IndyJazzFest Still in Full-Swing, Block Party

IndyJazzFest will be in full “swing” for 3 more days. This annual festival has already seen some outstanding performances.

the-blues-side performs at IndyJazzFest

The Blues Side, a sextet consisting of Cynthia Layne, Tad Robinson, Gordon Bonham, Rob Dixon, Kevin Anker and Frank Smith performed on Tuesday at the Jazz Kitchen.

ravi-coltrane at IndyJazzFest

Ravi Coltrane, son of the legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, performed Wednesday night, also at the Jazz Kitchen.


Bill Lancton Red Hot Whiskey Sippers gave a great performance outside the Jazz Kitchen on Tuesday evening as well.

Thursday’s line-up will include a 7:30 performance by saxophonist, bandleader and composer Jeff Coffin at the building formerly occupied by WFYI, which is now occupied by Aparatus, an Indianapolis-based IT company which decided to leave the sound stage intact, great acoustics and all.

Also happening on Thursday, albeit at a different location is PUB CREEP w/ Cynthia Layne. The free performance takes place at the Broad Ripple Brew Pub from 5:30 – 8:30.

The Jazz Kitchen will host Aaron Diehl’s CD Release performance on Friday at 7pm and 9:30pm. Aaron is an accomplished pianist who keeps good company. His resume includes performance with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra top name just a few. He has been a guest on Marian McPartland’s NPR radio show Piano Jazz. Oh, and he graduated from the prestigious Juilliard School of music in 2007—yeah, he’s probably up to the task.

On Saturday, NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold will lead a free Master Class, “How to Improvise” from 11-1 pm at the Jazz Kitchen. The class is open to open to all ages.

Also on Saturday will be a panel discussion that examines the impact the Crispus Attucks had in cultivating the Indianapolis’ jazz legacy.

Block Party!

IndyJazzFest concludes on Saturday with a blow-out block party, which will be jointly hosted by the Jazz Kitchen & Yats at the intersection of 54th and College Ave. The party starts at 3:30 pm and runs through 12:30 am. It will feature 11 different bands on 2 stages, and great food and music.

It is open to adults 21 and over. Sounds like a party!