Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!
Families and children of all ages, as well as adults, are invited to the fifth season of popular, 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 provides children an introduction to jazz music, in a real concert setting, that is educational and fun for everyone.
The first performance in the series will feature the Rob Dixon Quartet on Sunday, January 17 at 3 p.m. Synonymous with jazz in Indianapolis, Dixon has played saxophone with such musicians as Ray Charles, the Count Basie Band and the Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra. His quartet draws from various musical genres, such as classical, country, blues and hip hop, to create an original jazz sound that is sure to engage the entire audience. Dixon also has introduced jazz to children through many school and community programs.
The series continues on Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m. with a performance by DM Jazz 8. Eight is enough for that big band sound! Back by popular demand, entertaining co-leaders trombonist Rich Dole and drummer Gene Markiewicz will have everyone swinging along with this "little big band" of veteran jazz professionals. Children will enjoy the variety of instruments being played, including trombone, drums, bass, piano, two trumpets and two saxophones.
The series concludes on Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. with a performance by the Murray Weirich Quintet. Josh Weirich and Chris Murray are both professional musicians and award-winning middle school band directors. Their quintet features arrangements from Art Blakey to Jimi Hendrix that will inspire young jazz fans and musicians alike.
"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 Library program.