One of the most popular artists to grace the stage at the Indianapolis Zoo’s Animals & All That Jazz series, Cathy Morris will perform Thursday, Aug. 11.
Morris, whose energetic electric violin style embraces an eclectic array of musical genres, has recently recorded a pastoral-sounding CD titled Sacred Romance with Richard Brendon, host of Journey’s Fire on WICR (88.7 FM).
Her bands have included contemporary jazz, Brazilian-oriented music and even a European-styled string jazz group called Le Chat Du Swing. Whatever style Cathy Morris plays, it is sure to be a fun and enjoyable set.
Animals & All That Jazz runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the Café on the Commons stage of the Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington St. In the event of rain, the performance will be held under the Kroger Pavilion tent. Admission is free for zoo members, regular zoo admission fee for non-members. Optional dining is available from Crystal Catering.
• Last Saturday, I stopped by the Chatterbox and heard bassist Tony Artis’ new group ORI. Combining Afro-Cuban rhythms with the steel drums of the Caribbean and performing jazz improvisation over bomba, salsa, son, reggae and montuna rhythms give ORI one of the freshest and most exciting concepts on Indy’s jazz scene today. ORI cooked away on standards such as “Invitation” and “Autumn Leaves” and Latin numbers like “Valdez in the Country” with shifting bomba to salsa rhythms. Members of ORI are Tony Artis, bass, Joe Galvin, steel drums, Andre Rosa Artis, congas, and Raul Pedro, drums. ORI is one jazz group that is bringing a new sound to the local jazz scene definitely worth hearing.
• Guitarist Bill Lancton, who was a recipient of the Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Award, will give a free guitar workshop honoring his award at “Jazz Works ... Pass It On” at the Junior Achievement Center, 7435 N. Keystone Ave., Monday, Aug. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. The free clinic is offered to high school music students and is open for the public to attend.
• The Friday Night Swing Dance in the Fountain Square Theatre, 1111 Prospect St., will feature the Tim Brickley Quintet from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission $10.
• The Artsgarden will present vocalist Dee Bell and the Luke Gillespie Trio Sunday, Aug. 13 in a free concert at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 solo jazz pianist Dave Hepler plays a free concert at 12:15 p.m.