In 2014, Jazz Arts Group launched a new performance series, Inside Track, which presented the best in contemporary music at the historic Lincoln Theatre. We believe the best way to experience music is live, where you can feel the beat in your body and witness the heart and soul that goes into its creation. As we prepare for the next Inside Track series, we look forward to giving music lovers from all walks of life the chance to stretch their ears and stretch themselves. With performers from every corner of the musical landscape, our next season will attract diverse audiences and entertain listeners of all ages. It’s music like you’ve never heard it before.
March 27, 2015
Friday, 8:00 p.m.
Led by seven-time Grammy nominee and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor Michael Spiro, Ritmos Unidos is a high-energy ensemble comprised of Jacobs faculty and alumni that mixes Latin jazz, American funk, Brazilian pop, and other syncretic styles. With a name that loosely translates as “rhythms together,” members of the ensemble include Spiro, Mike Mixtacki, Joe Galvin, Jamaal Baptiste, Pat Harbison, Nate Johnson, Joel Tucker, and Jeremy Allen in a show guaranteed to get your feet moving! Come early for dance lessons from Todd Smith of Lincoln Street Salsa – including salsa, merengue, and bachata – and a special performance from Thiossane West African Dance Institute! Lessons begin at 7:30 pm.
JAZZ ACADEMY COMPANION WORKSHOP: Saturday, March 28, 12:00 p.m. Ritmos Unidos prides itself on spreading the aural traditions of jazz and Latin music through high-energy performances and educational outreach. From the fundamentals of “clave” – the rhythmic foundation of Latin music, to the history and development of jazz, Caribbean and South American music, Michael Spiro and company will take you on an exciting journey into the beauty and essence of Latin jazz! Pre-registration is requested and available by clicking here.
September 12, 2014
Friday, 8:00 p.m.
- dw6 (Dan White Sextet)
Rather than trying to adhere to today’s constantly changing pop culture climate, the Dan White Sextet (dw6) strives to define its own path: to create genuine, original music that is inspired by the voices of the past and the soundtrack of the present; the music for life in the next ten minutes as well as in ten years.
What originated as a JAG-commissioned educational project through the Jazz in Schools program, “Your Song” began with a two-week roadtrip in which the founding members of dw6 (Dan White, Chris Ott & Jon Lampley) travelled across the country gathering the stories of musicians whose careers have been spent in the tradition of the blues. From Chicago to Nashville, Memphis to New Orleans, Jackson, St. Louis, Kansas City, and spots in-between, this premiere performance is a culmination of those stories and the music inspired and created along the way.
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October 10, 2014
Friday, 8:00 p.m.
- Bria Skonberg Quintet
The Bria Skonberg Quintet is a powerhouse combination of emerging talent in the New York jazz scene. Within the last year, bandleader/trumpeter/
JAZZ ACADEMY COMPANION WORKSHOP: Friday, October 10, 4:00 p.m. Versatility, tradition, innovation and creativity are at the core of Bria Skonberg’s inspiring musical identity. Join Bria and her band as she explores the evolution of jazz improvising from its New Orleans roots and its advancement through the 20th century, while discussing the importance of individual creativity and her experiences that have led her to become “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation!” Pre-registration is requested.
January 16, 2015
Friday, 8:00 p.m.
- Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet
The Mu’tet is led by Jeff Coffin, saxophonist from the Dave Matthews Band. Also a composer, educator, and three-time Grammy Award winner, you likely know Jeff from his 14-year tenure with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (1997-2010). The Mu’tet takes its name from the word “mutation,” clearly reflecting Coffin’s philosophy that music must continue to change and mutate in order to grow. JC & the Mu’tet strive to expand themselves, as well as their fans, with music flavored by their wide musical interests. Blending music from the deep wells of funk, African, New Orleans, Indian, jazz, folk, Gypsy, rock, Brazilian and other cultures of music, this band is unlike any other you will hear.
JAZZ ACADEMY COMPANION WORKSHOP: Saturday, January 17, 12:00 p.m. Students and audiences alike from Farmington, Maine to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Perth, Australia to Nashville, TN to Johannesburg, South Africa have been astonished by Jeff’s unique teaching and performing techniques. His listening, improvisation, and performance clinics have helped countless students gain valuable insight into a deeper understanding of music. His seemingly instant connection, high energy, and rapport with students of all ages and levels brings continued high praise from players, parents, and instructors from around the world. Students will carry the information given in these clinics for a very long time. Pre-registration is requested.