facebook Pavel Polanco-Safadit & Direct Contact Jazz Ensemble to Perform at Eskenazi Health

Free concert will showcase classic Latin jazz selections

Indianapolis, Sept. 8, 2017 – Recognized and appreciated for their high-energy and challenging music, jazz trio Pavel Polanco-Safadit & Direct Contact will perform a free concert at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital on Thursday, Sept. 14.

In partnership with the 2017 Indy Jazz Fest (Sept. 14-23), the concert will begin at 12 p.m. (noon) in the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse where everyone will have the opportunity to celebrate the trio’s Latin jazz music. The concert will offer a preview of the group’s upcoming “Colombia” concert at the Indianapolis Central Library on Sunday, Sept. 17.

2013 Chicago Music Awards nominee and director of the jazz program at Earlham College, Polanco-Safadit teams up with 2013 Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Dokken and Latin American music specialist Raul Padro to form a highly-entertaining Latin jazz trio.

Featured as headline performers at countless festivals, universities, churches and conventions and showcased in many radio and television appearances throughout the Midwest, this unique jazz ensemble served as the headliner for the 2010 Evansville Jazz Wine Arts Festival.

Direct Contact is a unique trio with a distinctive combination of flavors providing jazz aficionados with an unforgettable listening experience. Through the years, these talented musicians have shared the stage with major jazz artists such as Dave Valentin and many others.

This free concert is part of the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi Health, which brings music to patients, visitors and staff at Eskenazi Health. Tobias helped to establish the program, including donating a concert grand piano that resides in the main concourse of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.

To learn more about the Marianne Tobias Music Program, and to find a list of upcoming concerts, please contact the Eskenazi Health Foundation at 317.880.4900 or visit www.EskenaziHealthMusic.com.

To learn more about the Indy Jazz Fest, please visit www.indyjazzfest.net. Eskenazi Health is a proud supporter of the Indy Jazz Fest.




For nearly 160 years, Eskenazi Health has provided high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care to the residents of Marion County and Central Indiana. Accredited by The Joint Commission, nationally recognized programs include a Level I trauma center, regional burn center, comprehensive senior care program, women’s and children’s services, teen and adolescent care programs, Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health, and a network of primary care sites located throughout the neighborhoods of Indianapolis known as Eskenazi Health Center. In partnership with the Regenstrief Institute, Eskenazi Health conducts groundbreaking work that informs health information technology around the globe. Eskenazi Health also serves as the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services. As the public hospital division of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (HHC), Eskenazi Health partners with the Indiana University School of Medicine whose physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services. In December 2013, Eskenazi Health moved to its new main campus and opened the brand new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. The new modern and efficient facility is Central Indiana’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold health care campus and offers unique features like a one-of-a-kind sky farm and extensive art collection. The Eskenazi Health Foundation was the recipient of $40 million gift from Indianapolis couple Sidney and Lois Eskenazi to assist with building the brand new hospital facilities. HHC recognized this generous gift by naming the new hospital and health system in the Eskenazis’ honor.

CONTACT: Tom Surber
Phone: 317.880.4793
Cell: 317.402.9327
Pager: 317.310.6589
E-mail:  thomas.surber@eskenazihealth.edu

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