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Aug

20

Fri
Fri, Aug 20, 2021 7:00 PM - Fri, Aug 20, 2021 8:30 PM @ The Jazz Kitchen

Charlie Ballantine, Richard Sleepy Floyd, Kevin Anker, and Brandon Meeks recreate the iconic John Scofield album “A Go Go”. This album marked a significant point in Scofield’s career as he joined forces with Medeski, Martin, and Wood and began a departure from modern jazz to a more groove based style. Join us as these four acclaimed local musicians pay tribute to this celebrated album.

Charlie Ballantine – Guitar
Kevin Anker – Hammond B3
Richard Sleepy Floyd – Drums
Brandon Meeks – Bass

Tags: Live Music, Jazz, Charlie Ballantine Plays John Scofield’s ‘A Go Go’

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Jul

17

Sat
Sat, Jul 17, 2021 8:00 AM - Sat, Jul 17, 2021 8:00 PM @ Square Cat Vinyl

8 AM – 8 PM

We’re back baby.

We are stoked to be open for Record Store Day again!! Here’s what we’ve got going on for the day:

– Free gift bag to the first 50 people in line

– Free coffee to the first 25 people in line

– Free Long’s donuts while they last

– Exclusive RSD releases available first come first serve

** No holds or reservations on RSD titles **

** No discounts on RSD releases **

** Can only purchase one copy per RSD release **

** All RSD releases become available online at 1 PM at squarecatvinyl.com and on our Discogs page **

Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful faces again this Saturday!!

Tags: Record Store Day, Square Cat Vinyl, Live Music, Jazz

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Jul

16

Fri
Fri, Jul 16, 2021 9:00 PM - Fri, Jul 16, 2021 10:30 PM @ The Jazz Kitchen

I’m teaming up with a new collective of exciting regional musicians from Indy, Chicago and Cincinnati to explore music inspired by modern jazz and hip hop visionaries like Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove and Madlib. The group combines the style of classic straight ahead jazz with a 21st century streetwise aesthetic.

Brandon Meeks – upright bass
Rob Dixon – saxophone
Josh Strange – vibraphone
Cleveland Dodds – piano
Greg Artry – drums

Tags: Brandon Meeks, Quintet, Jazz, Live Music

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Jul

16

Fri
Fri, Jul 16, 2021 7:00 PM - Fri, Jul 16, 2021 8:30 PM @ The Jazz Kitchen

I’m teaming up with a new collective of exciting regional musicians from Indy, Chicago and Cincinnati to explore music inspired by modern jazz and hip hop visionaries like Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove and Madlib. The group combines the style of classic straight ahead jazz with a 21st century streetwise aesthetic.

Brandon Meeks – upright bass
Rob Dixon – saxophone
Josh Strange – vibraphone
Cleveland Dodds – piano
Greg Artry – drums

Tags: Brandon Meeks, Quintet, Jazz, Live Music

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Jun

17

Thu
Thu, Jun 17, 2021 7:00 PM - Thu, Jun 17, 2021 9:00 PM @ Coal Yard Coffee

Join us at Coal Yard Coffee for this special jazz night featuring Amanda Gardier on saxophone, Quinn Sternberg on bass visiting from New Orleans, and Cassius Goens on drums

Tags: Live Music, Jazz, Charlie Ballantine, Amanda Gardier, Quinn Sternberg

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May

14

Fri
Fri, May 14, 2021 7:00 PM - Fri, May 14, 2021 8:30 PM @ The Jazz Kitchen

Vocalist Rebecca is known for her command of the Great American Songbook and the world of Bossa Nova. Much in the vain of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Chet Baker & Emilie-Claire Barlow she delivers with a laid back, graceful tone.

Rebecca Rafla – vocals

Mark Buselli – trumpet

Steven Jones – piano

Brandon Meeks – bass

Kenny Phelps – drums

Tags: Live Music, jazz, The Jazz Kitchen

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May

06

Thu
Thu, May 06, 2021 7:00 PM - Thu, May 06, 2021 9:30 PM @ Coal Yard Coffee

Join Charlie Ballantine, Jesse Wittman, and Cassius Goens on Thursday nights for this weekly jazz series at Coal Yard Coffee from 7-9:30pm. *Special Guest this week Amanda Gardier!

Tags: Live Music, jazz, Charlie Ballantine, Jesse Wittman, Amanda Gardier, Cassius Goens

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Mar

17

Wed
Wed, Mar 17, 2021 6:00 PM - Wed, Mar 17, 2021 8:00 PM @ The Jazz Kitchen

Every track on her self-titled debut, is steeped in the love and the passion she has for the genre. It’s almost a religious reverence, which makes perfect sense considering she’s a preacher’s daughter who grew up singing gospel in church. “Gospel and blues have always been so closely related,” she opines. “It’s like there’s a fork in the musical road, one way it’s gospel and the other is the blues. I was exposed to Koko Taylor when I was eight years old, and right then I knew which road I was going to take.” But her precision is by no means cut and dried or predictable; she is methodical, if not hypnotic, weaving a spell across seven songs that reflect the multi- decade journey it’s taken for her to get here as much as the destination itself. From the way the very first notes drop you right into the delta, through excursions that go from back country to steamy, inner-city grooves and all the way through to New Orleans-inspired horns that wind the album down, she is in firm command of every aspect of the songwriting process. “Everything took a big turn when I stopped writing on guitar and started singing the melodies in my head,” she relates, ” even the guitar riffs and the solos. Then Paul (longtime collaborator, guitarist/singer Paul Holdman) translates it all and embellishes it with his own nuances—when we put it together like that, the magic happens.” It is magic, but it’s no illusion. Rebekah Meldrum is a master magician who’s just beginning to reveal her bag of tricks.

Tags: Live Music, Rebekah Meldrum, The Jazz Kitchen

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Sep

13

Sun
Sun, Sep 13, 2020 6:00 PM - Sun, Sep 13, 2020 8:00 PM @ Rocky Ripple

Sunday September 13th we will be hosting a private jazz concert at our yard in Rocky Ripple. Due to the state of things and indoor venues continuing to stay closed we realize there is still a high demand for live music and believe that this could be great opportunity for musicians as well as music lovers. The property is big enough to host 60-70 people while maintaining social distancing precautions so please RSVP to the event or send me a personal message if you plan on attending. That way we can keep a head count and not overbook the event. It will by BYOB and we suggest bringing a blanket or chair as well as a can of bug spray (we are right off of the canal). This week the band is Amanda Gardier on alto saxophone, Jesse Wittman on bass, Charlie Ballantine on guitar, and Cassius Goens on drums. I hope you can join us and share the joy of live music again. There will be a suggested donation of $15. These events will be weather permitting. Send a personal message to Charlie Ballantine or Amanda Gardier for the address.

Tags: Live Music, jazz, Charlie Ballentine, Amanda Ballentine

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Aug

09

Sun
Sun, Aug 09, 2020 6:00 PM - Sun, Aug 09, 2020 8:00 PM @ Rocky Ripple

Sunday August 9th we will be hosting a private jazz concert at our yard in Rocky Ripple. Due to the state of things and indoor venues continuing to stay closed we realize there is still a high demand for live music and believe that this could be great opportunity for musicians as well as music lovers. The property is big enough to host 60-70 people while maintaining social distancing precautions so please RSVP to the event or send me a personal message if you plan on attending. That way we can keep a head count and not overbook the event. It will by BYOB and we suggest bringing a blanket or chair as well as a can of bug spray (we are right off of the canal). This week the band is Amanda Gardier on saxophone, Nick Tucker on bass, Charlie Ballantine on guitar, and Chris Parker on drums. I hope you can join us and share the joy of live music again. There will be a suggested donation of $15. These events will be weather permitting. Send a personal message to Charlie Ballantine or Amanda Gardier for the address.

Tags: Live Music, Jazz, Amanda Gardier, Nick Tucker, Charlie Ballantine, Chris Parker, Rocky Ripple

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Jul

19

Sun
Sun, Jul 19, 2020 7:00 PM - Sun, Jul 19, 2020 9:00 PM @ The Jazz Kitchen

An exhilarating blast of blues, soul and funk.
Music!Music!Music! marks the recorded debut of the musical partnership between guitarist Charlie Hunter and vocalist Lucy Woodward.

The duo first performed together in February 2018, when Woodward, fresh off supporting her fourth solo album,met Hunter through their friends in Snarky Puppy at the GroundUP festival in Miami.
Woodward joined forces with Hunter as a last-minute fill-in on a tour he’d originally booked with another singer whose visa had been denied. Bonded by their shared love of blues, Hunter and Woodward quickly constructed a setlist of favorite songs and hit the road. Within less than a week of playing shows together, they realized that they’d hit upon something very special, indeed.

Hunter and Woodward are individually known as solo artists but have collectively toured and recorded with D’Angelo, Rod Stewart, Snarky Puppy, John Mayer, Pink Martini, Norah Jones and Celine Dion.
Music!Music!Music! features eleven radically reworked covers of songs by artists ranging from Blind Willie Johnson and Bessie Smith to Nina Simone and Terence Trent D’Arby. Soulful, spacious and deliciously in the pocket, Music!Music!Music! showcases the dazzling interplay between Hunter’s funky guitar and Woodward’s powerful voice, while also reflecting the spontaneity and good vibes of the duo’s live performances

Tags: Charlie Hunter, Lucy Woodward, Live Music, Jazz

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Jul

17

Fri
Fri, Jul 17, 2020 7:00 PM - Fri, Jul 17, 2020 8:30 PM @ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park

Indy Parks presents Clint Breeze and The Groove at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Bring a seat, your friends and family, and join us for some local, original music in the park! The concert is free and begins at 7pm.

Please help us keep everyone safe by following CDC guidelines and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others.

In case of inclement weather, please look for updates on www.GPACarts.org/concerts, the concert hotline at 317-327-7053, or the Concerts & Movies Facebook page.
Listen and learn more about Clint Breeze

and The Groove here: https://linktr.ee/clintbreezeandthegroove

Tags: Live Music, Clint Breeze and the Groove, jazz, Indy Parks

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Jul

07

Tue
Tue, Jul 07, 2020 7:00 PM - Tue, Jul 07, 2020 10:00 PM @ Coal Yard Coffee

The Charlie Ballantine Trio is excited to be returning to the Coal Yard for the Tuesday jazz series. Social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged and depending on weather there will be both indoor and outdoor seating available. See you there!

Tags: The Charlie Ballantine Trio, Live Music, Coffee, Tea, Jazz, Coal Yard Coffee, Irvington

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Apr

01

Wed
Wed, Apr 01, 2020 7:00 PM - Wed, Apr 01, 2020 9:00 PM @ JCC Indianapolis

Acclaimed jazz man Rob Dixon — Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, IUPUI adjunct professor and director of jazz ensembles — will lead you through the history of jazz from the New Orleans sound of Louis Armstrong through the groundbreaking music of today. In partnership with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation

$35 member price for JCC and Indianapolis Jazz Foundation members. Click “Tickets” to register; Indianapolis Jazz Foundation members should contact Lev at [email protected]

Tags: music, jazz, history

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Mar

25

Wed
Wed, Mar 25, 2020 7:00 PM - Wed, Mar 25, 2020 9:00 PM @ JCC Indianapolis

Acclaimed jazz man Rob Dixon — Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, IUPUI adjunct professor and director of jazz ensembles — will lead you through the history of jazz from the New Orleans sound of Louis Armstrong through the groundbreaking music of today. In partnership with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation

$35 member price for JCC and Indianapolis Jazz Foundation members. Click “Tickets” to register; Indianapolis Jazz Foundation members should contact Lev at [email protected]

Tags: music, jazz, history

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Mar

11

Wed
Wed, Mar 11, 2020 7:00 PM - Wed, Mar 11, 2020 9:00 PM @ JCC Indianapolis

Acclaimed jazz man Rob Dixon — Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, IUPUI adjunct professor and director of jazz ensembles — will lead you through the history of jazz from the New Orleans sound of Louis Armstrong through the groundbreaking music of today. In partnership with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation

$35 member price for JCC and Indianapolis Jazz Foundation members. Click “Tickets” to register; Indianapolis Jazz Foundation members should contact Lev at [email protected]

Tags: music, jazz, history

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Mar

06

Fri
Fri, Mar 06, 2020 7:00 PM - Fri, Mar 06, 2020 11:00 PM @ The Jazz Kitchen

Legendary saxophonist returns for 2 nights / 4 shows

Tags: David Sanborn, Live Music, Jazz

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Mar

05

Thu
Thu, Mar 05, 2020 7:30 PM - Thu, Mar 05, 2020 9:00 PM @ University of Indianapolis

Steven Alexander Jones, keyboards
Sean Imboden, saxophone
Brian Yarde, drums

Tags: Live Music, jazz, Steven Alexander Jones, Sean Imboden, Brian Yarde

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Feb

29

Sat
Sat, Feb 29, 2020 9:30 PM - Sat, Feb 29, 2020 10:15 PM @ The Jazz Kitchen

Recognized primarily as a master of Jazz Organ, Joey DeFrancesco is also a trumpet player, tenor saxophonist and vocalist. The multi-instrumentalist returns to Indy for two nights with trio members Troy Roberts and Michael Ode. A do not miss event

Tags: Live Music, jazz, multi-instrumentalist, Joey DeFrancesco

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Feb

29

Sat
Sat, Feb 29, 2020 7:00 PM - Sat, Feb 29, 2020 8:15 PM @ The Jazz Kitchen

Recognized primarily as a master of Jazz Organ, Joey DeFrancesco is also a trumpet player, tenor saxophonist and vocalist. The multi-instrumentalist returns to Indy for two nights with trio members Troy Roberts and Michael Ode. A do not miss event

Tags: Live Music, jazz, multi-instrumentalist, Joey DeFrancesco

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Feb

28

Fri
Fri, Feb 28, 2020 9:30 PM - Fri, Feb 28, 2020 10:15 PM @ The Jazz Kitchen

Recognized primarily as a master of Jazz Organ, Joey DeFrancesco is also a trumpet player, tenor saxophonist and vocalist. The multi-instrumentalist returns to Indy for two nights with trio members Troy Roberts and Michael Ode. A do not miss event

Tags: Live Music, jazz, multi-instrumentalist, Joey DeFrancesco

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