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As I look at this incredible wood engraving, I can’t help but think ‘What jazz musician inspired this artist?’ What song, what record, what style of jazz was this artist’s favorite to listen to while he created the masterpiece that we see? I know music is an art form that is inspirational in the lives of nearly everyone on this planet: allowing us to dream, create, or escape. But what if there was no jazz, what if it was replaced by some other genre of music in this artist’s life? Would he have decided to create something drastically different?
Of course I’ve always listened to different types of music to enhance everyday activities. But it was not until college, when I took a class on the history of rhythm & blues, (taught by world-renowned instructor Portia Maultsby), that I really started to educate myself on music. I became enamored with why the music was created and what effects it had on shaping people’s lives. Discovering this led me on a path to my many different music-related jobs: record store owner, promoter, DJ and musician. I am proud to call Indianapolis home and delight in showing off its rich music scene.
While Indianapolis is not the birthplace of jazz, the contributions from this city are second to none (JJ Johnson,Russell Webster, Pookie Johnson, Jimmie Coe, David Young, David Baker, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, the list goes on…) The importance of future generations knowing and and sharing this will allow jazz to influence other artists of all mediums. That’s where local events like Indy Jazz Fest (OK, get ready for a shameless plug) come in.
And because we’re right smack dab in the middle of Jazz Fest week (yes, week), I’ll give you the rundown. Even in this economy, Indy Jazz Fest has grown bigger, faster, and stronger than its predecessors: it lasts eight days, includes 180+ local, regional and national artists and is being run by current jazz musicians, educators and enthusiasts.
I can’t emphasize enough how important I believe art and music programs in schools are, and the new education program- a partnership with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation– will make a true impact on jazz’s future. (You can also catch performances by Ben Davis , Fort Wayne Snider and IPS All Star Band at Jazz Fest.)
I don’t ever want to think about a world without jazz, let alone Indy without jazz. And hopefully with events likes this, Indianapolis can be the one to produce the next Miles Davis to inspire the future Pablo Picasso.
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