Got the post holiday blahs? Looking for a tonic to pick yourself up? Then take advantage of the new year and treat yourself to the vast offerings of Indy"s exceptional jazz artists, performing all over the city this week.
BWJO educational director Mark Buselli will conduct a 19-piece band made up of outstanding, handpicked students at the Warren Performing Arts Center Sunday, Jan. 12.
The Chatterbox continues its six nights of jazz with the duo Monika Herzig and Peter Kienle, performing on Monday. The award-winning duo sounds of Frank Glover"s clarinet accompanied by Claude Sifferlen"s progressive piano can be heard every Tuesday and Thursday. Drummer Dick Dickinson"s Jazztet swings hard on Wednesdays and you can usually find musicians sitting in for some fun jazz jamming. Music these nights goes from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays hot jazz sounds run from 10:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. Jan. 10 the distinctive front line sound of flute and vibes, led by saxophonist Keni Washington and Omniverse, will ring out. Jan. 11 a new group will make its debut: the Scott Pazera Quartet.
The Elbow Room continues its unique Sunday Jazz Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the soft jazz of guitarist Tom Sullivan with Duncan Putmam on bass. The Tom Sullivan Quartet plays every Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency"s Sunday Brunch on the Porch features the elegant vocal stylings of Cynthia Layne accompanied by keyboardist Reggie Bishop each week from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Adam"s Mark Hotel swings every Friday and Saturday night in the Tiffany Rose Lounge with the Frank Puzzullo Trio from 7 to 10 p.m.
Nicky Blaine"s in the King Cole Building offers four nights of jazz with vocalist Cozy with Her Fellas on Mondays. The Four Sexes play on Tuesday. Veteran trumpeter Tom Mullinix"s Band cooks hard each Wednesday and Thursday. The music always runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Marriott"s Circle City Bar & Grille hosts Conga Jazz on Saturdays from 7 to 11 p.m. with its Latin-accented sounds.
Jazz on the Avenue in the Madame Walker Theatre Center has the smooth groove saxophonist Greg Bacon Friday, Jan. 10 playing from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
The Jazz Kitchen offers a wide variety of jazz six nights a week. The award-winning sound of the Frank Glover Quartet with Claude Sifferlen on piano can be heard every Monday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tuesdays, the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra showcases top arrangements and brilliant soloists by its leaders and members from 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays, contrasting sounds are played as Cathy Morris" Brazilian Lounge Band plays street samba or bossa nova jazz from 6 to 9 p.m. Then hold on because one of the hottest new jazz groups in town plays from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.: 7 Pleasures takes over the bandstand with its acid jazz and funk sounds designed for you to get your groove going on the Jazz Kitchen"s dance floor. Friday, Jan. 10 Jimmy Coe brings back his mainstream big band swinging sounds for two sets at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 it"s mambo, R&B, Latin and jazz with Dog Talk for two shows: 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Midtown Grill presents the innovative solo piano of Dave Hepler every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.
Sullivan"s Steakhouse at the Crossing showcases jazz pianists six nights a week. Thursday, Jan. 9 Steven Jones, pianist, with Joe Deal, bass, play 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 John Spicknall, piano, Joe Deal, bass, and Ron Brinson, drums, play 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 Bill Kennaugh, piano, Joe Deal, bass, and Ron Brinson, drums, play 7 to 11p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 Bill Kennaugh, piano, and Joe Deal, bass, play 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 Ken Fary, piano, and Joe Deal, bass, play 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 Claude Sifferlen, piano, and Joe Deal, bass, play 7 to 11 p.m.
The New Fountain Head Lounge, 30th and MLK, has Mary Moss as guest vocalist with the Jason Curry Quartet playing 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.
The Warren Performing Arts Center showcases the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra educational outreach program, sponsoring the first BWJO High School All Star Jazz Band in concert Sunday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. BWJO educational director Mark Buselli will conduct a 19-piece band made up of outstanding, handpicked students from high school jazz bands across Indiana. Cities represented by the band include Ft. Wayne, Bloomington, Franklin and Terre Haute and will play big band classics by Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Woody Herman as well as BWJO originals. Tickets are $5 and can be ordered by calling the Warren Center at (317) 532-6280.
Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.