Discover the magic of the Indy Jazz Fest
Join us this October for the 2-day Indianapolis Jazz Celebration, featuring the world’s top renowned jazz superstars and local Indy jazz heroes. Indy Jazz Fest is the first flagship event of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. The festival’s spectacular lineup will feature internationally and nationally acclaimed jazz artists, as well as several extraordinary Indy jazz artists!
Don’t miss the start of this year’s festival – the Naptown Sound Launch Celebration on September 30 at The Jazz Kitchen at Broad Ripple located at 5377 N. College Ave. The VIP event will feature over 25 local artists and set the stage, so to speak, for an unforgettable festival and tribute to Indy’s jazz history.
A celebration of jazz performance, heritage and education
Festival directors and musicians David Allee [owner of The Jazz Kitchen]Rob Dixon [Artistic & Education Director] and Pavel Polanco-Safadit, Indianapolis Jazz Foundation board member and musician, spoke about the “vibe” of this year’s jazz festival, its purpose and why organizers believe the ‘This year’s Indy Jazz Fest will be epic.
“Indy Jazz Festival is a nationally and internationally renowned festival [jazz] festival that started a while ago and is organized by the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation,” Polanco-Safadit explained. “It’s full of jazz culture and world culture, and it’s so much fun to be a part of it!” One of our goals [as a foundation] is to educate the community about jazz music, world jazz and to be more connected to the community.
Polanco-Safadit emphasized the importance of inclusivity and community engagement outside of the immediate jazz community in and around Circle City.
“The foundation has done a fantastic job over the past year and this year, reaching communities outside of Indianapolis through fundraising events and supporting other festivals by bringing jazz to them,” said Polanco-Safadit. “I just see it getting better and better as it goes. So, I encourage everyone to get their tickets, it’s the coming year!
Allee added: “We are using the festival as a kick off and to celebrate what we have here locally. From the Foundation’s point of view, it’s kind of a three-pronged approach: the festival is a big part of the performance side of our mission in addition to many other concerts throughout the year.
Legacy is another important part of what we do, and the third is education. Not only do we help with our own programs, but we are in schools helping, financially, with projects while working with educators, administrators, and band leaders across the city.
Explore the Indy jazz scene!
Dixon emphasized the importance of celebrating and exploring jazz in Indiana by coming together as a community and experiencing Indy Jazz Fest and all it has to offer!
“Part of the Foundation’s mission is to celebrate performance and legacy, as well as educate people about the great jazz scene we have here in Indianapolis and around the world,” Dixon said. “Indy Jazz Fest gives us the opportunity to showcase a lot of local artists, as well as bring in international and domestic talent. The festival also gives us a platform to showcase what we do educationally.
Dixon added, “There’s so much to explore and there’s plenty to do before the festival, so be sure to check out our website. I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll love on the list, and we’ve got a lot of great things planned this year. You don’t want to miss this!
Tickets for Indy Jazz Fest 2022 can be purchased at indyjazzfest.net. For more information on the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, visit indyjazzfoundation.org and be sure to check out thejazzkitchen.com for more information on The Jazz Kitchen!
SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER
• Tank and the Bangas
• Lalah Hathaway
• Norman Brown
• Terri Lyne Carrington
& Social science
• From 317
SUNDAY OCTOBER 2
• Renaissance Marching Band
• Brown Butcher
• Jonathan Scales Fourchestra