To say “get your groove on” is synonymous with Animals and All That Jazz. Saxophonist Greg Bacon will be featured Thursday, Aug. 7 in the concert presented by the IU Medical Group at the Indianapolis Zoo. Bacon returns with his new band that continues with the sounds that have made him a perennial favorite of fans of smooth and urban jazz. Bacon’s groove for dancing or toe-tapping will run 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the zoo’s Cafe on the Commons. A sumptuous variety of food and drinks are offered by Crystal Catering, along with door prizes throughout the evening. I will serve as your host for the activities. Admission is free for zoo members; non-members pay price of zoo admission.
Barber Brothers and ‘Twinnovation’ jazz
Barber Brothers will play the Jazz Kitchen on Friday..
Double your jazz enjoyment with 23-year-old twin brothers Rahsaan and Roland Barber who graduated (cum laude) with bachelor in music degrees from Indiana University last year. Rahsaan, a saxophonist, and Roland, a trombonist, won international competition honors on their instruments and both will attend the Manhattan School of Music in New York to start work on their respective master’s degrees in jazz studies. These brothers are exceptional jazz instrumentalists and composers who have released a very exciting first CD, Twinnovation, which showcases their talented potential for becoming major performers in the world of jazz. The Barber Brothers Jazz Quintet will make its debut at the Jazz Kitchen Friday, Aug. 8 for two shows at 8 and 10 p.m. NUVO caught up with them in their hometown of Nashville, Tenn., for this interview that revealed them to be highly articulate spokespersons for their profession. NUVO: How do you both view the current status of jazz in this country? Roland Barber: Jazz is 1 percent of all music consumption going on in the States. Jazz, at one point, was the music of the youth and the college crowd. Now it’s a more elite, sophisticated concept. One thing that’s always important to myself and Rahsaan is that we make music for the people. We always keep a sensibility about music for the common man. We hope to deliver music that is accessible and enjoyed by everybody. Rahsaan Barber: I can only add that straight-ahead jazz artists have to find different ways of spreading the word about their music and those ways don’t always mean mainstream media. These outstanding twin brothers’ passion for the art of jazz in their performance and pursuit of making it their profession leaves no doubt here that the future of jazz is in good hands. If you have not heard the Barber Brothers play, it’s a treat not to be missed. Jazz happenings
It’s that time of late summer when you want to gather all of the fun and enjoyment you can muster. There is plenty to go around in Indy this week. Downtown
The Chatterbox will debut a young major new jazz voice when composer/pianist Mina Kaehone’s Group debuts Friday, Aug. 8. The always exciting, popular, swinging vocal style of Mary Moss, who broke it up in debut at the Box last month, returns Saturday, Aug. 9 with the Carl Hines Quartet. Music both nights runs 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse “Sizzling Steaks & Jazz” has vocalist Wendy Reed’s Trio Sunday, Aug. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. Fountain Square Theatre will jump on Friday, Aug. 8 with Swing Dance night and the Tommy Mullinix Orchestra playing 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. Jazz On the Avenue on the fourth floor Casino Ballroom of the Madame Walker Theatre Center features Taylormade playing 6 to 10 p.m. Jammin’ at the Jorg in the Eiteljorg Museum showcases Conga Jazz performing 5 to 8:30 p.m. Agio’s features the guitar of Bill Lancton and bass of Dave Murray playing every Thursday in August, 6 to 10 p.m. Northside
The Jazz Kitchen debuts the Barber Brothers Quintet Friday, Aug. 8 for shows at 8:30 and 10 p.m. with a special jazz after-set that starts at midnight. The popular contemporary jazz sounds of the Charlie Smith Project return on Saturday, Aug. 9 with shows at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. The House Cafe+Music has The Fred Sights Project playing smooth Christian jazz on Thursdays from 8 to 10 p.m. Ruth’s Chris North will feature Conga Jazz on Wednesday, Aug. 13 playing 7 to 10 p.m. Sullivan’s Steakhouse has Claude Sifferlen on piano, Joe Deal on bass and Kevin Johnson on drums playing jazz standards Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9, from 7 to 11:30 p.m. New Fountain Lounge has guest trumpeter Michael Rodman performing with the Jason Curry Quartet 8 p.m. to midnight. Eastside
Lulu’s has Mary Moss’ vocals, Carl Hines’ keyboards and Mingo Jones’ bass Thursday, Aug. 7 from 8 to 11 p.m. Bistro in Fishers presents Lisa Baldwin’s vocals and keyboards with Steve Kennely on 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.