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If you are looking for a road trip to check out another great Ohio jazz scene, there is a strong new addition to the festival circuit this weekend. The first annual Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival opens on Friday, August 26th, with the bulk of its programming on Saturday, August 27th. Highlighting the vibrant roster of musicians and bands in Akron and the larger Northeast Ohio area, this festival will host live jazz and blues on three stages at the intersection of Main and Market in downtown Akron: BLU Jazz+, Musica, and Maiden Lane. All events are free, open to the public, and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. This year’s festival’s headlining artist is acclaimed saxophonist Chris Potter, who will perform on the main stage with Dan Wilson’s DTC Organ Trio on Saturday at 7pm. Of special note for Columbus attendees is that the lineup also includes local native Sam Blakeslee leading his Large Group at BLU Jazz+ on Saturday at 3:45pm. The festival includes a jazz-themed food truck and family activities. Keep reading for a detailed schedule and promotional videos, and consider a jazz adventure this weekend! Read More →

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Live Jazz in Columbus, Weekend of August 19th, 2016

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Friday, August 19th Dwight Lenox Duo – Pearl Market (Downtown) – 10:30am Dave McMahon & Friends – Kroger (Stoneridge Plaza, Gahanna) – 5pm Brett Burleson – Rambling House – 6pm NexLevel – The Social Club Lounge and Event Venue (East Side) – 6:30pm Dave DeWitt TRio – M at Miranova (Downtown) – 6:30pm Solo Piano […]

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JazzColumbus Weekly – August 18, 2016

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A couple news items this week: First of all, I’d like to acknowledge the passing of legendary vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, who died on Monday the 15th at the age of 75. As the preeminent vibraphonist of his generation, he influenced countless musicians of all instrumentation and was leader or sideman for numerous classic jazz albums, […]

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2016 Harrison West Jazz Stage Schedule Announced

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A modern tradition in local jazz returns in September with the start of the fourth annual Harrison West Jazz Stage season. Co-founded by JazzColumbus founder Mark Subel and his wife, Dara Schwartz, this series brings together great live jazz, some of the area’s best food trucks, and family fun in the beautiful outdoor setting of […]

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JazzColumbus.com Interview Series: Josh Hindmarsh

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Next in our series of interviews with some of Central Ohio’s finest jazz musicians is guitarist Josh Hindmarsh. Originally from New Zealand, Hindmarsh is an internationally accomplished musician and educator who has been featured on albums and shared the stage with jazz and blues giants like Ronnie Cuber, Roy Hargrove, Joey DeFrancesco, Bobby Floyd, Gene […]

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Live Jazz in Columbus, Weekend of August 12th, 2016

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Friday, August 12th Dave McMahon & Friends – Kroger (Stoneridge Plaza, Gahanna) – 5pm Kitt Lyles with Real Talk – The Refectory – 6pm Alex Schrock – Rambling House Soda (Olde North Columbus) – 6pm Swings The Thing Big Band – Holy Spirit Catholic Church Parish Festival (East Side) – 6pm Solo Piano – Hyde […]

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JazzColumbus Weekly – August 11, 2016

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I had a great Jazz Night Out when I made two stops on Wednesday the 3rd. First up was Brothers Drake, where Nashville’s MVT was playing the last Jazz Wednesday before the meadery’s stage is removed and renovated. The trio’s sleek and efficient fusion grooves bore plenty of electronic and neo soul influences, resulting in […]

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Blues in August: Mark Lomax Septet at Short North Stage

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One of the finest drummer-composers to ever call Columbus home, Dr. Mark Lomax II has, in the last year, reminded us of his power and lit fires under every creative artist and music lover in town who’s paying attention. Two new albums (watch this space for a review shortly). A rapturously received performance (extremely rare […]

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Live Jazz in Columbus, Weekend of August 5th, 2016

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Friday, August 5th Anna & The Consequences – Pearl Market (Downtown) – 10:30am The Long Street Band Happy Hour – Lincoln Cafe – 5pm Dave McMahon & Friends – Kroger (Stoneridge Plaza, Gahanna) – 5pm Dave Powers – Solo Piano – Hyde Park Arlington – 6:30pm Derek DiCenzo TRio – M at Miranova (Downtown) – […]

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