Take two talent-laden ladies in their 80s who provide you with six decades of musical entertainment, and you have the Hampton Sisters, Aletra and Virtue. I can think of no local musical group more deserving of a tribute than the Hampton Sisters, which they will receive Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Indiana History Center Theater at 3 p.m.
On Sunday, the Hampton Sisters will be honored at the Indiana Historical Society.
The name of Hampton is prevalent in the musical history of jazz and blues in this city, state and across the country. This honor for the Hampton Sisters is long overdue, just like the release on this occasion of their first complete CD. There will be a strong representation of jazz luminaries on hand who have musically interacted with these dynamic ladies over the years. If you have never had the pleasure of hearing their powerful passion, fun and swing, then this is the event for you. With Aletra on piano and Virtue on bass, along with Living Legends David Baker, saxophonist “Pookie” Johnson, Larry Clark and Jack Gilfoy on drums — as well as other members of the musical Hampton family — this should be quite a happening. For this once in a lifetime concert tickets are $100, and $50 is tax deductible. Each ticketholder will receive a complimentary The Hampton Sisters CD and is welcome to an after-concert reception. All of the proceeds of the concert go to benefit the Hampton Sisters. Tickets can be ordered by calling 232-1882. I am honored to welcome you to this tribute for the Hampton Sisters. It represents Indiana jazz history at its best.
Jazz happenings Downtown
The Chatterbox, 435 Mass Ave., brings in the eclectic jazz of Peter Kienle & KWYJIBO Friday, Nov. 14. The energetic flute jazz of the Oliver Nelson Jr. Group lights it up Saturday, Nov. 15. Sets both nights are 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Agio Restaurant, 635 Mass. Ave., features Bill Lancton on guitar and David Murray on bass every Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. Jazz on the Avenue, 617 Indiana Ave., fourth floor Casino Ballroom of the Madame Walker Theatre Center, has Chubby Massey Friday, Nov. 14 playing 6 to 10 p.m. Circle City Bar & Grille, 350 W. Maryland St. in the Marriott, has vocalist Betheny Dunlap & Neapolitan performing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 15. Conga Jazz plays Friday, Nov. 14. Weekend jazz goes 7 to 10 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 45 S. Illinois St., “Sizzling Steaks & Jazz Sunday” brings back the blazing alto sax of The Jason Curry Quartet Nov. 15, playing 7 to 10 p.m. Fountain Square Theatre at Virginia, Shelby and Prospect streets “Friday Swing Dance Night” has the Tim Brickley Quintet Nov. 14 playing 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. St. Elmo Steakhouse, Illinois Street at Circle Centre, has the Old School Band Sunday, Nov. 16; the Rob Dixon Quartet Monday, Nov. 17; and Jason Curry Quartet Tuesday, Nov. 18. Music times are 7 to 10 p.m. Rob Dixon’s Quartet returns Wednesday, Nov. 19 playing 6 to 10 p.m. Northside
The Jazz Kitchen, 54th and College, brings back the outstanding musical tribute to the Bluenote label recordings of John Coltrane with guitarist Grant Green and Kenny Burrell with Bill Lancton’s guitar and Rob Dixon’s saxophone heading up this critically acclaimed series of two sets Friday, Nov. 14 at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Rob Dixon’s Quartet plays fluent straight-ahead jazz at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Tuesday, Nov. 18 will be College Big Band Night as the bands and combos of Butler University and the University of Indianapolis battle it out from 7 to 10 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 96th and Keystone Avenue, “Sizzling Steaks & Jazz Wednesday” will feature the Blue Note Trio Nov. 12, Joe Gerard, guitar and vocals, performs Nov. 19. Music times are 7 to 10 p.m. Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 3316 E. 86th St. Keystone at the Crossing, has extended its hours of jazz six nights a week. The trios playing this weekend: Nov. 14 is Claude Sifferlen on piano, Joe Deal on bass and Bryson Kern on drums; Nov. 15 substitute Chris Pyle on drums to the trio. Music both nights goes 5 to 11 p.m. Keystone Grill, 8650 Keystone Crossing Blvd., features Steve Corn on piano and Fred Withrow on bass playing Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m. Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.