The seasons finale for the IU Medical Group’s Animals and All That Jazz at the Indianapolis Zoo’s Cafe on the Commons will be a large showcase of outstanding music. The brilliant arrangements and soloists of the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, with superb jazz balladeer Everett Greene, will provide a memorable evening of music Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
A special program will be presented for this performance highlighted by a tribute to the music of Hoagy Carmichael. Varied choices of dining and drink will be provided by Crystal Catering along with a grand prize drawing for an ATA trip for two in the continental U.S. and a $1,000 gift certificate to International Diamond and Gold Designs along with door prizes throughout the evening. Admission is free for zoo members, non-members’ cost is admission to the zoo. Performance is rain or shine; yours truly will be the host for the evening.
The last hurrah of summer is fast approaching and there will be a flurry of jazz activity in the coming weeks for both inside and outside events. This week’s jazz will highlight a wide range of offerings.
The Chatterbox will debut the Django Reinhardt Parisian sound of jazz when it presents the Hot Club String Dusters with two guitars, bass and violin Friday, Aug. 22. It’s the straight-ahead tenor saxophone sounds of Rob Dixon’s Quartet Saturday, Aug. 23. Performances both nights are from 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse “Sizzling Steaks and Jazz Sundays” will showcase vocalist Betheny Dunlap & the Neapolitan Trio Aug. 24 performing 7 to 10 p.m.
Bourbon Street at Indiana Avenue and Vermont Street will feature the modern jazz of the Bluenote Trio Friday, Aug. 22 from 8 p.m.-midnight.
Fountain Square Theatre’s “Swing Dance Night” Friday, Aug. 22 has the Kelly Jay Orchestra playing 8:30-11:30 p.m. with dance lessons at 7:30 p.m.
Concerts On the Canal sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society wraps up its season Thursday, Aug. 21 with “Big Band Swing Night” featuring the Pocket Big Band presented by the IUPUI School of Music playing 5-7:30 p.m.
Jazz on the Avenue in the fourth floor Casino Ballroom of the Madame Walker Theatre Center will have Protocol playing 6-10 p.m.
Nicky Blaine’s in the King Cole Building has Cozy with Her Fellas on Mondays, The Four Sexes on Tuesdays and Tommy Mullinix Quartet every Wednesday and Thursday. Performance times each night are 9 p.m.-midnight.
The Jazz Kitchen will debut a rapidly rising jazz vocalist of the first order on the national scene when Max Jazz recording artist Renée Marie performs at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. Renée Marie has been hailed by the critics as one of the most exciting and innovative performers who brings her own brand of freshness to an audience. Another exciting artist is the brilliant local alto saxophonist Jason Curry, who will debut his quintet with its brand of neo bop and straight-ahead jazz Saturday, Aug. 23 for shows at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. The Jazz Kitchen now has live jazz on the deck every Friday and Saturday from 5-8:30 p.m. For serious jazz lovers the new Friday jazz aftersets that start at midnight bring back the traditional jam session for an informal exchange of musical ideas.
Ruth’s Chris Northside will showcase the vocal and guitar sounds of Jess Richmond Wednesday, Aug. 20 performing 7-10 p.m. Sullivan’s Steakhouse features the hard-swinging trio sounds of Claude Sifferlen on piano, Joe Deal on bass and Kevin Johnson on drums Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23 playing 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Melody Inn has “Jazz Very Happy Hour” each Thursday from 6-8 p.m. featuring the Keni Washington Quintet.
New Fountain Lounge presents the Jason Curry Quartet with special guest Cynthia Layne Wednesday, Aug. 20. Tenor saxophonist Rob Dixon will be the guest artist Aug. 27. Music can be heard 8 p.m.-midnight.
Midtown Grill has the solo jazz piano of Dave Hepler on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays playing 7-10 p.m. The House Cafe+Music has The Fred Sights Project playing smooth Christian jazz 8-10 p.m. every Thursday.
Sangiovese has solo jazz piano by Frank Puzzullo Tuesday, 7-10 p.m.. The dynamic vocalist Brenda Williams sings on Wednesday with David Meeks on keyboards and Frank Smith on bass, followed by Shannon Forsell’s song stylings with Ray Larman on keyboards. Music is from 7:30-10 p.m.
Lulu’s at the Fashion Mall Commons has the classy swinging vocals of Mary Moss Thursday, Aug. 22 backed up by Carl Hines on keyboards and Mingo Jones on bass from 8-11 p.m.
Bistro in Fishers features smooth jazz and adult contemporary vocals and keyboards with Lisa Baldwin and Steve Kennely on guitar Thursday, Aug. 22, 7-10 p.m.
The Heron at Geist features Jazz To Dance To with saxophonist Tommy Wills with The Twosome Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 8-11 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 27, plan on joining “An Unforgettable Evening with Wine & Cathy Morris” from 6-9 p.m. at Conner Prairie. Over 80 vintners will be offering samples of their finest wines along with delectable hors d’oeuvres. The evening will include a silent auction of unique items. All of the proceeds for this event are to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, which provides services and programs for over 1 million Hoosiers with arthritis. I will be your co-host for this event. For tickets call the Indiana Chapter Arthritis Foundation at 317-879-0321 or visit www.arthritis.org.
Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.