This city is rich in music treasures and none more deserving of recognition than the illustrious Hampton Sisters. They will be honored by the University of Indianapolis at its commencement ceremony May 1 with honorary degrees of doctorate of music.
The Chatterbox, 435 Mass. Ave., has jazz with the European flair and flavor of Django Reinhardt when the Hot Club String Dusters swing away Friday, Feb. 27. Tim Brickley returns with his jazz/pop vocal sounds on Saturday, Feb. 28. Performances both nights are 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a cover charge.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 45 S. Illinois St., “Sizzling Steaks & Jazz Sunday” brings back the marvelous vocal style of Cynthia Layne with tenor saxophonist Rob Dixon’s Quartet Sunday, Feb. 29 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Fountain Square Theatre, at Virginia Avenue, Shelby and Prospect streets has the Tommy Mullinix Orchestra playing “Friday Night Swing Dance” Feb. 27 from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
St. Elmo Steakhouse, 125 S. Illinois, has Cynthia Layne & Friends Thursday, Feb. 26 followed by Jazz with Josh Friday, Feb. 27. The Rob Dixon Quartet plays Feb. 29. Performances each night start at 7 p.m.
Circle City Bar & Grille, 350 W. Maryland St. in the Marriott Downtown, features The Carl Hines Trio Friday, Feb. 27 followed by The Larry Michael’s Jazz Trio Saturday, Feb. 28. Music both nights goes 7 to 11 p.m.
Jazz Kitchen, 54th Street and College Avenue, will have a swinging affair this Friday, Feb. 27 when the dynamic vocalist Mary Moss welcomes all to her CD Release Party for Lady With A Song. An all-star group of Jack Gilfoy on drums, Rev. Marvin Chandler on piano, Craig Hicks on keyboards, Mingo Jones on bass, David Young on tenor sax and Clifford Ratliff on trumpet will back her. If you have never been Mossified with her upbeat swing and soulful sounds, then this is a great chance to join in the fun and swinging times.
A new, innovative jazz sound debuts Friday, The Wallarab-Dixon Project, with a potent frontline of Brent Wallarab on trombone and Rob Dixon on tenor sax. They will be anchored by a strong rhythm section of Steve Jones on piano, Bryson Kern on drums and Jack Helsley on bass. This holds the promise of being a very formidable group on the local jazz scene. Shows both nights are at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. with a cover charge both nights.
The Jazz Kitchen, along with the Naptown Stomp and the Midcoast Swing Orchestra, is hosting its First Annual Swing Dance Contest on a bi-weekly basis. Preliminaries started Feb. 24 with the finals for cash prizes May 1. There is a $20 per couple entry fee.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 3316 E. 86th St. Keystone at the Crossing, features Steve Corn on piano, Joe Deal on bass and Kevin Johnson on drums Friday, Feb. 27 playing 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 is Claude Sifferlen on piano, Kevin Johnson on drums and Joe Deal on bass playing 5 to 11 p.m.
Rick’s Cafe Boatyard, 4050 Dandy Trail, presents The Art Jazz Trio playing Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tim Brickley follows from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. and returns on Friday. Jennifer Kirk’s Quartet can be heard Monday and Wednesday, Greg Bacon grooves on Tuesday and Monica Herzig’s Acoustic Project plays Thursday and Saturday.
Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.