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June 6 June 20 June 27 July 25 August 1


 

2015 Performer Schedule:

June 6 – Brenda Williams

June 20 – Monika Herzig

June 27 – Blair Clark

July 25 – Quick Trio

August 1
Rodney Stepp & The Steppin' Out Band

   


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 6th from 6 – 9 p.m.

The Jazz stage is located on the southwest corner 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 6 – BRENDA WILLIAMS

Brenda WilliamsBrenda 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.


JUNE 20 – MONIKA HERZIG

Monika Herzig

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.

Recently, Herzig has been signed to the Owl Studios label and released the holiday CD “Peace on Earth”, followed by a CD/ DVD combo entitled “Come With Me” on March 8, 2011. 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 27 – BLAIR CLARK

Blair Clark

Take a little jazz, throw in some R&B, mix it with some soul and add a touch of pop and the result is the electrifying sounds of Blair Clark. Clark has captivated audiences through Europe, Canada and all over the U.S. Appearing at numerous concerts, festivals, private events, and clubs.

Clark has had the privilege of working with Grammy award-winner/producer Narada Michael Walden, BMI ® award-winner Preston Glass and New Orleans jazz legend Henry Butler, to name a few. He’s enjoyed collaborating and recording with Evelyn “Champagne” King and Ron Tyson of The Temptations.

As a songwriter, Clark has written for various artists including co-writing with Narada Michael Walden and Preston Glass, as well as his own projects. A producer, Clark has created and worked in studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Indianapolis.

Clark recently released “Blair Clark Sings the Great American Song Book, Live at the Jazz Kitchen.” Blair will be releasing his latest project, “In a Perfect World” in Fall of 2015. Ron Tyson of The Temptations and Evelyn Champagne King are featured artists on this project. “In a Perfect World” will be produced with the legendary Preston Glass.


JULY 25 – QUICK TRIO

Trio Toledo

Jason Quick - Guitar, Composer

Zac Kreuz - Drums

Josh Bartolomeo - Upright Bass

This is the first version of Quick Trio since 2004 to play primarily original material in their sets. The tunes performed are each unique in their Forms and Rhythm Structures. The musical challenge for the group is to make each tune, for the listening audience, a cohesion of melody, harmony, spirit, groove and plain good fun.

Quick Trio is a group with an appealing sound mix that has been active since 2004. Adaptability has served the group in finding regular venues to play at. The Quick Trio sound got the group into a regular rotation at Manhattan’s Restaurant in Uptown Toledo. Starting in 2007 through 2013, the group played twice a month. When Manhattan’s ended their live music policy, downtown Toledo’s Ye Olde Durty Bird secured Quick Trio for monthly gigs starting in 2014 and continuing through 2015. Quick Trio has played Downtown Sylvania’s One2 Lounge 3-4 times a year since 2010. Quick Trio and Jason Quick Solo has been performing at Maumee’s Jazz Club Degage since 2008. Quick Trio has also performed at various private and public functions at the Toledo Museum of Art. Cocktail Parties, Fundraiser Dinners, "It’s Friday" Live Music Series.

New for 2015:
Trio Toledo by Quick Kreuz Knurek

Original Jazz Music: Calypso, Mambo, Loopy Swing Drive, Space Bop, Bebop, Waltz, Weird Waltz.

Check us out on youtube: http://youtu.be/OXupSpJ8pvo


AUGUST 1 – RODNEY STEPP & THE STEPPIN’ OUT BAND

Rodney Stepp & The Steppin' Out Band

RODNEY STEPP & THE STEPPIN' OUT BAND featuring Steve Cooper

Founded in March of 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana by veteran keyboards player Rodney Stepp, this five member band plays smooth jazz with a touch of r&b. Their debut single, "Steppin' Out" from their debut album SECOND CHANCE (due June 2015), features guest vocalist Staci McCrackin on one of the mixes as well as hip-hop artist Skypp.

Stepp has played all over the world as the one-time musical director for the legendary r&b vocal group The Spinners. He even took a famed organ solo on their hit single "Mighty Love" on their live album. In addition to The Spinners, he has played for Sister Sledge of "We Are Family" fame and singer Ronnie Dyson to name a few.

Co-founder Steve Cooper is a graduate of the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston. Cooper plays EVI and trumpet in the group as well as doing a lot of the arrangements.

Additional group members are: Anthony Bush on drums. Bush was a member of the Def Jam Records act Dos of Soul that was featured on THE NUTTY PROFESSOR SOUNDTRACK with the song "Come Around"; Tom Padgett on guitar has previously played with rocker Henry Lee Summer; and bass guitarist Anthony "A.J." Jones, who has played with lots of bands and gospel groups.

The sound of RODNEY STEPP & THE STEPPIN' OUT BAND featuring Steve Cooper is one of good music, good vibes and quality.

Music video for "Steppin' Out": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBLYzXLy5_M


 

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