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Water Colors

Outdoor Free Jazz Series, Presented in Partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago

This summer, join us at Navy Pier for Water Colors, a free jazz series featuring local Chicago artists. Presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Water Colors highlights emerging talents and provides a free opportunity to hear what new voices in jazz have to say.

Our 2017 Water Colors line-up includes 90-minute sets by artists Tony Milano (Piano), Thaddeus Tukes (Vibraphone), Rajiv Halim (Saxophone), Julius Tucker (Piano), Greg Artry (Drums), and Cole DeGenova (Piano), and their bands. See upcoming scheduled performances below.

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.

 

Water Colors 2017 Schedule

Water Colors: Greg Artry (Drums)

August 23rd

Water Colors: Greg Artry (Drums)

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

City Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! A free jazz series featuring emerging talent and presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Water Colors provides an opportunity to hear what new voices in jazz have to say in a beautiful outdoor setting.

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Instrumentation

  • Greg Artry, Drums
  • Greg Ward, Sax
  • Dennis Carroll, Bass

About Gregory Allen Artry Jr.

Gregory Allen Artry Jr., born in Pamona, California, was exposed to the drums at an early age by his father, a session drummer. At age 10, Artryand his family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where he was accepted into the fledgling Performing Arts Magnet Program. This initiative allowed him to study a variety of instruments formally, including cello and voice. Artry has worked with Melvin Rhyne, Pharez Whitted, Bobby Broom, Slide Hampton, Bobby Watson, Charles McPhearson, Claudio Roditi, Donald Harrison Jr., Syl Johnson, Steve Turre, Victor Goines, Willie Pickens, Sonny Fortune, and many others in cities throughout the United States.

 

In the event of inclement weather, Water Colors will be moved indoors, to the Crystal Gardens. 

Water Colors: Cole DeGenova Quartet

August 30th

Water Colors: Cole DeGenova Quartet

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

City Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! A free jazz series featuring emerging talent and presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Water Colors provides an opportunity to hear what new voices in jazz have to say in a beautiful outdoor setting.

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Instrumentation

  • Cole DeGenova – keys
  • Joshua Ramos – bass
  • Hunter Diamond – sax
  • Makaya McCraven – drums

About Cole DeGenova 

Somewhere between a soul pop concert, South Side jazz club, slam poetry reading, and punk rock dive bar, lives the music of Cole DeGenova… As a pianist, vocalist, and composer DeGenova has spent most of his life crafting his eclectic artistic voice, beginning his career at age 16 as a jazz pianist around his native Chicago. As a bandleader, he started his funky alternative soul group Cole DeGenova & The Peoples Republic at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he released his first album JUST PEOPLE AGAIN in 2009. A few years later, DeGenova released his second album ANOTHER COUNTRY.

Now based in Chicago and Los Angeles, he is both an in demand studio musician as well as a touring performer around the globe. He has worked with Lupe Fiasco, Brett Dennen, Chance the Rapper, Gallant, Latin Grammy winner Lucky Diaz, Meshell N’Degeocello, Paula Cole, James Carter, engineer Eddie Kramer, Hey Champ, Dave Shaw, as well as funk group The Heard and experimental jazz trio Hanging Hearts. DeGenova is also a co-founder and organizer for the Chicago artist collective The Gala. His third album THE RADIO HERO MIXTAPE was released spring of 2015. His song “Hollywood Girl” was chosen as a Finalist in the 2015 American Songwriting Awards.

 

In the event of inclement weather, Water Colors will be moved indoors, to the Crystal Gardens. 

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