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Indy Jazz Fest, September 10 – 16, 2012

The Indy Jazz Fest is coming up next month, just in time for fall. Because when you think cool weather, you think cool music.

Or at least I do.

The Jazz Fest is a week long festival of, well, jazz music, from straight ahead to smooth jazz, Latin jazz to Funk, featuring some of the best artists in Indiana and from around the U.S.

All events will be held at the Cabaret (Downtown), University of Indianapolis (south side), the Cook Theater at the Indiana Landmark Center (near northside), and, of course, the Jazz Kitchen in Broad Ripple. On the 15th and 16th, outdoor concerts will be held at Opti Park in Broad Ripple as well.

Tickets are available at the Indy Jazz Fest website for single events, a weekend pass, or the IJF Jazz Pass that gets you into every event for $139.

The schedule of artists is as follows:

Sunset Series Weekday Shows

Monday, September 10, 2012
Two shows at 7 & 9:30 pm – $25
AARON DIEHL TRIO – APA Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
7:00 pm – $20
THE LATIN TINGE featuring CHUCHITO VALDES + PAVEL & DIRECT CONTACT
Indiana Landmarks Center – Cook Theater
1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Tuesday, September 11, 2012The Blue Side will perform at the Indy Jazz Fest 2012
8:00 pm & 10:30 pm – $25
THE BLUE SIDE featuring Jennie DeVoe, Cynthia Layne, Tad Robinson & Gordon Bonham
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220 | (317) 253-4900

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
7:00 pm – $35 GA High Cocktails – $45 Priority – $55 VIP
CHERYL BENTYNE (Manhattan Transfer) & MARK WINKLER “West Coast Cool”
The Cabaret at The Columbia Club
121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204 | (317) 275-1169

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
8:00 pm, $15
FUNK + SOUL @ INDY JAZZ FEST 2012
Bashiri Asad & Xenobia Green – Indianapolis
The Right Now – Chicago
Derobert & The Half Truths – Nashville
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220 | (317) 253-4900

Thursday, September 13, 2012
7:00 pm
FREE
WICR 88.7fm presents
INDY JAZZ BAND – Tribute to Slide Hampton
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
University of Indianapolis
1400 East Hanna Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46227 (317) 788-3314 | wicr.uindy.edu

Slide HamptonFriday, September 14, 2012
Two shows at 8 & 10:30 pm – $30
SLIDE HAMPTON w/The Steve Allee Big Band
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220 | (317) 253-4900

 

Opti Park Shows

67th & College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 966-7854
Free Shuttle Parking at Glendale Center East Overflow Lot

Saturday, September 15, 2012
$30 at the Gate ($25 discount tickets available at select Central Indiana Marsh Supermarkets)
Gates open at 4 pm, music starts at 5 pm
STANLEY CLARKE / GEORGE DUKE – Bring It Tour – 8:45 pm
KARL DENSON & Tiny Universe – 6:45 pm
ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT – 5 pm

Sunday, September 16, 2012
$30 at the Gate ($25 discount tickets available at select central Indiana Marsh Supermarkets)
Gates open at 2:30 pm, music starts at 3:30 pm
A Smooth Jazz Tribute to Chuck Workman
BRIAN CULBERTSON – 7:15 pm
GERALD ALBRIGHT – 5:15 pm
BRIAN SIMPSON (Dave Koz’ musical director) featuring MAYSA (Incognito) – 3:30 pm

Ticket Packages

JazzPASS: Good for ANY IJF EVENT – SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2012 – $139
Available on IJF website only. Good only for events produced by Indy Jazz Fest.
Cabaret @ The Columbia Club ticket is at the $45 level
Must confirm weekday reservations with lin@indyjazzfest.net

TWO DAY PASS: Good BOTH Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2012 – $50 ($45 discount tickets available at select central Indiana Marsh Supermarkets or online).

 

VIP Donation Packages

Bandleader VIP Experience – September 15 & 16, 2012 – $500 contribution

  • Two (2) tickets for the main event at Opti-Park on September 15 & 16, 2012
  • Access to the VIP Lounge at Opti-Park (FREE food & beverages )
  • Recognition for your contribution on the IJF website

The total fair market value of the VIP Experience is $200
($300 is tax deductible and will be matched through the grant).

Festival VIP Experience– weeklong September 10-16, 2012 – $1,000 contribution

  • Two (2) tickets for all IJF events September 10-16, 2012 (includes main event September 15 & 16, 2012)
  • Access to the VIP Lounge at Opti-Park (free food & beverages available throughout the day)
  • Parking pass for Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th
  • Recognition for your contribution on the IJF website
  • The total fair market value of the VIP Experience is $400
    ($600 is tax deductible and will be matched through the grant).

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