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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

Legacy Projects > Indiana Public Radio Bicentennial Salute to Hoosier Jazz Indiana Public Radio Bicentennial Salute to Hoosier Jazz

The IPR Bicentennial Salute to Hoosier Jazz was a revue of jazz artists born in the Hoosier state or who called Indiana home. A special highlight was a focus on Gennett Records of Richmond with historical recordings from the 1920s and ‘30s. Hoosier jazz artists from numerous jazz genres were included, from ragtime and the swing era to Bebop and contemporary mainstream jazz. Musicians included Hoagy Carmichael, J. Russell Robinson, Wes Montgomery, Slide Hampton, JJ Johnson, Leroy Vinnegar, Freddie Hubbard and jazz renditions of hit musical tunes by Cole Porter.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Larry S. Beck

What do you consider the key accomplishment of your Legacy Project?

  • Raising awareness and appreciation of Hoosier jazz musicians.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

  • A special feature on Gennett Records of Richmond, Indiana.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project.

  • Information on Indiana Public Radio's website at

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 1

Estimated total attendance.

  • Several thousand via radio broadcast.

Project Details

  • Organization: Indiana Public Radio, Ball State University
  • County: Delaware
  • Contact: Larry S. Beck, 765-284-9924,
  • Type: Educational
  • Project Number: IBC-HC-438
  • Website: