Rhythm! Discovery Center and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, in association with The NAMM Foundation, will present a special discussion and performance at 11 a.m. on Monday in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
In addition to this joint program, Rhythm! Discovery Center is offering free admission to the center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to honor the legacy of Indianapolis jazz and Martin Luther King Jr.
The program, “The Rhythm of Indiana Avenue,” includes a presentation by Indianapolis drummer Lawrence Clark III discussing Indianapolis’ jazz tradition and Indiana Avenue, a mile-long street just northwest of Indianapolis’ Monument Circle once filled with jazz clubs, restaurants, cafes and theaters.
Indiana Avenue served as a training ground for Indianapolis jazz masters and some of the greatest musicians in the history of jazz, including Wes Montgomery, J.J. Johnson, Slide Hampton, David Baker and Freddie Hubbard.
Following the talk, drummer and Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame member Gene Markiewicz will lead a group in a performance of jazz standards.
“We are very excited that the Rhythm! Discovery Center will once again serve as the location for this year’s important cultural event,” said Larry Jacobson, executive cirector of Rhythm! Discovery Center. “Jazz is truly one of America’s only indigenous art forms, and we pleased that the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation continues to embrace and support our local artists and the community’s long-standing history with jazz.”
The center is at 110 W. Washington St.
For more information about this program and future programs at the center, call 317-275-9030. Visit RhythmDiscoveryCenter.org.