Jazz Notes 11/21/07 

• The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation will present its 2007 Holiday Showcase Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Madame Walker Theatre’s fourth floor ballroom from 6-9:30 p.m. The proceeds of the Holiday Showcase support the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation’s educational scholarships and opportunities for promising young music students of jazz. Artists scheduled to perform are Gregg Bacon & Sir James Simmons Group with their guest, 10-year-old sax prodigy, Bryan Thompson; Frank Glover & Claude Sifferlen; Mary Moss; Everett Greene; Monika Herzig and Peter Kienle. The event will also feature a sneak preview segment of the documentary Take Two by Emmy Award-winning producer Ben Strout, which examines the lengthy performing musical relationship of Glover and Sifferlen. Tickets cost $25 and $30. This year’s inductees are Freddie Hubbard and Hazel Johnson Strong. I will serve as MC for the event.

• Starting Friday, Nov. 23, the Conrad Hotel will offer complimentary “Jingle Jazz” performances throughout the holiday season. Local jazz singers will perform from 6 p.m. to midnight every Friday and Saturday until Dec. 29.

• Now that the holiday season is upon us, the ultimate gift for jazz fans is the Jazz Icons seven-DVD box set. It is a treasure of performances videotaped throughout Europe in the ’60s from Indy guitar legend Wes Montgomery, as well as John Coltrane, Charlie Mingus, Sarah Vaughn, Dave Brubeck, Dexter Gordon and Duke Ellington. Every set contains a 24-page booklet, rare photographs and a memorabilia collage. This is modern jazz done by the artists who set its innovative standards. All performances were captured live in concert with marvelous sound and camera work. Montgomery’s set shows him in a bantering mood between tunes, with unique close-ups of his amazing thumb work. Sax fans will love the Coltrane set with guest Stan Getz dueling side-by-side on Hackensack with Coltrane. Every DVD in this priceless collection is four and a half stars out of five of jazz history.

• A Celebration of Aletra Hampton’s Life, a concert in memory of the Indianapolis jazz legend, has been scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Indiana History Center, featuring local and national artists.

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