For Parents

Hot Jazz for Cool Kids


Audiences of all ages have been enjoying these outstanding jazz concerts held in Central Library’s beautiful Clowes Auditorium for 8 years. Featuring Indy’s leading jazz musicians, the concerts are a fun introduction to jazz music.

Leave time to explore Central Library! Check 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!

The Hot Jazz for Cool Kids concert dates are typically in the winter Jan. - Mar. and have already taken place for 2019. Stay tuned for the 2020 dates. We will let you know as soon as the dates are confirmed!


Books for Jazz Loving Cool Kids!

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

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!

Trombone Shorty

Andrews, Troy

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is another famous trombone player who is busy playing around the world now. His early inspiration came from the city of New Orleans where he grew up. Brian Collier's amazing pictures in this biography make you feel like you are marching in that brass band with Trombone Shorty!

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.