The IU Medical Group’s weekly presentation of Animals & All That Jazz will have a spicy Latin sound on Thursday, Aug. 14 with the polyrhythmic beats of Urbanos designed to move you to dance or groove in your seat. With Latin percussion, horns and singers, this group has caught fire locally among jazz and Latin music lovers. Toss in some flavorful dining and drinks by Crystal Catering along with multiple door prizes to top things off and you’ve got a happening. Admission is free for zoo members; the cost for non-members is the regular zoo admission fee. The music runs 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. I will be your host for what promises to be a fun-filled evening of music. Taste of the Indy Jazz Fest
It’s official now: The American Pianists Association has taken over the reins of the financially troubled Indy Jazz Fest, and the lineup has been announced for the Sept. 27 Taste of Indy Jazz Fest at Military Park. This is a transitional event, pointing to the return of the full-fledged festival on Father’s Day weekend in June of 2004. One important aspect that I find significant is the APA’s approach to what is a respect for the integrity of the art of jazz. That is a facet that has not been approached in previous versions of this event. There are over 36 jazz festivals that have a successful record financially and artistically in providing the art of jazz — and that’s just in this country. When you look at jazz festivals around the world the record becomes even more impressive. This music of jazz is not elitist in nature, it communicates to cultures all over the planet without compromising its integrity as art. It is music for everyone who really wants to listen and receive an enriching experience. The label of “jazz” has been slapped on a wide stretch of musical genres appearing in jazz-named events. This practice certainly demonstrates a complete lack of understanding or knowledge of the art of jazz and diminishes the significance of thousands of jazz artists, not only those that perform now, but those that came before who dedicated themselves to being innovators in their craft. The basis of A Taste of Indy Jazz Fest is to recognize the reason for the event — that is, to honor and maintain the legacy of the contributions that came from decades of numerous men and women who created and developed their artform of jazz on Indiana Avenue and in other venues around this city. It’s good to see that the APA is about bringing back and supporting the integrity of the art of jazz in this community. There will be more about this matter in the future. Jazz happenings
The hints of early autumn are arriving. Though the weather scene may be changing, the quality of Indy’s jazz scene remains strong this week. Downtown
The Chatterbox brings back a young, talented pianist Friday, Aug. 15 in the Steven Jones Quartet. Dancers can’t sit still with the popular Latin Afro/Cuban rhythms of Urbanos, who are back Saturday, Aug. 16. Music both nights runs 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse “Sizzling Steaks & Jazz Sundays” has the fresh vocal/instrumental group sounds of The Four Sexes Aug. 17 performing 7 to 10 p.m. Concerts on the Canal presented by the Indiana Historical Society will feature “Ladies Night” with Cathy Morris, Mary Moss and Monika Herzig Thursday, Aug. 14 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ at the Jorg, sponsored by the Teachers Credit Union, in the Eiteljorg Museum has Conga Jazz performing 5 to 8 p.m. St Elmo’s has alto saxophonist Jason Curry & Company Thursday, Aug. 14. Tenor saxophonist Rob Dixon plays Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16. Music each night starts at 7 p.m. University Park has free lunchtime jazz presented by Indy Parks with Tommy Mullinix & The Naptown Strutters Friday, Aug. 15 at 11:30 a.m. Circle City Bar & Grille in the Mariott has jazz vocalist Betheny Dunlap and the Neapolitan Trio on Saturday, Aug. 16 playing 7 to 11 p.m. Northside
The Jazz Kitchen brings in a special edition of guitarist Bill Lancton & Coalition, with former Tito Puente flutist Al Shikaly as guest artist, along with Allen “Turk” Burke on organ, Steve Dokken on bass and Kenny Phelps on drums Friday, Aug. 15 for shows at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. The Jazz Kitchen has brought back a classic jazz tradition: Every Friday will feature a Jazz After Set at midnight. The mood and jamming were marvelous at last week’s debut. The Latin Dance Party returns Saturday, hosted by DJ Royce from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., with free dance lessons at 9 p.m. by Red Brick Studios. Gregory’s will feature Conga Jazz playing Friday, Aug. 15 from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. The Melody Inn at 38th and Illinois has a new jazz policy every Thursday, featuring saxophonist Keni Washington’s Quintet playing a “Jazz Happy Hour” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sullivan’s Steakhouse features the trio of Claude Sifferlen on piano, Joe Deal on bass and Ron Brinson on drums Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16, 7 to 11:30 p.m. Broad Ripple Park Tuesday, Aug. 19 showcases the Jason Curry Quartet in a free Indy Parks concert at 7 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Northside has Conga Jazz playing Wednesday, Aug. 13. Next week, Aug. 20, the Jes Richmond Duo performs. Music is from 7 to 10 p.m. Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.