Thursday, July 25, 2013

Expanded Indy Jazz Fest will bring Ramsey Lewis back to town, plus Eddie Palmieri, Ravi Coltrane and others

The 2013 Indy Jazz Fest will be a 10-day affair this September, beginning Sept. 12 with the formidable New Orleans father-figure Allen Toussaint, a pianist-singer-producer in several related genres.

It will conclude Sept. 21 with a dozen to-be-announced bands on two stages inside and outside the Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave. 

For the first time, the festival will have no large outdoor venue as a site for the multi-act culmination of the annual event. The other outdoor concert scheduled features Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri on the Terrace of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road (Sept. 17).

Pianist Ramsey Lewis (center) will bring his quintet here.
Ramsey Lewis, the veteran Chicago pianist whose  previous Indy Jazz Fest appearances date back to 2001, will play the Madame Walker Theatre, 617 Indiana Ave., on Sept. 13.

Other Indy Jazz Fest events at the Jazz Kitchen, owned by director David Allee, are: guitarist Brian Nova, with guests Steve Allee and Stan Hillis (Sept. 15); saxophonist Ravi Coltrane in two shows (Sept. 18), and pianist Aaron Diehl, American Pianists Association Cole Porter Fellow, in two shows (Sept. 20).

Other events:

Sept. 14 — vocalist Diane Schuur, the Cabaret at the Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle.

Sept. 16 — Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra "Birth of the Cool," with the Zach Lapidus Trio opening, Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave.

Sept. 18 — Indy Jazz Fest Band celebrates Indiana composers, DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, 1401 E. Hanna Ave. (a free concert).


Sept. 19 —  saxophonist Jeff Coffin, Apparatus, 1401 N. Meridian St.


Tickets will go on sale Aug. 1 here