Once a year, the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation brings together a wide variety of local jazz artists in a holiday celebration to benefit the United Christmas Service with the Holiday Jazz Showcase, sponsored by Locke Reynolds attorneys at law. This year"s event will again take place in the fourth-floor ballroom of the Madame Walker Theatre Center on Thursday, Dec. 12. Scheduled to perform are Harry Miedema & the University of Indianapolis Jazz Hounds, Steve Allee, Mary Moss & Friends, Cathy Morris & Friends, Sounds of Essence, Cynthia Layne & Friends, Seven Pleasures and The Guitar Summit featuring Bill Lancton, Charlie Smith, Frank Steans, Steve Weakley and Sandy Williams. With the eight groups limited to 20 minutes, IJF President Harry Miedema and Holiday Showcase Chairwoman Mary Moss had this to say about the type of music for the evening: "I like to open the show with "Jingle Bells" and if the groups opt to play one of the Christmas songs that"s fine," according to Miedema. "But there are no restrictions in terms of how they want to make their presentations. We can"t all be singing and playing the same Christmas tunes." The evening"s activities will also include the announcement of the 2002 inductees into the Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame. An optional buffet and libations will be available. The doors will open at 5 p.m. Buffet starts at 5:30 p.m. and the entertainment is from 6 until 10 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Madame Walker Theatre, the Jazz Kitchen, the Chatterbox, Paige"s Music and Indy CD & Vinyl record store. Smooth Jazz Christmas Among smooth jazz fans, saxophonist Dave Koz has created a major seasonal institution with his annual, nationwide tour of Smooth Jazz Christmas. This year will be no exception as these musically kindred souls gather and enjoy themselves as much as their fans by performing a fun-filled evening of Yuletime musical hijinks. This year"s stellar lineup will retain all of the regulars, with David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell and Peter White along with Dave Koz. They will perform at the Murat Theatre Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. If you are looking to get your holiday groove on, then this is definitely the place to be. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets. Buselli Wallerab Jazz Orchestra celebrates with Ellington The second concert season of the award-wining Buselli Wallerab Jazz Orchestra at the Indiana Historical Society celebrates the holiday season with a rare performance of Duke Ellington"s masterful interpretation of Tchaikovsky"s "Nutcracker Suite" and other classic holiday jazz songs. Original arrangements of seasonal tunes will be performed on "The Christmas Song," "I"ll be Home for Christmas," "Let It Snow" and "Jingle Bells," to name a few. The special guest vocalist for the evening will be the Emmy Award-winning vocalist Everett Greene. An informal pre-performance talk will be given before each concert by BWJO co-founders Brent Wallerab and Mark Buselli at 6:15 p.m. The concerts are slated for 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Ticket prices for the 7 p.m. evening performances are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. The Saturday matinee performance price is $15 adults and $12 students and seniors. Tickets can be ordered by calling the BWJO Ticketline at (317) 464-5388. Jazz happenings Yep, "tis the season, and if you"re feeling a little groggy from the rapid increase of activity, hey, kick back and unwind this week with some great jazz to take the stress out of the holiday crush. The Chatterbox welcomes back pianist/vocalist Jeff Deherdt"s Quartet performing his originals on Friday, Dec. 6. The exciting guitar work of the Bill Lancton Quartet returns on Saturday, Dec. 7. Performances both nights are from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Jazz Kitchen showcases the new Jimmy Coe Big Band featuring various Indy jazz legends in its ranks for two swinging sets at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. The award-winning vocalist Cynthia Layne will perform a special "Ladies in Jazz Tribute" honoring Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone for two shows Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Sullivan"s Steakhouse has the swinging jazz trio of Claude Sifferlen on piano, Joe Deal on bass, and Kevin Johnson on drums Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, playing 7 to 11 p.m. both nights. At Midtown Grill, Dave Hepler plays solo jazz piano every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Nicky Blaine"s features Cozy with Her Fellas on Mondays, The 4 Sexes play pop and jazz on Tuesdays and trumpeter Tom Mullinix Band wails away every Wednesday and Thursday. Music each night is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Adam"s Mark Hotel Downtown has the swinging piano of Frank Puzzullo"s Trio on Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. The Jazz Cooker features the solo jazz piano of Steve Ball each Friday and Saturday, playing 7 to 10 p.m. Circle City Bar & Grille in the Marriott Hotel Downtown showcases the multi-saxophone sounds of Greg Bacon for its Wine & Tasting Wednesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Elbow Room"s Sunday Jazz Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. remains a hip scene with guitarist Tom Sullivan and bassist Duncan Putnam with soft jazz to compliment the innovative dining. Ruth"s Chris Steakhouse Downtown"s "Sizzling Steaks & Jazz" debuts the sounds of vocalist Debbie Mullins & Friends Sunday, Dec. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.

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