The onrush of the holiday will provide some cool Yule sounds for jazz lovers this week. Bill Lancton Trio plays the Chatterbox Friday and Saturday from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m
The 17-piece Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra with singers will perform its annual "Big Band Christmas Extravaganza" Friday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Community Life Center at 10612 E. Washington St. Favorite holiday tunes will be played in the styles of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Stan Kenton. An optional cash bar and desserts will be available.
The Hancock Public Library at 700 N. Broadway in Greenfield will hold its annual holiday concert Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Featured will be The Naptown Jazz Quartet with Jack Gilfoy, drums, Marvin Chandler, piano, and Emmy-winning guest singer Everett Greene. The concert is free but reservations are recommended by calling 462-5141, ext. 12.
Bella Vita Restaurante, 11699 Fall Creek Road at Geist Marina, will have A Jazzing Up Breakfast Buffet with Santa Sunday, Dec. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Goldie will provide the Yule jazz sounds and Santa has a gift for each child and a picture with Santa.
Keystone Grill has its holiday decorating to the max. Their Sunday Jazz Brunch has hot jazz from Steve Corn's piano and Fred Withrow's bass from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vocals and keyboards by Lisa Baldwin, adult contemporary and smooth jazz sounds, follows from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Artsgarden will feature free smooth holiday jazz from the George Middleton Trio Tuesday, Dec. 21 playing 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Looking ahead, I will be hosting a New Year's Eve party night of hip grooves and dancing sounds supplied by Greg Bacon's Group along with sumptuous, elegant dining, party favors, prizes and champagne at the Adam's Mark Hotel at the airport, 2544 Executive Drive, Dec. 31. There are various packages available. For New Year's Eve reservations call 248-2481.
Jazz in retrospect
Last week's "Holiday Jazz Showcase" presented by the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation in the Walker Theatre Center Ballroom played to a capacity crowd of jazz lovers. Mary Moss handled her role as an affable hostess smoothly, keeping the activities going. Musically, it was an evening of varied styles. The evening was musically balanced between seasonal, jazz and ballads. Monika Herzig opened with a rollicking "Jingle Bells." Dog Talk, joined by Mary Moss, followed with a jamming, swinging version of "Jingle Bells" that had the crowd clapping in time. Bill Lancton's guitar and Kip Keno's sax gave some strong solos on a jazzed up version of "Do You Hear What I Hear."
Teen-age sax sensation Sophie Faught Trio wowed everyone with her cool tenor sax style. Claude Sifferlen sat in on piano. Guitarist Charlie Smith came out with a crisp, attacking and cohesive quartet. Smith and saxophonist Tom Clark turned out heated solos in their set of total jazz. The brothers Greene - Everett and Larry - collectively captivated the audience with their smooth and mellow voices. Everett swung away on "There Will Never Be Another You" behind the charging rhythm of Frank Smith's bass, Chris Pyle's drums and a cooking piano solo from Steve Allee. Larry's rendering of "Angel Eyes" was hip-ly understated and clever, with Smith uncorking a great melodic solo.
Hall of Fame inductees were Ralph Adams, Steve Allee and Claude Sifferlen. Allee said Sifferlen was his role model. Sifferlen stated that "going to the great clubs to hear guys like 'Pookie' Johnson was a teaching experience and I learned by association to play this music."
Larry Liggett's posthumous award was accepted by his son. Vickie Daniels, who sang in Liggett's Band, got a standing ovation for her moving tribute to Liggett, singing "God Bless the Child." Claude Sifferlen's piano solo was equally touching. This event continues to grow in stature each year to honor the men and women who have created art for your ears.
Chatterbox, 435 Massachusetts Ave. Friday, Bill Lancton Trio. Saturday, Oliver Nelson Jr. Quartet. Both nights 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cover charge.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 45 S. Illinois St. "Sizzling Steaks & Jazz Sunday" with fiery vocals by Cynthia Layne & Friends, 7 to 10 p.m.
Jazz Kitchen, 54th and College Avenue. Friday, The Brazilian Holiday Show, Cathy Morris and seven-piece Brazilian Lounge Band, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Noche Latina, Latin holiday party, with host Marco Dominguez and DJ Royce Echarry, 9 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Sullivan's Steakhouse, 3316 E. 86th St. Friday, Steve Corn, piano, Joe Deal, bass. Saturday, Bill Kennaugh, piano, Steve Woerner, bass, 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Steve Corn, piano, Steve Woerner, bass, 5 to 9 p.m.
D'Vine a Wine Bar, 86th and Keystone Avenue, Woodfield Shopping Center. Thursday, Benito DiBartoli 8 p.m. to midnight. Friday, Jeff DeHerdt. Saturday, Dave Ellman, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
New Fountain Lounge, 30th and MLK Street. Wednesday, Finnell Factor Big Band, 8:15 p.m. to midnight.
Smokehouse Cafe, County Line Road and Meridian Street. "Sunday Jazz Brunch," The Impulse Jazz Trio, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dine and dance with jazz from the Tommy Wills Twosome, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.