The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam - Indiana Avenue Tribute

The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam - Indiana Avenue Tribute

July 31, 2018

Indiana’s Secret Gem: Indiana Avenue

The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam - Indiana Avenue Tribute

Tue 7.31

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm


The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam - Indiana Avenue Tribute
Indiana’s Secret Gem: Indiana Avenue

No history book of Indiana or of Indianapolis mentions one of the great centers of jazz in America – a street that spawned and nurtured musicians who were nationally recognized and honored – Indiana Avenue. “The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam” on July 31 at The Jazz Kitchen will reveal the story of this largely hidden Hoosier treasure, with guests Carl Hines, a pianist who played there (and will play for us), and Aleta Hodge, author of the new book Indiana Avenue – Life and Musical Journey from 1915 to 2015: Ragtime, Blues, Jazz, Spiritual, Bebop, Doo Wop, Motown, Opera.


With words and music, by writer Dan Wakefield and saxophonist Sophie Faught. Take a creative journey with Dan and Sophie as they tell through stories and music how they each, in different eras, became a musician, a writer. Their Jams give off the rhythm and excitement as well as the dedication/ inspiration of making artistic dreams come true.

SOPHIE FAUGHT has performed in venues across the country and the world, including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She has headlined at the nationally recognized Portland Jazz Festival, leading her own group in original compositions and jazz standards. She has toured as a member of Nicholas Payton Jazz Quintet, and has also appeared with Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Terrell Stafford and Dick Oates.

“Faught plays with assurance beyond her years.” - Doug Ramsey, Jazz Times

“The depth of her tone, the maturity of her improvisations and the appealing idiosyncrasies of her phrases point to a young musician of considerable accomplishment and still more potential.” - Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune

DAN WAKEFIELD is a journalist, novelist and screenwriter, whose best-selling novels include Going All The Way and Starting Over. His memoirs include New York in the Fifties, which was made as a documentary film, and Returning: A Spiritual Journey, which Bill Moyers called “One of the most important memoirs of the spirit I’ve ever read.” He created the NBC primetime series “James at 15” and wrote the screenplay of his novel Going All The Way starring Ben Affleck. He has written for magazines including The Nation, Esquire, The Atlantic, Commentary, Commonweal, TV Guide, The Yoga Journal and Theology Today.

“Dan Wakefield is a master storyteller.” - The Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Dan Wakefield. . .has become the Boswell of the heady days when art and literature had a flowering in The Village.” - Richard Shepard, The New York Times