We are the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation


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
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


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.