Jazzin' Band Lineup 2017

Detour JazFunk
June 21, July 19, August 30 – North Terrace Main Stage
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.

Peter Oprisko Jazz Trio
June 21 – Main Foyer
As the 2015 Chicago Music Awards winner for Best Jazz Entertainer, Peter Oprisko averages 300 performances annually nationwide. His charismatic interactive stage presence and fresh interpretations of timeless jazz standards make for a fun and memorable experience. With several acclaimed Grammy-considered albums to his credit, Oprisko is the epitome of jazz vocal excellence!

William Boris Duo
June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12 – Soundings Café 
Guitarist Bill Boris has performed at the Chicago Jazz Fest and at festivals throughout Europe. His 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.

Rio Bamba
June 28, July 26, August 23, September 13 – North Terrace Main Stage
The Rio Bamba sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba, American jazz 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!

Joe Policastro Trio
June 28, July 5  – Main Foyer
Led by bassist Joe Policastro, this Chicago-based band features guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery. While firmly rooted in jazz, the band’s open-minded, inclusive nature also brings rock, old-school funk, soul, Brazilian and free improvisation to the surface while still keeping the aesthetic of an acoustic trio intact.

Chris Greene Quartet
July 5 – North Terrace Main Stage
While honoring the tradition, the Chris Greene Quartet incorporates elements of funk, hip-hop, rock, pop, the blues and reggae, reflecting the members’ diverse backgrounds. Greene and his band represent the latest link in the continuum of Chicago jazz, moving forward while reaching back.

UroSoule with Agnieszka Iwanska
July 12 – North Terrace Main Stage
UroSoule plays 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.

Tim Fitzgerald Trio
July 12, July 19, July 26 – Main Foyer
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.

Petra van Nuis
July 19, July 26, August 2 – Soundings Café  
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.

Soul Message Band
August 2 – North Terrace Main Stage
A soulful and infectious style crafted around funky grooves, Soul Message Band’s sound is rooted in the tradition of great Hammond B3 organists like Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Charles Earland and Groove Holmes. The band consists of Chris Foreman, organ, Greg Rockingham, drums, Lee Rothenberg, guitar and James Perkins, sax.

Phil Seed Trio
August 2, August 9, August 16 – Main Foyer
With his expressive style, guitarist Phil Seed's dynamic rhythms draw you in from the first notes. His listeners are treated to an eclectic, energetic mix of Bill Withers' soul and Wes Montgomery's jazz inflections.

The Ava Logan Jazz Ensemble
August 9 – North Terrace Main Stage
Ava Logan is an award-winning singer-actress from Washington, D.C., now living in the Chicago area. Dr. Logan is a veterinarian by day and a jazz singer at night! The classically trained jazz recording artist has performed jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues nationally and internationally. Her first major CD, “So Many Stars,” was met with critical acclaim.

Shawn Salmon Duo
August 9, August 16, August 23 – Soundings Café 
Shawn Salmon is a guitarist, compose, and educator from Chicago. He is the head of the Jazz Studies program at Saint Xavier University. Shawn regularly performs in and around Chicago, including at the Jazz Showcase, Andy's Jazz Club and the Green Mill.

PowerPlay FYI
August 16 – North Terrace Main Stage
PowerPlay FYI is premier live music entertainment with an exciting playlist covering current and classic hits spanning soul, R&B, jazz, funk, Latin, rock and swing styles and original arrangements. Be it a concert stage, private gathering or intimate venue, PowerPlay FYI radiates talent and professionalism in sharing the joy of music and celebration.

Bob Davis Trio
August 23, August 30, September 6, September 13 – Main Foyer
Guitarist Bob Davis and keyboardist Neil Artwick have been playing together with their larger group, Lake Effect, for 20 years. Over the course of their careers, they have released two CDs on Amazon, Pandora and CD Baby. Bob Davis and Neil Artwick are performing as a trio, serving up R&B, Latin and soul.

Gray Matters
August 30, September 6, September 13 – Soundings Café 
Twin brothers Wayne and Duayne Gray grew up on gospel, R&B, jazz, funk, soul, rock and classical music, but their 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.

Brent Kimbrough & Company
September 6 – North Terrace Main Stage
Brent Kimbrough & Company is a fusion of smartly arranged jazz classics, soul-searching originals, groove-laden Chicago blues, funk and high-intensity Latin music. Founded by Chicago-native guitarist, singer, composer and bandleader Brent Kimbrough, "K&Co" is a consortium of the area's finest musical talent. The band has appeared throughout Chicago, the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Reginald T. McCants
All Jazzin’ dates June, July and August
Chicago-born keyboardist Reginald T. McCants’ performances are exhilarating, uplifting and forever entertaining. He's performed at many major venues throughout Chicago and his jazzy interpretations of contemporary jazz, R&B, original and popular songs will have you yearning for more!

Be sure to join us for the science pubs, which take place at each Jazzin’ at 7 p.m. Meet a Shedd researcher in an informal setting where you can relax, enjoy a beverage and ask questions.

2017 Schedule

June 21
Detour JazFunk
Peter Oprisko Jazz Trio
William Boris Duo
Reginald T. McCants

June 28
William Boris Duo
Rio Bamba
Joe Policastro Trio
Reginald T. McCants

July 5
William Boris Duo
Joe Policastro Trio
Chris Greene Quartet
Reginald T. McCants

July 12
William Boris Duo
UroSoule with Agnieszka Iwanska
Tim Fitzgerald Trio
Reginald T. McCants

July 19
Detour JazFunk
Tim Fitzgerald Trio
Petra van Nuis
Reginald T. McCants

July 26
Rio Bamba
Tim Fitzgerald Trio
Petra van Nuis
Reginald T. McCants

August 2
Petra van Nuis
Soul Message Band
Phil Seed Trio
Reginald T. McCants

August 9
Phil Seed Trio
The Ava Logan Jazz Ensemble
Shawn Salmon Duo
Reginald T. McCants

August 16
Phil Seed Trio
Shawn Salmon Duo
PowerPlay FYI
Reginald T. McCants

August 23
Rio Bamba
Shawn Salmon Duo
Bob Davis Trio
Reginald T. McCants

August 30
Detour JazFunk
Bob Davis Trio
Gray Matters
Reginald T. McCants

September 6
Bob Davis Trio
Gray Matters
Brent Kimbrough & Company

September 13
Rio Bamba
Bob Davis Trio
Gray Matters