Take a break from the world"s stress and winter freeze with some of the best jazz played right here in Indy this week.
The Chatterbox has some strong players on tap Friday, Feb. 7, with the return of Harry Miedema"s Deep Six Sextet. It showcases some of the top players in town, with tight arrangements and a rhythm section that really cooks behind cutting-edge solos. Saturday, Feb. 8, drummer Ron Brinson"s Quartet"s distinctive sound also showcases vocalist Julie Hutson. Music both nights goes from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Standing performances for Monday are Monika Herzig and Peter Kienle duo; Tuesday and Thursday, it"s the award-winning duo of Frank Glover on clarinet and Claude Sifferlen on piano. On Wednesday, drummer Dick Dickinson leads his trio that welcomes guest soloists on a regular basis. Music normally runs 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
On Sunday night, Ruth"s Chris Steakhouse"s "Sizzling Steaks & Jazz" series brings back the fluid tenor sax of the Rob Dixon Quartet from 7 to 10 p.m.
The Elbow Room"s Sunday Jazz Brunch offers the tasty sounds of Tom Sullivan on guitar and Duncan Putman on bass from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to complement the room"s dining.
Adam"s Mark Hotel features Frank Puzzullo"s Trio with swinging sounds on standards and ballads from 7 to10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in the Tiffany Rose Lounge.
Nicky Blaine"s in the King Cole Building weekly presents Cozy and Her Fellas on Mondays; the Four Sexes on Tuesdays; and the Tom Mullinix Group on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Music goes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Hyatt Regency presents the sultry vocals of Cynthia Layne with Reggie Bishop each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Circle City Bar & Grille in the Marriott has the smooth sax sounds of Gregg Bacon playing Friday, Feb. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. They"ll have the Latin-textured sounds of Conga Jazz on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. The next Wine Wednesday on Feb. 12 features saxophonist Jason Curry from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Indiana Historical Society Sounds of Indiana concert series presents the Frank Glover Duo and the Canale Quartet in a unique presentation of "Canale Music," an interplay of jazz and classical music, on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $13 for IHS members and $10 for students.
Indianapolis Artsgarden"s Art & Soul week-long free presentations of "Celebrating All That Jazz" will open on Sunday, Feb. 9 with Larry Calland & Conga Jazz playing at 2 p.m. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, saxophonist Greg Bacon plays at 12:15 p.m.
The Jazz Kitchen will feature nationally renowned alto saxophonist Jamey Abersold"s All Star Quartet on Friday, Feb. 7, for two shows at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
The hot guitar work of Bill Lancton & Coalition takes over on Saturday, Feb. 8 with shows at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Standing performances can be heard each week with the brilliant straight-ahead jazz of the Frank Glover Quartet featuring Claude Sifferlen"s probing piano work 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra"s 16 top-flight musicians rule the bandstand on Tuesdays with innovative arrangements and compelling soloists that make this one of the best jazz bands in the land. They play from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday features a doubleheader of diverse jazz offerings. The smooth sounds of Cathy Morris" Brazilian Lounge Band play 6 to 9 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., it"s the contemporary sounds of acid jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop from Indy"s hottest new group, Seven Pleasures. The best Latin dance party happens on Thursday with host DJ Marco Dominguez from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Sullivan"s Steakhouse has the trio of Trotty Heck, piano, Steve Woerner, bass, and Nick Ashton, drums, swinging away Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Sangiovese Restaurant showcases three divas this week. It"s Brenda Williams, backed up by David Meek on keyboards and Frank Smith on bass Wednesday. Shannon Forsell sings on Thursday and Janiece Jaffe and Simon Rowe perform on Friday. Music each night is from 7 to 10 p.m.
The North United Methodist Church will present a Valentine-flavored free concert in Fellowship Hall featuring Cathy Morris and Collage Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.