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2016 EVENTS - June 4 June 18 June 25 July 23 July 30 August 6


2016 Performer Schedule:

June 4 – Sarah Scharbrough

June 18 – Monika Herzig

June 25 – Slammer Jazz Trio

July 23 - Cathy Morris

July 30 – Blair Clark

August 6 – Tad Robinson


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 4th 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.


Blair ClarkUsing her classical and jazz background, Sarah Scharbrough mixes in other audio flavors - gospel, country, and pop for a soulful and eclectic sound.  Having worked with Grammy-award winning musicians, collaborating and sharing the stage with Bill and Gloria Gaither, Jon McLaughlin, Kurt Elling, Christy Nockels, Jon McLaughlin, Alanna Story, Cook & Belle, Dierks Bentley and a slew of other impressive talents, Sarah’s songs have taken her around the world to jazz festivals, colleges, clubs, conferences, and churches, among other events.

As a wife of almost fourteen years to her best friend & college sweetheart, mother to five children under 8 years old, and worship leader/songwriter & blogger, she has seen her fair share of seasons.  Through her writing, she articulates the mountain and valley experiences of journeying through life with depth, sincerity, raw emotion, and humor.

Sarah has released 5 albums including "So Many Reasons", "The Least of These", “Draw Me Back”, “The Bright Midwinter - A Christmas Meditation.”, and, most recently, “Sit With Me”.  She has also released a live concert DVD.  She has been the voice of commercial radio and television jingles ranging from Ford, Dodge, and New Balance to Cedar Point Theme Park and the Indiana Pacers.  She has also been the featured guest on two nationally-released PBS shows - Cook and Belle’s Playhouse and Artrageous with Nate. Both have been nominated for Emmys, the latter going on to win.

Sarah strives to sing the praises of real life and lament the struggles as well.  Sharing stories of all kinds is at the forefront of what she does. She is also a worship leader at Grace Church in Noblesville, IN.


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 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

"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:, 812-334-3022


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.

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JULY 23 – Cathy Morris

Blair ClarkAnyone in central Indiana with an iota of interest in music — and throughout the state and region for that matter — is aware of or has heard electric violinist and vocalist Cathy Morris. She has played everywhere — concerts, festival stages and during major televised events.

She has opened for big names like Al Jarreau, Burt Bacharach, George Benson, Chuck Mangione, Rick Braun, Fourplay, Najee and many others. She has also performed her original music as a guest soloist with orchestras and jazz bands.

A recording artist, Morris also has five CDs of original music to her credit, in addition to her holiday disc entitled “A Cathy Morris Christmas,” the ’05 release “Cathy Morris Latin Jazz” and her ‘06 release “Sacred Romance: violin and piano duets accompanying Sufi poetry.”

Morris, a dedicated educator, has also collaborated regularly with students performing convocations, conducting workshops and performing her original music in side-by-side concerts with student orchestras.


Blair Clark

Take a little pop, throw in some R&B, mix it with some soul and add a touch of jazz 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.” He will soon be releasing his next project, “In a Perfect World.”  This latest work will be produced with the legendary Preston Glass, who has worked with such artists as Kenny G., Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind & Fire, to name a few.

Clark’s passion for music is only surpassed by his passion for community service. In memory of his late sister, LaNiece Clark, he started a non-profit organization, Friends Helping Friends/Music Helping Friends, serving individuals and organizations in need, and is committed to providing top pay to quality musicians while allowing organizations to keep their profit to best serve those in need.

Clark is president and co-founder of the Midwest School of Voice, coaching and mentoring vocalists of all ages. The school focuses on vocal training and performance technique.

Last but not least, Clark is president and owner Of ADC (Artist Development Company). Developing and refining artist talent while building brand awareness, creating social media buzz, and connecting artists to industry opportunities.


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.”

“A velvet voiced collection of cool.”

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

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