Jazz Kitchen

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The Jazz Kitchen

The Jazz Kitchen is a prominent jazz club and restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana. The club showcases local, regional and national jazz acts. The Jazz Kitchen opened in 1994 at the former location of The Place to Start at 54th Street and College Avenue in the Meridian-Kessler/South Broad Ripple neighborhood.[1] Voted one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world in 2009 by Down Beat magazine,[2] the Jazz Kitchen is owned by David Allee, son of jazz musician and composer Steve Allee.[3]

2009 brought some significant changes to Jazz Kitchen. In 2009, the jazz club adopted a "smoke-free" policy.[4] And in February 2009, the corporate partnership of the Jazz Kitchen, Owl Studios and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation under the moniker Indy Jazz Fest Corp. took over production of the Indy Jazz Fest, an annual festival held in June.[5] As a foodie destination, the Jazz Kitchen received an OpenTable’s 2012 Diner’s Choice award listing among the Top 100 Late-Night Dining Restaurants in the country[6]

The club features local and touring musicians. Many acclaimed musicians have performed at Jazz Kitchen, including Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Victor Wooten, Larry Coryell, Lavay Smith, Pharez Whitted, Jon Faddis, Kathy Kosins, Yellowjackets, Frank Glover, Joey DeFrancesco, Terence Blanchard, J. J. Johnson, Simone (actress), Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Ray Brown (musician).

Notable performances[edit]

J. J. Johnson's three nights as leader of his final group in March 1995 before his retirement. Harry Connick Jr.'s combo performances in May 2002. Connick's performance prompted the club to hire a security guard for the first time.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Harvey, Jay. "10 Swinging Years: Jazz Kitchen Celebrates its First Decade's Musical Diversity and Noteworthy Cuisine." Indystar.com. April 2, 2004.
  2. ^ "DownBeat's International Jazz Club Guide: 100 Great Jazz Club." Down Beat February 2009: 63.
  3. ^ Harvey, Jay. "10 Swinging Years: Jazz Kitchen Celebrates its First Decade's Musical Diversity and Noteworthy Cuisine." Indystar.com. April 2, 2004.
  4. ^ Harry, Lou. "Jazz Kitchen Goes Smoke-Free. IBJ.com June 25, 2009.
  5. ^ "Indy Jazz Fest Under New Leadership." WTHR.com. February 27, 2009.
  6. ^ "Indy’s Jazz Kitchen ranks among top 100 late-night restaurants in Open Table survey." Indystar.com. August 21, 2012.
  7. ^ Harvey, Jay. "10 Swinging Years: Jazz Kitchen Celebrates its First Decade's Musical Diversity and Noteworthy Cuisine." Indystar.com. April 2, 2004.

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Coordinates: 39°51′03″N 86°08′44″W / 39.8509°N 86.1455°W / 39.8509; -86.1455