Jazz Notes 9/5/07 

• The Madame Walker Building and Crispus Attucks High School opened 80 years ago, and to honor the event, a special 80th Anniversary Music Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 from 4 p.m.-midnight in the historic Madame Walker Building.

“This event is important to our city, as it pays tribute to two historically rich institutions in the Indiana Avenue cultural district,” says Pat Payne, director of the Crispus Attucks Museum.

The free event, open to the public, will include concerts, food and fun for the entire family. To raise awareness of Crispus Attucks High School’s history, a shuttle will transport festival-goers from the Walker Building to the Crispus Attucks Museum at 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. in the rear of the Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School.

1 p.m.: Crispus Attucks Museum tours

4 p.m.: Chubby Massey & The All Stars perform

4:15 p.m.: Crispus Attucks Satellite Museum opens (Coffee Pot Lounge) and the Madame Walker Heritage Center opens (street level)

5:30 p.m.: Crispus Attucks alumni reception (theater lobby)

6 p.m.: Indy Jazz Men (in the theater) and Chubby Massey & The All Stars (fourth-floor Casino Ballroom)

8 p.m.: Clifford Ratliff & Friends (theater)

9:30 p.m.: Raffle and door prize (theater stage)

10 p.m.: Artist TBA (theater)

12 a.m.: Madame Walker Building closes

An optional $10 buffet will be available in the Casino Ballroom from 6-10 p.m. with concessions and a cash bar. For more information, call 317-236-2099.

• Rizing Star Entertainment President Chris McDonald will celebrate 10 years of producing jazz at this year’s Penrod festival Saturday, Sept. 8. The Penrod jazz stage lineup includes the Monika Herzig Acoustic Project at 9:30 a.m.; the Stacie Sandoval Tropical Jazz Project at 11 a.m.; Cynthia Layne at 1 p.m.; Steve Allee/Tom Borton Quintet at 3:20 p.m. Yours truly will serve as the jazz emcee.

• Popular jazz saxophonist Gregg Bacon is on a mission to create a youth band. “I am trying to help keep the kids off the street and stop the violence and get them on another game besides video games,” he says. “You can conquer a video game and move on to the next level, [but] you are never going to conquer an instrument.” So far, Bacon has recruited an 11-year-old singer, three drummers, a trombone player and 10-year-old sax prodigy Bryan Thompson. Bacon says all he needs now are a keyboardist and a guitar player.

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