Indy’s best jazz artists are coming together with the city’s youth this summer as Indy Jazz Fest expands its overall focus on jazz education. In collaboration with its education partner, the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, Indy Jazz Fest presents Jazz Jam workshops, free for all ages, as it continues a year-round dedication to strengthening the city’s arts scene.
What: Indy Jazz Fest Jazz Jam
When: Saturday, July 23, 2011 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. AND Saturday, August 27, 2011 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Jazz Kitchen / 5377 N. College Ave, Indianapolis, IN
Who: ALL AGES are welcome to attend and participate
Tickets Cost: FREE
Held at the Jazz Kitchen (5377 N. College Ave.) these interactive workshops and jam sessions provide all ages the chance to learn from the city’s most renowned jazz artists, giving them direct instruction from world-class musicians and the ability to incorporate new techniques into playing. The free events will last from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 23 featuring Indianapolis Jazz Foundation President Bill Lancton and other area jazz professionals, and on August 27 featuring international jazz educator and saxophonist Jamey Aebersold.
About Indy Jazz Fest
The mission of Indy Jazz Fest is to showcase, unify, strengthen and perpetuate Indianapolis’ important jazz heritage through a weeklong, world-class music festival. A celebration of community and culture that showcases jazz music in a variety of great venues across the city, the Indy Jazz Fest has become a cultural icon since its start in 1999. With an increased emphasis on jazz education, the Indy Jazz Fest has expanded from just one day to an entire experience, ultimately benefiting the Indianapolis arts community throughout the year by creating meaningful links between jazz education and the city’s jazz performance scene. The IJF is managed by a partnership of jazz record label Owl Studios, The Jazz Kitchen and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, enabling the festival to connect with top arts organizations as it weaves together the legacy of Indianapolis through art, film, sculpture and music. The Indy Jazz Fest will ultimately reach upwards of 40,000 people through a combination of performances, workshops, school concerts, master classes and community partnerships in the unification of the Indianapolis arts scene.