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As we reported last month, esteemed Columbus drummer Matt Wagner has had serious health issues over the past several years that have left him unable to work and placed him and his wife Trish in dire financial straits. In order to help him out in his time of need, the Columbus music community has come together to throw a benefit for Wagner and his family. On Thursday, February 28th at 8pm, Dick’s Den will host a concert presenting a wide swath of the area’s finest jazz musicians. The bands will be led by four more of Columbus’ finest drummers – Jim Rupp, Louis Tsamous, Wally Mitchel and Aaron Scott – and will feature musicians including Andy Woodson, Richard Lopez, Doug Richeson, Randy Mather, Jim Powell, Michael Cox, Roger Hines, Vaughn Wiester, Erik Augis, Jim Maneri, Brett Burleson, Danny Bauer, Tom Carroll, Matt Paetsch, Matt Adams, Dave Nilo, and likely more. Donations will be accepted at the door – All proceeds will support Matt and Trish. There is also a GoFundMe page setup – click here to make a donation. Come out next week for a great night of Columbus jazz for a great cause! Check out classic footage from Andy Woodson of Wagner in concert with the Mark Flugge Quartet below: Read More →

Live Jazz in Columbus, Weekend of February 15th 2019

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Friday, February 15th Andrew Waters – Vittoria Ristorante – 6pm The Ramblers with Cherie Mannino – Market District (Grandview Yard) – 6pm Anthony Jackson & Friends – Two Truths (Short North) – 6pm Richard Lopez Trio – Black Point – 6:30pm Tony Hagood – Hyde Park Arlington – 6:45pm Stan Smith Trio & The WS […]

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JazzColumbus Weekly – February 14th, 2019

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Happy Valentine’s Day jazz fans! Don’t forget that there are plenty of options to celebrate the holiday with jazz – check out our roundup here. But there is also a strong slate of Shows To See This Week that aren’t centered on the love theme. Tops on the list is a pair of concerts from […]

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4th Floor Live Series at Jazz Academy

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Local musicians and educators Zakk Jones and Danny Bauer have collaborated with Jazz Arts Group to create the 4th Floor Live Series at the Jazz Academy. With a name inspired by the Jazz Academy’s location on the 4th floor of the Lincoln Theatre building, this monthly series of free events aims to bring new experiences […]

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Joe Policastro Trio “Modern Love Songs” at Notes

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Chicago-based Joe Policastro Trio returns to Columbus this weekend with a special set list in honor of Valentine’s Day. Joe Policastro Trio performs “Modern Love Songs” in its debut at Notes on Friday, February 15th at 9pm (Doors at 8pm) – tickets are available here. While the band is touring in support of its fourth […]

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Live Jazz in Columbus, Weekend of February 8th 2019

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Friday, February 8th Jerry Powell Quartet – The Social Club Lounge (East Side) – 6pm Andrew Waters – Vittoria Ristorante – 6pm Anthony Jackson & Friends – Two Truths (Short North) – 6pm Dave Powers – Hyde Park Arlington – 6:30pm Richard Lopez Trio – Black Point – 6:30pm Beautyofmyland – Brothers Drake – 9pm […]

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JazzColumbus Weekly – February 7th, 2019

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Richard Sanford and I had an excellent Jazz Day Out when we saw Richard Lopez Present “Boss Tenors, Live from Cbus” at Columbus Museum of Art on Sunday the 3rd (Photo by Richard Sanford). This satisfying concert was a prime example of the magic that can happen when five battle-tested pros can let loose and […]

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Anthony Stanco Ensemble: “Jazz Is For The People”

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Celebrated trumpeter Anthony Stanco will lead a high-powered quintet for three socially-minded shows around Columbus this week. The Anthony Stanco Ensemble will perform at Brothers Drake on Wednesday, February 6th at 8pm (No cover, info here), at Dick’s Den on Friday, February 8th at 10pm ($5 cover), and at The Refectory on Saturday, February 9th […]

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Valentine’s Jazz 2019

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For those of you looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day with live jazz, options abound in the Columbus area this year. While February 14th falls on a Thursday in 2019, there are plenty of holiday-themed concerts over the week so you can find options to fit your schedule. On Saturday, February 9th, the 4th Annual Live, […]

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