Tuesday, April 29, 2008

2008 Indy Jazz Festival Lineup Is Set

Indianapolis will certainly be grooving on June 13, 14 and 15. The festival's website has the schedule of artists set for the weekend as follows:

Friday, 6/13 - Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel, Bettye LaVette, Medeski, Scofield, Martin, & Wood, Luke Gillespie Quartet, and Buddy Guy

Saturday, 6/14 - Jerry Gonzalez, Stephanie Browning Quartet, Dan Tepfer Trio, Freddie Hubbard, Tad Robinson, Dave Koz, Kenny Phelps, and John Legend

Sunday, 6/15 - IUPUI Jazz Ensemble, Robin McKelle, Aaron Parks Quartet, Ramsey Lewis, Paquito D'Rivera, and Fourplay

With The Great Paquito D'Rivera

I hope to make the road trip to check out the Sunday lineup. I plan to invite several of my jazz buddies, fill up the jazzmobile gas tank, load the portable grill, and head to Indy that morning. Paquito is one of my all time favorite jazz musicians and I would probably make the trip to hear him even if he was the only artist scheduled to perform. Add Ramsey Lewis and Fourplay to the list of performers and the decision of whether to make the trip or not suddenly is a "no brainer". I wouldn't mind hearing the Saturday lineup of musicians either, but I am booked to play at Caproni's that night and won't be able to make that one.


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