2009 in review: Jazz 

Newfangled Jazz Fest

In April, Owl Studios CEO J. Allan Hall and Jazz Kitchen owner David Allee bought the Indy Jazz Fest from the American Pianist Association. The event moved this year from Military Park - which had been its home for a decade - to The Lawn at White River State Park. The expanded six-day Fest fell on the third week of September and featured an all-jazz lineup comprised of local and national artists. The best concert of the year was a part of Indy Jazz Fest: the Freddie Hubbard Tribute at the Madame Walker Theater. Four of the best jazz trumpets around - Randy Brecker, Derrick Gardner, Nicholas Payton and Pharez Whitted - wowed the capacity audience with battles honoring their idol.

Revamped Jazz Kitchen

After a decade, the Jazz Kitchen made significant changes in its weekday performance lineup, while opening a second room for parties, banquets and meetings.

An aggressive Jazz Foundation

Under its new president, guitarist/bandleader Bill Lancton, the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation assumed a new, aggressive role, partnering with the Indy Jazz Fest on educational outreach programs.

Hootin' and be-boppin'

National and international jazz critics and fans are recognizing recordings by Owl Studios artists. Trumpeter Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets have been nominated in two categories by the Independent Music Awards for their Owl Studios album Echoes of Ethnicity.

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