For three nights in a row, Indy's internationally ranked jazz club, the Jazz Kitchen, will serve up two pairs of highly acclaimed jazz hands that exemplify keyboard creativity. The latest B-3 organ sensation Tony Monaco Trio will be swinging on the JK stage for two nights of two shows each.
Monaco is very upbeat about his new CD. "I just finished recording with Adam Nussbaum and Bruce Foreman. It's a heavy record, I am actually really proud of it. This is my favorite record to date."
The title of his CD is East to West and should be in stores no later than the second week of February. Monaco is even more excited about this CD because it's the first release on his own record label, which he tongue-in-cheek named Chicken Coup Records. If you like your music with a hard, melodic, swinging groove and that lush soulful sound of the B-3 organ, catch Tony Monaco's Trio Friday, Feb. 3 or Saturday, Feb. 4, with shows at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
On Monday, Feb. 6, debuting at the Jazz Kitchen with a radically fresh concept for the piano jazz trio will be The Bad Plus. This is one of the most controversial groups in jazz circles with their alternative approach to jazz tradition. Pianist Ethan Iverson shares composing original tunes for the trio with bassist Reid Anderson; drummer David King completes the group.
Iverson feels positively they are a jazz group, even with their appeal to a rock, techno and jam band following. "I think if you have to call us one thing we are a jazz band. We are not really a rock band. However, we let any of our influences shine through. Some of the songs are very tight with a backbeat that's close to indie rock. At the same time, when you are talking about acoustic instrumental music with improvisation and definitely jazz harmony involved, I think ultimately we are a jazz group."
The Bad Plus' latest CD is Suspicious Activity? To hear these cutting-edge sounds, catch the shows at 7:30 p.m. (advance tickets are $17 and $19 day of show) or 9:30 p.m. ($15 and $17 day of show).
* The 10th anniversary of the Art & Soul celebration is under way at the Artsgarden throughout the month of February with free concerts at 12:15 p.m. weekdays, Saturday, 1 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Jazz, classic, gospel, Afro/Cuban, doo wop, Caribbean music and more make up the 18 days of African-American performing arts.
* Jazz in Black and White, featuring Brenda Williams' dynamic voice and David Meeks' keyboards, is a free concert Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Glendale Branch Library, 6101 N. Keystone Ave.
* At Ball State University in Muncie, Diva, the all-women big band, will be in concert at Emens Auditorium Sunday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. For tickets call 765-644-3131.