Joshua Redman to Open Indy Jazz Fest

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Thursday August 13, 2009

Indianapolis- On August 5th, the Indy Jazz Fest announced the official artist line up for the week of September 19th through the 27th. There are many new aspects to this year’s Indy Jazz Fest, including a focus on jazz education in area schools, accessibility to all people, a week long schedule of events around the city that features jazz artists through and through. There will be something for everybody at the 2009 Indy Jazz Fest.

Now a week long event throughout the community, the Indy Jazz Fest begins with an opening concert by tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman at Clowes Memorial Hall. Tuesday, September 22nd at The Jazz Kitchen, presented by Owl Studios, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra release their new CD, An Old Soul, performing music from the new album at 2 shows, 7pm and 9pm. Up the road at the Vogue Nightclub in Broad Ripple starting at 8pm, The Twin Cats play followed by the Charlie Hunter Duo and the popular touring jam band Garaj Mahal. Rounding out Tuesday night, in Bloomington, IN, Jazz from Bloomington presents Astral Project. Wednesday, September 23rd at The Jazz Kitchen singer Claudia Acuna performs two shows at 8pm and 10pm.

With a deep appreciation of the Indianapolis jazz heritage, the Indy Jazz Fest presents a Freddie Hubbard Tribute presented by Dr. David Baker at the Madame Walker Theater on Friday, September 25th at 7:30pm. Dr. Baker will be joined on stage by jazz trumpet icons, Nicholas Payton, Randy Brecker, Derrick Gardner and Pharez Whitted. Following the Tribute are afterset parties at the Grand Casino Ballroom with Amanda King and The Chatterbox Jazz Club with Clifford Ratliff.

The weekend brings the Indy Jazz Fest downtown to the outdoor festival portion of the week. The Lawn @ White River State Park will hold two stages Saturday September 26th and Sunday September 27.

Beginning August 17th, tickets for September 26th and September 27th at The Lawn will be sold at all MARSH Supermarkets for a discounted price of only $20. All children under 12 years of age are free!

All other tickets will be available online at: starting August 10th, 2009 including General Admission/Any-Day tickets at The Lawn ($25 in advance/$30 day of event), Premium Seating tickets at The Lawn ($60), and a Weekend Pass at The Lawn ($38).

About Indy Jazz Fest – The mission of Indy Jazz Fest is to showcase, unify, strengthen and perpetuate Indianapolis’ important jazz heritage through a week-long, world-class music festival. Indy Jazz Fest has become a cultural icon in just ten years as the festival features top international artists. The 2009 Indy Jazz Fest begins a new chapter in its storied history with an increased emphasis on jazz education, with a newly formed partnership with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, and Indianapolis’ jazz legacy. This focus will enable the festival to connect with many of the top arts organizations as we weave 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, community partnerships, and the unification of the Indianapolis arts scene.