Jazz at Helen’s

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May 31, 2024


07:30 pm


Helen Haddad Hall, 315 Franklin St., Columbus, IN

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Offering a refined mix of classic and contemporary jazz, Helen’s is a live music series featuring vibrant performances by small ensembles – for a small audience!

With only 90 seats, you can expect a cozy and intimate night with friends, drinks, and swoon-worthy music. Theater-style seating is first-come, first-served. Cash bar offers beer, wine, and spirits for our 21+ crowd.

Pavel & Direct Contact is known for its energetic, fiery performances, much in the vein of today’s Latin Jazz world. Pavel Polanco-Safadit is an internationally known Dominican pianist and a Chicago Music Awards nominee.

Friday • May 31, 2024
Doors Open 6:45 PM
Show Starts 7:30 PM

@ Helen’s (Helen Haddad Hall)
315 Franklin Street
Columbus, IN 47201


General Admission tickets are $45 each or purchase the entire summer series for $120.  Attendees must be age 21 and over.  Drink responsibly.


Pavel & Direct Contact is known for energetic, fiery performances, much in the vein of the modern pyro-technicians of today’s Latin Jazz world. Led by Internationally-known Dominican pianist and Chicago Music Awards Nominee, Pavel Polanco-Safadit, Direct Contact brings an unforgettable experience of Latin Jazz, Salsa, and Latin-infused American pop song.   With a combined experience from around the globe, the band members have played throughout the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. The band is composed of Indy Jazz Hall-of-Famers, studio musicians, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra players, and International artists. These professional musicians have shared the stage with legends such as Ray Charles, Peter Erskine, Kenny G, Dave Valentin, Max Weinberg, Patti LaBelle, Roscoe Mitchell, Gunther Schuller, The Who, The Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, Ben E. King, and Henry Mancini. Pavel & Direct Contact features vibrant horns, Latin rhythms, and vocals in both Spanish and English. In 2010, Direct Contact released their first album The Other Side (2016). Since then, they have produced four recordings with AireBorn Records: Rush Hour (2017), D’la Calle (2018), Americanisao (2019), and Día Bonito (2021). These compositions by Steve Dokken and Pavel feature David Allee, Leah Crane, Rob Dixon, Matt McGraw, Freddie Mendoza, and Gerardo Beccera.  Along with their single, “You” (2020), these can be found on all platforms. Most recently, the band released an album of their most downloaded & streamed songs called Essentials (2023). In addition to performing, Pavel has been named “Artist in Residence” at Butler University and Eskenazi Hospital. With dancing shoes or not, you will be immersed into a world of entertainment!

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