Indianapolis Jazz Festival: Day 2, September 27, 2009
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisc., Rick Germanson
(keyboards) has been playing primarily in New York City. Playing from Off the Cuff
(Owl Studios, 2009), and a number of covers, Germanson could range from almost the burlesque to a clean, spacious Nordic sound. "It Was A Very Good Year" was not as poignant as Frank Sinatra
played it, but was more orchestral and aggressive, and worked surprisingly well. "Autumn Leaves" was much more wistful. But then things heated up when Germanson got Derrick Gardner
and Rob Dixon up on stage for Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower." With Gerald Cannon (bass) and Louis Hayes
(drums) this performance took off into one of those moments where the music flows through you and for a moment, you become the notes. It was to witness masters of their art; jazz is the best drug on the planet, with no side effects.
The Indianapolis Jazz Festival can easily vie with any festival in the world; there is the talent, the power and enough lovers of jazz behind it to step up to the international plate for years to come. The range of attendees was anything from the little jazz fan with his drumsticks looking, dazzled, up at the stage, to families, to grandmas and grandpas spending the day down by the White River. Make no mistake, everybody here speaks jazz.