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October 24, 2014








7:30 & 9:30p | $18

Searing trumpet jazz from the release of Pharez’ new CD. Take charge trumpeter Whitted and this Chicago based group of all-stars make a rare appearance at The Jazz Kitchen. It’s always great to hear this group who in the Indy jazz tradition, swing hard and play hard.

Pharez Whitted – trumpet
Eddie Bayard – saxes
Greg Artry – drums
Jon Wood – bass

Start: October 24, 2014
End: October 24, 2014

October 25, 2014


The Jazz Kitchen is closed for a private party. If you’re interested in holding your next event here at The Jazz Kitchen please call LuAnn Lancton, our special event coordinator at 317-253-4900 x 3 or email at

Start: October 25, 2014
End: October 25, 2014

October 26, 2014








6p show • $30 (front row seats $40) | 8:30p show • $20 (front row seats $35)


Greg Charmichael – nylon string guitar
Miles Gilderdale – steel string, electic guitar
Gary Grainger – bass
Tony White – keys
Gary Grainger – bass


Triple Grammy nominated artists Acoustic Alchemy are fast approaching their quarter century of recording since 1987’s Red Dust and Spanish Lace established the ensemble as an ever evolving force in contemporary jazz.

The band are finally putting the finishing touches to their long awaited new album “Roseland” (due for release late summer).  Carmichael explains that the spirited feeling of Roseland is the result of a natural chemistry he’s developed with Gilderdale over the years since Gilderdale became Carmichael’s full time creative partner and after the passing of founding member Nick Webb in 1998 and the release that year of Positive Thinking.

The songs were recorded at Gilderdale’s home facility 9 Miles High Studio in York, England and they were mixed at Richard Bull’s Higher Ground Studio in London and at Hansa Haus .Bonn Germany with Klaus Genuit .

Acoustic Alchemy’s rich legacy is based on the extraordinary airplay, sales and critical reception given the many early Nick Webb-Greg Carmichael led recordings followed by those helmed later by Carmichael and Gilderdale. Carmichael with each successive recording is carrying on a legacy begun by Webb and a guitarist named Simon James in the early 80s; those early recordings were collected for the 1992 collection Early Alchemy.

The road to instrumental stardom began when Webb and Carmichael provided the one-off-in-flight entertainment for a Virgin Airlines England to America flight, in search of an elusive recording contract; they often liked to say they “played their way to America”. Signed to the MCA Master Series label by Tony Brown, their popularity took off in conjunction with the rise of the New Adult Contemporary radio format.

Acoustic Alchemy’s early MCA albums—starting with Red Dust and Spanish Lace and continuing with 1988’s Natural Elements and 1989’s Blue Chip—were all later re-released on GRP. One of the band’s most remarkable recordings was 1996’s live in the studio date Arcanum, which featured new arrangements of classics, a few new tracks, and full orchestration. Recorded over three days at Pinewood Film Studios in England (home to all the James Bond films), the sessions were filmed by director Aubrey Powell for a television documentary of the band, released on video as Best Kept Secret; GRP re-released this on DVD in July, 2006 with extra archived live performance and documentary footage. In 2002, Acoustic Alchemy also released Sounds of St. Lucia, a CD/DVD live concert package based on a performance recorded by BET television.

“The band has been through a lot of changes over the years, but the concept of two acoustic guitars has always been the emotional centerpiece which draws people close,” says Carmichael. “I’m happy these days because I love all the musicians in the band and its great touring with them and playing live onstage. For me, whether we’re jamming or stopping for gas at a truck stop, it’s honestly like being on vacation, and we’re excited to have so many loyal fans who have enjoyed taking the journey with us. The positive spirit behind our music and album titles comes from the wonderful relationship we have always had with them.”

Complementing their live performances are familiar Acoustic Alchemy recording and touring members Greg and Gary Grainger from Baltimore MD who provide the powerhouse rhythm section and the remarkable Fred White on shimmering keyboards.

Start: October 26, 2014
End: October 26, 2014

October 27, 2014


7-11p | no cover

Every last Monday we present the monthly jazz jam session is officiated by trumpeter Clifford Ratliff. Mainly songs from the Great American Songbook this is a great opportunity to play with some of Indy’s finest. Great to participate and great to watch.

Start: October 27, 2014
End: October 27, 2014

October 28, 2014


7-10p | $10

The D/M Jazz Eight. A new compact big band co-led by trombonist Rich Dole and drummer Gene Markiewicz. This is a band comprised of first-rate players performing great original arrangements. The repertoire includes standards and originals. The band was the brainchild of former Indianapolis resident, jazz performer, Phil Allen. This is a swinging band that will have you dancing, tapping your foot, or just smiling.

Start: October 28, 2014
End: October 28, 2014

October 29, 2014








7p show • $25 ($35 front row table seating)
9:30p show • $20 ($30 front row table seating)

”John Abercrombie’s late night show with his quartet of six years – violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Marc Johnson, and drummer Joey Baron – ranks as one of the festivals (Montreal Jazz Festival) most richly nuanced performances.  If one goal of the improvising musician is to create a fresh outlook each and every night, then Abercrombie quartet stands as a raised – bar benchmark against which other groups have to be measured .” – All About Jazz

“With its dark, mystical edges, organic forms, flights of expressive soloing and cathartic climaxes – Abercrombie’s music really is a more sophisticated and nuanced extension of the heady fusion era when albums were intended to take the listener on an inner journey.” – Jazztimes

more on John…

John Abercrombie continues pushing the envelope of jazz guitar music into the 21st century.  His first high profile gig came in 1968 with the legendary soul jazz organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith, and since then he has collaborated with many of the all time greats in modern music, including Chico Hamilton, Gato Barbieri, Billy Cobham, Charles Earland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Gil Evans, Jack DeJonnette, Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, and Charles Lloyd.

His recording career as a leader began in 1974 with the release of Timeless on ECM.  His recording career has continued for over 40 years and over 30 albums as a leader. John Abercrombie has appeared on the albums of countless jazz greats consistently since 1968.

Although he sees himself as a player in the jazz guitar tradition of Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall, John is highly influenced by the lyrical style of Bill Evans, and his music is charged with the eruptive melodic invention of Ornette Coleman.   This range of influences and the uncanny ability to marry tradition to innovation shows in his highly distinctive compositions– that at best can be described as contemporary multi-linear chamber jazz.

John continues to tour in various settings, including his organ trio, two different quartets, as well as appearing as a special guest with numerous groups.   He also continues to teach highly sought after master classes.

John Abercrombie released Within a Song on ECM in 2012, featuring Joe Lovano, Drew Gress, and Joey Baron.

Start: October 29, 2014
End: October 29, 2014

October 30, 2014



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!!


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Start: October 30, 2014
End: October 30, 2014

October 31, 2014








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



“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 3, 2014


7-10p | No Cover

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


7-10p | $10

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