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After some great jazz shows in April and May, the Dick’s Den Wednesday residency series winds down Spring and roars into summer with a June program led by bassist John Allen. Freshly graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Jazz Studies/Performance-Double Bass, Allen’s future looks very bright. He is active in many groups around town, including leading his own and playing with local greats including Ryan Jewell, Alex Burgoyne, Zakk Jones, Robert Mason, and many more (including a few detailed below). Allen was very kind to give me lineups of and insights into each week of the residency, revealing a schedule rich in jazz skill and variety. Keep reading for his rundown along with recordings from his senior recital, including previews of some of the groups involved this month:

John Allen: “I am very excited to share a number of the groups that I love to play with including some that don’t perform often. I have gathered groups comprised of some of the busiest and most diverse talents in the area; I will also present a new Quintet that will showcase original arrangements of classic Blue Note era quintet recordings (think Horace Silver or Blakey and the Jazz Messengers). Read More →

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Live Jazz in Columbus, Weekend of May 22nd 2015

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