March and April are my two favorite months of the year! March is Women’s History Month and provides the opportunity to showcase many of our amazing jazz ladies and April is Jazz Apreciation Month (JAM) and features the art form in its fullest. I just wish we could extend both months over the rest of the year – maybe soon – Recently there has been some depressing news since the most recent Nielsen Soundscan numbers revealed that jazz has shrunk down to a 1.2% sales percentage. My reservation with those figures is that jazz is active outside of Soundscan accounting, meaning the business is conducted directly between the artists and fan after a performance, through their websites, etc. My own experience with all of your wonderful supporters confirms my theory, jazz is alive and well!
I’m always on to new jazz adventures and the beginning of JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month) will be very special as I’m bringing in documentary filmmaker Kay Ray who recently completed “Lady Be Good”, a documentary that keeps accumulating international awards. We have planned a series of concerts/ screenings/ discussions. Our format will be a 30-minute concert bey regional female leaders followed by a screening of the documentary and a discussion with the filmmaker, the musicians, and the audience. Kay Ray is coming in from Seattle for our series and we will give her a warm Hoosier welcome. Here are the event details – hope to see you at one of those special occasions:
Friday, April 10, 7:30pm, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S Van Buren St, Nashville, IN, www.browncountyplayhouse.org – AND – a free/open jam session clinic at 4pm
Sunday, April 12, 3.30pm , The Jazz Club, Carnahan Hall, 800 Main St, Lafayette, IN, http://www.thejazzclub.org/
\Monday, April 13, 5.30pm, Indianapolis Central Library, 40 E St. Clair St, http://www.imcpl.org/events/featured/
Tuesday, April 14, noon and 6.3opm, Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, 318 Main St, Lafayette, IN
Enjoy a trailer of the documentary here