• Now in its ninth year, Indy Jazz Fest has built clientele from around the country and has sustained itself under the sage auspices of the American Pianists Association.
If you have been to festivals in New Orleans or Newport, where intermittent showers are a daily occurrence, you know rain doesn’t deter the true jazz fan. At the Indy Jazz Fest, you will notice a laidback attitude among those sharing the innovative process of jazz and creative culinary delights. Read the details of this year’s festival starting on page 12.
• Traditionally, after Indy Jazz Fest stages go dark, local jazz clubs are set to accommodate guest artists and fans. The Jazz Kitchen, at 54th Street and College Avenue, will offer after-set jamming on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at 10 p.m. with some heavyweight players on hand. The Rob Dixon/Melvin Rhyne Quartet will lay down B-3 organ and sax grooves both nights. Admission is $10.
• Downtown at the Chatterbox, 435 Massachusetts Ave., Friday and Saturday jazz sets start at 10:30 p.m. There have been some legendary jam sessions at Indy’s oldest jazz club, with local greats swapping choruses until sun-up with visitors like Wynton Marsalis. Drummer Arthur Haan’s Uptown Quartet will be on the bandstand Friday, June 15. Trumpeter Clifford Ratliff’s Quintet and their straight-ahead sounds take over Saturday, June 16. Cover charge is $5 per night.
• Another venue to check out after Indy Jazz Fest this weekend is the blues-based Slippery Noodle Inn, 372 S. Meridian St.
• The award-winning jazz violinist Regina Carter will conduct an interactive workshop Friday, June 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Jazz Kitchen. All ages are welcome to bring their instruments. Admission for adults is $5, students cost $3 and ages 12 and under are free. Regina Carter’s Quintet plays Friday, June 15 on the APA stage at 8:15 p.m. during Indy Jazz Fest.
• Mark Buselli has been named the new director of jazz studies at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., replacing Larry McWilliams, who is retiring this summer. Buselli, who has been serving as adjunct professor of jazz at Butler University and is co-founder/leader of the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, will start his new position Aug. 15. He will still lead the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra’s All Star Jazz Ensemble on the APA Stage Sunday, June 17 at the Indianapolis Jazz Fest, starting at 4:30 p.m.