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Jazz notes: IJF Holiday Showcase

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It’s that time of year: The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation will host its annual Holiday Showcase November 18 at the Madame Walker Center Ballroom (617 Indiana Avenue). Bill Lancton, president of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, tells us that, “This years theme is ‘Remembering the past and showcasing the future.’”

One of the highlights of the Holiday Showcase is the induction of new members into the IJF Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are guitarist and composer Royce Campbell, music educator and bassist Rudy Finnell, trumpeter Clifford Ratliff and jazz educator, historian and presenter Gilbert Taylor.

IJF will also award $1000 scholarships to deserving music students during the ceremony. This year’s recipients are Larron Golden, tenor saxophone, University of Indianapolis; Vivek Hadley, trombone, Ball State; Matthew Karnstedt, saxophone, Butler University; and Alika Seu, bass trombone, Depauw University.

Entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature a house band comprised of Gary Walters on piano, Jesse Wittman on bass and Kenny Phelps on drums. Colleen Strutz (vocals), Mark Buselli (trumpet) and Lancton (guitar) will make guest appearances, in addition to performers at The Indianapolis Guitar Summit. A jam session featuring scholarship winners and Hall of Fame inductees will wind up the evening’s events.

Tickets are $25 per person and doors will open at 6 p.m. An optional buffet will be served at 6:30 p.m. for an additional fee. A silent auction of unique items will be conducted. Tickets can be obtained by calling the Madame Walker Box office at 236-2099 or at the door.

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