Jazz is a word th

Jazz is a word that can be described with many modifiers because it comes in many styles and schools reflecting different times or regional areas of its development. Jazz can be Traditional, Modern, Classic, Swing, Avant-Garde, Bebop, Neo-bop, West coast, East coast, Dixieland, Smooth, Straight Ahead, Big Band, Chamber Jazz, Latin Jazz, New Orleans, Acid Jazz, Cool Jazz, Mood Jazz, Cocktail Jazz. The handles and categories are wide and vary according to the players" search toward their musical goals. A movement seems to be developing in jazz circles in Indy lately. The search for new sounds is primarily coming out of Indy"s two major jazz rooms - the Jazz Kitchen and the Chatterbox. Cathy Morris has reshaped her musical direction toward Brazilian jazz and its Bossa Nova sound on Wednesdays at the Jazz Kitchen, with her new group called the Brazilian Lounge Band, playing from 6 to 9 p.m. Cathy is now concentrating more on playing acoustic violin than electric. It"s a totally new group and instrumentation with some surprising twists. According to Morris, "Roberto Monsalves plays acoustic piano with Jeffe Deherdt on keyboards emulating a steel drum sound and doing a little bit of vocals. Steve Dokken is playing upright bass for the first time in public. Cliff White and Michael Beck, both from Dogtalk, are playing percussion. Cliff is doing a little bit of singing along with Jeff and - surprise - even I am doing a little bit of singing and it"s really coming along." Catching on at the Jazz Kitchen after Cathy Morris is a new sound from a group of top notch local jazz players who have given themselves the esoteric name of 7 Pleasures. The braintrust behind this unique septet is Jazz Kitchen owner David Allee, who also plays trumpet in the group. Allee says, "7 Pleasures is basically a group of some of the best jazz musicians here in town with guys like Rob Dixon - sax, Kenny Phelps - drums, Kevin Anker - keyboards, Rich Dole - trombone, Jason Wiseman - trumpet, Frank Steans - guitar, Billy Myers - bass and a guy named Ron Miner, aka "Indiana Jones," as deejay. The group is a culmination of styles: hip-hop, funk and acid jazz, according to Allee. Jazz, in its heyday of large groups, was aimed especially at dancers. Allee, in taking a page from that past, has a dance floor set up now every Wednesday. "Dancing"s a very energetic thing and it"s a way to get the people involved. We certainly hope we have a little bit more crossover. We are bringing elements that more than match our usual sounds. It"s hard to pinpoint a specific genre; we are borrowing a little from everywhere. We are trying to stay diverse and somewhat fresh." 7 Pleasures" sound is unique; they even use a techno-pop sound mixed in with their tunes along with record scratching by dj Ron Miner plus an infectious heavy groove with story telling jazz solos on top. This is a powerhouse sound with a growing book of original tunes contributed by the band members. I was pleasantly surprised at their take on Freddie Hubbard"s "Little Sunflower" played with a lilting funk accent. The jazz solos by all were potent and grooving. It"s an exciting sound and each member of 7 Pleasures is convinced they are developing something new. To back up their commitment, they have gone into the studio for their first CD, which they hope to have out this winter. There is a new, younger audience showing up on Wednesdays and Allee agrees the sound is catching on to a new demographic. "Yes, I think so, definitely. For the past couple of years groups like Charlie Hunter and John Scofield have done a great job of playing what we still consider to be jazz but in a way that"s appealing to a younger audience. Rap, hip hop and more pop influences." That appeal has landed 7 Pleasures an opening gig at the Patio on Thursday, Nov. 21. The jazz trends at the Jazz Kitchen on Wednesdays are offering jazz with a new sound and fun from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Hey, the dance floor beckons and you can get art for your ears as you get your groove on. Jazz Happenings As the tempo of the oncoming holidays increases, the beat is steady and stress free for this week"s jazz offerings around Indy. The Chatterbox brings back the brilliant sound of Harry Miedema"s Deep 6 Sextet on Friday, Nov. 22 followed by the new group of trumpeter Kyle Quass on Saturday, Nov. 23. Music sets both nights are from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Jazz Kitchen will be open Thanksgiving for its weekly Latin Dance Party hosted by DJ Marco Dominguez from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Special encore performance this Friday, Nov. 22 when Saxophonist Rob Dixon and guitarist Bill Lancton play tributes to Blue Note recording legends Kenny Burrell, Grant Green and John Coltrane with two shows at 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Elbow Room"s "Sunday Jazz Brunch" features Tom Sullivan guitar and Duncan Putnam bass playing 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to compliment that sumptuous P.J. breakfast . Ruth"s Chris Steakhouse Downtown features The Rob Dixon Quartet for its "Sizzling Steaks & Jazz" series Sunday, Nov. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. The New Fountain Lounge has jazz legend Melvin Rhyne Quintet playing Wednesday, Nov. 27 starting at 8 p.m. Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI

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