Local musicians to be inducted into Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame

jazz1Quite an accomplishment, indeed! Musician Rob Dixon will be inducted into the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame this week, but before the accepting the honor, Rob stopped by our Indy Style studios to serenade us with his sweet sound of jazz!

On Nov. 19, live jazz will flow as Indiana jazz legends, along with the top jazz students from area universities and the jazz educator of the year are honored.

Just announced as 2015 inductees into the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame are:


  • Rob Dixon (saxophone, educator)
  • Erroll “Groundhog” Grandy (pianist)
  • Kenny Phelps (drums, educator, label owner)
  • James Spaulding (saxophone, composer)
  • Hall of Fame status recognizes these artists’ contributions to the fertile Hoosier jazz culture that produced Wes Montgomery, J.J. Johnson, Freddie Hubbard, the Hampton family, David Baker and scores of other notables.Also Nov. 19, the Foundation will honor the 2015 Jazz Educator of the Year: Dr. Marion Thomas “Mo” Trout, professor of music and director of the jazz program at Purdue University.The student musicians—each of whom will receive a $1,000 2015 IJF scholarship—will perform alongside the pros in the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation’s annual Jazz Legacy Showcase. They are:
    • Chloe Boelter, Butler University (voice)
    • Evan Hawk, University of Indianapolis (guitar)
    • Nathan Gasteyer, Purdue University (trombone)
    • James Middleton, Ball State University (tenor saxophone)
    • Clay Wulbrecht, Indiana University (piano)

    “The Jazz Legacy Showcase is an annual highlight for music lovers and those who treasure Central Indiana’s cultural heritage,” said IJF President Katherine Nagler. “We get to hear the best up-and-coming players – our scholarship recipients – and honor the legendary figures who made Indy a jazz capital. We’ll enjoy music by some of the area’s favorite pros and dinner catered by The Jazz Kitchen.”

  • About the 2015 Jazz Legacy ShowcaseThursday, Nov. 19The Jewel Arts & Events Center, 3333 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis 46208

    6:00 p.m.             Doors open for cocktails; music by the Indianapolis Jazz Collective

    6:15-7:00 p.m.   Buffet dinner by The Jazz Kitchen; music by the Indianapolis Jazz Collective

    7:00                        Program and performances

    Music by the Indianapolis Jazz Collective, plus invited guest artists and Jazz Futures (up-and-coming jazz artists).

    • Emcee: Doug Housemeyer of WICR 88.7 FMTickets: $60 per person, including premium dinner buffet by The Jazz Kitchen and non-alcoholic beverages. $50 for members of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. Cash bar.Tickets and membership information: indyjazzfoundation.org or indyjazzfest.net

      About the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation

      The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation preserves the legacy and promotes the future of jazz in Indianapolis through education and performance. Founded in 1994, the IJF nurtures and promotes the understanding and appreciation of jazz and its heritage; provides leadership for educational outreach programs; assists teachers and players, and organizes clinics and symposiums.

      To learn more, visit indyjazzfoundation.org / indyjazzfest.net

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