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17th Annual Indy Jazz Fest, Sept. 10-19, 2015

July 18, 2015 Leave a comment
Indy Jazz Fest, Sept. 10-19, 2015

Indy Jazz Fest, Sept. 10-19, 2015. Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of Indy Jazz Fest

Indy Jazz Fest returns in 2015 with a 10-day lineup celebrating “The Year of the Song” in venues All Around Town September 10-19. The celebration of the Indianapolis jazz and arts scene will feature an impressive lineup, including three world-class performances as part of The Indy Jazz Fest Signature Series presented at the historic Madame Walker Theatre Center located on the legendary Indiana Avenue, the epicenter of Indianapolis’ rich jazz legacy.

Tickets for the Indy Jazz Fest Signature Series performances are on sale now at indyjazzfest.net. Enjoy a limited time preferred seating offer for Signature Series shows now through Thursday, June 18, including no ticket fees, early entry, lounge access, and the best seats in the house. Additional 2015 Indy Jazz Fest headliners will be announced in coming weeks. Signature Series pricing and show times are as follows:

Signature Series Lineup
Free parking will be available in the Madame Walker Theatre Center lots directly north and west of the theatre (adjacent to the IUPUI campus)
All shows priced at $60 preferred / $45 main level / $25 student
Doors open at 7 p.m. /
 6:30 p.m. for preferred

  • Friday, September 12 – 8 p.m. 
    Take 6
    Take 6 is the most awarded vocal group in history with 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and 7 Downbeat Awards. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!’, Take 6 is the quintessential a cappella group and model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop.
  • Tuesday, September 15 – 8 p.m. 
    Dianne Reeves presented by REI Real Estate
    featuring Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal and Terreon Gully
    Winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, “Beautiful Life” showcases Dianne’s sublime gifts in what is a melding of R&B, Latin and pop elements within the framework of 21st Century jazz.
  • Friday, September 18 – 8 p.m. 
    Jonathan Butler presented by Eskenazi Health
    South African expatriate Jonathan Butler’s laid-back, jazz-fusion tinged approach to R&B & groove has earned the singer / guitarist / songwriter / producer a lot of supporters in the contemporary jazz world. Butler has toured the world with such acclaimed artists as Kirk Whalum, Dave Koz and Ruby Turner.

Multiple Venues
Each day of the festival, visitors are welcomed into a new space where the interaction with music and fellow community members is exciting. Since 2009, the multiple venue approach continues to bring together the diversity of jazz styles with the history and culture embedded in some of the city’s most renowned performance locations. Throughout the 10 days, internationally renowned jazz artists will share the stage with the best in regional and local performers.  As the lineup continues to unfold, this year’s Fest will create a dynamic collage that offers something for everyone.

This year’s festival will also feature the return of the popular Pub Creep and the finale Block Party event.

Year-Round Reach
The importance of exposing people to jazz through performance and education is the top priority of Indy Jazz Fest and Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. The organization continues to develop a variety of educational programs and presentations founded on the belief that exposure, inspiration, and experiences are driving forces behind initiating involvement in jazz.

Sponsorship Information   
Indy Jazz Fest continues to be an example of community success through the dedication and support of its generous sponsors Eskenazi Health, Ameriprise Financial, Apparatus, REI Real Estate, Citizens Energy Group, The Law Firm of Foley & Abott, Scofield Edit, Brewers of Indiana Guild, The National Bank of Indianapolis, IU Health, Faegre Baker Daniels, Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown, IBM, North Coast Brewing, Printing Partners, DCG, Bohlsen Group, MacExperience, Coca Cola, Yinger Design, Mark Sheldon Photography and Yats.

Indy Jazz Fest is also made possible in part by the Lilly Endowment; Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation; The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate; The Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council and the City of Indianapolis; Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, in honor of the children and families of Christel House; The Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation and The Penrod Society.

Arts and community partnerships include The Jazz Kitchen, Chatterbox Jazz Club, Madame Walker Theatre, Indiana Landmarks Center, IndyGo, Indianapolis Central Library, American Pianists Association, University of Indianapolis, WICR 88.7, Jazz City Internet Radio, WFYI, Speedway Chamber of Commerce and Redevelopment Commission, Dallara Indycar Factory, Lino’s Coffee, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, Butler University School of Music Jazz Studies Department, Rhythm! Discovery Center and the Percussive Arts Society plus the Pub Creep breweries.

A variety of support levels and special advantages have been designed to make sponsorship experiences both enjoyable and rewarding. Those interested in learning more about sponsoring the 2015 Indy Jazz Fest can contact us at (317) 966-7854 or david@indyjazzfest.net

The complete Indy Jazz Fest schedule is posted on AroundIndy.com at: http://aroundindy.com/jazzfest.php.

About Indy Jazz Fest
The mission of Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest is to preserve the legacy and promote the future of jazz in Indianapolis through education and performance. A celebration of community and culture that showcases jazz music in a variety of great venues across the city, Indy Jazz Fest has become a cultural icon since its start in 1999. With an increased emphasis on jazz education, Indy Jazz Fest has expanded from just one day to an entire experience, ultimately benefiting the Indianapolis arts community throughout the year by creating meaningful links between jazz education and the city’s jazz performance scene.  Indy Jazz Fest is the preeminent performance event of Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and will ultimately reach upwards of 34,000 people through a combination of performances, workshops, school concerts, master classes, and community partnerships, as an integral cog in the Indianapolis arts scene. The 2015 Indy Jazz Fest will take place September 10-19, 2015.  For more information, visit www.indyjazzfest.net.

Lineup Announced for Indy Jazz Fest, Sept. 11-20

July 16, 2014 Leave a comment
Historic Walker Theatre

Maceo Parker at Walker Theatre, Sept. 12. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of the Indy Jazz Fest
http://www.indyjazzfest.net/

Indy Jazz Fest returns in 2014 with a 10-day lineup in venues “All Around Town” September 11-20, featuring special headliner and Indianapolis native Josh Kaufman, recent winner of NBC’s hit show The Voice. The announcement marks the start of the festival’s 16th year and is a celebration of its year-round dedication to strengthening the Indianapolis jazz and arts scene. Among the additional headliners are Maceo Parker, a funk and soul jazz saxophonist, best known for his work with James Brown, and Steve Turre, a mentee of Indianapolis’ own JJ Johnson and heading into his 30th year as trombonist with the Saturday Night Live Band. This year’s festival will also feature the return of the popular Pub Creep and the finale Block Party event. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 18, 2014 at indyjazzfest.net.

The 10-day celebration will feature headliners and performers including the following, with more additions to the lineup in coming weeks:

Thursday, September 11 –

  • Indy Jazz Fest Band at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis, 7 p.m. FREE to the public. Sponsored by WICR.

Friday, September 12 –

  • Maceo Parker at Madame Walker Theatre, 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $40-$55, with student tickets available for $15.
  • Claire Daly Quartet at The Jazz Kitchen, 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. Sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company.
  • Sara Gazarek at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$55.

Saturday, September 13 –

  • Josh Kaufman at The Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $37-$57 with VIP tickets available. Sponsored by Ameriprise Financial and Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown.
  • Gust Spenos Jumpin’ and Shoutin’ the Blues with Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Freddie Hendrix (trumpet), Bruce Williams (alto sax), Jason Marshall (baritone sax), Brandon McCune (piano/B3), Chris Berger (bass), and Cecil Brooks (drums) at The Jazz Kitchen, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
  • Sara Gazarek at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$55.

Sunday, September 14 –

  • Steve Turre Quintet plays the music of J.J. Johnson at Indiana Landmarks Center, 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25-$40 with student tickets available for $10.
  • Farrelly Markiewicz Jazz Quartet, Weirich-Murray Band, and Butler University Jazz Combo sponsored and hosted by Dalara IndyCar Factory, Lino’s Coffee and the Speedway Chamber of Commerce and Redevelopment Commission, 1201 Main Street in Speedway, 1-8 p.m. FREE to the public.
  • Musica Cubana – A snapshot of Cuba and its influence on jazz, dance and beyond: Pavel and Direct Contact, Sancocho Dance and Gerardo Gonzalez at the Indianapolis Marion County Central Library, 3 p.m. FREE to the public. Sponsored by IndyGo and the Indianapolis Marion County Library.

Wednesday, September 17 –

  • Rob Dixon and the Indianapolis Jazz Collective featuring Stefon Harris with opening performance by the Cynthia Layne bandat the Indianapolis Museum of Art Terrace (show will be moved indoors to the Toby in the event of rain), 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25-$35 with student tickets available for $10. Sponsored by The Law Firm of Foley & Abbott.

Thursday, September 18 –

  • Grace Kelley Quartet at Apparatus, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Sponsored by Apparatus.
  • Butler University Faculty Jazz Quintet at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing Arts, 7 p.m. FREE to the public.

Friday, September 19 –

  • Tom Harrell Quartet with Luis Perdomo (piano and Fender Rhodes), Ugonna Okegwo (bass), and Johnathan Blake (drums)at the Jazz Kitchen, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $40-$30.

Saturday, September 20 –

  • BLOCK PARTY 2014 at the Jazz Kitchen and Yats, 3:30 p.m.-Midnight. Tickets are $15. Eleven bands on two stages inside and outside with food, drinks and great music (adults 21+).

Multiple Venues

Each day of the festival, visitors are welcomed into a new space where the interaction with music and fellow community members is exciting. Since 2009, the multiple venue approach continues to bring together the diversity of jazz styles with the history and culture embedded in some of the city’s most renowned performance locations. Throughout the 10 days, internationally renowned jazz artists will share the stage with the best in regional and local performersAs the lineup continues to unfold, this year’s Fest will create a dynamic collage that offers something for everyone.

Indiana Brewers Pub Creep
The Festival’s mid-way point will feature a Pub Creep September 15-19 at a different Indiana brewery location each evening. Sponsored by the Indiana Brewers Guild, the Pub Creep will meld jazz and brews at Sun King Brewery, Broad Ripple Brewpub, Flat12 Bierwerks, Outliers Brewing Company, Bier Brewery, Brugge Brasserie and Triton Tap. More information will become available on the Pub Creep dates, locations and music at indyjazzfest.net

Ticket Information

Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 18 at indyjazzfest.net. General admission, preferred seating as well as student tickets will be available by concert and location.

Year-Round Reach

The importance of exposing people to jazz through performance and education is the top priority of Indy Jazz Fest and Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. The organization continues to develop a variety of educational programs and presentations founded on the belief that exposure, inspiration, and experiences are driving forces behind initiating involvement in jazz.

Sponsorship Information  

Indy Jazz Fest continues to be an example of community success through the dedication and support of its generous sponsors Ameriprise Financial, Apparatus, Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown, REI Real Estate, The Law Firm of Foley & Abbott, Scofield Edit, Brewers of Indiana Guild, IBM, North Coast Brewing, Printing Partners, DCG, Bohlsen Group and Yats.

Indy Jazz Fest is also made possible in part by the Lilly Endowment; Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation; The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate; The Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council and the City of Indianapolis; Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, in honor of the children and families of Christel House; The Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation and The Penrod Society.

Arts and community partnerships include The Jazz Kitchen, Chatterbox Jazz Club, American Pianists Association, The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, Madame Walker Theatre, Indiana Landmarks Center, University of Indianapolis, WICR 88.7, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Jazz City Internet Radio, WFYI, IndyGo, Indianapolis Central Library, Speedway Chamber of Commerce and Redevelopment Commission, Dallara Indycar Factory, Lino’s Coffee, Butler University School of Music Jazz Studies Department, Rhythm! Discovery Center and the Percussive Arts Society plus the Pub Creep breweries.

A variety of support levels and special advantages have been designed to make sponsorship experiences both enjoyable and rewarding. Those interested in learning more about sponsoring the 2014 Indy Jazz Fest can call 317-966-7854 or david@indyjazzfest.net

About Indy Jazz Fest

The mission of Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest is to preserve the legacy and promote the future of jazz in Indianapolis through education and performance.  A celebration of community and culture that showcases jazz music in a variety of great venues across the city, Indy Jazz Fest has become a cultural icon since its start in 1999. With an increased emphasis on jazz education, Indy Jazz Fest has expanded from just one day to an entire experience, ultimately benefiting the Indianapolis arts community throughout the year by creating meaningful links between jazz education and the city’s jazz performance scene.  Indy Jazz Fest is the preeminent performance event of Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and will ultimately reach upwards of 20,000 people through a combination of performances, workshops, school concerts, master classes, and community partnerships, as an integral cog in the Indianapolis arts scene. The 2014 Indy Jazz Fest will take place September 11-20, 2014.  For more information, visit www.indyjazzfest.net.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Bohlsen Group.

Larry Coryell Power Trio at the Jazz Kitchen, June 14

Jazz Kitchen

Jazz Kitchen. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By LuAnn Lancton
The Jazz Kitchen
http://thejazzkitchen.com/

The Larry Coryell Power Trio will appear at the Jazz Kitchen, 5377 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, on June 14, 2014, with two sets at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

As one of the pioneers of jazz-rock — perhaps the pioneer in the ears of some — Larry Coryell deserves a special place in the history books. He brought what amounted to a nearly alien sensibility to jazz electric guitar playing in the 1960s, a hard-edged, cutting tone, phrasing and note-bending that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences. Yet as a true eclectic, armed with a brilliant technique, he is comfortable in almost every style, covering almost every base from the most decibel-heavy, distortion-laden electric work to the most delicate, soothing, intricate lines on acoustic guitar. Unfortunately, a lot of his most crucial electric work from the ’60s and ’70s is missing on CD, tied up by the erratic reissue schemes of Vanguard, RCA and other labels, and by jazz-rock’s myopically low level of status in the CD era (although that mindset is slowly changing).

Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell. Photo provided by the Jazz Kitchen and used with written permission.

Born in Galveston, Texas on April 2, 1943 Coryell grew up in the Seattle, Washington area where his mother introduced him to the piano at the tender age of 4. He switched to guitar and played rock music while in his teens. He didn’t consider himself good enough to pursue a music career and studied journalism at The University of Washington while simultaneously taking private guitar lessons. By 1965 he had relocated to New York City and began taking classical guitar lessons which would figure prominently in later stages of his career.

Although citing Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry as early influences he also took cues from jazzmen such as John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery. He was also inspired by the popular music of the day by the Beatles, The Byrds and Bob Dylan and worked diligently to meld both rock and jazz stylings into his technique. This was reflected on his debut recording performance on drummer Chico Hamilton’s album ” The Dealer” where he sounded like chuck Berry at times with his almost distorted “fat” tone. Also in 1966 he formed a psychedelic band called The Free Spirits on which he also sang vocals, played the sitar and did most of the composing. Although conceptually the band’s music conformed to the psychedelic formula with titles like “Bad News Cat” and” I’m Gonna Be Free” it foreshadowed jazz rock with more complex soloing by Coryell and Sax/flute player Jim Pepper.

However, it wasn’t until three years later after apprenticing on albums by Vibraphonist Gary Burton and flutist Herbie Mann and gigging with the likes of Jack Bruce and others that Coryell established his multifarious musical voice, releasing two solo albums which mixed jazz, classical and rock ingredients. In late 1969 he recorded “Spaces”, the album for which he is most noted. It was a guitar blow-out which also included John McLaughlin who was also sitting on the fence between rock and jazz at the time and the cogitative result formed what many aficionados consider to be the embryo from which the fusion jazz movement of the 1970s emerged. It contained insane tempos and fiery guitar exchanges which were often beyond category not to mention some innovating acoustic bass work by Miroslav Vitous and power drumming by Billy Cobham both of whom were to make contributions to Jazz rock throughout the `70s.

His career, however, began in era of guitar rock, where he was able to rise for a time with legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton. As this era came to a close, his musical expression took him on a diverse journey, and though he did not receive the level of commercial fame the aformentioned musicians had, he was still able to make his mark in music by way of the jazz & fusion world. His music continues to influence musicians and fans internationally and will continue to do so for a very long time.

The late 60s thru early 70s saw Larry as one of the most in-demand guitarists in Rock, Jazz and all musical genres. During that time Larry was part of Rock’s experimentation, and toured with Jack Bruce, and was featured in sessions with Jimmy Webb, the 5th Dimension, Charles Mingus, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. Through the albums produced during this period, Larry Coryell emerged as a profound music prophet who merged Rock, Jazz, Eastern modes and scales and free-form improv flashing Classical riffs.

In 1974 Larry formed The 11th House, the most popular and successful Fusion band of its time, which included his friend and colleague Randy Brecker. After The 11th House disbanded, Larry was signed by Clive Davis for Arista Records, where he made a series of solo albums, followed by a direct-to-disc recording with the Brecker Brothers.

Larry Coryell’s recordings and live concert performances have run the gamut from clubs large and small, and concert venues large and small from the 1980s thru today. A regular headliner at the Blue Note and Iridium in New York City, Catalina’s in L.A., Blues Alley in Washington DC and Ronnie Scott ’s in London to Porgie & Bess’ in Vienna. Larry is also no stranger to the huge open-air music festivals in the FarEast, Europe, Brazil, even sell-out appearances at London’s Barbican.

In 2007 The Hal Leonard Corporation released Larry’s Autobiography “Improvising, My Life In Music” and a retrospective print folio of Larry’s own compositions, with works representing the full span of his 40 years-and-counting as a professional musician, composer and innovator. Going back to his former alma mater , the University of Washington, Larry has brought his knowledge and professional technique to top-level music students in recent years, adding to his stature as “one who can DO, as well as teach” already established by his 2 hard-cover books on the subject published by Miller-Freeman.

Larry has designed and is spokesman for his own professional line of guitars made by Cort. He also endorses Parker Guitars, Sibelius Music Software, DR Strings and the Henriksen “Jazz Amp”.

The most recent recordings Larry has done are available on Chesky Records (“Impressions”, “Traffic“ & “Electric“), Rhombus Records (“Laid Back & Blues” ), HighNote (“Cedars Of Avalon”), and Favored Nations(“Tricycles”).

For more information, visit http://thejazzkitchen.com/, or call 317-253-4900.

Things to do in Indianapolis, April 22-28, 2013

April 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Lee Ritenour at the Jazz Kitchen, April 9

April 3, 2013 Leave a comment
Lee Ritenour

Lee Ritenour. Photo provided by the Jazz Kitchen and used with written permission.

By LuAnn Lancton
The Jazz Kitchen
http://thejazzkitchen.com/

Grammy award-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour will appear live at The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 North College Avenue, in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

There are two sets scheduled for 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. The 7:30 show is $30 per person and the 9:30 show is $25 per person.

Growing up in L.A. in the 60’s, Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” award from USC.

He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit “Is It You,” which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic. In the 90s, Ritenour was a founding member of Fourplay, the most successful band in contemporary jazz, with keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East and drummer Harvey Mason. The first Fourplay album in 1991 spent an unprecedented 33 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. Adding to this legacy is his latest CD Smoke ‘n’ Mirrors; the recently completed Grammy nominated recording Amparo, (a follow-up with Dave Grusin to their highly-successful 2001 Grammy Award nominated contemporary classical crossover CD) and producer of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band’s latest CD Act Your Age (which is nominated for 3 Grammys.

It’s been a long road since the seventies, when Ritenour’s legendary Tuesday night appearances at the famed Baked Potato, with a band including Dave Grusin, Patrice Rushen, Harvey Mason and Ernie Watts became part of the musical landscape for five years. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Joe Sample, and even Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell could be seen in the audiences that would pack the house till the wee hours of the morning.

From rock to blues to jazz, his diverse music became the foundation of over 3,000 sessions as a young guitarist with a broad spectrum of artists such as Pink Floyd (The Wall), Steely Dan (Aja), Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand. Not to forget the dazzling array of talent appearing on his solo works and collaborations, notably– Phil Collins, Brazilian greats Ivan Lins, Caetano Veloso, Djavan and Jao Bosco, George Benson, Chaka Kahn, Herbie Hancock, Michael McDonald and opera great Renee Fleming.

For more information about Ritenour’s appearance, or for reservations, visit http://thejazzkitchen.com/, or call 317-253-4900.