Chuck Workman

Pat Martino Quartet plays the Jazz Kitchen Wednesday, March 29. Shows are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

The leading tabla player in jazz today, Badal Roy will combine his talents with Indy's favorite jazz violinist Cathy Morris and saxophonist Gerald Dimitri for a special fund-raising concert to benefit Garfield Park's Art Center Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

The legendary Badal Roy has performed with Miles Davis, Herbie Mann, Dizzy Gillespie and numerous other jazz luminaries. He currently tours with Michael Wolff's Impure Thoughts band. Tickets are $15 at the door of the new arts center for what promises to be a great night of jazz.

Major artists at the Jazz Kitchen

Some heavyweight players are coming to the Jazz Kitchen. Legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino's Quartet makes its Indy debut Wednesday, March 29. Known for his risk taking cerebral solos, Martino has recorded over 75 albums, 28 as a leader. His explosive technique has made him an icon among jazz guitar players and fans. Advance 7:30 show tickets are $22; day of, $24. Advance 9:30 show tickets are $18; day of, $20.

Also, the Jazz Kitchen will celebrate its 12th anniversary on Saturday, April 1 for two shows at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. See the Calendar previews for more information.

Monday, April 3, Vital Information, one of the best fusion jazz groups around, returns to the Jazz Kitchen. Veteran jazz artist Steve Smith, drums, blazing guitarist Frank Gambale, brilliant keyboardist Tom Coster and Baron Browne on drums expertly play varied styles of jazz. Advance tickets for the 7:30 show are $18; day of, $20. Advance tickets to the 9:30 show are $16; day of, $18. All shows are non-smoking.

JAM 2006

Saturday, April 1 is significant in many ways for jazz locally, nationally and for yours truly. Along with the 12th anniversary of the Jazz Kitchen, it marks the beginning of Jazz Appreciation Month. Plus, my new radio show, the Saturday Evening Jazz Show, kicks in from 6 to 8 p.m. on 88.7 WICR.

There are things to enjoy, learn and even participate in during Jazz Appreciation Month. If you are a musician or music student, learn a new jazz work or contribute a performance at a local school. If you are a fan, go to a jazz concert, club or listen to jazz on the radio. Purchase a jazz CD or video, or a read a book about a jazz legend. Your public library can also supply you with various jazz listening and reading items.

David Baker, distinguished professor of jazz studies at Indiana University, is also the conductor and artistic director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He told me about how JAM has grown. "No way could I have envisioned this. It has become bigger than anything that any of us could have imagined. It's all over the world. The thing that makes it accessible is that anybody who is doing anything, it doesn't cost them anything to buy into the idea. The idea is to promote jazz and make April the month to celebrate jazz."

Here are some places you can hear JAM events:

* April 4, the Jazz Kitchen, "College Night" with Butler University Jazz Ensemble and University of Indianapolis Jazz Combo.

* April 15 and 19, the Artsgarden.

* Jazz Works ... Pass It On Jam Session April 1, 4 to 6 p.m.

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* The Butler University Jazz Combo plays March 30 at the Boulevard Place Cafe at 6:30 p.m., no cover.

* Sean Baker, keyboards, Nancy Moore, vocals, play Wednesdays at Dunaways, 351 S. East St., 7 to 10 p.m., no cover. Tim Brickley performs Thursdays at Dunaway's from 7 to 11 p.m., no cover.

* Agio, 635 Massachusetts Ave.: Thursday, March 30, Bill Lancton, guitar, with special guest from L.A. Todd Johnson, former bassist with Pancho Sanchez. Music from 6 to 10 p.m., no cover.

* Fiery vocalist Cynthia Layne & Band perform Thursdays at the Red Room, 6335 N. Guilford Ave., from 7 p.m. to midnight, no cover.

* Gregg Sansing & The Jazz Setters play the Indie Lounge opposite the Keystone Art Cinema, Keystone at the Crossing, April 1 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., no cover.