UIndy's 6th Annual Jazz Week, featuring prominent combos and big bands of local, regional and national renown, is April 8 - 13. Performances are held at 7:30 p.m. in the Christel DeHaan Fine Art Center's Ruth Lilly Performance Hall.

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UIndy Jazz Combo
Monday, April 8
7:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

The UIndy Jazz Combo is a small group of five to eight students offering performances of jazz and American standards.

UIndy Jazz Ensemble
Tuesday, April 9
7:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

UIndy's own big band, led by Harry Miedema, is composed of students who audition for membership in the ensemble prior to the fall semester. In addition to performing in concert throughout the year, the Jazz Ensemble serves as a laboratory experience for the Jazz Pedagogy course.

Steve Allee & Dick Sisto
Wednesday, April 10
7:30 p.m.

Admission: $20 general admission; $10 for seniors; free for children 18 and under and for all college students with ID

Pianist, composer and arranger Steve Allee is a veteran of more than 35 years on the music scene. He works principally in jazz, writing and performing for syndicated radio programs, network television, and motion pictures, and is a music educator as well. All of his career facets have blended into a distinct musical style that has a very strong visual, almost cinematic, flavor because of his skill in capturing or reinforcing important moods or visual elements that inspire his projects.

Allee has released six CDs as a leader; the two most recent are his trio recordings Dragonfly and Colors, artful collaborations with bassist Bill Moring and drummer Tim Horner. Saxophonists Rich Perry and Rob Dixon appear on select tracts. Allee is also the music director for the nationally syndicated comedy-variety radio program "The Bob and Tom Show", with which he has coproduced more than 50 albums over the past 25 years. He also teaches at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops and other master classes and workshops throughout the year.

Vibraphonist Dick Sisto began studying the vibes in grammar school, continuing into college. He eventually left college to form a quartet with drummer Maurice White, who later formed Earth, Wind & Fire. In recent years, Sisto has performed at jazz clubs throughout the Midwest and has toured Great Britain five times, receiving rave reviews. He is the music director at the famous Seelbach Bar, hosts two public radio jazz shows, and has been the vibes teacher for the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops for more than 10 years. His CD End of Time was 28th on the Gavin Radio Airplay List. Sisto appears as a sideman on recent CDs by tenor saxophonist Mark Colby and guitarist Kenny Poole.

Danny Walsh
Thursday, April 11
7:30 p.m.

Admission: $20 general admission; $10 for seniors; free for children 18 and under and for all college students with ID

A veteran of the New York City jazz scene, Walsh has been playing the sax in New York and New Jersey for decades. Known for his ability to play both tenor and alto saxophone, Walsh was described by JazzTimes as playing with "an energetic and virile attack." His resume includes solo albums and several recordings with drummer Lenny White.

Note: Danny Walsh is replacing the originally scheduled Royce Campbell performance.

Steve Davis
Friday, April 12
7:30 p.m.

Admission: $20 general admission; $10 for seniors; free for children 18 and under and for all college students with ID

Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today's leading improvisers on the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition during the 1990s while working with the bands of jazz legends Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea's Orgin, and the cooperative sextet, One for All.

Davis has appeared in Down Beat magazine's readers' and critics' polls numerous times, winning the TDWR (Rising Star) Trombone Category in 1998. Davis was also nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association as 2010 & 2012 Trombonist of the Year. In June 2010, Davis released Images: The Heartford Suite (Positone) featuring his exciting new Outlook Quintet. All Davis originals, the music has received rave reviews.

Ever in-demand as a sideman, Davis is featured on more than 100 recordings and in recent years has worked with a broad range of jazz icons including Freddie Hubbard and the New Jazz Composers Octet, Slide Hampton and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, and Cecil Payne. Davis continues to lean an active teaching career at the University of Hartford's Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute.

Midcoast Swing Orchestra
Saturday, April 13
7:30 p.m.

Admission: $20 general admission; $10 for seniors; free for children 18 and under and for all college students with ID

Formed in 1989, the Midcoast Swing Orchestra is an authentic 1930s/1940s swing band, featuring the music of the great early jazz bands such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Lunceford, Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Les Brown.

This Indianapolis jazz orchestra is made up of some of the finest professional musicians in Indiana, including musicians who frequently perform with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Pops, Broadway show pit orchestras, recording sessions and live acts at venues throughout the Midwest. The Midcoast Swing Orchestra offers sizzling jazz solos, tight ensemble performances and an energy that inspires dancers to tear up the dance floor.