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In response to Columbus jazz fans’ confusion, Central Ohio’s 24 hour Jazz Radio Station, Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP, recently issued statements regarding their Jazz At The Amp series, which had a successful three-year run at the Westerville Alum Creek Park North Amphitheater. In a surprisingly audacious move, Westerville Parks and Recreation denied the station the ability to use the Amphitheater for the series in 2019 and instead decided to start its own separate series building on Jazz At The Amp’s success. This new series in Westerville is not supporting Columbus’ jazz radio station, and in my opinion, is not supporting the Columbus jazz community overall. WSAX’s Jazz At The Amp will return in 2020 at a new location, so stay tuned for details. In the meantime, see below for information on the station’s Saturday New Music Showcase, which offers listeners the chance to influence artist selection for the 2020 Jazz At The Amp and other concerts presented by the radio station. Keep reading for more information from WSAX, including ways to let Westerville know your opinions on their actions: Read More →

ComFest 2019 – Jazz Performances

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Established in 1972, the annual Community Festival finally arrives this weekend, Friday, June 28th, through Sunday, June 30th! Held in Goodale Park, just north of downtown Columbus, ComFest offers seven stages of live entertainment, running the gamut from rock and folk to reggae, hip-hop and R&B, and even live arts presentations and performances. One stage […]

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Live Jazz in Columbus, Weekend of June 21st 2019

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Friday, June 21st Columbus Youth Jazz Summer Jam Session – State Auto’s Pein Park (Downtown) – Noon Local ‘n Live: Hot Tonic – Campus Gateway Beer Garden – 5pm Andrew Waters – Vittoria Ristorante – 6pm Andrew Clarkson – Two Truths (Short North) – 6pm Dave Powers – Hyde Park Arlington – 6:30pm Richard Lopez […]

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JazzColumbus Weekly – June 20th, 2019

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Before I get into the first weekend of summer’s bustling outdoor jazz schedule, there is news of an exciting venue opening. Saturday, June 22nd, marks the first day for Streetlight Guild, “the brick and mortar house for Columbus culture,” located at 1367 East Main Street on the Near East Side. Under the direction of Founder/President […]

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Randy Villars with the Brandon Coleman Trio at Filament

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Filament at the Vanderelli Room in Franklinton continues to present a wide range of high quality live jazz (and beyond) entertainment, including a special show next week. Dayton multi-instrumentalist and educator Randy Villars will be joined by the Brandon Scott Coleman Trio at Filament on Thursday, June 27th at 9pm. A $10 donation is requested […]

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Live Jazz in Columbus, Father’s Day Weekend 2019

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Friday, June 14th Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival – Creekside Plaza (Gahanna) – 5 to 11pm Local ‘n Live: Stephen Spottswood & The Symphonic Soul – Campus Gateway Beer Garden – 5pm Andrew Waters – Vittoria Ristorante – 6pm SOLD OUT: Worthington Arts Festival Preview Picnic with Tony Hagood Trio – McConnell Arts Center – […]

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JazzColumbus Weekly – June 13th, 2019

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Outdoor Jazz is in abundance this Father’s Day weekend, both at the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (my thoughts on their jazz schedule are below) and at many other Central Ohio venues. On Friday, June 14th at 5pm, the Local ‘n Live series presents violinist Stephen Spottswood & The Symphonic Soul at the Campus Gateway […]

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Rick Brunetto Big Band Celebrates 30 Years at the 94th Aero Squadron

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One of Columbus’ longest-running sources for great weekly live jazz hits a major milestone next week. On Thursday, June 20th, from 7:30 to 10:30pm, the Rick Brunetto Big Band will celebrate 30 Years (!) of weekly big band dances at the 94th Aero Squadron. Tickets are $20 (show only) to $45 (includes a buffet dinner, […]

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Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival 2019

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The Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival returns for its 21st annual installment at Gahanna’s Creekside Park & Plaza this Friday, June 14th (5pm – midnight), Saturday, June 15th (11am – midnight), and Sunday, June 16th (11am – 7pm). Single day tickets ($7 – $10) and weekend passes are available – click here for more details. […]

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