Jazz fans may want to take a drive to Indy in mid-September: The Indy Jazz Fest offers seven days of music and fun from Sept. 10-16 at various venues.
Headliners are Stanley Clarke, George Duke and Brian Culbertson, but a variety of jazz styles will be presented.
The festival leads off with the Sunset Series of concerts Sept. 10-14 at various venues, such as The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, The Jazz Kitchen, Indiana Landmarks Center, Chrisel DeHaan Fine Arts Center and Opti Park. The Finale Weekend takes place Sept. 15-16 in Opti Park, 67th St. and College Avenue in the Broad Ripple neighborhood on the near northside of Indianapolis.
For information, the full concert schedule and ticketing, go to www.indyjazzfest.net.
The Opti Park concert schedule is:
•Sept. 15: Robert Glasper Experiment, 5 p.m.; Karl Denson & Tiny Universe, 6:45p.m.; and Stanley Clarke/George Duke Bring It Tour. 8:45 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m.
Cost: $30 at the gate; $25 discount tickets available at select Central Indiana Marsh Supermarkets; and $75 for limited number of preferred seats available online.
•Sept. 16: Brian Simpson, featuring Maysa, 3:30 p.m.; Gerald Albright, 5:15 p.m.; and Brian Culbertson, 7:15 p.m. Gates open at 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 at the gate; $25 discount tickets available at select central Indiana Marsh Supermarkets; and $75 for limited number of preferred seats available online.
Other ticket options include:
•JazzPASS: $139 per person, good for any Indy Jazz Fest event Sept. 10-16. Available on event website only. Weekday reservations must be confirmed with email@example.com.
•Two-Day Pass: $50 ($45 discount tickets available at select central Indiana Marsh Supermarkets or online), good for both Sept.15 and16.
•VIP Donation Package: $500, good for two tickets to main events at Opti Park Sept. 15-16, access to Opti Park VIP Lounge with free food & beverages, and recognition on the event website. Purchasers can deduct $300 of the cost as a charitable donation.
Sunset shows scheduled are:
Sept. 10: Aaron Diehl Trio, APA Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz, 7 and 9:30 p.m., $25, The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave.
•The Latin Tinge, 7 p.m.,$20, Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave.
•The Blue Side, 8 and 10:30 p.m., $25, The Jazz Kitchen.
•Cheryl Bentyne (Manhattan Transfer) and Mark Winkler, 7 p.m., $35, The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle.
•Funk + Soul @ Indy Jazz Fest, various groups, 8 p.m., $15, The Jazz Kitchen.
Sept. 13: Indy Jazz Band tribute to Slide Hampton, 7 p.m., Free, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
•Slide Hampton with Steve Allee Big Band, 8 and 10:30 p.m., $30, The Jazz Kitchen.