The Indianapolis Jazz Collective with Naptown Native and Chicago based trumpeter Pharez Whitted, played to a sold out audience last night at the world famous Jazz Kitchen.

The Collective is made up of several of Indy's greatest musicians including pianist Steve Allee, saxophonist Rob Dixon, trombonist Freddie Mendoza, bassist Nick Tucker and drummer Kenny Phelps.  

As with the past Collective performances with altoist Bobby Watson, trumpeter Eddie Henderson and vibist Stefon Harris,  another player not typically in the band, is added for the performance. This time around it was Pharez Whitted on trumpet as the band honored the 100th birthday of legendary drummer Art Blakey.    

The band played many compositions made famous by Blakey, though not necessarily written by him. Tunes included compositions by Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Watson, the great pianist Bobby Timmons and others.


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