Premiere Date – Friday, November 12 – 7:30p
Venue – Madame Walker Theater
617 Indiana Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Made Possible by: REI Real Estate, Ron & Jeannie Tedrow, Steve and Debbie McNear, Dr. Bob Boeglin & Kathy Campbell,
Alex & Irena Goloschokin, Dr. Stan & Alice Hillis, IUPUI & the Madame Walker Theater Center, Owl Music Group
A musical journey through the life and career of humanitarian, entrepreneur, and master musician Kenny Phelps. This evening will feature Kenny Banks Jr., on piano and multi-instrumentalist Hamilton Hardin, plus next-generation jazz icons, Skyler Floe on trumpet, Dorian Phelps on drums, Andrew Danforth on trombone, and Graham Helft on guitar. An incredible collection of artists and music lovers influenced by Phelps’ continuing legacy and inspired by his life.
The musical director for this project is Hamilton Hardin, Columbus, OH based music genius who has been a long time working partner with Phelps. Additional compositions will be contributed by pianist Kenny Banks Jr., a crowd-favorite finalist at the American Pianists Association’s jazz piano competition and is featured in the newly released Aretha Franklin documentary starring Jennifer Hudson.
Kenny Phelps – drums / composer
Kenny Banks Jr – piano / composer
Hamilton Hardin – saxophone / guitar
Skyler Floe – trumpet
Dorian Phelps – drums
Andrew Danforth – trombone
Graham Helft – guitar
This presentation represents one of two projects that make up the Indy Jazz Fest 2021 Commission Series.