Indiana has a rich tradition in shaping this country"s jazz and pop music culture. It is fitting that the first annual Hoagy Carmichael Festival is going to be held in Bloomington, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30 and 31, on the very stage he performed on with his band, in the recently renovated Buskirk Chumley Theater. Friday evening will feature another Hoosier jazz legend, 86-year-old jazz pianist Jane Jarvis. Bloomington-based saxophonist/bandleader Al Cobine will also perform, and singer/songwriter, recording artist Carrie Newcomer is on the bill, along with vocalist Rachel Caswell and jazz violist Sara Caswell. Pianist/composer and arranger Luke Gillespie will serve as musical director for the evening, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday will serve up a gala concert starting at 8 p.m., highlighted by the highly-regarded Mark Buselli/Brent Wallerab Jazz Orchestra and featuring nationally renowned jazz vocalists Kevin Mahogany and Delores King Williams. The world premiere performance of a jazz suite arrangement of Carmichael tunes by composer/arranger Brent Wallerab will be featured by the BWJO. I will be your master of ceremonies for the evening. Other events for Saturday include open house at the Hoagy Carmichael Room at the Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music from 1 to 4 p.m. There will also be musical performances at the Entertainment Stage of the Fourth Street Art Fair and a special roughcut screening of the upcoming television documentary Hoagy by Peter Davis and Pat Kellar. Tickets are on sale now at the Sunrise Box Office, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. in Bloomington; phone: (812) 339-6741. Web site info is at www.buskirkchumley.org. Jazz happenings Summer may be waning but there are still plenty of outdoor and indoor jazz events going on this week. Animals and All That Jazz at the Indianapolis Zoo presented by the IU Medical Group will wrap up this year"s successful series on Thursday, Aug. 22, headlined by guitarist extraordinaire Bill Lancton & Coalition. The performance will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jazz in the Park presented by American Legion Post 249 will be held at Watkins Park, 2360 Martin Luther King St., and will feature the Indy Jazz Company in a free concert from 5 to 10 p.m. The Chatterbox has Harry Miedema"s Deep 6 Sextet on Friday, Aug. 23, followed by Ron Brinson & Friends with vocalist Julie Huston Saturday, Aug. 24. Music both nights is from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Jazz Kitchen welcomes back home trumpeter Pharez Whitted"s Quartet with Rob Dixon on sax, Reggie Bishop on piano, Jon Woods on bass and Kenny Phelps on drums Friday, Aug. 23 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hank Marr brings his B-3 organ with its foot-tapping, hard-swinging sound on Saturday, Aug. 24 for two sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Cynthia Layne, backed up by Reggie Bishop on keyboards, performs at the Hyatt Regency brunch downtown each Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jazz on the Avenue in the Madame Walker Theatre Center fourth floor ballroom has the contemporary jazz of the Sounds of Essence playing 6 to 10 p.m. Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI. Matt Haimovit"s Listening Room Tour The strategy of the Listening Room Tour is simple: Bring a world-class classical musician out of concert halls and into live music clubs across the country. Matt Haimovitz will test this theorem this coming Tuesday, Aug. 27 at Birdy"s. Haimovitz is an accomplished musician who started his playing at age 7 as a child prodigy. He progressed to study under the legendary cellist Leonard Rose at Julliard. A 31-year-old Haimovitz is now making his way around America with J.S. Bach"s 6 Suites for Cello Solo, his latest recording released on Oxingale Records. "I felt like the Bach suites belonged in a space that has that type of intimacy. I could really bring out the subtlety in them and not have to feel like I had to project them in a 3,000-seat space. I think that being in a setting outside the concert halls sort of allows you to feel a fresh rapport with the music." The Listening Room Tour goes against the grain of classical music tradition. It pulls classical music aficionados out of their natural habitat and places them - in the case of Birdy"s - in the same venue that has seen sold-out shows by Guided By Voices and the Strokes. Haimovitz says, "It may seem like a really risky and rebellious thing to do but it"s actually a way to make this music Ö acceptable to a different kind of audience." Although the venue may offer a new acoustical and cultural setting, Haimovitz explains that all the elements are in place for classical music enthusiasts to enjoy a unique musical experience. "I come to it with a certain architecture in mind, but you constantly do hear new things in the music. It"s not a fusion performance. I don"t try to rock it up, but I"m definitely affected by the Ö ambience [that] is in the room." So far it"s safe to say that the Listening Room Tour has been a successful movement in breaking down boundaries. "I hope that as time goes on people realize that you can go between different genres and appreciate what each one has to offer," Haimovitz says. "The differences are there between the styles, but you can enjoy a rock concert and a classical concert. You don"t have to choose between the two. Why should you have to?" Haimovitz"s future projects include working with singer/songwriter Dar Williams and also with John McLaughlin, famous for his work on Miles Davis" Bitches Brew and the guitar fusion of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Tickets are $10 and Birdy"s doors open at 8 p.m. Call 254-8971 for information. -Danica Johnson (Moxy)

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