Spirit & Place Fresh Face Jazz Concert With Halloween on the scene, holiday times and some special annual events are here. The "7th annual Spirit & Place Festival" opens for 10 days throughout the city. For jazz fans, a special free concert will take place at the North United Methodist Church at 38th & Meridian Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Titled "The Fresh Face Jazz Concert" and featuring the award winning jazz duo of Frank Glover on clarinet and Claude Sifferlen, piano, this concert will feature improvisations based on the musical ideas of the Peace Kids, a day camp for inner city children. Under the guidance of composer/ pianist Becky Archibald, the youngsters, ages 5-12 years, composed music for the first time. Glover and Sifferlen will play the tunes as written and repeat them back in improvised jazz versions. This jazz experience will give the children a chance for their creative voices to be heard.
Manhattan Transfer will perform at Clowes Hall on Friday.
Jazz happenings This week may provide an early winter blast to go along with the Halloween scares - but you can surround yourself with all the jazz being offered this week in Indy. The Jazz Kitchen has a fun week lineup. You might want to check out Wednesdays at the Kitchen for some diverse kickback sounds with Cathy Morris Brazilian Group playing from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Then hold on for an exciting get down funk groove new live sound for Indy with the 7 Pleasures Band who play some serious Acid Jazz grooves for dancing or just body popping in your seat from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The partying continues Friday, November 1 with Dogtalk at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 it"s the swinging dance sound of the new abbreviated-size big band of Jimmy Coe for two sets at 8:30 and 10 :30 p.m. Monday night, Nov. 5 don"t miss the annual College Big Band Night. Showcasing the jazz of the future with big bands from Butler University and Depauw University, each performing a set at 7 & 11 p.m. Downtown at the Chatterbox, jazz/pop vocalist Tim Brickley"s Quintet returns Friday, November 1. It"s Latin jazz with a Cuban root Saturday, Nov. 2 with the heated sounds of Conjunto Urbanos. Music times both nights are 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Ruth"s Chris Steakhouse downtown "Sizzling Steaks & Jazz" this week welcomes the award winning vocal stylings of Cynthia Layne and Friends performing from 7 to 10 p.m. Sangiovese Restaurant at 4110 East 82nd Street serves up some of Indy"s best vocalists to compliment its distinctive dining with Brenda Williams backed up by David Meek keyboards and Frank Smith bass on Wednesdays. Shannon Forsell sings on Thursdays with Ray Larman keyboards. Janiece Jaffe is at the mike supported by the keyboard of Simon Rowe on Fridays. Sullivan"s Steakhouse at Keystone at the Crossing has the trio of Bill Kennaugh piano, Joe Deal bass and Ron Brinson drums. On Saturday, Nov. 2 Claude Sifferlen takes over the trio"s piano work. Music goes both nights 7 to 11:30 p.m. Lulu"s at the Fashion Commons Mall has the classy swinging vocals of Mary Moss, Carl Hines, piano and Mingo Jones, bass from 8 to11 p.m. The Marriott Hotel Downtown Circle City Bar & Grill has Conga Jazz playing Friday, Nov. 1, 7 to 11 p.m. The Indianapolis Museum of Arts First Friday features Cynthia Layne & Friends Nov. 1 playing 5:30 to 8 p.m. The award winning vocal sound of Manhattan Transfer will perform in front of a sold out house in Clowes Memorial Hall Friday, Nov. 1. The Elbow Room"s Sunday Jazz Brunch has the laidback jazz of Tom Sullivan, guitar and Duncan Putnam, bass, playing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are looking for a unique breakfast treat for free, then show up in your P.J.s between 10 and 11 a.m. and you will receive a complimentary order of Blueberry Beignets. Chuck Workman is the producer/host of The Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.