Larry Calland & Conga Jazz play a free Art & Soul concert at the Artsgarden Friday, Feb. 17 at 12:15 p.m.
If you would like to take some of the winter chill out of your life, there are a series of educational jazz events for music students that are free and open to the public this week.
The Phillips Concert Series
Thursday, Feb. 16 a free Jazz Symposium featuring the Central Indiana Trombone Ensemble playing arrangements by Bob Meyer for a trombone group and tenor sax with rhythm takes place at 7 p.m. in the Martin University Gathertorium, 2100 Station St. This concert is part of the month-long Phillips Concert Series of the Phillips Music Guild. The Phillips Music Guild gives students the opportunity to play along with experienced musicians in challenging situations. The next concert, March 2, features the Jazz Renegades Small Band led by Dr. Lee Jones, featuring arrangements by the Dave Pell Octet of music from Rodgers & Hart.
Jazz Works! Pass It On
Jazz Works! Pass it On is a music education project offered to pre-college and jazz students of all ages to preserve and share the American artform of jazz heritage. It is a program of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. Thursday, Feb. 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. a free Jam Session will be held with the Monika Herzig Trio, assisted by Shirley Judkins. The Jam Session is open to all jazz musicians and listeners. The event takes place at the Gene B. Glick Junior Achievement Education Center, 7435 N. Keystone Ave.
Winter Jazz Festival
University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis presents its Eighth Annual Winter Jazz Festival for high school bands Saturday, Feb 18. Sixteen high school bands from around Indiana and even outside the state will compete in this event at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Harry Miedema, who has been a driving jazz force at U of I since 1985, heads up an ambitious jazz studies program at the University of Indianapolis. "In 2001, I was instrumental in instituting a degree called the bachelor of science with a concentration in jazz studies." Miedema, who is a highly regarded jazz saxophonist and educator, is pragmatic about the academic side of jazz studies. "I am happy to see jazz move into college. I don't want to get philosophical, but jazz is best learned without writing things on paper." The evening concert at 6:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. It will feature two top high school bands and a special performance by the Bossa Rio Sextet in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall.
Art & Soul, a celebration of Black History Month at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, will feature the Latin-infused rhythms with jazz and African soul of Larry Calland & Conga Jazz in a free concert Friday, Feb. 17 at 12:15 p.m.
The Inner City Music School students and instructors will present a free jazz concert Saturday, Feb. 18 in the Fellowship Hall of the North United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meridian St., at 4 p.m.