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Opening event August 7: Indianapolis photographer featured in new exhibit at Indiana Landmarks Center

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WHAT: The Naptown Scene: Classic Jazz Photography exhibit will feature the work of Indianapolis-based photographer Mark Sheldon, featuring more than 50 photographs and biographies of legendary Indianapolis jazz musicians. Biographical anecdotes are courtesy of David Williams and his book Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends and Legacy of Indiana Avenue. The book will also be available for purchase at the event.

WHEN: Friday, August 7 from 6-9 p.m. Part of IDADA First Friday, the opening event will feature live music from saxophonist Rob Dixon, bassist Nick Tucker, and percussionist Brian Yarde. The exhibit will remain open through August.

WHERE: Indiana Landmarks Center’s Rapp Family Gallery, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis

SPONSORS: Indy Jazz Fest

This The Naptown Scene: Classic Jazz Photography exhibit comes in advance of the 17th annual Indy Jazz Fest September 10-19 “All Around Town.” For the full lineup of events and ticket information, visit www.indyjazzfest.net.

About Mark Sheldon

Mark Sheldon is an Indianapolis based freelance photographer, specializing in music and life-style photography. Mark is a regular contributor to Down Beat magazine and his work has been featured in dozens of publications including Newsweek, Rolling Stone, The NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, Jazz Times, Living Blues, Time Out Chicago, Time Out New York, Keyboard magazine, Double Bassist/ Strad magazine (London), Guitar Player, Indianapolis Monthly and Northwest Airlines “World Traveler.” Mark has photographed thousands of musicians and dozens of music festivals over the past 40 years including but not limited to the Chicago Jazz Fest, Chicago Blues Fest, The King Biscuit Blues Fest, Monterey Jazz Fest, the Portland Jazz Fest, NYC’s Vision Fest and the Hyde Park Jazz Fest. Mark is the staff photographer for Indy Jazz Fest. Additional work can be seen on countless artist websites, ads, billboards, books and CD/records. Mark’s work has also been shown in group and solo exhibitions in Indianapolis, New York City, Chicago and the Czech Republic. Mark is an advocate for musicians everywhere; he has organized fundraising events in support of jazz musicians in Indianapolis. Mark produced the Great Day in Indy poster in 2008, featuring 109 of Indy’s finest jazz musicians. Proceeds from poster sales go towards jazz education in Indianapolis. Mark is currently a board member of the Indy Jazz Fest and the board chair of its Legacy Committee.

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