It was a special day Sunday, July 22 at the Jazz Kitchen when a musical memorial was held for Russell Taylor. Taylor, a respected golf pro and local jazz musician, died unexpectedly earlier this month.
The Jazz Kitchen was filled with a mixture of musicians, golf friends and church members, there for a man they all admired. Taylor’s close friend (and half of their musical duo), Alan “Turk” Burke, MCed, sang and played with the Souled Out Band. The evening turned into a jam session for Taylor with guest appearances from Bill Lancton, Billy Meyers, Rob Dixon, Craig Hicks and David Allee.
Vocalists performing were Mary Moss and Lonnie Lester, who repeatedly brought the room to its feet with applause, for passionate ballads and R&B tunes. A highlight took place when Dog Talk’s singer, Cliff Wright, who’s recovering from a stroke, took the stage and delivered a moving rendition of “What a Wonderful World.”
Russell Taylor’s dream was a foundation to benefit children for golf camp and clinics. Funds for his dream were collected on site. Additional contributions can be made to the Russell Taylor Foundation at any National City Bank branch.
• Orquesta Bravo! will be featured Thursday, July 26 at the Animals & All That Jazz “Does It Big” event at the Indianapolis Zoo with its danceable salsa and cha cha rhythms. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until 8:30 p.m. on the zoo’s Café Commons stage. The rain site is the Party Pavilion stage. Admission for zoo members is free; adults cost $13.50; children age 2 to 12 and seniors cost $8.50.
• Two new 18-piece adult big bands will debut Saturday, July 28 at the Jazz Kitchen, and both are the brainchildren of jazz trumpeter/educator/composer and arranger Mark Buselli. Buselli heads up this project under the auspices of the Butler University Community Arts School. The participant ages are from 20 to 70 with diverse occupations, including everyone from physicians to construction workers. The program is so successful Buselli has had to turn away people this year. “We don’t take beginning players,” he says. “We ask for intermediate or advanced players. This program is for the person who use to play in a band a long time ago.” Buselli also has help from fellow staff members Jim Edison, Harry Miedema, Brent Wallarab and Gary Walters. Performance times at the Jazz Kitchen are 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.