Indy Jazz Fest Day 4: PROLOGUE Featuring DJ Logic, Rob Dixon, and More

The inclusion of a slew of DJs in the 2010 Indy Jazz Fest may be a little bit of a head scratcher to some. Jazz is typically thought of as an instrument only genre, with no place for digital loops or electronic experimentation. These staples of the hip hop world superficially fly in the face of the original spirit of jazz, the spirit of free improvisation and dynamic interplay between members. Jazz is known as place for brass and woodwinds, technically complex chord structures and harmonic experiments, virtuoso solos and rock solid musicianship. What does a guy with two turntables and a microphone know about musicianship? Quite a bit, apparently: jazz aficionados not familiar with the world of electronic jazz should check out PROLOGUE, featuring the talents of DJ Logic and Indianapolis musicians DJ Indiana Jones and DJ Rusty Redenbacher at the Jazz Kitchen on the second part of Day 4 of the 2010 Indy Jazz Fest to open their ears to a whole new approach to America’s original form of music.

Video of DJ Logic performing with his own Project Logic; DJ Logic will be playing in Indianapolis as part of the 2010 Indy Jazz Fest September 17


Titled PROLOGUE, this unique Indianapolis performance will feature hip hop legend DJ Logic in addition to several Indianapolis favorites, including Rob Dixon and Triology, Mike Clark of the Headhunters, DJ Indiana Jones, and DJ Rusty Redenbacher, half of Mudkids, an Indianapolis band. DJ Logic is the star attraction of this Indianapolis event, an incredibly prolific turntablist who was one of the first to experiment with fusing jazz and hip hop sounds digitally. Unlike many hip hop artists and DJ’s, DJ Logic typically performs with live bands, providing back beats and extra instrumentation. He got his start in 1990 in New York with a rock group called Eye and I; by 1996 he was collaborating with well known funk trio Medeski, Martin, and Wood. Before too long he was the most sought after DJ in the New York club scene and had performed with the Allman Brothers, Phish, Graham Haynes, John Scofield, and more.

Video of DJ Logic performing with Medeski, Martin & Wood in 1998; DJ Logic will be playing in Indianapolis as part of the 2010 Indy Jazz Fest September 17


DJ Logic formed his own group, Project Logic, in 1999. The group went on to release several records, the most famous of which is probably 2001’s The Anomaly. More jazz musicians contracted DJ Logic to spin for them, including psychedelic free jazz pioneer Sun Ra and Roy Haynes. DJ Logic has also toured with Maroon 5, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and John Popper of Blues Traveler. His sound is an innovative mix of many genres. Like a true jazz musician, DJ Logic improvises at will, adding extra tracks to pumping beats, changing tempos, throwing in solos, keeping things fresh. No genre is too respected or too complicated for DJ Logic to mix up and breathe new life into.

Video of DJ Logic performing with Casey Benjamin at a jazz festival in 2002; DJ Logic will be playing in Indianapolis as part of the 2010 Indy Jazz Fest September 17


The other Indianapolis music groups performing at Day 5 of the Indianapolis festival will be a few hometown favorites and one out of towner, not all of them DJ’s. The one non-Indy resident besides DJ Logic is jazz drummer Mike Clark, formerly of The Headhunters. Mike Clark is a member of Owl Studios, an Indianapolis jazz label that’s also the home of Steve Allee and many others. He performed with Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters in the 70’s, and he was one of jazz drumming’s leading innovators. Interestingly enough, Clark is known as “the most sampled drummer in hip hop,” making him the perfect choice to perform with DJ Logic and company.

Video of Mike Clark performing with The Headhunters; Mike Clark will be playing in Indianapolis as part of the 2010 Indy Jazz Fest September 17


Other groups and musicians performing at the Jazz Kitchen on Day 4 of the Indy Jazz Fest are Rob Dixon and Triology, DJ Indiana Jones, and DJ Rusty Redenbacher. Rob Dixon is also a member of Owl Studios; he is an Indianapolis saxophonist who is a graduate of the Indiana University jazz studies program. Dixon has worked with plenty of jazz masters, including Ray Charles, Indianapolis native Slide Hampton, The Ellington Band, and Tony Bennet.

Video of Rob Dixon performing at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis


DJ Indiana Jones is a Hoosier born and bred turntablist; he graduated from Ben Davis High School and spent plenty of time spinning at clubs in New York. During his tenure in Indianapolis, he was voted “Best Club DJ” by NUVO Newsweekly‘s Best of Indy poll in 2002 and 2008, and he’s shared the stage with Grandmaster Flash, Sting, Run D.M.C., and Destiny’s Child. DJ Rusty Redenbacher, the final musician slated for Friday’s concert, is best known as the second half of long time Indianapolis hip hop duo Mudkids. A hometown favorite, Redenbacher should be able to ignite the familiar confines of The Jazz Kitchen with the greatest of ease, especially with such accomplished help.

Video interview with Rusty Redenbacher of Mudkids; Rusty Redenbacher will be performing in Indianapolis as part of the 2010 Indy Jazz Fest September 17


If you’d like to see a more modern side to jazz, head to the second event on Day 4 of the 2010 Indy Jazz Fest, PROLOGUE. PROLOGUE will feature the talents of DJ Logic, DJ Indiana Jones, DJ Rusty Redenbacher, Rob Dixon and Triology, and jazz drummer Mike Clark. This is a great opportunity to see how electronic music can compliment analog, how jazz can inform hip hop and vice versa. The three DJ’s of the evening will be spinning to the classic jazz sounds of Dixon and Clark, making this Indianapolis event the perfect blend of live improvisation with electronic experimentation. Come on out to the Jazz Kitchen on Friday, September 17 for a unique taste of jazz that will be hard to find anywhere else. The concert begins at 11:00 p.m., so if you went to see Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Madame Walker Theatre, you’ll still have plenty of time to catch PROLOGUE at the Jazz Kitchen. Plus, tickets are only $8, incredibly cheap compared to the other Indianapolis music events at the Indy Jazz Fest. Right now there’s standing room only, so be sure to get to the Indianapolis music venue early!

Indy Jazz Fest Day 4: PROLOGUE featuring DJ Logic, Mike Clark, Rob Dixon and Triology, DJ Indiana Jones, and DJ Rusty Redenbacher at The Jazz Kitchen
Friday, September 17 at 11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8

The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220


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