Two of Indy’s brilliant jazz luminaries, David Baker and Freddie Hubbard, were honored at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, receiving the Living Jazz Legend Award for lifetime achievement.
“You see the fruits of your labor on a night like this,” said Baker, distinguished professor for jazz studies at Indiana University’s School of Music. “It was staggering to see all of these people on stage together, representing what must be 100 years of the world of jazz.”
Along with trumpeter Hubbard, other honorees included Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Chico Hamilton, Ahmed Jamal, Al Jarreau, Hank Jones, Dame Cleo Laine, Michel Legrand, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Marian McPartland, Jimmy Scott, Billy Taylor, Clark Terry and Phil Woods.
Indiana University music school graduates John Clayton and the Jeff Hamilton Orchestra performed during the occasion. The Jazz of Our Time Celebration saluted a generation of extraordinary artists who helped make jazz “America’s greatest music.”
• The Jazz Kitchen will run 13 nights of top-flight jazz, starting with the Tony Monaco Trio swinging hard this Friday and Saturday. The Jazz Kitchen will celebrate its 13th anniversary party Sunday, combining it with the Steve Allee Trio CD release party for Colors. On Monday, Steve Smith & Vital Information, a band of jazz veterans including Tom Coster on keyboards, Baron Browne on bass and Vinny Valentino on guitar, perform two shows in support of their new album, Vitalization.
• The Chatterbox will close out the month with fusion jazz by KWYJIBO this Friday. On Saturday, newcomer Paul Musser Quartet, from Depauw University, makes its Indy debut. Music both nights starts at 10:30 p.m.; $5 cover charge.
• Jazz in Bloomington will present the Future of Jazz on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the John Waldon Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut St. Local pre-college jazz artists, under the direction of Monika Herzig, will perform in small combos. Admission is $10, students $5.