'Tis the season. Jazz lovers will be
offered a variety of holiday events this season at both ends of the social and
The annual Indianapolis Jazz Foundation's
Holiday Showcase is now at the Jazz Kitchen on Wednesday, December 14. The doors will
open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 6:30 p.m., featuring Jesse Wittman Trio. One
of the major events during the IJF's Holiday Showcase is its induction of local
musicians into its Jazz Hall of Fame.
The 2011 inductees are Alan Burke,
piano/organ; Carl Hines, piano; Gene Markiewicz, drums; Gary Walters, piano;
and Steve Weakley, guitar.
"Celebrating the Indy Jazz
Legends" will be the theme of this year's IJF Holiday Showcase with guest
artists performing. Scholarships will be awarded to four outstanding college jazz studies music students.
A silent auction will be held in the banquet room of the Jazz Kitchen, and food
and drinks will be available from the Jazz Kitchen's award winning menu.
Admission is $20.
On Saturday, December 17, the
Crispus Attucks Museum invites the community to attend the Museum's year-end
Holiday Jazz Celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. This event is free of charge and
features legendary Indy jazz pianist Carl Hines with fresh interpretations of
your holiday favorites and complimentary dining. An RSVP is required for this
free and open to the public event due to limited seating.
The event is the Crispus Attucks
Museum's way of saying "thank you" for a year of jazz celebration. To
RSVP, call 317-226-2435.
On Sunday, December 18, the
Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra presents its holiday show featuring the rich
baritone voice of Everett Greene at the Jazz Kitchen. The BWJO will perform
selections from Duke Ellington's innovative rendition of the Nutcracker suite.
Shows are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission is $25.
On Monday, December 19, some
Phelps. It features soulful modern gospel renditions of holiday favorites.
Performances are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Admission is $12.
On Wednesday, December 21, a
special black tie event will be held at the Jazz Kitchen. The Indy Jazz Fest, Owl Studios,
Maribeth Smith and Associates, The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, American
Pianist Association, Mark Sheldon and the jazz community will celebrate the 80th
birthday of Indianapolis native and living jazz legend Dr. David Baker.
Dr. Baker, who founded and led
Indiana University's Jazz Studies program to a prestigious national and
international reputation, will be honored by generations of jazz musicians who
studied under his tutelage. An evening of special music programs under the
direction of Brent Wallarab will feature the compositions of Dr. Baker by the
BWJO, The David Linard Trio and the American Pianist Association's finalist
Zach Lapidus will perform.
The event requires an RSVP and black
tie attire. Admission is $125 per person. The evening includes cocktail
reception and a buffet dinner. Donations will be accepted for the IU Foundation
for the inaugural David Baker Scholarship. Contact the Jazz Kitchen to RSVP.
The sounds of the season are
superbly represented in vocalist Heather Ramsey's new holiday CD Peace
Like a River. The collaborative efforts of Ramsey and Monika Herzig's piano
and arrangements are scintillating. The title track of Amy Grant's "Peace
Like a River" is a gospel rouser featuring a children's choir of Ramsey's
students from her music school. Herzig's arrangements lift Ramsey to a soulful
shouting performance. The musical textures are diverse, and include guest
appearances by trumpeter Mark Buselli, violinist Carolyn Dutton, guitarist Peter
Kniele and saxophonist Tom Clark. The tunes are holiday secular; Ramsey creates
a responsive performance to Herzig's arrangements.