Indy’s oldest jazz organization, The Jazz Club of Indianapolis Inc., has some exciting events planned in 2008 for members and non-members alike. IJC will swing into the new year with the energetic playing of the Naptown Strugglers. The Strugglers will host the Hangover Ball on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Sterrett Center on old Ft. Harrison, just north of the intersection of East 56th Street and Post Road. The Ball is free to IJC members; non-members need $20 to get in.
Next month, the club will host the Leap Year Jazz Festival, which runs from February 29 through March 2 and is open to the public. Three bands will perform at the festival, which will take place at Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park. Space is limited; call 877-563-4371 for reservations. For more information about the Festival, visit www.indianainns.com.
• The salsa sounds of Orquesta Bravo return to Radio Radio (1119 E. Prospect St.) on Friday, Jan. 25th from 8-11 p.m. Admission is $7, and free salsa lessons will be given at 9:30 p.m.
• Sunday Jazz at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (45 S. Illinois Street) will feature Ipanema vocalist Elizabeth Souza performing with the Ken Fary Duo from 7:30-11 p.m. No cover.
• This weekend at The Jazz Kitchen: on Friday, Jan. 25, catch guitarist Bill Lancton & Coalition and their special guest, blues singer Tad Robinson; and on Saturday, Jan. 26, the Seven Pleasures horn-line will offer up their funk and groove sounds for dancing and listening pleasure. Shows both nights are at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
• The Tommy Wills Twosome play for free every Wednesday at Lord Ashley’s Pub & Eatery (111703 Pendleton Pike).
• The Monika Herzig Trio and guest vocalist Brenda Williams will play Tutto Bene (3rd Street and Rodgers Street, Bloomington) on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 8-11 p.m.