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2017 EVENTS – June 3 June 17 June 24 July 22 July 29 August 5


2017 Performer Schedule:

June 3 – Cathy Morris
June 17 – Monika Herzig
June 24 – Brenda Williams
July 22 – Tad Robinson
July 29 – Emma Hedrick & The Main Street Jazz Band
August 5 – Slammer Jazz


Carmel, Ind. – The beauty and artistry synonymous with the Carmel Arts & Design District will extend beyond its galleries once again. The popular Jazz on the Monon free evening concert series starts Saturday, June 3rd from 6 – 9 p.m.

NOTE NEW LOCATION: Join us in a NEW location for 2017 at the Monon Depot, located on the southwest corner of the Monon and 1st St. S.W. (just one block south of the Monon & Main Street.

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets, and bike racks will be provided for guests that prefer to pedal and park. Bike racks will not be monitored, so guests should plan to bring a lock to secure their bicycle.

For visitors arriving by car, parking is available at the Carmel Lions Club parking lot, Indiana Design Center underground garage and other public parking areas, as well as on-street parking in the District.

JUNE 3 – Cathy Morris

Cathy Morris

As a performer you’ll find Cathy in a broad range of arenas: concert and festival stages in the US and abroad, at world viewed events including the Opening Ceremonies for the World Swimming Championships, Indianapolis International Violin Competition and repeatedly in front of 250,000 people at the Formula One and Indy 500 races. Cathy and her band have opened for Al Jareau, Burt Bacharach, George Benson, Chuck Mangione, Rick Braun, fourPlay and Najee to name a few and can regularly be seen as the guest soloist performing her original music with orchestras and jazz bands.

As a musical ambassador she has performed for world leaders and dignitaries including Mikail Gorbachev, the Prince and Princess of Serbia, President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush and the Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae among others. 

As a recording artist Cathy has five CDs of original music in addition to her holiday disc A Cathy Morris Christmas, the ’05 release Cathy Morris Latin Jazz, 2006 release Sacred Romance: violin and piano duets accompanyingSufi poetry and 2007 Music For Wellness audio and video meditation series.

As an educator it's her unending commitment to children that puts her in front of and collaborating with literally thousands of students each year performing convocations, conducting workshops and performing her original music in side by side concerts with student orchestras.

As a composer/arranger you can find Cathy's original music for string orchestra published by FJH Music, Inc in addition to her catalog of over one hundred other works for strings, solo with orchestra and jazz band.

To her credit as a producer is the annual Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Holiday Jazz Showcase, ISI 2000 National String Improv Conference, One World In Music Family Concert Series and additional recordings: Here For You - a compilation recording of all women's music benefiting Indianapolis Women's Fund and Sacred Romance, benefiting WICR Journey's Fire.



Monica Herzig

In 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig.  Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988.

Since then she has completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member.  Her book “David Baker – A Legacy in Music” was released November 2011 on IU Press.  As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Louisville’s Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few.  Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, Italy, Japan, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.

On the  Owl Studios label Herzig released the holiday CD “Peace on Earth”, followed by a CD/ DVD combo entitled “Come With Me”.  Her previous releases have received rave reviews.  Thomas Garner from writes, “I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”.  As a recipient of the 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for her composition “Let’s Fool One” and with several Big Band Arrangements published with the University of Northern Colorado Press, Herzig has also gathered international recognition for her writing skills.

The current repertoire of the Monika Herzig Acoustic Project includes originals and arrangements of standard repertoire, such as John Lennon’s Imagine, Cole Porter’s Night and Day, or Hoagy Carmichael’s Georgia. The Monika Herzig Trio can be heard every Saturday at Rick’s Cafe Boatyard at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis.  For current tour listings and sound samples/ videos visit

“Distinctive originals and well-chosen standards reveal Herzig's warmhearted, reflective side and her cleverly playful nature.”
– Nancy Ann Lee
Jazz Times contributor and co-editor of MusicHound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide

“A lovely example of a thoroughly schooled, thoroughly modern jazz pianist.”
– Cherilee Wadsworth Walker, Eastern Illinois University

The lady can get down and play!
– John W. Patterson, AAJ Fusion/ Progressive Editor

Contact:, 812-334-3022



Brenda Williams

Brenda Williams is a dynamic and vivacious singer and actress based in the Indianapolis area. Equally impressive to her voice and talent is her resume, which includes performing for 3 United States Presidents.

Ms. Williams gained recognition in the Indianapolis area with her award-winning performances in the American Cabaret Theatre, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.

And her national recognition packs much star power. Ms. Williams has been the opening act for headliners such as Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Lee Greenwood, Chuck Mangione, and Meryl Streep.

She has been spotlighted by the Indianapolis Woman Magazine for their Local Female Musician Choice Award, recognized by the Indianapolis Star as one of the Top People To Watch, and Second Runner-Up to the Mrs. America Title.

Ms. Williams has built a large fan base in Central Indiana over the years through her ability to perform a wide variety of settings in her own  defining style. Whether performing in the theatre with Broadway tunes, singing ballads in a Supper Club, or swinging away in a Jazz Room, she is able to energetically communicate with her audience.



Tad Robinson

From his Manhattan roots and his Indiana and Chicago musical upbringing, Tad has caught the attention of the music world with his seven Blues Music Award nominations (the Grammys of blues music) and his many recordings, including the song “Rained All Night” which was nominated for Blues Song of the Year at the 2011 Blues Music Awards. He’s a veteran of countless national and international tours, including many of the most important international blues festivals. With harmonica chops schooled by Big and Little Walter, Sonny Boy I and II, Junior Wells, James Cotton, among many, and vocals that compare to Otis Redding, Syl Johnson, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, Tad ranks as one of the most unique and talented members of the international blues and soul communities.

“Robinson places near the top of the list of the finest living singers of soul blues.”


“A velvet voiced collection of cool.”

“Robinson sings with a range and smoothness of delivery that are exquisitely evocative.”

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Emma Hedrick & the Main Street Jazz BandVocalist and piano player, Emma Hedrick, 17, will be a senior at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana, where she is a member of the honors Carmel High School Jazz Band. She also performs regularly at The Jazz Kitchen, with the auditioned Butler University Youth Jazz Ensemble, led by Dr. Matt Pivec and at Indy Jazzfest, with The Indy Jazz Futures, led by Rob Dixon. Emma is a member of the Butler University Jordan Jazz Choir (collegiate choir), directed by Erin Benedict.

Emma started performing at the age of 9 with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, under the direction of Henry Leck. With this choir, she had the opportunity to perform at various prestigious venues around Indianapolis and to travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall.  During this time, Emma also was selected to be a member of the Indiana All State Choir (2 years). At age 11, under the coaching of Blair Clark, she started performing solo jazz performances at local talent contests and Cabarets.  In 2012 and 2014, she was a finalist in Carmelfest has Talent (statewide talent competition). At the age of 12, she was also personally invited to perform on Cole Porter’s piano for his family.
In 2014, Emma performed on vocals and piano, as the youngest artist, at Carmel Porchfest. At the age of 14, Emma started her own small combo band, The Main Street Jazz Band.  Emma acts at the arranger, band leader, vocalist and keyboard player for this band. Her jazz combo has performed at the Indianapolis Jazzfest, The National Mayor's Conference, The Junior Diabetes Research Foundation Gala and various other local events.

In 2017, Downbeat Magazine named Emma the national winner of their 40th annual Student Music Awards in the high school vocal jazz soloist category. Downbeat said of Hedrick, "Totally engaging performances, very expressive. A mature jazz concept throughout. Great use of vocal range and agility, good phrasing, well-constructed solo, use of jazz melodic/rhythmic vocabulary; nice melodic embellishment of out heads... Enormous talent here."

In 2017, Emma also was a National YoungArts winner (Honorable Mention in Jazz Voice) and a 2017 GRAMMY jazz camp finalist for voice.

Emma gives back to the community by performing on a regular basis at community events, local nursing homes and homeless shelters.

After high school, Emma is looking forward to attending a music college and studying vocal jazz and music business.




Slammer Jazz

Slammer Jazz! is Carmel's premier jazz combo, playing the full spectrum of your favorite music including bebop, swing, latin jazz, and pop/rock classics.  The Slammer Jazz Trio consists of veteran professional musicians (L to R):

Jim VanSlambrook (Vibes, Horns, Leader)  a multi-talented musician alternating between the vibes, tenor sax, trumpet, flute, flugelhorn, and trombone.  Jim has performed for over 40 years in jazz combos, big bands, rock bands, and musical theatres in Detroit, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Indy.    

Heidi Kinkead (Vocals, Alto Sax) – graduated from Carmel High School and the University of Dayton  with a Bachelor of Music Education.  Heidi has also performed with professional musical theatres including Beef & Boards, American Cabaret, Indianapolis Civic, Boggstown Cabaret, and the Barn Theatre in Michigan.

Craig Watson (Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet) - toured the US and Canada in the 70s, 80s and 90s with many popular show groups.  His energetic lyrical interpretations are always  a real crowd pleaser.  Craig also teaches trumpet and guitar.

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