We are the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation

Legacy Education Performance

Performances and Education Programs All Year

Hard at Work 365

The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation is committed to stimulating the scene with jazz awareness programs, educational workshops and of course the Indy Jazz Fest with shows throughout the year plus a 10 day celebration in mid September.

Celebrates Indy’s Jazz Past

Legacy Events

Hall of Fame Inductees Photography Exhibits Special Events Tribute Concerts

Jazz … All Around Town


Tribute Concert Series Hot Jazz for Cool Kids MLK Day Jazz Futures Live Penrod Arts Fair Jazz Stage

The Big Jazz Celebration

Indy Jazz Fest

Signature & Club Series Free Community Concerts Master Classes Panel Discussions Block Party – 12 bands Late Night After-Sets

Indy’s own World Class Jazz

Support Local

IJF performance and education initiatives used 100+ LOCAL ARTISTS in 2016.

Indy’s Impact on the World

Indianapolis’ Jazz Legacy

Indy’s Jazz Impact continues to shape modern jazz music. The IJF helps keep this legacy alive through Jazz Education and live Performances.

Founding Fathers

Wes Montgomery J.J. Johnson Freddie Hubbard Erroll Grandy Hoagy Carmichael David Baker Slide Hampton Russell Webster Alonzo “Pookie“ Johnson Jimmy Coe David Young Claude Sifferlen Reginald DuValle

New Masters

Steve Allee Kenny Phelps Frank Glover Rob Dixon Jonathan Wood Steve Weakley Clifford Ratliff Brent Wallarab Everett Greene Frank Smith Mark Buselli Gene Markiewicz Bill Lancton

Next Generation

Nick Tucker Joel Tucker Sophie Faught Jared Thompson Brian Yarde Charlie Ballentine Richard Floyd Brandon Meeks Zach Lapidus Reggie Bishop Kevin Anker Charlie Ballentine Sean Imboden


Live in Concert

Listen Live

In addition to being the presenters of the Indy Jazz Fest, IJF produced over 116 concerts, workshops and education programs in 2016. We’re proud that 45 of these great shows were FREE. Your support makes this happen.

Indy Jazz Fest

A 10-day Celebration of all things jazz in Indianapolis. This year it will be held September 14-23, 2017.

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In Our Own Backyard

Support Local

We present world-class jazz performances. We contribute to Indianapolis’ arts economy. We promote jazz music year-round. We provide music mentorship to our youth. We produce community outreach programs. We teach and preserve Indianapolis’ jazz legacy. We celebrate America’s indigenous art form.