For more info about other Carmel Arts & Design District events, click here or call 317.571.ARTS.

2017 EVENTS – June 3 June 17 June 24 July 22 July 29 August 5


 

2017 Performer Schedule:

June 3 – Cathy Morris
June 17 – Monika Herzig
June 24 – Brenda Williams
July 22 – Tad Robinson
July 29 – Emma Hedrick & The Main Street Jazz Band
August 5 – Slammer Jazz

   


Carmel, Ind. – The beauty and artistry synonymous with the Carmel Arts & Design District will extend beyond its galleries once again. The popular Jazz on the Monon free evening concert series starts Saturday, June 3rd from 6 – 9 p.m.

NOTE NEW LOCATION: Join us in a NEW location for 2017 at the Monon Depot, located on the southwest corner of the Monon and 1st St. S.W. (just one block south of the Monon & Main Street.

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets, and bike racks will be provided for guests that prefer to pedal and park. Bike racks will not be monitored, so guests should plan to bring a lock to secure their bicycle.

For visitors arriving by car, parking is available at the Carmel Lions Club parking lot, Indiana Design Center underground garage and other public parking areas, as well as on-street parking in the District.


JUNE 3 – Cathy Morris

Blair Clark

As a performer you’ll find Cathy in a broad range of arenas: concert and festival stages in the US and abroad, at world viewed events including the Opening Ceremonies for the World Swimming Championships, Indianapolis International Violin Competition and repeatedly in front of 250,000 people at the Formula One and Indy 500 races. Cathy and her band have opened for Al Jareau, Burt Bacharach, George Benson, Chuck Mangione, Rick Braun, fourPlay and Najee to name a few and can regularly be seen as the guest soloist performing her original music with orchestras and jazz bands.

As a musical ambassador she has performed for world leaders and dignitaries including Mikail Gorbachev, the Prince and Princess of Serbia, President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush and the Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae among others. 

As a recording artist Cathy has five CDs of original music in addition to her holiday disc A Cathy Morris Christmas, the ’05 release Cathy Morris Latin Jazz, 2006 release Sacred Romance: violin and piano duets accompanyingSufi poetry and 2007 Music For Wellness audio and video meditation series.

As an educator it's her unending commitment to children that puts her in front of and collaborating with literally thousands of students each year performing convocations, conducting workshops and performing her original music in side by side concerts with student orchestras.

As a composer/arranger you can find Cathy's original music for string orchestra published by FJH Music, Inc in addition to her catalog of over one hundred other works for strings, solo with orchestra and jazz band.

To her credit as a producer is the annual Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Holiday Jazz Showcase, ISI 2000 National String Improv Conference, One World In Music Family Concert Series and additional recordings: Here For You - a compilation recording of all women's music benefiting Indianapolis Women's Fund and Sacred Romance, benefiting WICR Journey's Fire.

 


JUNE 17 – MONICA HERZIG

Blair Clark

In 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig.  Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988.

Since then she has completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member.  Her book “David Baker – A Legacy in Music” was released November 2011 on IU Press.  As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Louisville’s Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few.  Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, Italy, Japan, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.

On the  Owl Studios label Herzig released the holiday CD “Peace on Earth”, followed by a CD/ DVD combo entitled “Come With Me”.  Her previous releases have received rave reviews.  Thomas Garner from Garageradio.com writes, “I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”.  As a recipient of the 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for her composition “Let’s Fool One” and with several Big Band Arrangements published with the University of Northern Colorado Press, Herzig has also gathered international recognition for her writing skills.

The current repertoire of the Monika Herzig Acoustic Project includes originals and arrangements of standard repertoire, such as John Lennon’s Imagine, Cole Porter’s Night and Day, or Hoagy Carmichael’s Georgia. The Monika Herzig Trio can be heard every Saturday at Rick’s Cafe Boatyard at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis.  For current tour listings and sound samples/ videos visit www.monikaherzig.com.

“Distinctive originals and well-chosen standards reveal Herzig's warmhearted, reflective side and her cleverly playful nature.”
– Nancy Ann Lee
Jazz Times contributor and co-editor of MusicHound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide

“A lovely example of a thoroughly schooled, thoroughly modern jazz pianist.”
– Cherilee Wadsworth Walker, Eastern Illinois University

The lady can get down and play!
– John W. Patterson, AAJ Fusion/ Progressive Editor

Contact: mherzig@indiana.edu, 812-334-3022

 


JUNE 24 – BRENDA WILLIAMS

Blair Clark

Brenda Williams is a dynamic and vivacious singer and actress based in the Indianapolis area. Equally impressive to her voice and talent is her resume, which includes performing for 3 United States Presidents.

Ms. Williams gained recognition in the Indianapolis area with her award-winning performances in the American Cabaret Theatre, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.

And her national recognition packs much star power. Ms. Williams has been the opening act for headliners such as Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Lee Greenwood, Chuck Mangione, and Meryl Streep.

She has been spotlighted by the Indianapolis Woman Magazine for their Local Female Musician Choice Award, recognized by the Indianapolis Star as one of the Top People To Watch, and Second Runner-Up to the Mrs. America Title.

Ms. Williams has built a large fan base in Central Indiana over the years through her ability to perform a wide variety of settings in her own  defining style. Whether performing in the theatre with Broadway tunes, singing ballads in a Supper Club, or swinging away in a Jazz Room, she is able to energetically communicate with her audience.

 


JULY 22 – TAD ROBINSON

Blair Clark

From his Manhattan roots and his Indiana and Chicago musical upbringing, Tad has caught the attention of the music world with his seven Blues Music Award nominations (the Grammys of blues music) and his many recordings, including the song “Rained All Night” which was nominated for Blues Song of the Year at the 2011 Blues Music Awards. He’s a veteran of countless national and international tours, including many of the most important international blues festivals. With harmonica chops schooled by Big and Little Walter, Sonny Boy I and II, Junior Wells, James Cotton, among many, and vocals that compare to Otis Redding, Syl Johnson, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, Tad ranks as one of the most unique and talented members of the international blues and soul communities.

“Robinson places near the top of the list of the finest living singers of soul blues.”
– DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

 

“A velvet voiced collection of cool.”
– METROMIX INDY

“Robinson sings with a range and smoothness of delivery that are exquisitely evocative.”
– MOJO MAGAZINE

For more information, visit:
www.tadrobinson.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMcLkW7icoM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbsLY_tn8VE

 


JUNE 29 – EMMA HEDRICK & THE MAIN STREET JAZZ BAND

Bio and photo coming soon!


AUGUST 5 – SLAMMER JAZZ

Blair Clark

Slammer Jazz! is Carmel's premier jazz combo, playing the full spectrum of your favorite music including bebop, swing, latin jazz, and pop/rock classics.  The Slammer Jazz Trio consists of veteran professional musicians (L to R):

Jim VanSlambrook (Vibes, Horns, Leader)  a multi-talented musician alternating between the vibes, tenor sax, trumpet, flute, flugelhorn, and trombone.  Jim has performed for over 40 years in jazz combos, big bands, rock bands, and musical theatres in Detroit, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Indy.    

Heidi Kinkead (Vocals, Alto Sax) – graduated from Carmel High School and the University of Dayton  with a Bachelor of Music Education.  Heidi has also performed with professional musical theatres including Beef & Boards, American Cabaret, Indianapolis Civic, Boggstown Cabaret, and the Barn Theatre in Michigan.

Craig Watson (Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet) - toured the US and Canada in the 70s, 80s and 90s with many popular show groups.  His energetic lyrical interpretations are always  a real crowd pleaser.  Craig also teaches trumpet and guitar.

For more info see:  http://www.bookastar.com/slammerjazz

 


 

back to top

©2017 - For more info about other Carmel Arts & Design District events, click here or call 317.571.ARTS.