Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!
Leading Indianapolis jazz musicians will show off their skills and
introduce young people to the world of jazz during the series, "Hot Jazz for
Cool Kids!," continuing through March at Central Library in the Clowes
Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.
Now in its third season, this series of one-hour family-friendly concerts
will be entertaining for those of all ages while making for a perfect
Sunday afternoon at the Library. The programs will provide a fun way for
children to learn about jazz music.
"Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!" programs include:
Kenny Phelps and Friends
"Jazz: Rhythm, Melody and Improv"
Sunday, January 12 at 3 p.m.
Children and adults will learn what it means to "swing" and experience improvision during this performance by dynamic drummer Kenny Phelps.
An experienced jazz educator, Phelps will guide the audience to that "ah-ha" moment when they recognize the building blocks of jazz music.
Pavel and Direct Contact
Sunday, February 9 at 3 p.m.
Call it Latin Jazz, Latin American Jazz, or Afro-Latin Jazz, sitting still
will be impossible when this high energy band takes the stage. Known for his pyrotechnics on the piano, 2013 Chicago Music Awards nominee Pavel
teams up with Henry Mancini Band bass player Steve Dokken and
Latin American music specialist Raul Padro on percussion.
The Naptown Strutters
Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m.
Dixieland jazz comes to the Library with the sounds of the Naptown Strutters led by trombonist
Dan Hughley. Experience New Orleans jazz in the tradition of Louis Armstrong and other early
jazz greats. The group features Larry McWilliams on trumpet, Bill James on clarinet, Jon Block on bass,
Larry Mechem on piano, and Gene Markiewicz on drums.
"Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!" is presented by the Learning Curve at Central Library, the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest.
Yours to Create: A Preliminary Report on the Library's New Strategic Plan
Individuals of all ages are invited to learn about the future direction of The Indianapolis Public
Library during the free public event, "Yours to Create: A Preliminary Report on the Library's New
Strategic Plan," on Tuesday, January 28 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.
For the past six months, the Library has received input from citizens and conducted research used to
develop a preliminary plan for Library services for the years 2015 - 2020. The focus is on how the Library
can align its services to address changing local needs in such areas as education, workforce readiness,
business development, access to technology, diversity, civic engagement, and nurturing safe and vibrant
neighborhoods. The Library's future course also depends on adequate and sustainable resources.
Following the public event at Central Library, Library CEO Jackie Nytes will begin a tour of all
Library locations to introduce the proposed plan to citizens and receive their feedback. Initial branch
visits will be on Wednesday, January 29 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Spades Park Branch, 1801 Nowland Avenue,
and on Thursday, January 30 from 4 - 6 p.m. at the Eagle Branch, 3325 Lowry Road. CEO visits will
continue throughout February and early March.
Final consideration of the Library's Strategic Plan and approval by the Library Board of Trustees will
come later in the spring of 2014. Implementation will be reflected in the Library's 2015 budget and