On Feb. 10, Arsenal Technical High School and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation will host the second annual Freddie Hubbard Memorial Jazz Fest, a noncompetitive festival created to honor the late jazz icon and graduate of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS).
Bands from high schools throughout Indiana and nationally renowned jazz musicians will perform in the Hanson H. Anderson Auditorium at Arsenal Tech. Hubbard, who died in 2008, began his legendary career by playing the trumpet in the school’s band.
The festival will include performances by students from Arsenal Tech, Crispus Attucks, George Washington, and Herron high schools, along with the IPS All City Jazz Band. The Butler University Jazz Ensemble will follow with an exhibition performance.
Jazz musician Shawn Royer will host a clinic at 5 p.m. in the auditorium. Students participating in the event also will be eligible for scholarships to attend area jazz camps.
The festival, which runs from 3:30 to 8:10 p.m., will conclude with a performance by several jazz performers, including Indianapolis’ Rob Dixon on tenor sax and Louisville’s Kendall “Keys” Carteron keyboards. All bands are asked to perform at least one piece by one of the following musicians: Freddie Hubbard, J.J. Johnson, Wes Montgomery, David Baker, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Michael Jackson, or any other prominent Hoosier musician.
Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 on the day of the show. Concessions will also be available. All proceeds support the Tech Jazz Band for future trips, sheet music and scholarships.
For more information or to buy tickets, go here.