The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation is a 501 c(3) that was founded in 1996 to preserve the legacy and promote the future of jazz in Indianapolis. It’s premier event, Indy Jazz Fest, is a community wide celebration of Indianapolis’ rich jazz legacy. Native jazz icons such as Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Wes Montgomery, JJ Johnson, Slide Hampton and Freddie Hubbard helped shape Indianapolis’ fertile musical landscape. Their efforts were enriched by music venues on Indiana Avenue and throughout the city, which cultivated a “scene” that significantly influenced this uniquely American music genre. At the festival and events throughout the year, audiences experience Indianapolis’ inspiring jazz heritage through modern day world class music, workshops, panel discussions and social experiences. We appeal to a community excited about the future of quality music and the benefits to the cultural landscape of Indianapolis.


The mission of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation is to preserve the legacy and promote the future of jazz in Indianapolis through education and performance.


  • Contribute to the Indianapolis Arts Economy

  • Promote our Local Musicians

  • Provide Music Education to our Youth

  • Offer Free Outreach Community Programs

  • Preserve Indianapolis’ Legacy to Jazz Music

  • Celebrate America’s Indigenous Art Form

Board of Directors


Chris Scanlon –Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP, Retired 

Vice President 

David Herzog – Hoover Hull Turner LLP, Attorney and Partner


Jason Houdek – Taft Law, Partner

Education Committee Chair 

Rob Dixon – Musician, Professor

Legacy Committee Chair 

Mark Sheldon – Professional Photographer 

Advancement Committee Chair 

Greg Huebner – Artist, Retired Professor Wabash College


David Allee – The Jazz Kitchen, Owner

Cynthia Bates – The Jewel Event Center, Owner

Paul Clayton Jr. – Oldham Insurance Agency 

Lynn DeVoe – Indianapolis Public Schools, Retired

Lin Frauenhoff - IBM

Stan Hillis – The CareGroup 

Michael Huber – Indy Chamber, President 

Chris Hutson – DCG Digital Color Graphics 

Katherine Nagler – Indianapolis Health Foundation, Development Director

Pavel Polanco-Safadit – Musician, Professor Earlham College 

Marc Sciscoe – Ice Miller, LLP, Partner 

John Scofield – Scofield Edit, Owner

David Westenberger - Indiana Youth Services Association, CEO