The Todd Hildreth Trio
Join us as The Jazz Factory welcomes the jazz pianist Todd Hildreth and his trio. Mr Hildreth is one of Louisville's most innovative and creative performers. As the founder of The Java Men, he has proven his ability as one of the most creative band leaders on the local scene. The trio, featuring Chris Fitzgerald on bass and Paul Culligan on drums, is a wonderful showcase for Todd's imagination and creativity. The trio is joined by the emerging jazz singer Amber Estes. Please join us for a super Thursday night with The Todd Hildreth Trio. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. ($5).
The Outer Orchestra
Trombonist Eddie Clark brings his little big band to The Jazz Factory for another night of cutting-edge, large-jazz-ensemble fun. Mr. Clark, a Louisville native who spent the last few decades in Atlanta and New York playing in big bands and doing studio work, returned to Louisville last year with his family. Now he's assembled a small big band comprised of the best local jazz musicians, to play contemporary large-ensemble jazz works written and arranged by musicians who are writing and arranging such things. Don't expect Ellington or Basie (at least not in any way you've ever heard them). The Outer Orchestra will play the most demanding modern jazz charts ever assembled for an ensemble in this area. Join us for a tremendous jazz adventure as The Outer Orchestra takes us on a trip to the edges of the jazz universe. Sets at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. ($10).
The WInard Harper Sextet
The remarkably spirited veteran jazz drummer, Winard Harper, returns to the The Jazz Factory with his Sextet for a one-night engagement. Inspired by the musicianship of greats such as Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey and Billy Higgins, Harper has been the leader and musical inspiration for a vibrant sextet for almost a decade. The group appears regularly throughout the United States: from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to Yoshi's, the legendary West Coast jazz club. After hearing a recent performance by the Sextet, Franz Matzner wrote in All About Jazz that the sextet's performance was ".. an evening of fireworks, with a sustained display of percussive pyrotechnics by Harper so rapid fire, so mind-bogglingly dexterous, and so expressively diverse, as to be truly awe-inspiring." And the Washington Post’s Mike Joyce said, "Winard Harper's wonderfully orchestrated solos alone might have forced a corpse to grin!" Although clearly the dominant force behind this extraordinarily gifted ensemble, Harper has surrounded himself with superbly talented young musicians from the New York City area who are as entertaining to watch as they are to listen to. During a performance at The Jazz Factory in March, the Senegalese hand drummer Alioune Faye, nearly brought down the house. The Sextet also features Stacy Dillard on saxophone, Sean Higgins on piano, Josh Evans on trumpet and Amin Saleem on bass. The Sextet will be playing, among other things, selections from Mr. Harpers newest CD, Come Into The Light, which is receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. We will not turn the room so come early and stay for both sets. ($15)
Louisville Metro Big Band Summer Edition
The Louisville Metro Big Band (Summer Edition) rolls into The Jazz Factory for its first performance of this second summer season. Trombonist Aaron Lucas, a three-year regular with the regular Louisville Metro Big Band, didn't want to take the summer off. so he's cajoled a group of great local musicians to return to the summer stage for some great big-band music. This is truly a community big band. Great arrangements, great musicians, surprise guest appearances and enough energy to power the Hot Shop at The Glassworks on a hot Tuesday night. (LG&E is furious!) There'll be lots of fun, but no cover charge when the Louisville Metro Big Band (Summer Edition) returns to the Jazz Factory stage! Sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m. (No Cover Charge!)
Brian Auger's Oblivion Express
It was the early 60's, and a Brit by the name of Brian Auger began mixing jazz, rock and funky R&B into an entirely new musical hybrid and pouring it out through his Hammond B3 organ. Herbie Hancock sums up Auger's talents this way: Brian Auger is one of the best B-3 artists I have ever heard in my life. His technique is awesome and the amount of energy he generates is unparalleled and relentless. Over the years, Auger has collaboarated with a virtual who's who of the music world, including artists such as The Yardbirds. Rod Stewart, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Page, Julie Driscoll and Eric Burdon. Since 1970 Brian is best known for his group, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, which has toured the world numerous times and recorded many albums. The latest edition of the Express is a youthful, hard-hitting incarnation that features Brian on keyboards, his son Karma D. Auger on drums and percussion, Brian’s daughter, Savannah Auger, on vocals and Chris Golden on bass. Don't miss this fabulous show. Sets at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. We will not turn the room, so pay the cover charge and stay for boths sets. ($20)