Navy Pier’s Water Colors Presented by CIBC Offers Dynamic Jazz Performances Along the Lakefront

Navy Pier has teamed up with the Jazz Institute of Chicago once again to host Water Colors presented by CIBC, a free, live jazz music series featuring top Chicago jazz artists. Nearly every Friday from July 6 through August 24, guests can enjoy 90-minute sets at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, with performances ranging from emerging new talent, to established and seasoned artists. This year’s lineup features reinvented brass band music fused with hip-hop, freedom songs through the jazz lens, classic New Orleans jazz, big-band tributes, young bebop players, afro-beat music from Lagos, renowned jazz vocalists, and one of the best up-and-coming trumpet players in the world.

In addition to its Friday lineup, the series includes two special weekend programs. On Sunday, July 15, the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival pays homage to Latin American influences in jazz, with performances by Chuchito Valdes, Ignacio Berroa and the Chagua-Ruiz Belvis Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. On Saturday, July 21, guests are in for a treat with a concert adaption of Chicago’s biggest winter smash hit, Lettin’ the Good Times Roll.Presented in partnership with Kicky Productions, Lettin’ the Good Times Float stars, Felicia P. Fields and E. Faye Butler, will take the stage while accompanied by other talented musicians, such as Rajiv Halim, Ron Haynes, Charles R. Heath IV, Jeremiah Hunt, Frank L. Menzies, Norman Palm and Joey Woolfalk.

See below for the full schedule for Water Colors Presented by CIBC:

Friday, July 6

Lowdown Brass Band 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 13 NextGenJazz Emerging Artists Project
Co-curated by Fresh Fest! Presented by Allstate Insurance Company
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 15 Chicago Latin Jazz Festival 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, July 20 Chicago Jazz Orchestra 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 21 Lettin’ The Good Times Float 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, August 3 Victor Goines Quartet 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, August 10 Let Freedom Sing
with Dee Alexander and Grazyna Auguscik
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, August 17 Marquis Hill’s Blacktet 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday August, 24 Chicago Afrobeat Project 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

While at Navy Pier for Water Colors Presented by CIBC, guests are encouraged to take advantage of the many other Pier-wide experiences in dining, retail, boats and other activities and attractions – many of which are available within the newly renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, which opened Memorial Day weekend.

Water Colors Presented by CIBC is part of the Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe. For more information, visit or download the Navy Pier app on any Android or iOS device.

About CIBC

CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients. Across Personal and Small Business Banking, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, and Capital Markets businesses, CIBC offers a full range of advice, solutions and services through its leading digital banking network, and locations across Canada, in the United States and around the world. Ongoing news releases and more information about CIBC can be found at

About the Jazz Institute of Chicago

Founded in 1969, the Jazz Institute of Chicago promotes and nurtures jazz in Chicago by providing jazz education, developing and supporting musicians, building audiences and fostering a thriving jazz scene. For more information, visit

 About Navy Pier

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit cultural destinations in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than 9 million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family PavilionPeoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel and more – in addition to free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. For more information, visit or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.

Navy Pier Mission Statement


p style=”font-weight: 400;”>Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.