Jazz Fest to be all-week affair

August 6, 2009
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A weekend of jazz not enough for you? Well, then clear the week on your calendar for this week's Indy Jazz Fest.

Yes, there will still be two days of outdoor music (Sept. 26-27 on two stages at The Lawn at White River State Park this time), but events are also scheduled for the days leading up to it at venues around the city.

It starts with the Joshua Redman Trio at Clowes Memorial Hall on Sept. 19. Tuesday, the 20th, gives you a choice of a trio of acts at The Vogue, a CD release concert at the Jazz Kitchen featuring the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, or a performance by Astral Project courtesy of Jazz from Bloomington.

Wednesday the 23rd brings Claudia Acuna to the Jazz Kitchen (Give her a listen here). And Friday night features a talent-packed Freddie Hubbard Tribute at the Madame Walker Theater.

Plus, all week, you'll find after-parties and jam sessions. Just ask the musicians where they're heading.

With all of that going on, the new producers of Indy Jazz Fest -- Owl Studios, the Jazz Kitchen, and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation -- haven't skimped on the talent at the signature outdoor portion of the festivities. Branford Marsalis, Soulive, multi-Grammy-winning vocalist Kurt Elling (hear him here), the Steve Allee Big Band, bassist/composer Marcus Miller (who wrote the scores for "This Christmas," "I Think I Love My Wife," and TV's "Everybody Hates Chris") and many more are set to perform. Remember: Part of the pleasure of a festival is falling for performers you never heard of.

Oh, and f you are interested in the future of jazz, get to the Lawn early on Sunday for performances by the IPS All-City Jazz Band, Fort Wayne Snider HS Band, and the Ben Davis HS Band.

So, are you jazzed?
  • That would be Joshua Redman, not Reedman.
  • Redman, Lou--Josh Redman. And a nasty cat he is!!!
  • I am definitely Jazzed! I have sorely missed former Indy jazz radio station WYJZ and started subscribing to XM radio when the station changed formats. When it seemed as if the Indianapolis Jazzfest was defunct I resigned myself to the fact that I would have to start attending Jazzfests hosted in other cities so needless to say I am very excited to see the revamped Jazzfest production. Now I don’t have to go outside of the city in which I live to experience great jazz.
  • Typo corrected.
  • Thanks you for the post.
    We have many get new things this year so we're eager to let everyone know.


  • Talking Jazz Fest video here: http://blog.indyjazzfest.net/?p=81

  • For Michelle B.

    I understand your consternation, but don't forget WICR-FM 88.7-HD1&2 which is the only radio station that has played real jazz for years! It has solid jazz including a lot of local talent weekdays from about noon to four, and then you switch over to HD2 for continuing jazz music. Their Saturday evening line up is terrific starting with Chuck Workman at 6:00 and ending with shows from the Jazz Kitchen at 10:00 p.m. Ralph Adams covers Sunday afternoon -- 1;00-4:00 p.m. with great national and local artists and his own unique and sometmes eccentric commentary. But it's all good!

    OK...the student announcers sometimes trip over names, but they're working hard, are earnest and really care...and sometimes that's part of the fun.

    No...I don't work for WICR, but I'm a member of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Board, so I know most of the people at WICR.

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