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Things to do in Indianapolis, July 28-Aug. 3, 2014

July 27, 2014 Leave a comment

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.

Things to do in Indianapolis, April 14-20, 2014

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

‘Love Song’ at UIndy Theatre, Apr. 11-13 and 24-26

April 8, 2014 Leave a comment
'Love Song' at UIndy Theatre

A scene from ‘Love Song’ at UIndy Theatre.
Photo provided by the university and used with written permission.

By Scott Hall
University of Indianapolis
http://www.uindy.edu/arts

A burglary transforms the life of an eccentric loner in the stage comedy Love Song, opening Friday at the University of Indianapolis.

Performances are at 8 p.m. April 11-13 and 24-26, 2014, in UIndy’s Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission is $12 for the general public and $10 for seniors, groups and non-UIndy students with ID. Tickets and more information are available at 317-788-3251 or www.uindy.edu/arts.

The 2006 play by John Kolvenbach revolves around Beane (senior Ross Percell), an increasingly isolated man who meets and falls in love with Molly (sophomore Justess Hurst) after she breaks into his bare apartment. The mysterious relationship has an impact even on Beane’s career-minded sister Joan (junior Elise Campagna) and her husband, Harry (junior Nate Coder).

This final production of the Department of Theatre’s 2013-2014 season is directed by faculty member and stage veteran James Leagre. A free preview performance is at 8 p.m. Thursday.

UIndy Theatre Summary

Love Song by John Kolvenbach
8 p.m. April 11-13 and 24-26, 2014

UIndy’s Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Admission: $12 general; $10 seniors, groups and non-UIndy students with ID

Free preview: 8 p.m. April 10

Information: 317-788-3251 or www.uindy.edu/arts.

Jazz Week at the University of Indianapolis, Apr. 7-12

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment
Pianist Steve Allee

Pianist Steve Allee. Photos provided by UIndy and used with written permission.

By Scott Hall
University of Indianapolis
http://www.uindy.edu/arts

Weekend performances by the Steve Allee Big Band and saxophonist George Garzone will cap a full schedule of concerts April 7-12 during the seventh annual Jazz Week at the University of Indianapolis.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission prices vary. Tickets and more information are available through the Event Ticketing Center at 317-788-3251 or www.uindy.edu/arts/ETC.

Jazz Week gives audiences a chance to see top local, regional and national talents in a family-friendly setting. This will be the final Jazz Week for its founder, veteran musician and UIndy Director of Jazz Studies Harry Miedema, who is retiring this spring.

Sophie Faught

Sophie Faught

The schedule is:

Monday, April 7 – UIndy Jazz Combo
Admission: Free
Student small combo performs jazz and American standards.

Tuesday, April 8 – UIndy Jazz Ensemble
Admission: Free
Student big band plays swing and other jazz repertoire.

Wednesday, April 9 – Saxophonist Sophie Faught
Admission: $20; $10 for seniors; free for ages 18 and younger and students with ID
Mentored by some of Indianapolis’ top musicians, tenor saxophonist Sophie Faught is a composer and teacher who has performed around the globe, including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. She has toured with the Nicholas Payton Jazz Quintet and also has appeared with Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, the Temptations and the Four Tops. Faught now leads her own trio, which performs weekly at the Chatterbox Jazz Club and just released its first album, Fellowship. The group includes Nick Tucker on bass and Ben Lumsdaine on drums.

George Garzone

George Garzone

Thursday, April 10 – Jamey Aebersold Quartet
Admission: $20; $10 for seniors; free for ages 18 and younger and students with ID
Jamey Aebersold is an internationally known saxophonist and authority on jazz education and improvisation, known for his play-along instructional materials and his acclaimed Summer Jazz Workshops in Louisville, Ky., which have engaged top players and students for more than 40 years. He has taught at three colleges and universities and has performed around the world. The quartet will feature Aebersold on saxophone and piano, Dave Stryker on guitar, Tyrone Wheeler on bass and Jonathan Higgins on drums.

Friday, April 11 – Saxophonist George Garzone
Admission: $20; $10 for seniors; free for ages 18 and younger and students with ID
Boston-based tenor saxophonist George Garzone is a member of jazz trio The Fringe and a pioneer of the triadic chromatic approach to improvisation. He has appeared on more than 20 recordings and has performed throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia with such names as Michael Brecker, Chick Corea, Elvin Jones, Buddy Rich, Ron Carter, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Liberace and Elvis Presley. A sought-after instructor, currently at the Berklee College of Music, his students have included Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman and Danilo Perez. He will perform with Steve Allee on piano, Jeremy Allen on bass and Pete Zimmer on drums.

Saturday, April 12 – Steve Allee Big Band
Admission: $20; $10 for seniors; free for ages 18 and younger and students with ID
Pianist, composer and arranger Steve Allee (see photo above) is an Indiana native who has built an international reputation in a career that spans nearly four decades. He has released six albums as a bandleader, including the Grammy-nominated Downtown Blues, and he also writes and performs for syndicated radio programs, network television and motion pictures. He is the music director for the nationally syndicated comedy-variety radio program The Bob & Tom Show and is active as a music educator.

For more information, visit http://www.uindy.edu/arts, or call 317-788-3255.