Sophie Faught appears at the Chatterbox this Friday, 10:30 p.m.- 1:30 a.m. with The Like Minds Quintet from Bloomington.
Sophie Faught, now an 18-year-old freshman in jazz studies at IU's School of Music, has had an amazing winter. In a telephone conversation, she discussed how this dramatic turn of events has impacted her music career.
World renowned jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton, who taught a master class at IU this winter, was so impressed by Sophie's musical talent he asked her to play in the frontline with him in his quintet in Minneapolis. She also just got back two weeks ago after playing the Portland, Ore., Jazz Festival as Payton's frontline saxophonist.
Now she says he wants her to perform with his quintet at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in April.
Faught is performing in some very heavy company and thriving on it: "I asked Payton what he thought I was doing good and what bad. He gave me a lot of really helpful suggestions, it was an amazing experience. I have learned about 40 tunes and still have 40 more to go. I think he's pleased with my performance so far because he's hired me to play in his quintet in New York at the Lincoln Jazz Center on May 12 this year."
Sophie plays in a jazz group at IU called The Like Minds Quintet. This group has been accepted to play at the prestigious international North Seas Jazz Festival at The Hague in the Netherlands in July 2006. As they will need money to get there and back, the Quintet will play a series of fund-raising shows. You can hear The Like Minds Quintet this Friday at the Chatterbox, 435 Massachusetts Ave., from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and help get these very talented young musicians to the North Seas Jazz Festival.
* Last week I wrote about Dog Talk vocalist Clifford White singing on pianist Scott Morris Solterman's CD One. There have been inquiries about purchasing the CD, according to Dog Talk's Bill Lancton. I called Solterman at his home in Marina del Rey, Calif., and he said they did the recording in 2003 before White's stroke and that the CD was never released. It is now available, according to Solterman, on CDbaby.com, Towerrecords.com or can be purchased on iTunes.
For Solterman fans: He will appear in an upcoming episode of the popular television show Cold Case as a pianist in one of the scenes. He said he will tape the show on March 9 for airing March 12 on CBS.
* The Jazz Kitchen will present a weekend of some of the best voices locally and nationally this weekend. Friday, March 10 some of Indy's best voices will be featured in Vocal Ease, a wide range of styles and sounds from Mary Moss, Cynthia Layne, Brenda Williams and Paula Owens. For the male sound it's Everett Greene, Larry Greene, Ezra Todd Shelton and Jimmy Guilford backed up by the Jazz Kitchen all-stars. Admission is $15 per person. Saturday, one of the most distinctive female jazz voices and six-time Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon returns to the Jazz Kitchen for an evening of hip and sophisticated vocal stylings. Shows both evenings are at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets for the 8:30 show are $25 advance and $27 day of show; 10:30 show $20 advance and $22 day of show.
* Jazz Works! Pass it On! and Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Inc. present world famous jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon Group in a free workshop for jazz students, pre-college and all ages Saturday, March 11 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Gene B. Glick Junior Achievement Education Center, 7435 N. Keystone Ave.