January's First Friday at Pioneer is going to be one for the books!
8:30pm // Free Show
Show will run through the end of our dinner-service
8:30pm - Charlie Ballantine Providence band
9:30pm - Rob Dixon Triology
The CHARLIE BALLANTINE PROVIDENCE BAND
Named Indianapolis' "Best Jazz Musician" of 2015 by NUVO Magazine, Charlie Ballantine, is a professional guitarist who performs regularly around the midwest. Charlie has been a featured artist at notable events such as the Penrod Art Festival and The Indianapolis Jazz Festival and is a frequent performer at renowned jazz clubs such as The Jazz Kitchen and The Chatterbox. He also holds a degree in jazz studies from Indiana University where he studied under Corey Christiansen, David Baker, and many others. His music stems from the traditions of folk, jazz, and blues music with influences such as Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix.
ROB DIXON TRIOLOGY
A native of Atlanta, Dixon went to Indiana University where he came under the influence of the renowned jazz educator David Baker. After moving to New York in 1996, he began gigging around town with other up-and-coming musicians like drummer Ari Hoenig, organis Greg Lewis, and pianist Rick Germanson.
Dixon is signed with Owl Studios, an Indianapolis-based jazz label. He has released two albums on the label as bandleader: What Things Could Be (2006) and Reinvention: The Dixon-Rhyne Project (2008). On the latter album, Dixon collaborates with legendary jazz organist Melvin Rhyne, known for playing with T-Bone Walker and Wes Montgomery, among others.
In addition, Dixon is often featured as a sideman with other Owl Studios recording artists, including Derrick Gardner & the Jazz Prophets, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Cynthia Layne, Steve Allee, Mike Clark, and The Headhunters. His composition (with Raeford Gerald) Bump'n from the Middle is on the compilation Act 1 on Southbound, Ace Records (UK).
Dixon also directs the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Youth Jazz Ensemble.