JAM's for Jazz Appreciation Month is here for your enjoyment! We draw inspiration from all of these artists and their contributions to jazz. JAM on, everyone.
We are gearing up for another crazy month of shows! Our very own, Jared Thompson, will be traveling with the Indy native BYBYE to play during SXSW. When he returns, you can catch us for a free performance at The University of Indianapolis as a part of their Jazz Concert Series.
In April, we are thrilled and honored to return to the stage at Laughing Matters, a local cancer benefit that brings national talent. This year, Whoopi Goldberg headlines and we could not be more excited!
Village Voices: Note from the Griot has come to an end. We were honored to participate in this event and to collaborate with such talent. We will have some closing thoughts, but for now, enjoy this amazing panoramic collection of the artists, taken from each performance!
Premium Blend featured on the radio show, Have You Heard, with Richard Dole and Matthew Altizer. Here you can listen to Jared Thompson as he discusses taking "The Road" out on the road!
If you missed it live, you can listen to everything here!
Rob Dixon takes it away at the Chatterbox! Indianapolis Jazz will never disappoint!
For the 4th consecutive year, Premium Blend joins some of Indy's best in the Nuvo 2017 awards! Click the picture below to cast your votes for everything and everyone you love in the city!
What started as an impromptu neighborhood cookout in July of 2016, Open Bite Night has morphed into an energetic culinary and artistic display for the residents of the 46208 zip code and beyond.
Husband and wife Earl and Ro Townsend, the creators of the event, will be at it again October 7th from 2-8pm at the Flanner House located at 2424 Dr. Martin Luther King St. With over 20 food vendors providing everything from soups to sliders, seafood to savory vegan/vegetarian dishes, and a multitude of desserts, Open Bite Night is anticipating over 1,100 people in attendance this year.
Admission is only $3 and the proceeds got to several local nonprofit organizations
(GRoE Inc, Flanner House of Indianapolis Inc, The Learning Tree, Voices Corp, Growndwork Indy, and Kheprw).
Premium Blend will be the final performance of the evening from 7:15-8pm.
September in Indianapolis is marked by shorter days, cooler nights, and Indy Jazz Fest.
The week-long festival continues with the "all around town" concept in order to bring great jazz to every section of the Circle City. The festival begins September 14th and ends with a massive block party on the 23rd at the Jazz Kitchen from 3pm-1am.
This year's roster includes Grammy winners Kirk Whalum and Randy Brecker, as well as other national giants such as Charlie Hunter and Tony Monaco.
Below you'll find the full line-up for Indy Jazz Fest 2017. Go to http://www.indyjazzfest.net for tickets and venue/concert info.
Outside Yats stage
3:15p | Monika Herzig & The Time Flies
4:30p | Charlie Ballantine
5:45p | Jared Thompson & Premium Blend
7p | Tucker Brothers
8:15p | Bashiri Asad & Xenobia Green
9:30p | Kevin Anker Experience
Inside JK stage
3p | Scott Routenberg Trio
4:15p | Ella Tribute – Brenda Williams, Yvonne Allu, Wendy Reed, Sandy Lomax
5:30p | Rob Dixon & Triology + trombonist Ernest Stuart
6:45p | Steve Allee & Friends
8p | Clint Breeze & the Groove
9:15p | Charlie Hunter
10:30p | 4Korners
11:45a | Taylor McFerrin
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Thanks to WFYI you can now stream "Go Get Your Horn"! Don't sleep on this celebration of community, mentorship, and music.
Click the picture below to begin streaming!
Our very own, Jared Thompson, and brother Joshua Thompson at The Wake.
Being a native of the Circle City isn't always easy when it comes to cultural identity. Even though Indy is the 12th largest city in the nation, many artists here feel the frustrations of the "Indianoplace" stigma that has plagued us for decades. This is especially true for the jazz musician. Despite the illustrious contributions to jazz history, i.e. Indiana Avenue, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, J.J. Johnson, Dr. Willis Kirk, Dr. David Baker, Oliver Nelson, Pookie Johnson, Melvin Rhyne, and the Hampton Sisters, Indianapolis is frequently overlooked as a hub for musical prowess. We get it. Chicago is a mere three hours away, Detroit is a musical Mecca of all genres, and St. Louis isn't a city to snub either. But even after the hey-day of Indiana Avenue, "Naptown" jazz musicians have been churning out high-level records with a sense of pride and integrity that would make their bop ancestors proud.
The following albums are just a few examples of the greatness that has come out of this city within the last 10 years; so to say that these records are the "Modern Jazz Bible" would be a woefully irresponsible statement. Some selections reflect the influence Indy Jazz has had on R&B as well as hip hop as those selections recruited some of the most prominent jazz voices in the city to bridge the gap to younger audiences. Each album/artist paints a very genuine and diverse picture of what Indianapolis jazz culture feels and sounds like. Keep in mind that this is NOT a review of the albums themselves. It's YOUR job to review the various layers of what has become the "Naptown Sound."