Week three of Animals & All That Jazz, sponsored by the IU Medical Group at the Indianapolis Zoo, will light up with the energetic vocal jazz of Kevin "Flash" Ferrell, backed up by the rhythms of the Paradigm Jazz Quartet, Thursday, July 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. In the event of rain the performance will be held in the Kroger Party Pavilion.
Kevin "Flash" Ferrell, backed by the Paradigm Jazz Quartet, will perform at Animals & All That Jazz on Thursday, July 29.
Jay Majors & Hookup
Contemporary jazz band Jay Majors & Hookup, featuring jazz violinist Krystal Ford, has won the latest round in the Apollo Theatre competition and will return to New York for the Aug. 18 round that leads to the finals.
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Soul On Top
It had been rumored for years that Soul Godfather James Brown had recorded a jazz album. It's true: Verve got the rights and reissued the album, originally recorded in Hollywood in 1969. Even if you are not a James Brown fan, this CD will slay you. Brown is amazing, improvising lyrics over his classic hits in fresh versions of "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World" and "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag."
What makes this session work is drummer Louis Bellson's killer big band with arrangements and saxophone from Oliver Nelson with bass icon Ray Brown laying a pulsating swing. From Brown's own band, Maceo Parker Jr. gives some grooving tenor sax solos. There are so many high points here. Brown puts a new stamp with a funky hard-swinging drive on "September Song" that would even make Kurt Weill smile. He swings the Joe Williams hit "Every Day I Have The Blues," getting down in a new bag as the band rocks and swings hard behind him. In his own incomparable style he interprets ballads "That's My Desire" to "What Kind of Fool Am I" to having fun on "I Need Your Key (To Turn Me On)."
Rating: (4 1/2 stars) This reissue is a must for any jazz lover. It shows Brown's depth along with his roots in jazz. As Brown said on the liner notes, "At heart I've always been a jazz man."
Chatterbox, 435 Massachusetts Ave. Pianist/vocalist Jeff Deherdt Quartet plays Friday, July 23. Avant-garde jazz by trumpeter Kyle Quass Group is Saturday, July 24. Sets both nights are 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cover charge.
Jazz on the Avenue, 617 Indiana Ave., Madame Walker Theatre Center. Jazz and blues vocals Lonnie Lester performs Friday, July 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. Cover charge.
Jazz Kitchen, 54th Street and College Avenue. Brazilian bossa nova jazz by Ipanema Friday, July 23. Guitarist Bill Lancton's Group plays samba jazz Saturday, July 24. Sets both nights are at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Cover charge.
D'Vines Wine Bar, 86th and Keystone Avenue, Woodfield Shopping Center. Jeff Reed performs Friday, July 23. Dave Ellman takes over Saturday, July 24. Sets both nights are from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Rick's Cafe Boatyard, 4050 Dandy Trail. Art Trio plays Friday, July 23 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Cynthia Layne & Friends perform on the deck Saturday, July 24 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and Monica Herzig plays 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Sangiovese Restaurant, 4110 E. 82nd St. Tuesdays: Dave Lowe, keyboards and vocals; Wednesdays: Brenda Williams, vocals, with David Meeks, piano, and John Huber, bass; Thursdays: Shannon Forsell, vocals, with Ray Larman, piano, and Todd Nichols, drums.
Smokehouse Cafe, County Line Road and Meridian Street. "Sunday Jazz Brunch" features The Impulse Trio from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.