There is no lull in the level of top-flight jazz to be heard around Indy this week for your enjoyment at various venues.
Cynthia Layne will perform Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Indianapolis Zoo.
The Jazz Kitchen showcases two diverse sounds this weekend with the return of the award-winning jazz sextet led by saxophonist Harry Miedema, Deep Six, on Friday, Aug. 16 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. It"s hot salsa, meringue and Latin jazz with Groupo "317" performing Saturday, Aug. 17. DJ Marco Dominguez will host the evening with the semi-finals of the Jazz Kitchen"s Latin Dance Contest. Sets take place at 9 p.m., 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. There is a cover charge on both nights. You can also hear the outstanding Frank Glover Quartet every Monday followed by the Buselli/Wallerab Jazz Orchestra each Tuesday and trumpeter Clifford Ratliff"s Sextet each Wednesday.
The Chatterbox welcomes back the soaring vocal style of Wendy Reed & Friends Friday, Aug. 16. Pianist/vocalist Jeff Deherdt"s Quartet will do originals and jazz classics on Saturday, Aug. 17. Music both nights is from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a cover charge. Every Wednesday Monika Herzig and Peter Kienle play, Tuesdays and Thursdays feature the duo of Frank Glover and Claude Sifferlen and Wednesdays it"s Dick Dickinson"s Trio with guest soloists sitting in for spontaneous jamming. Music performances these nights are from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Sullivan"s Steakhouse at Keystone at the Crossing serves up six nights of hard-swinging jazz. Friday, Aug. 16 features Chuck Carter on saxophone, John Spicknall on piano and Steve Woerner on bass playing 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Mondays it"s Ken Fary on piano and Joe Deal on bass, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday it"s Bill Kennaugh on piano and Steve Woerner on bass, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays feature Claude Sifferlen on piano and Joe Deal on bass playing 7 to 11 p.m.
The Jazz Cooker lineup has Gin & Tonic performing Thursday, Aug. 15. Steve Ball"s Trio plays Friday, Aug. 16 and Johnny Dial"s Trio swings on Saturday, Aug. 17. Music performances all nights are from 7 to 10 p.m.
Rick"s Cafe Boatyard showcases jazz/pop vocalist Tim Brickley on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The grooving sounds of saxophonist Greg Bacon can be heard each Monday and Tuesday, piano jazz of Monika Herzig is on Saturday. Music times run from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Conga Jazz will play Sunday, Aug. 18 from noon to 5:30 p.m.
Lulu"s at the Fashion Mall presents the entertaining sounds of vocalist Mary Moss with Carl Hines on piano and Mingo Jones on bass every Thursday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Nicky Blaine"s in the King Cole Building has Cozy & Her Fellas on Mondays. The 4 Sexes take over on Tuesdays followed by trumpeter Tom Mullinix"s Group each Wednesday and Thursday. Music every night is from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Sangiovese Restaurant continues offering top vocalist Brenda Williams backed up by David Meeks on keyboards Wednesday nights. The smooth jazz stylings of Janiece Jaffe accompanied by Simon Rowe on keyboards take the bandstand on Fridays. Performances both nights run from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
Berniece"s Midtown Dining at 14th and Pennsylvania features intimate jazz offerings to compliment its flavorful menu. Fridays the legendary drummer Ray Churchman"s Group plays classic jazz and standards from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sansing & Stevi bring smooth jazz to the diners on Saturdays from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Animals and All That Jazz at the Indianapolis Zoo presented by the IU Medical Group showcases the distinctive vocal stylings of Cynthia Layne & Friends Thursday, Aug. 15 from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.
This summer has produced an outpouring of new CDs by local jazz artists. Greg Bacon has his patriotic-slanted Our New America. Everett Greene has completed his long-awaited CD, I"ve Got Love, with Marvin Chandler, Kenny Phelps, Frank Smith and guest tenor saxophonist Houston Person. Saxophonist Michael Brown has a sensational new CD titled Something Nice with guest artists Norman Connors, Roy Ayers, Norman Brown, Marion Meadows, vocalist Jeane Carne and Afrika Ansa. These releases should be available locally within the next 30 days.
Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.