First three Thursdays of April, May, June, July, September and October | 7 p.m. to 11 p.m
The Drake Hotel | 140 East Walton Street | Palm Court
Open to the public | reservations accepted.
Unlike the early days of jazz, places where young musicians can perform in residence are few and far between. Presented in partnership with the Drake Hotel, NextGenJazz provides a great opportunity for the Jazz Institute to connect new audiences to emerging artists and a unique venue for Chicago’s talented young performers to hone their craft. To make a reservation, call (312) 932-4619. JIC Members get special discounts on the second Thursday of every series! To become a member, click here.
Schedule and artists are subject to change.
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NextGenJazz 2014 – Season Schedule
April Featured Artist – Kevin Kozol
April 3, 10 & 17
Kevin Kozol is a pianist, composer and educator living in Chicago. He has studied with world renowned musicians and composers such as Heidi Louise Williams, Frank Stemper and Kathleen Ginther, and performed or shared the stage with Lenny Pickett, Fareed Haque, Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, George Clinton, Lenny Pickett, Marco Benevento, Stanton Moore, Liquid Soul, The Jazz Mandolin Project and even Snoop Dogg.
May Featured Artist - Gustavo Cortiñas Fouilloux
May 1, 8 & 15
Born and raised in Mexico City, Gustavo began drumming at age ten. He moved to New Orleans to pursue a degree in Jazz Studies, expanding his craft with some of the city’s finest musicians and jazz icons, including Wayne Maureau, Johnny Vidacovich, John Mahoney and Roy McGrath. He recently completed a Master of Music in Jazz Studies at Northwestern University, studying under Willie Jones III and Victor Goines.
June Featured Artist - Laurenzi/Ernst/Green
June 5,12 & 19
Since the group's inception in early 2012, Laurenzi/Ernst/Green has established itself as an important new facet of Chicago’s creative music scene. Featuring tenor saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, bassist and vocalist Katie Ernst, and drummer Andrew Green, the group's aesthetic blends jazz, folk, and improvised music, yielding an honest and refreshing take on the saxophone/bass/drums trio.
July Featured Artist – Juan Pastor Chinchano
July 3, 10 & 17
Led by Juan Pastor, Chinchano fuses Peruvian music with jazz. With a rhythmically creative yet mellow sound provided by the cajon (a traditional Peruvian instrument replacing the common drum set), Chinchano explores rhythms from the coast and mountains of Peru to produce a sound rooted in tradition yet totally new.
September Featured Artist – Quentin Coaxum
September 4, 11 & 18
A passionate musician, Quentin Coaxum was inspired to pursue his professional career by music inherited from his grandfather. Originally from Missouri, his sound reflects his ability to perform with modern lyricism blended with both knowledge of and a deep appreciation for the rich tradition of jazz. A unique voice, his performances blend the essence of many genres including soul, alternative, hip hop R&B and jazz.
October Featured Artist – Marquis Hill
October 2, 9 & 16
A known name on the Chicago jazz scene, trumpeter Marquis Hill closes out this season. He has performed with artists such as Dee Alexander, Tito Carrillo, Bobby Broom, Willie Pickens, Ron Perrillo, Victor Garcia, Benny Golson, Antonio Hart, Rodney Whitaker, Steve Turre, Ernest Dawkins, Maurice Brown, Corey Wilkes, Willerm Delisfort, Brian Lynch and many others.