Jazz Fest lineup includes Jarreau, Bridgewater and more

August 11, 2010
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Among the news that I'm still catching up on after being away: Indy Jazz Fest announced the talent for its September fest. And while the scale has certainly changed, anyone concerned that the move from downtown to Broad Ripple would mean a drop in performer quality should be relieved.

The Sept. 18 show at Optimist Park will be headlined by vocalist Al Jarreau and smooth jazz saxophonist/flautist Najee. Earlier in the day is fusion from the Mike Stern Band and funk from the Charmaine Neville Band, along with the Owl Studios All Stars and a high school jazz showcase featuring the winners of the Ball State HS Jazz Band Competition.

Also tied into the fest will be separate concerts Monday through Wednesday at The Jazz Kitchen featuring Raul Midon, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Simone.

And Dee Dee Bridgewater will offer a tribute to Billy Holiday at the Madame Walker Theatre on Friday the 17th.

So what do you think? And how to you expect Jazz Fest to play at its new digs?

Your thoughts?

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  • Jazz Fest
    It just keeps getting worse.....no not the lineup but the typos! Sheesh!

    Sounds like some good acts, but it will never be the same as what originally began as the Indy Jazz Fest. Sad......
  • Are you high Lou?
    You've seriously got to be kidding if you don't think that the quality of this lineup has fallen off dramatically from last year let alone when Indy Jazz Fest was at it's peak. We've gone from legends like Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, etc. (there are literally dozens of others, not to mention all the great rock acts they used to have) to Al Jarreau and virtually nothing else garnering much national respect. The decision to apparently take this festival in more of a "smooth jazz" direction is troubling. Last year's lineup didn't compare to the glory years of Indy Jazz Fest but at least there were multiple quality acts each day. I'm a huge jazz fan that goes to the Monterey Jazz Festival every year, often attends jazz shows in Chicago and other surrounding cities along with the shows at Clowes, Madame Walker, Purdue, Jazz Kitchen, etc. and I'm having trouble motivating myself to drive eight miles to attend this thing. It is sad to think about what has happened to a once very good festival.
  • Jazz Phest
    Al Jarreau and a host of ?? Too Bad! And Broad Ripple? Oh Well.....
  • we couldn't get....
    the Rippingtons?
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater!!!
    I'm so happy Dee Dee Bridgewater's coming to town. She's got enough energy to power a whole city. Even if the Indy Fest line up isn't what I'd hoped, I know I can see an awesome show with Dee Dee.

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