Chuck Workman

It"s been a week of change on the jazz scene around Indy in many ways. A number of new venues are adding music for the first time.

Cathy Morris will perform at Penrod on Sept. 7.

Ruth"s Chris Steak-house downtown will inaugurate a weekly Sunday jazz policy starting Sept. 8 with the Ken Fary Group playing from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Lotus Asian Bistro now has jazz every Tuesday, featuring various contemporary local jazz groups playing 6 to 9 p.m.

St. Elmo has been using jazz artists on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m. on an infrequent basis.

Sangiovese Restaurant has expanded its evening of divas with Shannon Forsell performing on Thursdays to compliment Wednesdays with Brenda Williams with David Meeks on keyboards and Fridays with Janiece Jaffe with Simon Rowe on keyboards. Performances each night are 7 to 10 p.m.

The Villa at 1456 N. Delaware will feature a special monthly "Evenings of Divas" featuring Brenda Williams and Shannon Forsell with Ray Larman on piano in a reservations-only package of entertainment and dinner starting Sept. 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Cozy will have the energetic jazz and blues of Mary Moss & Friends debuting Thursday, Sept. 5 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Adam"s in Zionsville has solo guitarist Benito Dibartolie playing on Thursdays for diners.

The popular free Concerts on the Canal at the Indiana Historical Society kicks off its third season Tuesday, Sept. 5 with Tommy Wills and his Big Band playing 5 to 7:30 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will be held indoors.

Penrod on Sept. 7 will have its jazz tent with this year"s performers including Conga Jazz, Harry Miedema"s Deep 6 and guest Frank Glover, Greg Bacon and Cathy Morris.

The 16th annual Wesfest Jazz Festival is returning Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 on the Downtown Canal lawn. Indy"s only free jazz festival honoring this city"s legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery has the Charlie Smith Quintet, Jeff Deherdt Quartet, Keni Washington"s Group and the Billy Wooten Ensemble scheduled on Saturday. Sunday will feature Bill Lancton"s Quintet, Larry Callahan"s Quintet, Mary Moss & Friends, Michael Brown"s Quintet and the Corn Brothers Trio. Music starts both days at 4 p.m. Food, drinks, arts, crafts, clothing and jewelry will be for sale.

First Friday at the Indianapolis Museum of Art showcases the fusion jazz of Beeblebrox Sept. 6, performing 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The Jazz Kitchen has a fun-filled weekend slated with the return of the international award-winning Latin jazz group Afro-Rican Ensemble on Friday, Sept. 6 for sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 is a unique day of art both musically and visually when Barbeque Art II will display the original paintings of Chris Pyle and Frank Glover along with some innovative jazz by the Claude Sifferlen Trio playing 8 p.m. to midnight. David will be serving his fabulous barbeque dinner specials. The viewing is free, 5 to 8 p.m. There is a $6 cover after 8 p.m. for the party, which goes to midnight. If you didn"t make the first one, don"t miss this year. Smooth jazz comes to the Jazz Kitchen when the Grammy-nominated (for their latest CD, AART) band Acoustic Alchemy returns for two shows Monday, Sept. 9 at 8 and 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $20, and $22 day of show.

The Midtown Grill features the solo jazz piano of Dave Hepler every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 7 to 10 p.m.

Berniece"s Midtown Dining offers smooth jazz on Saturday nights with Sansing & Stevi performing 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Sam Gibson, one of Indy"s fine vocalists, who will be missed.

Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.

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