NextGenJazz Returns With Diverse Line Up At The Drake Hotel Chicago

Hosted by The Drake Hotel's Palm Court

This information originated in American English.

March 25, 2014

CHICAGO - Beginning April 3, 2014, NextGenJazz, a collaboration between the Jazz Institute of Chicago and The Drake Hotel Chicago, starts a third season of new music and emerging artists. From 7 - 11 p.m. on the first three Thursdays of April, May, June, July, September and October, these performances provide the perfect opportunity to experience some of Chicago's talented young musicians. The series kicks off in April with Kevin Kozol in The Drake Hotel's Palm Court.

The partnership began in 2012 when The Drake approached the Jazz Institute with an idea that would continue to honor Chicago's sprit of local music by providing a venue for remarkable new jazz artists to build a following. The 2014 series introduces a number of new voices.

"The series is stretching the boundaries this year," said Jazz Institue Executive Director, Lauren Deutsch. "With the addition of some Latin sounds by way of Mexico and Peru, expanding the groups from trios to quartets, and the return of Drake favorites Marquis Hill and Katie Ernst, we expect this year to be the most exciting one yet."

Performances are free and open to the public. A complete schedule with artist highlights is listed below. Schedule and artists are subject to change. Visit or for current information. Media can access additional information about The Drake Hotel at

NextGen Jazz 2014 - Season Schedule

April 3, 10 & 17- Kevin Kozol
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 with Lenny Pickett Haque, Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, George Clinton, Lenny Pickett, Marco Benevento, Stanton Moore, Liquid Soul, The Jazz Mandolin Project and even Snoop Dogg.May 1, 8 & 15 - Gustavo Cortiñas Fouilloux. 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 5,12 & 19- Laurenzi/Ernst/Green
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 3, 10 & 17- Chinchano
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 4, 11 & 18- Quentin Coaxum
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 2, 9 & 16- Marquis Hill
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.

About The Drake Hotel
Since 1920, The Drake Hotel has remained committed to its distinguished service and historic traditions. Located on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, The Drake Hotel offers 535 guest rooms and five on-site dining facilities. For more information about The Drake


Nicole Mieske
The Drake Hotel
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