This year's Indy Jazz Fest, while being presented virtually, promises an exciting glimpse at Indy's musical talents. There are four nights of Indiana jazz to be aired starting Friday, November 13, 2020. We debut with Celebrate Naptown, a mash-up recorded at Garfield Park that features 25+ of Indy's leading jazz musicians. Next, we move to the Commission Series, an emotional look at the way these artist's mentors and society have affected their artistry. These commissions were awarded for each of the groups to compose, perform, and document this musical snapshot in time. We hope you can join us on each of these four evenings and be a part of the premier of these incredible works. #indyjazzfest2020
A mini-documentary that speaks to the myriad of issues that has made 2020 so polarizing. "We wanted to amplify the voices of Indy’s arts community because artists rarely get the opportunity to directly articulate how and why they create, inspire, and reflect the environment in which they live."
WHY WE DO THIS ...
"Though we are not able to operate as normal in this COVID-19 environment, the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation remains unwavering in its commitment to keep our Indianapolis jazz musicians creating. We have commissioned three accomplished Indy-based musicians to write, perform, and video (for virtual viewing) original music that reflects the subject matter of these uncertain and difficult times. We are confident that we will enable these musicians and their bands to create and express through the medium of jazz, profound artistic statements, that will have a lasting and impactful effect on Indianapolis and the world."
- IJF Artistic and Education Director Rob Dixon