The outdoor summer jazz scene 

News for jazz lover

News for jazz lovers who like their music in the fresh air continues to trickle in. Here is the latest information, even though not complete in some cases.
Philly’s Joey DeFrancesco, B-3 organ player, will perform at the Jazz Kitchen on Monday, June 16.

Indy Parks events Music In the Garden Garfield Park Conservatory June 14: Marty Hodapp Jazz Band July 12: Cathy Morris Aug. 16: Mark Buselli BWJO Sextet All concerts are free and start at 6:30 p.m.

Jazz at Watkins Park Presented by American Legion Post 249 June 29: Clifford Ratliff July 27: Jimmy Coe Aug. 31: The Jason Curry Group Sept. 28: Indiana Jazz Company All concerts are free. The first three months start at 5 p.m.; September’s is at 4 p.m.

Lunchtime Concerts University Park June 13: Marvin Chandler July 18: Al Walton Trio Aug. 15: Naptown Strutters with Tommy Mullinix Concerts are free and start at 11:30 a.m.

Lunchtime Concert City Market Aug. 22: Jason Curry Quartet Free concert starts at 11:30 a.m.

Jazz In Broad Ripple Park Aug. 12: Rob Dixon Quintet Aug. 19: Jason Curry Quartet Aug. 26: Monika Herzig Acoustic Project Sept. 2: Gary Walters Quintet Sept. 9: Bill Lancton Coalition Free concerts start at 7 p.m.

Jazz in Douglas Park Aug. 3: Jason Curry Group Free concert at 5 p.m.

Holliday Park July 16: Jim Edison Big Band Free concert at 7 p.m.

More outdoor summer jazz events Indiana State Museum Summer Sounds 2003 July 2: Bill Lancton & Coalition July 23: Dog Talk July 30: Cynthia Layne Concerts are free on the museum’s terrace from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased.

Wes Montgomery Jazz Festival Canal at St. Clair Street Sept. 13-14: Artist lineup TBA Free festival starts both days at 2 p.m. Penrod Jazz Tent Indianapolis Museum of Art Grounds Sept. 6: Artist lineup TBA Admission free for Penrod. Jazz is played from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Joey DeFrancesco

In the world of the B-3 organ pedal and stop performers, a new cadre of players is establishing itself. One of the best to break out of the pack is Philly’s Joey DeFrancesco. DeFrancesco returns with his trio to the Jazz Kitchen for a release party on Monday for his new Concord CD, Falling In Love Again, that features a sensational new singer in Joe Doggs. DeFrancesco was a teen-age sensation, winning numerous awards at age 16 in piano competitions. There will be two non-smoking shows at 7 and 9 p.m. on Monday, June 16. Tickets are $18 advance and $20 day of show. Reservations can be made by calling 253-4900.

Jazz happenings

It’s kick-back summertime enjoyment around Indy. For jazz lovers, the cool sounds of jazz in all of its flavors are on display for you to savor this week.


The Chatterbox brings back the distinctive sounds of saxophonist Keni Washington & Omniverse Friday, June 13. The energetic guitar style of Bill Lancton’s Group takes over on Saturday, June 14. Music both nights is from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a cover charge.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse “Sizzling Steaks and Jazz” Sunday series will debut the jazz and pop sounds of The Four Sexes on Father’s Day, June 15 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Jammin’ at the Jorg at the Eiteljorg Museum showcases the mellow romantic baritone voice of Everett Greene & Friends Thursday, June 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Jazz on the Avenue in the Madame Walker Theatre Center showcases the classy, sassy swinging vocals of Mary Moss and Friends Friday, June 13 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Indiana Historical Society’s free Concerts on the Canal for Thursday, June 12 presents the Jack Gilfoy Trio and the IUPUI Jazz Ensemble performing 5 to 7:30 p.m.


The Jazz Kitchen showcases the reunion of the Steve Allee “Magic Hour” Contemporary Jazz Band. The popular contemporary jazz guitar of the Charlie Smith Project will be cooking hard on Saturday, June 14. Shows both nights are at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. with a cover charge.

New Fountain Lounge guitarist Bill Lancton will be a featured guest with the Jason Curry Quartet Wednesday, June 11 playing 8 p.m. to midnight.


Lulu’s at the Fashion Mall Commons has the Latin-influenced sound of Conga Jazz on Thursday, June 12 playing 8 to 11 p.m. Just Judy’s at 2210 E. 54th St. will have its Open Mic Cabaret hosted by Collabora, Shirley, Cathy and Friends, where you can bring your voice or musical instrument and join in jazz standards of all eras — blues to Broadway — Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.

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