Local jazz artists are producing high-quality music in the city this week. A variety of jazz styles can be found all over town for your entertainment and enrichment.
Cathy Morris' Brazilian Lounge Band, from left to right: Roberto Monsalve, Steve Dokken, Cathy Morris, Jeff DeHerdt, Ron Brinson and Cliff White
The Chatterbox continues its reputation for the new month by giving new jazz groups a sounding board. Friday, June 6 the Kevin Kouts Quartet featuring guitarist Paul Holdman is back with its crowd-pleasing style. Saturday, June 7 it's one of the up-and-coming local jazz pianists: The Steve Jones Quartet turns out some serious straight ahead sounds. Sets both nights are from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a cover charge. Chatterbox regulars Monika Herzig and Peter Kienle, piano/guitar duo, can be heard every Monday. Some of Indy's most creative jazz sounds can be heard every Tuesday and Thursday with the award-winning clarinet of Frank Glover and the brilliant piano innovations of Claude Sifferlen. These two perform musical interplay at its highest level. Music these nights is from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Veteran drummer Dick Dickinson leads his Jazztet every Wednesday with Trotty Heck on piano. Guest artists are known to sit in with the group on a regular basis. The sounds this night are from 8:30 to midnight.
Bourbon Street Distillery, formerly Snazzy Jazz, at the corner of Indiana Avenue and Vermont Street, is easing back into jazz by featuring The Bluenote Trio on Thursday, June 5, playing 8 p.m. to midnight.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse "Sizzling Steaks and Jazz" Sunday series is Indy's main downtown jazz hang for Sunday evenings. Like its reputation for excellence in dining, the jazz being served is on an equal par. On June 8, vocalist Wendy Reed returns with her highly emotive style backed up by the Ken Fary Duo. They perform from 7 to 10 p.m.
Nicky Blaine's has become a popular late night spot from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for jazz and pop lovers, where the music embraces both genres. For Monday nights, Cozy and Her Fellas are featured. Tuesdays become more jazz-hip with the polished jazz and pop sounds of the Four Sexes, who just released a very good CD titled Secret Rendezvous. Thursdays are jazz-hot with trumpeter bandleader Tom Mullinix Quartet providing a multitude of jazz styles.
The Jazz Kitchen's reputation as Indy's premier jazz club is more than well-deserved. The dining is just as great as the artful performances of nightly jazz being served. By the way, if you thought you knew what carrot cake was, ask for the exclusive Jazz Kitchen version to expand your taste buds. One of the top tenor saxophonists in town, who's relocated back from New York, is Rob Dixon's Quartet. Dixon's searing solo flights are exciting. His quartet performs Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7, two shows each night at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Monday nights mainly feature the outstanding straight ahead Frank Glover Quartet featuring Claude Sifferlen's piano. Tuesdays groups are alternated, with the magnificent Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra playing the first and third Tuesdays, 7 to 10:30 p.m. The dancing sounds of the Midcoast Swing Orchestra are performed the second and fourth Tuesdays, 7 to 11 p.m. The most diverse and fun musical nights are Wednesdays with Cathy Morris' Brazilian Lounge Band playing 6 to 9 p.m. The musical mood flips when the hot groove, dance-oriented acid jazz sounds of Seven Pleasures raise the roof from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. To add to the evening, WTPI 107.9 broadcasts "Nightbreeze Night Out" live, from 7 to 10 p.m., with host Oleta Martin and J.C. Culver offering games and prizes during the show. Every Thursday is a salsa, mambo, merengue happening with Indy's best Latin Dance Party hosted by DJ Marco Dominguez from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Sullivan's Steakhouse heats up with hot jazz trio sounds Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7, with Claude Sifferlen at piano, Joe Deal on bass and Ron Brinson on drums playing 7 to 11:30 p.m. On Mondays in June Bill Kennaugh on piano and Steve Woerner on bass play 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays has Ken Fary on piano and Joe Deal on bass playing 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. On Wednesdays add Claude Sifferlen on piano with Joe Deal on bass playing 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays Steven Jones is at piano and Joe Deal on bass playing 7 to 11 p.m.
Gregory's intimate confines features vocalist Everett Greene's mellow baritone with Carl Hines on keyboards weaving their spell on Fridays, and the classy "Lady With A Song," Mary Moss, with Alan "Turk" Burke on keyboards make Saturdays special. Performances are from 8 to 11 p.m. both nights.
First Friday, June 6, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art welcomes the Indy Swing Dance Club from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.