Animals and All That Jazz opens
• On Thursday, July 12, the Indianapolis Zoo’s popular, long-running music series, Animals and All That Jazz, kicks off its 2007 series. With an emphasis on large group sounds, the 16-piece Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra and singers fire up the six-week event. IJO specializes in the big band tradition. Concerts take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the zoo’s Café on the Commons stage. In the event of rain, the concert moves to the Party Pavilion Tent. Admission is free for zoo members. Adults cost $13.50; seniors and children age 2-12 cost $8.50. Lawn chairs are welcome.
• The Chatterbox, 435 Massachusetts Ave., features the Brandon Meeks Quartet Friday, July 13. Ori, with its steel pan and sax frontline, returns Saturday, July 14. Music both nights runs 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. No cover charge. Cathy Morris’ 4-Tet plays a jazz jam Sunday, July 15 from 8-11 p.m. No cover charge.
• The Jazz Kitchen features popular bassist Frank Smith Friday, July 13. Admission costs $10. Saturday, July 14 serves offbeat sounds when the Leisure Kings lounge act teams up with the Red Baron and the Midtown Blowers for an evening of outrageous fun. Admission is $20. Shows both nights are at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
• Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 3316 E. 86th St., features Steve Corn and Joe Deal, Friday, July 13 from 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, July 14, Corn and Deal play 5-7 p.m. and Claude Sifferlen performs 7-11 p.m.; Sunday, July 15 features Bruce Polson and Fred Withrow playing 5-9 p.m. No cover charge.
• Groovin’ in the Garden at Easley Winery, 205 N. College Ave., will feature saxophonist Keni Washington Saturday, July 14 from 2-5 p.m. No cover charge.
• Ipanema plays Brazilian jazz in a free concert Saturday, July 14 at the Artsgarden from 1-2 p.m.
• Singer Brenda Williams will join the Ken Fary Duo for Sunday jazz at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse downtown from 7:30-11:30 p.m. No cover charge.
• Saxophonist Gregg Bacon has been mentoring a new young sax talent, 10-year-old Bryan Thompson. He performs with Bacon and guitarist Sir James Simmons Tuesday, July 17 from noon-2 p.m. at the Side Street Deli, 21st and Illinois streets.