Hot Jazz for Cool Kids

Children of all ages and families are invited to an outstanding series of family-friendly performances by Indy's leading jazz musicians during "Hot Jazz for Cool Kids," continuing through March at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The series is intended as a way to share jazz music with children that will be educational and fun for everyone.

The first performance in the series will feature Kenny Phelps and Friends on Sunday, January 11 at 3 p.m. Back by popular demand, jazz educator and drummer Kenny Phelps will guide the audience to that moment when they recognize the building blocks of jazz, including rhythm, melody and improv. This program will include interactive fun and a presentation of great music.

The series continues on Sunday, February 22 at 3 p.m. with a performance by DM Jazz 8. Eight is enough for this big band sound that will feature co-leaders trombonist Rich Dole and drummer Gene Markiewicz who will have children and adults alike swinging with this band of veteran jazz professionals.

The series wraps up on Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. with a performance by the Joel Tucker Band. Representing the next jazz generation, this young group carries on the Indianapolis legacy of jazz in a performance that will inspire future musicians.

"Hot Jazz for Cool Kids" is presented by the Learning Curve at Central Library in partnership with The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and the Indy Jazz Fest.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free series.