Native Sun


Premiere Date - Saturday, November 14 - 8p
Where to watch -, Facebook Live @indyjazzfest, YouTube Live

Native Sun, comprised of MC, Bobby Young, bassist, Brandon Meeks, and drummer Richard “Sleepy” Floyd present an intimate and introspective dive in to their upcoming release, "Never Be King."

Native Sun has always been a voice for social justice. These elements will all come together to shed light on the journey to social justice and equality both at home and nationwide, but also to uplift and spread love and positivity in these uncertain times.

This acoustic experience, features a live string section, with arrangements by Krystle Ford, will enhance the orchestral leaning textures found in the music. The group is also supported by keyboardists, Shawn McGowan and Andrew Howard with features from vocalist, Allison Victoria and poet, Manon Voice.

Recorded at the iconic Vogue Theater.
Filmed by WFYI, Audio recorded by Matt Vice & Michael Halperin

Line-up ...

Bobby Young - MC
Brandon Meeks - bass
Richard "Sleepy" Floyd - drums
Shawn McGowen - keys
Andrew Howard - keys
Rob Dixon - producer, string arrangements, sax

Allison Victoria - vocals
Manon Voice - poet
Derek Reeves - violin

Anna Czernik - violin
Kara Day - violin
Sarah Page - violin
Kathy Hershberger - viola, string contractor
Colette Abel - viola
Yoonhae Swanson - cello
Anna Thompson-Danilova - cello

About the Indy Jazz Fest Commission Series

This presentation represents one of three projects that make up the Indy Jazz Fest 2020 Commission Series. These works will provide an emotional look at the way these artists’ mentors and society have affected their artistry. Ultimately, we view these concerts and commissions as the perfect way to continue the crucial support of our artists right here in Indianapolis as we continue to navigate through the challenges brought forth by the pandemic, racial tensions, and a year of introspection.”

"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." - Rob Dixon, IJF Artistic & Education Director