“Welcome to the History of Jazz!” Professor Buselli announced on the first day of class in my freshman year at Butler University. Although I love music, I didn’t love the idea of memorizing the years of Mozart’s masterpieces in the traditional History of Music class. The History of Jazz was my chance to spice up my schedule and learn about music slightly more recent than the 18th century while still earning the dreaded music credit for my business major.
Throughout the semester, I watched videos and listened to the sweet sounds of Jazz icons Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and Count Basie (to name a few). Aside from all the tests, quizzes and videos, I was taught about Jazz from a professor who loved, lived, and breathed the subject he was teaching. After nine weeks, I walked away with a strong appreciation of Jazz. Today, to say I enjoy a night of Jazz under the stars is an understatement.
Jazz is a growing force in Indiana, with several groups forming and playing at venues around the state. One venue marries Jazz with the wonderful summer evenings along the Monon. IU Health North Hospital Jazz on the Monon stays true to its name. Jazz performed by talented musicians, located at the Monon and Main Street in the Carmel Arts & Design District. As summer slowly comes to an end, so too does the Jazz on the Monon series. This Saturday, August 6th, is the final performance, and it is not to be missed. Bring your lawn chairs, grab some food in the district, and enjoy the sounds of Blair Clark performing from 6:00 to 9:00pm.