This summer marks the IU Art Museum’s 22nd Annual Jazz in July concert series. For the past two weeks, Bloomington and Indianapolis area bands have been bringing the community together for nights filled with jazz, art, and good company.
Craig & The Crawdads opened Jazz in July with performances of songs from a variety of genres. The band even played swing and New Orleans R&B.
The weather was perfect for relaxing on the Sculpture Terrace. Visitors had the option to purchase refreshments from local vendors and the museum’s Angles Café & Gift Shop.
Harpist Jan Aldridge Clark led the Hip Harp Jazz Trio the next Friday. Their unique sound of jazz, rock, and even Irish music attracted one of the largest audiences the museum has seen at Jazz in July.
Audience members of all ages enjoyed the trio’s performance, which included some hits.
If you didn’t have a chance to see any of the performances pictured above, be sure to join us for the last two Jazz in July nights of the summer. This Friday, the Indianapolis-based Tonos Triad will be performing. On July 26, Valeria DeCastro and Fareed Mahluli will close out the series on the museum’s Sculpture Terrace beginning at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to arrive early, however, since seating is limited.
Friday marked the start of the art museum’s Jazz in July event. Every Friday in July
there will be live jazz music on the Sculpture Terrace from 6:00–8:00 p.m. The Andy
Cobine Trio kicked off the event with a great set.
There was a sizable crowd despite the 100+ degree heat, showing this town’s
incredible dedication to the yearly concert series. As a museum intern, I found the
level of detail that went into planning the event incredible. Acquiring sponsorships,
food, drink, and even the music required weeks of planning and it came together all
in a matter of hours as music-lovers started pouring in.
There was beer, wine, gelato, and pizza available from Bloomington Brewing
Company, Oliver Winery, Grazie Italian Eatery, and Pizza X for visitors to enjoy
while listening to the relaxing music. As the event photographer, I noticed
a lot of dedicated jazz fans who enjoyed cocktails, pizza, and ice cream during the
event. These vendors added to the social and relaxed atmosphere of the event.
It’ll be rare after I move from Bloomington to get the opportunity to attend such a
fun, interesting concert for free. Although there are very few of us here during the
summertime, I would have guessed that more students would jump at the chance
to go to a free concert right on campus, but the event hosted mainly Bloomington
It was such a great event, and it was really nice to see how many Bloomington
residents came out to see the concert. It really speaks to the quality of the museum
and its events when Bloomington residents show so much support for the
University’s art museum.