Top 50 national chart. Agnieszka has sung the national anthem at Wrigley Field and performed at festivals in Naperville and Milwaukee.
Brent Kimbrough & Company
Brent Kimbrough & Company is a fusion of smartly arranged jazz classics, soul-searching originals, groove-laden blues and funk, and high-intensity Latin music. Founded by Chicago-born guitarist, singer, composer and bandleader, Brent Kimbrough, “K&Co” has played throughout Chicago, nationally, and in Europe and Asia.
July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26, September 2, September 9
Guitarist Bill Boris has performed at the Chicago Jazz Fest and at festivals throughout Europe. The group plays a blend of original tunes and straight ahead jazz with a vibrant contemporary sound. Bill is the coordinator of Guitar Studies at Columbia College Chicago.
July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19,August 26, September 2, September 9
This group presents a fun and entertaining mix of straight-ahead jazz, pop and soul music. The band features Tim’s original compositions along with the music of jazz great Wes Montgomery, the subject of Tim’s book, 625 Alive: The Wes Montgomery BBC Performance Transcribed.
Chris Greene Quartet
August 5, September 2
Just as classical composers have used native folk elements as the basis for their art, the Chris Greene Quartet uses familiar modern materials — the funk and hip-hop Chris heard growing up — as a bridge between jazz and other genres, making CGQ something different on the modern jazz scene.