There will be a feast of late summer outdoor jazz events taking place this week and during the first two weeks of September. * Saturday, Aug. 27 in Lafayette, the Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival takes place downtown at North Fifth Street. Scheduled to perform on alternating stages are Uncle Buck's Mojo Box, The New Freemont Jackson Ensemble and, from Chicago, The Mississippi Heat. Festival performance hours are 5 p.m. to midnight.
* Saturday, Aug. 27 the 19th Annual Street Dance presented by the Atlanta Music Hall Band will be held in downtown Atlanta, Ind. The band will play standards of jazz, blues, big band and swing. Festivities include an ice cream and pie social starting at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. You are encouraged to bring your own lawnchairs.
* Aug. 28 Jazz In the Park, 2360 Dr. Martin Luther King St. Trumpeter Clifford Ratliff's Group plays a free concert from 5-8 p.m. This event is sponsored by American Legion Post 249.
* Sept. 2-4, the 27th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival will be held downtown at Grant Park on three stages. The festival will open each day at 11 a.m. Performance hours are Jazz on Jackson Stage, 12-4:30 p.m.; Jazz & Heritage Stage, 12:30-4:30 p.m.; and the Petrillo Music Shell, 5-9:30 p.m. The Artist in Residence, Slide Hampton, will perform on all three stages of this massive event. On Friday, the Slide Hampton Trombone Choir performs. Other highlights include Gloria Lynne and drummer "Roy Haynes' 80th Birthday Celebration." Saturday, Slide Hampton and the Jazz Link All Stars play. Other highlights include "Celebrating Tony Williams" featuring Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield and Larry Goldings. Sunday, Slide Hampton plays with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Other highlights include "Jamming for Bird": A Charlie Parker 85th Birthday event featuring the Charles McPherson Quartet with guests Frank Morgan and Donald Harrison. Thirty-four jazz groups will be featured on the three stages of this free event.
* Other upcoming outdoor events are the Third Annual Indiana Avenue Renaissance Festival Sept. 8-11 on the grounds of the Madame C.J. Walker Building and Plaza. The indoor/outdoor festival will showcase exhibits, arts and crafts and cultural performances of free jazz and blues. Scheduled to perform Sept. 10 are Billy Meyers and Kelleen, Mary Moss & Company and Liquid Soul. Sept. 11 features No Regrets Blues Band, Rob Dixon & Triology, Cynthia Layne, Bill Lancton & Guitar Summit, and Pookie Johnson & Indy Jazz Company.
* The Penrod Arts Festival is Sept. 10 on the Indianapolis Art Museum grounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Jazz Tent will feature Bethany Dunlap & Neapolitan, Rob Dixon Quartet, Cynthia Layne, and Frank Glover Quartet.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York has announced the names of jazz masters being inducted into the center's Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame in 2005: Count Basie, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, Johnny Hodges, Joe Jones, Charles Mingus, King Oliver, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins and Fats Waller are the inductees. 2004 was the inaugural year. Those inducted in 2004 were Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Edward Kenneday, "Duke" Ellington, John Birks, "Dizzy" Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Theolonious Monk, Jelly Roll Morton, Art Tatum and Lester Young. An international panel of 58 persons comprised of musicians, scholars and educators from 17 countries voted. Installation is Sept. 8 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall of Jazz at Lincoln Center.