Holiday jazz showcase 

For the eighth year

For the eighth year, the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation will present its “Holiday Jazz Showcase” Thursday, Dec. 11 in the fourth floor ballroom of the Madame Walker Theatre Center. This event has grown in stature in the community, especially with the induction into the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation’s Jazz Hall of Fame of outstanding local contributors to Indy’s jazz scene.
-Jack Gilfoy and the Rev. Marvin Chandler will present “The Journey to Christmas” holiday concert on Thursday at the IHS.-
This year’s class of inductees are Cathy Morris, the Rev. Marvin Chandler and Jack Gilfoy. There will be plenty of holiday jazz entertainment for this gala event. Performing will be Alan Burke Duo, Jan Aldridge Clark, Dog Talk, Carl Hines Quintet, Monika Herzig and Shirley Judkins, Jay Majors and Hook Up, 7 Pleasures and Brenda Williams. The doors will open at 5 p.m.; buffet for $9 (optional) starts at 5:30 p.m. and the showcase is from 6 until 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12 and $15 at the door. Proceeds from this event benefit the United Christmas Service.
“The Journey to Christmas” jazz concert
The Indiana Historical Society will present a special holiday concert, “The Journey to Christmas,” featuring the Rev. Marvin Chandler, piano, and noted drummer Jack Gilfoy on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Joining Chandler and Gilfoy will be some of their favorite singers and guest musicians.

Appearing will be vocalists Everett Greene and Cynthia Layne; Steve Dokken on bass; and Dan Hughey on trombone. Special guest is classical cellist Christine Kyprianides. The music will honor the holidays from the spiritual side of Christmas, with a distinctive flavor of jazz. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and children.

Kelleen Strutz CD release concert

A wonderfully unique holiday and more CD, Simply Beautiful, has appeared on the scene, debuting vocalist Kelleen Strutz, a recent Butler University graduate, backed up by 30 of this city’s best jazz musicians. Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the American Cabaret Theatre, a CD release concert will be held. Tickets for this event are $15, or $10 for those who purchase the CD in advance. Many of the artists on the CD will play at this concert. The CD price is $20, with the net proceeds of the sale of Simply Beautiful benefiting the Butler Community Arts School for its unique arts education and community support programs.

This is a beautifully prepared and performed CD that sounds like it came from a major record label, with full orchestra and strings. Veteran performer Jimmy Guilford teams up with Strutz to add some freewheeling spirit on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Frank Glover’s clarinet and Rob Dixon’s tenor sax contribute eloquent solos along with the superb talents of all who participated in this fund-raising venture, aptly guided and produced by bassist Billy Meyers. Check out Roberto Monsalve’s brilliant bossa nova arrangement of “The Christmas Song” with full strings — it shimmers. There are tunes wonderfully done here that can be heard all year around. This is worth the money for a good cause. For tickets, call 514-5276. For more info, go to

Jazz happenings


Downtown The Chatterbox, 435 Mass. Ave., will cook Friday, Dec. 12 with the blazing alto sax of Jason Curry’s Quintet. Trumpeter Kyle Quass Group takes the bandstand Saturday, Dec. 13. Sets both nights go 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Jazz on the Avenue, 617 Indiana Ave. fourth floor ballroom in the Madame Walker Theatre Center, features the contemporary jazz sounds of Paradigm with vocalist Kevin “Flash” Ferrell Friday, Dec. 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 45 S. Illinois St., “Sizzling Steaks & Jazz Sunday” welcomes back the fiery vocal stylings of The Cynthia Layne Quartet Dec. 14 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Northside Jazz Kitchen, 54th and College, has the stellar tenor sax work of The Rob Dixon Quartet Friday, Dec. 12 playing 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 the Jazz Kitchen will open for a “Jazz Afterset after Connick,” a late night jam with Melvin Rhyne, Rob Dixon and Connick’s trumpeter Derrick Gardner and other potential Connick band musicians … who knows? It starts at 11 p.m. Cathy Morris & Collage will perform a holiday concert Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Geist Christian Church, 86th and Mud Creek Roads. The cost is a free-will offering. Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 3316 E. 86th St. Keystone at the Crossing, will have Claude Sifferlen, piano, Joe Deal, bass, and Mike Kessler, drums, playing Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13 from 5 to 11:30 p.m. both nights.

Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.

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