The Sensuous Sounds of Valentine’s Day at the Jazz Kitchen

Uh oh. It’s Valentine’s Day and you forgot. You didn’t go to downtown Indianapolis and pick out that perfect gift, you didn’t make reservations at that swank Indianapolis restaurant (s)he loves, and actually, you didn’t even get a card. The drug store is just down the street; you could buy some bargain bin chocolates before your significant other gets home and suffer the consequences for your cheapskate celebration of his or her love, OR you can take your kissy pillow out for an evening on the town. And nothing says “romance” like the smoky guitar lines, sensuous horns, and  sultry groove of classic jazz standards. You and your special date can experience some of the most intimate Indianapolis music on Monday, February 14, 2011, when the Bill Lancton Trio and Cynthia Layne take the stage at the famous Jazz Kitchen.

Video of Bill Lancton and Howard Paul performing “In a Sentimental Mood” at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis; the Bill Lancton Trio will be playing at the Jazz Kitchen on February 14, 2011


Bill Lancton is one of the most respected jazz guitarists in the Indianapolis area. A graduate of Indiana State University and Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI) and a member of the Indiana Jazz Hall of Fame (he was inducted to the Hall the same year he won a 2005 grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis), Bill Lancton has been performing in the Circle City for over three decades, along the way releasing two albums with The Bill Lancton Coalition, four with Dog Talk, his reggae band, and three solo albums. This Indianapolis musician has shared the stage with Indy greats like Steve Allee and Fareed Haque, and he’s a fixture at Indianapolis festivals like the Indy Jazz Fest. The Bill Lancton Trio will be performing bossa nova classics and revamped jazz standards for lovers at the Jazz Kitchen on Monday night.

Video of Cynthia Layne performing “Inner City Blues” at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, where she’ll be performing February 14, 2011


Providing a silky contrast to the already satin smooth sounds of the Bill Lancton Trio will be Indianapolis singer Cynthia Layne. Layne is a member of Owl Studios, the Indianapolis jazz label that also features the talents of Frank Glover, Monika Herzig, Rob Dixon, and the Twin Cats. On Beautiful Soul, Layne’s latest album, the songstress’s voice soars through contemporary renditions of light jazz songs, bringing a smoky confidence and dynamic range to the tunes. The winner of a Brass Ring Award, Cynthia Layne is sure to make your lover swoon right into your waiting arms, ensuring you’ll forget all about those drug store chocolates. And if you miss Cynthia Layne at the Indianapolis bar on Monday night, you can always catch her on her February 18, 2011 performance at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, part of the 2011 Art & Soul Festival.

Music video for “We” by Cynthia Layne; Cynthia Layne will be performing at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis on February 14, 2011


So ditch the chocolates, dump the flowers in the gutter, forget that mushy card: true romance awaits at the Jazz Kitchen this Valentine’s Day. Join the Bill Lancton Trio and Cynthia Layne for an evening of tender ballads, steamy bossa numbers, and love inducing jazz standards. Both of these intimate Indianapolis events take place at the Jazz Kitchen tonight, Monday, February 14, 2011. The Bill Lancton performance, In the Round, has two seatings, one at 6:30 p.m. and another at 8:30. Both performances are $15, and you can make reservations by calling 317.253.4900 or going to the Jazz Kitchen’s website. Between the two Bill Lancton Trio shows, Cynthia Layne will be singing in the Banquet Room at 7:00, making that hour the perfect time to enjoy a sumptuous meal with the Jazz Kitchen. You don’t need a last minute drug store to save Valentine’s Day: you need reservations to see the Bill Lancton Trio and Cynthia Layne at one of the finest Indianapolis music venues.

Valentine’s Day at the Jazz Kitchen w/ the Bill Lancton Trio and Cynthia Layne
Monday, February 14, 2011 at 6:30 and 8:30 (Bill Lancton Trio), 7:00 (Cynthia Layne)
Tickets: $15

The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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