Indy Jazz Fest kicks off this Thursday

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Jazz lovers are in for a treat this week in Indianapolis. Thursday marks the first day of Indy Jazz Fest. The 10-day annual celebration of jazz, an Indianapolis tradition for almost two decades now, highlights the legacy of the greats, modern masters, and new and rising talent.

Ella, Dizzy, Mongo, and Monk

On Thursday, September 14, the Indy Jazz Fest Band will kick off the festival. The performance will feature musical tributes to jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, and Thelonious Monk. The band will play at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The performance is free admission for all ages.

The Indy Jazz Fest Band is comprised of Rob Dixon (saxophone), Kenny Phelps (drums), Marlin McKay (trumpet), Steve Allee (piano), Nick Tucker (bass), Ernest Stuart (trombone), and Yvonne Allu (vocals). The performance will be sponsored by local radio station WICR-FM 88.7.

Concerts will be taking place at multiple venues all across town during the 10-day celebration of jazz. There will also be master classes and panel discussions available between the dates of the festival, September 14-23, 2017. Other venues include performances at Indiana Landmarks Center, Indianapolis Central Library, Main Street in Speedway, The Jazz Kitchen, the historic Madame Walker Theatre, and the Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University.

You can buy tickets online through the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation for any single event. Ticket packages with preferred seating are also available. With so many special performances to come it may be hard to choose for you jazz lovers. I know I’ll be out there covering as many concerts as I can in the next two weeks. Be sure to check back in for more previews of events, as well as reviews of any concert you may have missed.

For more information on Indy Jazz Fest, you can visit their website.

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