Chatterbox owner David Andrichik has seen some successful musical surprises in 2004. "The resurgence of Latin music for us with the groups Ipanema, Monsalve/Perez and the group Colada were both different for us and really well-received by the customers." Gregg Bacon plays Thursday at the Elbow Room.
Plus, R&B moved into the Chatterbox in 2004, according to Andrichik. "I guess exploring the R&B side with singer Cynthia Layne's evolution to that and the vocalist Goldie, first with Reggie Bishop's group and then her own group Exquisitely Yours.
"The European string style jazz of the Bleu Django was very successful for us last year, bringing a whole different audience, with early classic jazz tunes that appeal to a much broader audience than I expected."
Musical expression is the word for the Chatterbox in 2005, according to Andrichik. "The experiments we did earlier this past year really had great results and we want to continue with those good results in 2005."
One surprise that Andrichik let us know about is that he'll expand his food menu by adding a dessert menu at the end of January along with specialty cheeses and crackers to complement his specialized wine list.
Downtown Indy had a full summer of outdoor jazz activity to complement the success of the 2004 Indy Jazz Festival. The Indianapolis Zoo's "Animals and All That Jazz" had a banner year and for the first time featured a national jazz artist with pianist Kim Pensyl.
The Indiana Historical Society's "Canal Jazz," the Indiana State Museum's "Jazz on the Terrace" and the Indiana Avenue Renaissance Jazz and Blues Festival all had good summer runs.
2004 had losses in the jazz community in drummers Ron Brinson and Jozell Carter and tenor saxophonist Sy Jones. They are missed.
* Former Indianapolis jazz singer Cherryl Hayes, who now resides in Bangkok, Thailand, escaped the fury of the tsunami: She was performing in Hong Kong during the time of that tragedy.
* The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, led by Jeff Anderson, music director, has issued its first full CD, Cook The Books, a mixture of 14 jazz standards and originals. According to Anderson, the CD will be available at Borders, Barnes & Noble and CDBaby.com.
* Goldie & Exquisitely Yours will play the Blue Martini Wednesday from 8 to 11 p.m.
* Tim Brickley's Quintet will play for Friday's Swing Night dancers at the Fountain Square Theater from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
* The Bruce Paulson Trio gives a free lunchtime concert 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Friday at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.
* Jazz From Bloomington has a new CD release, A Tribute to Hoagy Carmichael, featuring the IU jazz faculty, Conspiracy Theory, Monika Herzig, Janiece Jaffe, The Children of Jazz From Bloomington and others. The CD can be purchased at the Indiana Historical Society Gift Shop or ordered from www.jazzfrombloomington.org.
* Gregg Bacon fans can catch his saxophone grooves on Thursdays downtown at the Elbow Room, 605 N. Pennsylvania St., from 8 p.m. to midnight.
* D'Vine a Wine Bar, has Greg Anderson on Thursday playing 8 p.m. to midnight; Craig Peterson and Julie Ann on Friday; and Dave Ellman on Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
* Saturday night at the Jazz Kitchen should be rather interesting for saxophone mavens. It may be politically incorrect today to call it tenor madness but I seem to remember it used to be called The Battle of Saxophones to settle the matter of who's the man in town on his particular ax. See you there.
Chatterbox, 435 Massachusetts Ave. Friday, continental style string jazz by Bleu Django. Saturday, saxophonist Keni Washington & Omniverse, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., cover charge.
Jazz On the Avenue, 617 Indiana Ave., Madame Walker Theatre Center. Friday, Billy Wooten, 6:30 to 10 p.m., cover charge and optional buffet.
Jazz Kitchen, 54th Street and College Avenue. Friday, Jimmy Coe Tribute Big Band. Saturday, Tenor Madness, saxophonist Rob Dixon, Frank Glover, "Pookie" Johnson, Mark Radaway, Harry Miedema, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., cover charge.
Sullivan's Steakhouse, 3316 E. 86th St., Keystone at the Crossing. Steve Corn, piano, Joe Deal, bass. Saturday, Claude Sifferlen, piano, Joe Deal, bass, 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Bruce Paulson, piano, Fred Withrow, bass, 5 to 9 p.m.
Sangiovese Ristorante, 4110 E. 82nd St., Riverview Shopping Center. Tuesday, Dave Lowe, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Brenda Williams Trio. Thursday, Shannon Forsell Trio, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dave Lowe, 8 to 11 p.m.
Rick's Cafe Boatyard, 4050 Dandy Trail. Friday, The Art Trio. Saturday, Monika Herzig, 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Larry Calland, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and The Art Trio, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Smokehouse Cafe, County Line Road and Meridian Street. "Sunday Jazz Brunch" with The Impulse Jazz Trio, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Tommy Will's Twosome, "Dining & Dancing Jazz," 7 to 10 p.m.
Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.