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June 7 June 21 June 28 July 26 August 2


2014 Performer Schedule:

June 7Blair Clark

June 21The Slammer Jazz Trio

June 28Heather Ramsey Clark

July 26Monika Herzig

August 2Cynthia Layne


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 7th 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.

Performer Biographies:

June 7 – Blair Clark

Blair Clark at Jazz on the MononTake 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-owner 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.

June 21 – The Slammer Jazz Trio

The Slammer Jazz TrioSlammer Jazz! is Carmel's premiere 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:

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

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. He also performs with the Pacers Pep Band and is a Professional Tennis Umpire.

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. He also performs with the Christian rock band "U.4.E.A" and the modern jazz trio Convergence. Craig currently teaches trumpet and guitar.

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June 28 – Heather Ramsey Clark

Heather Ramsey Clark at Jazz on the MononAcclaimed soul, jazz and R&B vocalist Heather Ramsey Clark brings her unique vocal and piano styling to songs from every era. A classically trained musician-turned-vocal artist, producer, arranger and songwriter, Heather has released two albums to critical acclaim, and just finished a European tour last fall.

In addition to her performance work, Heather shares her passion for music as a co-founder, vocal and performance instructor at the Midwest School of Voice. Together with her husband and fellow performer, Blair Clark, she will open The Warehouse this fall as a multi-genre music and rental venue designed to promote live music and performance art in Indiana.

In addition to her “day jobs,” Heather also founded and directs Young Voices Inspire, a group allowing young vocal artists the opportunity to work in a semi-professional setting performing popular music in service to their community at large. A strong advocate for women in the arts, Heather co-founded the Girls Create Music Songwriting Camp with her longtime friend and collaborator, Dr. Monika Herzig. Their work continues to inspire countless young women to create and explore their own passion for music and songwriting.

Heather's vocal inspirations include Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Eva Cassidy, Sara Bareilles and Karen Carpenter, to name just a few. Her music is available on iTunes and - be sure to check out her Pandora Station! This powerhouse vocalist brings her unstoppable vocal range, as well as the honesty or her own life experience to every song and every show. Her dynamic stage presence and down-to-earth banter charms audiences and encourages new generations of live music fans.

July 26 – Monika Herzig

Monica Herzig at Jazz on the MononIn 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 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

August 2 – Cynthia Layne

Cynthia Layne at Jazz on the MononMidwesterner Cynthia Layne has loved live music since the moment she attended her first concert at the tender age of seven. Since then, live music has become a regular part of her life with both the general public and media impressed by her performances.

Layne has her own following in Indianapolis, where she has made her home for many years after growing up in Dayton, Ohio. Now she is poised for national attention with the release of Beautiful Soul, an album showcasing her vocal stylings in both the R&B and jazz arenas. Her previous album, Reality, was a jazz-flavored set. Both records are on "Indy-based" Owl Studios.

The independent, artist-friendly label discovered Cynthia through her mentor/producer/fellow musician and friend Rob Dixon. Both have performed together regularly over the years and continue to do so in Indianapolis.

"He told me there was a new record label in town and that I should check them out," remembers Cynthia. "He (Rob) set up a meeting with J. Allan Hall (owner/president) and the rest is history. He (Al) checked out my music and live show and wanted me on the label."

Beautiful Soul was co-produced and co-composed by Dixon, a respected musician born in Baltimore and raised in Atlanta. He has toured all over the world. Layne's band members include Dixon on saxophone, Beautiful Soul co-producer/co-composer Reggie Bishop on piano, keyboards/keyboard bass along with Kenny Phelps on drums. Both Bishop and Phelps are Indianapolis-born.

"I've known and played with Cynthia for years even when I lived in New York," said Dixon, who would sometimes come back to Indiana just to work with Layne. "It is really easy to write songs for her and with her. I also really appreciate that she trusts me musically."

"Funny," "Pimp Talk" and "Free Yourself" were co-written by Layne, who says she draws inspiration from everyday living and the life experiences she, her family and friends have experienced. "It seems to me that we are all either ready to go through it, are in it or coming out of some situation in life," she said. "And for me singing is like telling a story...and we all have a story to tell."

Layne's new album is more R&B-influenced than her previous release Reality. "I listen to a lot of music styles and grew up on R&B music," said Cynthia. "I wanted to do an R&B album to reach more audiences and listeners. I think there is a little something for everyone on the album. For example, "All I Need" has a more singer/songwriter vibe; "I Can't Change You" is more jazz; "Be You" is more neo-soulish and "Free Yourself" is plain old school funk."

Her favorite instrument is percussion and she considers herself percussive. "I love different rhythms and drum patterns and the way it can change the whole vibe of a song. I use my voice as an instrument and like to be creative when ad-libbing and scatting. I get a lot of ideas from the drums and horns to do vocals. I really get into the music and you can see it and hear it during our live performances."

Other songs of note on Beautiful Soul include "Kings & Queens" and "Letting You Go." The songs "Letting You Go" along with "Funny" and "We" were originally on Reality. Layne said that the reason for including them on the new record was "because as we gigged and played the tunes live they sorta evolved into something that was different and better than when we first recorded them." She felt they had to be a part of Beautiful Soul. "They are such great songs. And I'm sure that this album will reach millions of people who have never heard my music.

Layne, who has been performing for about 15 years, initially plans to tour the Midwest this winter with her band. "We have a lot of energy and passion that translates to the music when we are onstage," she said. "Our vibe is great and we play with a lot of dynamics so you actually feel the music. I use live horns, drums and keyboards.

'I've always loved music, especially live music. My younger sister always encouraged me to sing. As a girl, I listened to Natalie Cole and Diana Ross and emulate them all the time. In the mid 90's, I saw Dee Dee Bridgewater live when she was promoting her "Tribute to Ella" CD and was blown away. I was able to spend some one-on-one time with her and she was very encouraging. She is an incredible vocalist and was very inspiring." Layne also cites Phyllis Hyman, Teena Marie and Barbra Streisand as musical influences during her childhood.

These days, Layne inspires others including her young daughter who is included on the last track which was recorded when they were both in-studio together. "She wanted to talk on the mic and during a break, she started talking and being silly, said Cyntha. "Of course we didn't tell her we were recording her. We ended up editing her "shouts" (believe me she talks a mile-a-minute), added a synth track and loop and used it as the last track. I think it was a fun way to end the album. It ends leaving a smile on your face!"

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