Indy Jazz Fest returns for 20th year

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Now it its 20th year, the Indy Jazz Fest returns. Even for those who are unfamiliar with the festival, this year’s roster of events and scheduled performers is impressive.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 will feature events to get would-be attendees in the mood for jazz. The Penrod Arts Festival is being held in addition to jazz performances on curated stages. Then, Sept. 12, 2019 will mark the official start of the festival that runs until Sept. 21, 2019.

Indy Jazz Fest: why it matters

Indy Jazz Fest matters because it is a major cultural event with a long history and tremendous following. In addition, the festival serves the purpose of keeping jazz alive.

Jazz is roughly 102 years old, and some audiences still do not fully understand one of the US’ most unique contributions to Western culture. By putting jazz and its most accomplished players center stage (figuratively, any way), Indy Jazz Fest keeps jazz alive and relevant, for hopefully another 100 years.

Highlights from the Indy Jazz Fest schedule

The festival runs from Sept. 12 to Sept. 21 – – there are a number of performances for attendees to take in. For more information about the entire festival and related activities, visit hereĀ http://www.indyjazzfest.net/?page_id=3692#.XXO5kndFxjo.

Grammy award winners will be a part of this years’ performances. Grammy winners and nominees such as Arturo Sandoval, Gretchen Parlato Quartet and Frank Gambale Fusion are scheduled to perform. For Sept. 18, a second show has been added for Emmet Cohen, the 2019 Cole Porter Fellow in jazz of the American Pianists Association. Another interesting facet of the festival is the radio programming – -Sept. 13 will feature the OMG Radio Show. Other highlights include performances by the IUPUI Jazz Connext, featuring four bands.

The days of the Indy Jazz Fest appear to be chockful of music, events and opportunities to learn more about a uniquely American art form and have fun in the process.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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