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October 31, 2014

FREDDY COLE QUARTET


 

 

 

 

 

 

7:30 & 9:30p | $20 ($30 front row table seating)

featuring

FREDDY COLE – piano
ELIAS BAILEY – bass
CURTIS BOYD – drums
RANDY NAPOLIAN – guitar

“He’s one of the few male jazz singers these days who is still at the height of his powers and can be taken seriously.”
Ben Ratliff – The New York Times

“Freddy Cole just might be the most attractively understated jazz singer currently at work.”
Lloyd Sachs – Chicago Sun-Times

Freddy Cole, the legacy of his brother Nat “King” Cole, will stir up memories that will never be forgotten.  Now in his 40th year of performing, this great singer and pianist has developed a huge following of his own.  The instantly recognizable Cole voice and a veteran quartet, play the classics as well as new compositions and interpretations from a huge repertoire.

Lionel Frederick Cole was born on October 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole’s five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike and Nat (12 years Freddy’s senior) were all musicians. “I started playing piano at five or six,” Freddy remembers.  “Music was all around me.” In the Chicago home of his youth, visitors included Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton.

Cole moved to New York in 1951, where he studied at the Juillard School of Music and found himself profoundly influenced by John Lewis, Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson.  He received a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and then spent several months on the road as a member of an Earl Bostic band that also included Johnny Coles and Benny Golson.

It was back in New York that Cole successfully laid the groundwork for a career that continues to flourish to this day. He developed a vast repertoire of songs in Manhattan bistros and concurrently began to supplement his live performances with television and radio commercial jingle work.

Cole doesn’t apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat “King” Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and sings, and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother and his timing swings a little more.  His vocals – suave, elegant, formidable and articulate – are among the most respected in jazz.

Start: October 31, 2014
End: November 1, 2014

November 2, 2014

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Start: November 2, 2014
End: November 2, 2014

November 3, 2014

SMITH, WEAKLEY & CLARK


7-10p | No Cover
frankvsmith.com

The blend from this great trio is one of the uncovered gems in Indy. Guitarist Weakley, and his deft command over his expansive repertoire, the no nonsense swing from drummer Lawrence Clark III are all held together by the ever-solid, bass powerhouse Frank Smith.

Frank Smith was born and raised in Indianapolis, a city famous for its Indiana Avenue jazz clubs and the local and national jazz talent that played there in the 1940-50s. Smith learned about music growing up in a family that listened to both jazz and classical music. His mother majored in music and taught classical piano. His father loved listening to jazz records.Jay Harvey, jazz critic for the Indianapolis Star, writes in the Dec. 3, 2006 issue about Smith’s entry into the world of jazz:“My mother and (pianist- vibraphonist) Buddy Montgomery were good friends,” the 50-year-old Indianapolis native recalled recently at his Meridian-Kessler home. “And one day Wes (Buddy’s brother) came over to my house and I showed him what I had learned.”

Wes Montgomery, one of a handful of great jazz guitarists of the 20th century, paid the youngster a compliment or two, then asked if he could try the instrument. Smith still marvels at how much better his cheap guitar sounded in the maestro’s hands.

Between that demonstration and the example of a garage-band colleague who played the guitar pretty well, Smith’s course was set: Exit guitar, enter bass – first the electric instrument; then, in his late teens, the acoustic double bass.

Smith later studied with bassist Buster Williams and with David Baker, Distinguished Professor of Music and Chairman of the Jazz Department at the Indiana University School of Music.

The bassist spent a few years on the road with The Fifth Dimension and then eventually moved to New York where he lived and played jazz. Smith traveled around the world in the 1990s playing jazz on cruise ships with legendary jazz and pop musicians such as: Dizzy Gillespie, Zoot Sims, Teddy Wilson and Michel LeGrande.

Since 1998, Smith now works from his home base of Indianapolis and has played jazz with a variety of musicians from both his hometown and around the country including: Steve Allee, Jimmie Coe, Everett Greene, Pookie Johnson, Harold Jones, Roy Meriwether, Buddy Montgomery and Houston Person.

Smith has served as a faculty member at the Jamey Aebersold music camps at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Today, Smith is busy composing music and beginning to tour with his first CD, Chasing Chances, which he co-produced with pianist Steve Allee, a long-time friend, composer and bandleader.

Start: November 3, 2014
End: November 3, 2014

November 4, 2014

CLIFFORD RATLIFF BIG BAND


7-10p | $10

CLIFFORD RATLIFF BIG BAND
Trumpeter Ratliff returns with his newest project. Much in the style of the Jimmy Coe Big Band Ratliff puts his mark of hard swingin, soulfulness on this new ensemble.

Start: November 4, 2014
End: November 4, 2014

November 5, 2014

AVENUE INDY JAZZ QUINTET

7-10p | $7
avenueindy.com

Indianapolis has an historic tradition as a jazz mecca. Indiana Avenue was the center of the jazz nightlife and home to many, many jazz clubs. Indiana jazz greats such as Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, JJ Johnson, Jimmie Coe, Pookie Johnson, the Hamptons, and Russell Webster cut their teeth and developed their individual jazz voices in clubs such as Sunset on the Avenue, Henri’s, George’s Bar, The Cotton Club, and Al’s British Lounge.

It is with a bow of appreciation to these jazz explorers and the history of Indianapolis as a jazz destination that Avenue Indy presents our own versions of great melodies in a jazz vibe. Whether the source music comes from jazz standards, the Great American Songbook, classical melodies, or country tunes, we spin the music our way to be fun, engaging, and interesting for our listeners.

This new band is comprised of Jeff Conrad, trumpet, Rich Cohen, alto sax, Gary Potter, piano, Scott Pazera, bass & Steve Hanna on drums.

Start: November 5, 2014
End: November 5, 2014

TROUBADOUR NIGHT w/ TIM BRICKLEY • YOUNG JEWS WRITING SONGS

7-10p | $5 in the B-side

“Young Jews Writing Songs” Troubadour Night (in conjunction with the Phoenix Theatre production of “Old. Jews Telling Jokes”)….November’s Troubadour Night is a celebration of the greatest Jewish popular songwriters, in collaboration with the Phoenix Theatre production of the hilarious new comedy “Old Jews Telling Jokes”, which runs October 23 to November 23. (The play, written by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, is a compendium of practically every great Jewish joke of all time, gathered from the popular, user-generated website OldJewsTellingJokes.com.) So, of course, Tim figured why not do a “Young Jews Writing. Songs”‘ Troubadour Night, right?

So, from Gershwin’s to Bacharach, Carole King to Leonard Cohen, Billy Joel to Neil Diamond, Paul Simon to Lou Reed – it’s open (song) season!

The show will include a reading and musical selections from the show’s cast, plus a varied selection of Troubadour Night regulars.

Start: November 5, 2014
End: November 5, 2014

November 6, 2014

LATIN DANCE PARTY AT THE JAZZ KITCHEN


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Dinner at 5-10p | Dancing starts 8p | $7 | ladies FREE until 10p

8-11:30p – Tropical Latin Music – Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia
11:30p-3a – Tropical music + Reggaeton, Top 40, House and more.

Indy’s Original Latin Night! 19 years!!

LATIN NIGHT IS A MESH OF FINE SALSA, MERENGUE, CUMBIA, & BACHATA
LATIN BEATS PROVIDED BY DJ GIL | DJ COQUI | DJ LATIN SPY

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FREE DANCE LESSON AT 8.30p – Join LE Latin Expressions as they guide you through the basics of Salsa and Bachata.
Looking for advanced instruction? www.facebook.com/latinexp

Start: November 6, 2014
End: November 6, 2014

November 7, 2014

MARLIN McKAY QUINTET


 

 

 

 

 

 

7:30p • $12 | 9:30p • $10

marlinmckay.com

Marlin’s unforced blowing style and affinity for graceful melodies reflects the influence of his two favorite trumpeters – Nicholas Payton and Tom Harrell, and his love of hard bop makes him a natural choice to present jazz to listeners and aficionados both young and old.

Start: November 7, 2014
End: November 7, 2014

November 8, 2014

APA JAZZ FELLOWSHIP AWARDS | SULLIVAN FORTNER


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8p | All tickets sold through the American Pianists Association | click here for tickets

Sullivan Fortner / 27 / New Orleans, LA

Recipient of the pretigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship, graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Jason Moran and David Liebman as well as performing as a member of the Roy Hargrove Quintet and playing with the likes of Theo Croker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian Scott and Stefon Harris.

Start: November 8, 2014
End: November 8, 2014

November 9, 2014

JAZZ VIOLINIST CHRISTIAN HOWES | SOUTHERN EXPOSURE

6-9p | $17

christianhowes.com

Christian Howes’ 13th studio album and his 3rd with Resonance Records, “Southern Exposure,” featuring world-famous accordionist Richard Galliano, ventures into the Latin music realm and showcases idiomatic styles from Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, and Spain. Combining the talents of one of the top jazz violinists in the world with “the heir apparent to Astor Piazzola,” Howes’ newest album is full of energy, emotion, and fervor. “Richard’s musicianship in the studio compelled me to rise to a higher level of emotion,” Howes said of Galliano and his playing. “His playing is full of maturity and virtuosity.”

Start: November 9, 2014
End: November 9, 2014