Now that we are in the
new year, there will be some changes in the local jazz
scene. New events are appearing, and some of the older ones are
beginning to disappear.
One of those new events
debuts Saturday, January 14, 2012. It's a collaborative event
between the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and the Rhythm Discovery
Center, and will be held at the Rhythm Discovery Center. This
program, titled the Rhythm of Indiana Avenue, will feature Indy Jazz
Hall of Fame drummers. Lawrence Clark III will host a discussion of
Indianapolis jazz tradition and the history of Indiana Avenue at 1
p.m., in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Following the
discussion, Gene Markiewicz will lead a group of local jazz artists
performing standards written by local composers and musicians.
"Jazz has had a
global effect on music in the twentieth century, and the heart of jazz
is its rhythm and syncopation. That makes it unique,"� says Michael
Kenyon, executive director of the Rhythm Discovery Center.
The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation
Jazz Foundationpresents the rich history of jazz in Indianapolis to
the community throughout the year. We are excited to host this event
that will celebrate some our local artist and their stories," he
The Rhythm Discovery
Center has made admission to the Center free and open to the public all day for this special program.
One of the first jazz
albums of 2012 came from local artist, jazz pianist, composer and
Although he's actually based in Muncie, Puzzulo's no stranger to the Indianapolis jazz scene.
Crescent City Prayer
is the name of the record Puzzullo dedicated to New Orleans and the
nine years he lived and worked there. Let any concern about whatever
happened to bebop be assuaged. Puzzullo's album is keeping the
flame alive with his cooking take-no-prisoners quintet. Puzzulo
contributed six originals and arranged two standards for this
trumpet and Andy Fusco's sax make up the front line. Buselli's
playing is relaxed and flowing, and Fusco's alto sax complements
Puzzulo's hard, swinging bebop lines.
Bob Bowman's bass and
Joel Spencer's drums have driving swing and bop accents that propel the
quintet to a high level. Opening track "You Do" is a freewheeling
bebop romp that sets the tone for the whole record. Puzzullo's solo
shows his reflective and sensitive side on the ballad "Spring is
There is a cultural
loss of Indy's jazz history going on in our community. One reason for this
is because there is no physical repository or building for deceased jazz
artists from Indy. Those are who gave this city a worldwide reputation for its
jazz legacy. Where are the instruments of those Indy jazz legends
today? What about the numerous sheets of paper that hold the notes of
jazz compositions to be played for the
public or for music educators to pass on to their students?
I am sure that there
are numerous tapes in this city from local artists who recorded their
gigs that are deteriorating. They hold a treasure trove of sounds
that music students and educators could benefit from. Photos of the
past jazz artists performing and of the legendary local jazz clubs that
no longer exist are invaluable documentation of the golden
era of Indy jazz.
There are other urban
cities where jazz thrived and that also claimed a share of this
nation's musical art form. Unlike Indy, some have repositories for
this art form called jazz museums.
I can't help but
wonder how we can pass on a jazz legacy to future generations when we
can't preserve the past to build on to.
Could there be a museum
devoted to jazz and our local legendary performers for the public to
enjoy and future musicians and music educators to use to maintain Indy's reputation? Let's keep our legacy alive
in the world jazz community.