WFIU Presents: Jazz in July

WFIU Presents: Jazz in July

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WFIU and the Jazz Studies department of the IU Jacobs School of Music will host the 28th annual Jazz in July concert series with four free, family-friendly concerts in July. The revived series kicks off on Friday, July 5th at 7 p.m. with the Jamaal Baptiste Latin-Jazz Combo, followed by the Amanda Gardier Quartet on July 12th, Elena Escudero on July 19th, and the Tucker Brothers Quartet on July 26th.
Pianist Jamaal Baptiste grew up on the island of Aruba, a nexus for the music of the Americas and Europe. His instinctive feel and musicianship delight listeners and dancers alike. Jamaal is comfortable performing in a wide range of musical settings, with experience in Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel, Latin, Brazilian, and Caribbean music. His island roots are infused into the trio's unique sound, and his versatility glues the band together.
Saxophonist, recording artist, and composer Amanda Gardier has been described as “a uniquely talented jazz composer and soloist” (Nuvo). With influences stemming from Miguel Zenon, The Bad Plus, Walter Smith III, and Bjork, Gardier is an alto saxophonist who juxtaposes the calmness of lush harmonies and cyclical melodies with the intensity of complex rhythms and fiery improvisation.
Elena Escudero is a vocalist hailing from West Lafayette, Indiana. Escudero received her B.M. in Jazz Studies from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in May 2019. She performs regularly in Bloomington and surrounding areas, both with IU-affiliated ensembles, such as the Plummer Quintet, led by Walter Smith III, as well as independently run groups of the jazz, R&B, and fusion genres.
The Tucker Brothers Group was founded by brothers Joel and Nick Tucker in 2015 with the mission of creating thoughtful and positive instrumental music. Their album Writing Prompts was created with the mission of paying homage to the past jazz musicians hailing from Indianapolis. The compositions included on this recording often hint at a sound from the past, yet fully embrace the jazz culture of present day.
All concerts take place at the Conrad Prebys Amphitheater. In case of rain, the backup locations are as follows for the respective dates: July 5, 12 – Cramer Marching Hundred Hall; July 19, 26 – Recital Hall. For more information, visit

Tags: arts and entertainment, jazz, summer, outdoors

Event Details

Date: July 26, 2019
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Conrad Prebys Amphitheatre
1229 E 7th st.
Bloomington IN 47405

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