One of the best art shows in the Midwest, Penrod, on Saturday, Sept. 6, also presents some of the best art for your ears on the Jazz Stage. This year’s lineup is one of the most diverse in styles and sounds for Indy’s nicest Saturday.
Jimmy Guilford (left) and Darlies Jones in Claude McNeal’s original production of Satchmo: The Life and Times of Louis Armstrong.
Penrod jazz tent: 9 — 11: a.m.: Tres Uno-7; 11:15 a.m. — 1 p.m.: Teresa Giles Quartet; 1:15 — 2:45 p.m.: Cathy Morris & Collage; 3 — 5 p.m.: Greg Bacon. Satchmo
He was lauded and loved and was even named America’s unofficial ambassador. Louis Armstrong, a shaper and icon of jazz, is being honored by the American Cabaret Theatre, presenting Claude McNeal’s Satchmo: The Life and Times of Louis Armstrong, Sept. 5 to 28. Satchmo is more than just a musical biography — it reveals Armstrong’s depth and little known accomplishments during his amazing career. McNeal points out why he wanted to write and produce this tribute to Armstrong: “I stumbled upon the fact that Armstrong wrote a diary and wrote books and typed almost every day because he had so many things to say. It gave me a great incentive to try to figure out how his thinking related to his art. Every body has a drama in the center of their life. I found that the drama at the core of Louis Armstrong’s life was his over 33 year relationship with his manager, Joe Glaser, where they worked and battled together.” Veteran actor/entertainer Jimmy Guilford will portray Armstrong and Darlies Jones will play the younger Armstrong. September swings with Satchmo Sundays as the American Cabaret Theatre, in conjunction with IUPUI, presents the festival “Satchmo Sundays.” Sept. 14 at 2 p.m., the ACT will present “What a Wonderful World: A Louis Armstrong Concert against AIDS in Africa,” with music by the Oliver Nelson Quartet and the voices of Jimmy Guilford and Vicki Daniel, poetry from Mari Evans, dancers Kenyetta Johnson-Brasher, Jessica Zeller and dance folklorist Cynthia Pressley-Demar along with Armstrong film clips. On Sunday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. Distinguished Professor and Chair of Jazz Studies at IU Bloomingon David Baker will present “Louis Armstrong: Musical Colossus,” a free lecture at the Lilly Auditorium of the IUPUI Library. On Sept. 28 at 7p.m. the film Cabin in the Sky will be shown in the Lilly Auditorium. This free performance will be hosted by Dennis Bingham, Professor of English at IUPUI. Acoustic Alchemy
It is highly unusual for an all-acoustic band to survive in the world of contemporary jazz for almost two decades. That is exactly what the British-based guitar band Acoustic Alchemy has done. The Jazz Kitchen will host the latest and revised version of Acoustic Alchemy on Saturday, Sept. 6 for two shows at 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Greg Carmichael has stepped into the leader’s role since the death of the group’s founder, Nick Webb. I spoke with Carmichael at his London home before the group’s departure for their U.S. tour. NUVO: You had tough times in the past breaking into a following in Britain how is it now for band? Carmichael: It is a lot better now — especially in London. People here listen to jazz FM and now know who Acoustic Alchemy is. But that only really happened in the past five years. We were lucky we had the music and it was fortuitous that we came to the States when we did. NUVO: With so many new guitar led groups performing, especially in the States, do you think it will be difficult breaking through again? Carmichael: There’s some great players out there, I mean all you can do is just do your thing. Because I don’t live in America, I know that they are out there. Acoustic Alchemy’s latest CD, Radio Contact, has brought the band back to its original sound with a new emphasis on mood and groove. Jazz Happenings Downtown
Chatterbox brings in the jazz/pop vocals of TheTim Brickley Quintet Friday, Sept. 5 followed by the debut of Ipanema, a new Brazilian based group featuring Elizabeth on vocals Saturday, Sept. 6. Music both nights goes 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Northside
Jazz Kitchen brings back the straight-ahead tenor sax of The Rob Dixon Quartet Friday followed by the British based melodic guitar sounds of Acoustic Alchemy Saturday, Sept. 6. Shows both nights are at 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse North. Vocalist/ keyboardist Lisa Baldwin plays and sings Wednesday, Sept. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI