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Hot Jazz for Cool Kids is a family-friendly series of jazz concerts featuring Indy's leading jazz musicians, held in the Clowes Auditorium at Central Library. Now in its ninth season, these one hour concerts are a great way to introduce young people to the excitement of live music and are popular with jazz fans of any age.

  • Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 pm
    Gene Markiewicz & Friends: Performing the music of jazz legends to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month!
  • Sunday, May 1 at 3pm
    Premium Blend: Jared Thompson and band back by popular demand!

Leave time to explore Central Library! Visit The Learning Curve to out some books or music CD’s, wander through the Center for Black Literature and Culture, go up to the Library's 6th floor for a spectacular view of the American Legion Mall and the downtown skyline, and then order up a snack at the Library's cafe to round out your visit. This combination really does make a perfect Sunday afternoon for the whole family!

Books for Jazz Loving Cool Kids!

Here are some fun children's books about jazz musicians and being musical!

Sonny Rollins Plays the Bridge

Golio, Gary

Poetic text and glowing pictures give the reader a tour of the lower east side of New York City, culminating in the great jazz sax player Sonny Rollins adding his music to the city sounds on the Williamsburg Bridge. The energy of his music and NY are captured beautifully in this picture book.

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Russell-Brown, Katheryn

Melba Liston taught herself to play the trombone when she was seven years old and became a famous jazz musician and composer. The story and pictures in this biography will have you swingin' along with Melba and her big trombone!

Before John Was A Jazz Giant

A Song of John Coltrane

Weatherford, Carole Boston

"Before John was a jazz giant, he was all ears." Find out what John Coltrane was listening to that led him to be one of the greatest jazz musicians ever.