There is more than caroling and colorful lights for the upcoming holiday season. Jazz fans have a lot to look forward to with bright sounds in festive settings over the next few weeks. Here are some events to add even more luster to the season.
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Dec. 5: Lorie Line & Orchestra “A Christmas Classic” at The Murat Centre, 8 p.m. Dec. 6-7: At the Indiana Historical Society, The Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra concert series will perform Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite” along with Everett Greene singing swinging versions of holiday classics. Performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. both days. Phone 464-5388 for tickets. Dec. 9: Award-winning pianist/composer Jim Brickman. Dec. 11: Indianapolis Jazz Foundation’s “Holiday Jazz Showcase” and “Jazz Hall Of Fame Awards” presentation at the Madame Walker Theatre Center’s fourth floor ballroom. Doors open at 5 p.m. Buffet begins 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m. with artists Dog Talk, Carl Hines Quintet, Brenda Williams, 7 Pleasures, Steve Allee & Friends, Monika Herzig and Shirley Judkins, J. Majors & Friends and Mary Moss. Tickets are available at the Madame Walker Theatre, The Chatterbox, The Jazz Kitchen, Paige’s Music and Indy CD and Vinyl. Dec. 13: Harry Connick Jr. & Big Band, “Home For The Holidays Concert,” Murat.
Jazz happenings Downtown
The Chatterbox, 435 Mass. Ave., Thursday, Nov. 20: a special event for wine lovers. The traditional “Beaujolais Nouveau” Fall Wine celebration takes place with a “Paris of the ’30s” jazz group. The Hot Club String Dusters will play the music of Django Rinehardt and Stephane Grappelli from 6 to 8 p.m. Starting at 9 p.m., The Dick Dickinson Jazztet plays until midnight. Friday, Nov. 21, the “Dean” of Indiana Avenue jazz, saxophonist Jimmy Coe’s Quartet. The tradition of swing continues with Mary Moss and the Carl Hines Quartet Saturday, Nov. 22. Music both nights goes 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. St. Elmo Steakhouse, Illinois Street at Circle Centre, has The Rob Dixon Quartet playing 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 46 S. Illinois St., “Sizzling Steaks & Jazz Sundays” features the contemporary jazz guitar sounds of the Charlie Smith Quartet Nov. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Jazz on the Avenue, 635 Indiana Ave. in the Madame Walker Theatre Center, showcases the sounds of Taylormade Friday, Nov. 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. Circle City Bar & Grille, 350 W. Maryland St. in the Marriott, features Hookup for “Wine Wednesday” Nov. 19 playing 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 Hookup plays, followed on Saturday, Nov. 22 by Conga Jazz. Music both nights goes 7 to 10 p.m. Northside
The Jazz Kitchen, 54th Street and College Avenue, Wednesday, Nov. 19, WTPI 107.9 celebrates the release of its new CD, Jazz Sampler Vol. 6 The Flavor of Indy Jazz, sponsored by H.H. Gregg. It’s a party 7 to 10 p.m. with most of the 16 artists on the CD on hand for jamming. Greg Bacon, Mark Buselli, Brent Wallarab, 7 Pleasures, Cynthia Layne, Fred Sights, Bill Lancton, Tom Mullinix, Mina Keohane, Lisa Baldwin, Jack Gilfoy, Marvin Chandler, Brenda Williams and The Four Sexes to appear. Everyone who attends will have a chance to buy a copy of the CD before it goes on sale Nov. 29 at all Indianapolis area H.H. Gregg stores. There is a $5 admission fee that is donated to the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. Proceeds from the sale of the CD benefit arts organizations that are conducting clinics, putting on concerts, giving scholarships and providing one-on-one mentoring to aspiring young musicians. Yours truly serves as a producer for this series. On Friday, Nov. 21, the award-winning vocalist Cynthia Layne & Friends perform. Saturday, Nov. 22, it’s the popular fusion jazz and pop sounds of Cathy Morris & Collage. Music sets both nights are 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 96th and Keystone Avenue, “Sizzling Steaks & Jazz Wednesdays” has Joe Gerard guitar/vocals Nov. 19. The Rob Dixon Quartet plays Nov. 26. Music is played 7 to 10 p.m. Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 3316 E. 86th St. Keystone at the Crossing, has the trio of Claude Sifferlen on piano, Joe Deal on bass and Bryson Kern on drums playing Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.