One of Indy's hottest new jazz sounds will debut at this week's Animals and All That Jazz presented by the IU Medical Group at the Indianapolis Zoo's Cafe on The Commons, Thursday, July 31. 7 Pleasures has been a regular fixture at the Jazz Kitchen since last year, when the group was founded. Co-leader Rob Dixon, saxophonist, composer and arranger, and David Allee, owner of the Jazz Kitchen and the group's trumpeter, conceived the idea of blowing straight-ahead jazz solos over an acid jazz and funk beat designed for dancing. Then they added a DJ scratcher to give a hip-hop spice to the overall sound.
7 Pleasures will perform at the zoo's Animals and All That Jazz Thursday.
Performance time is 5:30-8:30 p.m. rain or shine with Channel 8 weatherman Randy Ollis as MC. A variety of food, beer and wine from Crystal Catering is available. Admission is free for members and free with regular paid admission.
The Chatterbox will kick off the new month Friday, Aug. 1 with the Kevin Kouts Group, featuring Paul Holderman's guitar. Saxophonist Keni Washington & Omniverse bring their distinctive style back on Saturday, Aug. 2. Music both nights is played 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse "Sizzling Steaks & Jazz" Sunday series brings the guitar sounds of Bill Lancton's Trio playing 7 to 10 p.m., Aug. 3.
Circle City Bar & Grille in the Marriott will showcase vocalist Betheny Dunlap & The Neapolitan Trio Friday, Aug. 1 performing 7 to 11 p.m.
Indiana State Museum wraps up its free Summer Sounds on the Terrace with Cynthia Layne, Wednesday, July 30 in a free performance from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Agio's has the soft jazz of Bill Lancton's guitar and Dave Murray's bass playing 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 30.
Nicky Blaine's weekly lineup features Cozy & Her Fellas on Mondays, the Four Sexes on Tuesdays and Tom Mullinix Quartet Wednesday and Thursday. Performances all nights go 9 p.m. to midnight.
Murat Theatre will feature Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons in concert along with guest Brian Culbertson at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.
St. Elmo showcases the sultry jazz stylings of Cynthia Layne, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 saxophonist Rob Dixon plays at 6 p.m.
The Jazz Kitchen will host a two-day celebration for Dog Talk's new double CD release party, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2, with shows at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. To add to the party the Jazz Kitchen is inviting all canines and their two-legged companions to the "Dog Talk Dog Wash" Saturday, Aug. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 54th and College. The band will be there to autograph their new CD, Write It Down. Dogs will be bathed on a donation basis with all proceeds going to the Indianapolis Humane Society.
Sullivan's Steakhouse has trio jazz Friday, Aug. 1 with Claude Sifferlen on piano, Joe Deal on bass and Ron Brinson on drums playing 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 features Steve Jones on piano, John Huberon on bass and Ron Brinson on drums playing 7 to 11 p.m.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Northside presents the contemporary jazz of guitarist Charlie Smith's Trio, Wednesday, July 30. Aug. 6 will showcase jazz vocalist Cynthia Layne. Music each Wednesday is from 7 to 10 p.m.
Midtown Grill features the solo piano jazz of Dave Hepler every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday playing 7 to 10 p.m.
Fountain Lounge has the Jason Curry Quartet playing each Wednesday, 8 p.m. to midnight. Melvin Rhyne will be the featured guest July 30.
Rick's Cafe Boatyard has saxophonist Richard Torres Quartet playing each Thursday and Friday, followed on Saturday by Monika Herzig's Acoustic Project. Guitarist Steve Weakly plays each Sunday's brunch from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by jazz/pop vocalist Tim Brickley. Music times are from 7 to 10 p.m.
Sangiovese has solo jazz piano by Frank Puzzullo on Tuesdays. Brenda Williams' dynamic voice can be heard on Wednesdays backed up by David Meeks on piano and Frank Smith on bass. Shannon Forsell sings with Ray Larman on piano Thursdays. Music times are 7 to 10 p.m.
Lulu's presents the energetic vocals of Mary Moss with Carl Hines on keyboards and Mingo Jones on bass Thursday, July 31 from 8 to 11 p.m.
5 Seasons Country Club has vocalist/keyboardist Lisa Baldwin performing in the dining room on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m.
Bistro at 116th and Allisonville Road in Fishers has Lisa Baldwin, vocal/keyboards, and Steve Kennely, guitar, on Thursdays 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.