June 25, July 30, August 27
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. So whether you’re looking to chill and relax with some mellow smooth jazz or you’re ready to party with funky old and new school R&B and neo soul, Detour JazFunk delivers.
June 25, July 2, July 9, August 13, August 20, August 27, September 3
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.
Greg Duncan Trio
June 25, July 2, July 9
This trumpet-led group is a smaller version of the internationally recognized Greg Duncan 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 and performed with Billy Harper, Richie Cole, Jorge Rossy, Bill Watrous, Roger Ingram and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
Petra van Nuis
July 2, July 30, August 6
Petra van Nuis is described as having “a light, gorgeous, and fairly delicate voice...a gift for melody and plenty of rhythmic confidence.” 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.
July 9, August 13, September 3
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 with its irresistible rhythms.
July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27, September 3
The Bill Boris group has performed with Fred Wesley, Tony Monico and David “Fat Head” Newman. In 2013, Bill performed at the Pescara Jazz Festival in Italy and led workshops at the Pescara Conservatory. He is coordinator of guitar studies at Columbia College Chicago.
July 16, July 23
Gray Matters’ 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. Wayne and Duane have played the House of Blues, Civic Opera House, Park West, South Shore Country Club and other venues in Chicago and around the country.
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.
Pamela’s Dreamspresents unique interpretations of old, new and original songs about life and the laughter, love, loss, hopes and dreams that come with it. The music reflects many styles and genres fused to create soulful grooves, fresh harmonies, unexpected arrangements and exciting improvised sections.
Chris Greene Quartet
In much the way that classical composers have historically 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.
UroSoule feat. Agnieszka Iwanska
UroSouleplays an infectious and original jazz/soul with a pulse, attitude and style. Vocalist and songwriter Agnieszka Iwanska is praised by the Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich as a “voice of promise.” 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.