University of Indianapolis Announces 2010-11 Jazz Concert Series and Jazz Week Lineup

Continuing in the strong tradition of Indianapolis jazz, the University of Indianapolis announced the lineup and schedule for the 2010-2011 Jazz Concert Series and Jazz Week. The Indianapolis school always hosts a veritable who’s who of Indy jazz musicians every year, both to give students first hand experience with masters of the craft and to show off the rich Indianapolis history of jazz, an art form that had a home and flourished along the Indianapolis cultural district of Indiana Avenue. This season’s lineup is no different, with several of the most well known names in Indianapolis music stepping up to the plate at the University of Indianapolis.
First up for this series of Indianapolis events is the University of Indianapolis Jazz Concert Series, a succession of jazz concerts put on by hometown Indianapolis artists in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center; every one of these concerts is free, a gift to the Circle City. Opening the series on September 8 will be Indianapolis saxophonist Rob Dixon, a fixture at Indianapolis music venues like The Jazz Kitchen and the Chatterbox Jazz Club. Dixon graduated from Indiana University and today is a prominent member of the Indianapolis jazz scene and a musician with Owl Studios, a local jazz label that also boasts Steve Allee among its recording artists.

NUVO Newsweekly video of Rob Dixon performing in front of the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis; Rob Dixon will be playing during the 2010-2011 University of Indianapolis Jazz Concert Series

November 3 will feature clarinetist Frank Glover and pianist Zach Lapidus, both Indianapolis residents who are well versed in the scene and the art of jazz. Frank Glover is also a member of Owl Studios, while Lapidus is an IU grad who has played Indianapolis festivals and concerts all over the United States. March 9 brings 18 year old hometown prodigy Sophie Faught to the 2010-2011 University of Indianapolis Jazz Concert Series, and on April 3, the series will close with a performance by Ball State University faculty member Frank Puzzullo and his trio. When these musicians start socking it in, you’d better believe these concerts will turn into one of the top things to do in Indianapolis this year.

Video of Frank Glover and Zach Lapidus performing at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis; Frank Glover and Zach Lapidus will be playing during the 2010-2011 University of Indianapolis Jazz Concert Series

In the middle of all this Jazz Concert Series excitement, there will be one week where Indianapolis jazz really starts cooking: UIndy’s fourth annual Jazz Week. Jazz Week will feature top notch performances by lots of acclaimed Indianapolis musicians, including the Bossa Rio Sextet, experienced tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, United Nations Orchestra and Jazz Masters (a band led by Slide Hampton, a famous Indianapolis resident) member Claudio Roditi, the Midcoast Swing Orchestra, and UIndy’s own Jazz Ensemble. If you’ve never seen live jazz, an evening with any one of these Indianapolis bands should be enough to pique your interest.

Video of Claudio Roditi performing “Body and Soul” live; Claudio Roditi will be playing during the 2010-2011 University of Indianapolis Jazz Concert Series

The highlight of UIndy’s Jazz Week is, of course, the UIndy Jazz Festival (not to be confused with the bigger, more open Indy Jazz Fest), both a celebration of new voices in jazz and an opportunity for learning. At UIndy Jazz Fest, jazz bands from Indianapolis high schools and other Indiana schools come together to perform, learn, and experience the musical climate of the Circle City. Indianapolis children perform in front of spectators and professional musicians, who then critique the performance and suggest improvements. Clinics, workshops, and performances by burgeoning Indiana musicians make the UIndy Jazz Fest a fun experience for performers and audience members alike.
If you’re interested at all in the flourishing jazz scene that we have here in Indianapolis, you should definitely check out at least one of the events during the 2010-2011 University of Indianapolis Jazz Concert Series or the University of Indianapolis Jazz Week. Each series of events promises virtuoso performances by some of the best jazz musicians in and around Indianapolis. In addition, you can scope out new talent and see what’s going on at with local music programs at UIndy Jazz Fest, which takes place on Saturday, February 26. Most of these Indianapolis events are happening for free at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on campus in downtown Indianapolis, so you have no excuse not to see at least one of these concerts.

2010-2011 University of Indianapolis Jazz Concert Series Lineup

Wednesday, September 8 – Rob Dixon Quartet
Wednesday, October 13 – Wade Baker Quartet

Wednesday, November 3 – Frank Glover and Zach Lapidus

Wednesday, March 9 – Sophie Faught Quartet

Wednesday, April 3 – Frank Puzzullo Trio

2010-2011 University of Indianapolis Jazz Week Lineup

Monday, February 21 – Bossa Rio Sextet
Tuesday, February 22 – UIndy Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday, February 23 – Rich Perry
Thursday, February 24 – Claudio Roditi
Friday, February 25 – Midcoast Swing Orchestra
Saturday, February 26 – UIndy Jazz Festival
Saturday, February 27 – Bobby Watson

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