Tribute to Jimmy Coe 

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No one individual in Indy’s modern jazz history has been so completely dedicated to maintaining the legacy of Indiana Avenue than Jimmy Coe. As a solo jazz musician and leader of combos, to the big band that he still leads today after 60 years, Jimmy Coe is still sending the message on his tenor sax. His big band has nurtured, developed and provided a musical education for numerous musicians in jazz and other musical forms. As an educator and artist in residence with the Indianapolis Public Schools, as a composer and an in-demand arranger, he has single-handedly influenced the career and development of many musicians in our community.
Now in the twilight years of his career and dealing with serious health issues, Coe is not surrendering his passion — and he continues to perform. March 5, 6:30 p.m. in the fourth floor ballroom of the Madame Walker Theatre Center, the countless musicians and fans of over six decades who have enjoyed and benefited from the music of Jimmy Coe are staging a special event to honor him and his wife. Under the heading “A Tribute To Indianapolis’ Dean of Jazz,” Jimmy Coe and his wife Delores Coe will be celebrated. Entertainment will be provided by many local and national artists who have musically interacted with Jimmy Coe throughout his career.
No reservations are needed, but the admission fee for this special event is $15 and all of the proceeds go directly to benefit the Coe family. An optional buffet will be available for $10 per person. Music lovers in Europe honored Jimmy and Delores in spectacular fashion in 2002, recognizing the contributions to music they made. It’s only fitting that his hometown give him his day in a big wave of appreciation and a great turnout.
Hampton Sisters recognition

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.

Jazz happenings


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.

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