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My Dad and I had a fantastic Jazz Night Out when we saw the Joshua Breakstone Trio play Natalie’s on Tuesday the 15th. Joined by Roger Hines on bass and Reggie Jackson on drums, the veteran guitarist and New Jersey native led the band in one long set that was a deep dive into classic jazz material. The set opened with a nimble take on Pat Martino’s “Lean Years,” where Breakstone set the tone for the evening with a beautiful solo that showcased his fluid style, and Hines and Jackson followed suit, especially the drummer’s confident attack on his breaks. Lee Morgan’s “The Witch Doctor,” a tribute to his bandleader Art Blakey as Breakstone explained, had an authoritative shuffle that put a different perspective on the hard bop classic. Dizzy Gillespie’s “And Then She Stopped” changed up the groove with a relaxed Latin feel, but the leader’s technical lines did not let up! “A Jamais,” a Breakstone original and the title track of his 2004 album, had the warm vibe of quintessentially swinging jazz guitar. It opened with an earnest and lyrical unaccompanied solo by Breakstone, and Hines took the first solo of the full tune with a sprightly passage. Bud Powell’s “Tempus Fugit” rounded out the night with cooking bebop that was equal parts graceful and explosive, with more excellent solos from the trio. This was a wonderful display of classic jazz guitar for the modern age – see Breakstone on tour if you get the chance! Read More →

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Tim Dvorkin Trio – Live and Raw

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The Tim Dvorkin Trio, led by keyboardist Dvorkin with Bradley Mellen on bass and Rick Soriano on drums, has released a new live album this summer entitled Live & Raw. Recorded live by Tony Rice at a Jazz Wednesday appearance at Brothers Drake this past December, the 7 song collection highlights Dvorkin’s original fusion compositions […]

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2017 Harrison West Jazz Stage Schedule Announced

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Live Jazz in Columbus, Weekend of August 11th 2017

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A string of August milestone celebrations continues this week with the Park Street Tavern Jazz Jam 13th Anniversary Party on Tuesday, August 15th at 8:30pm. Saxophonist and host Pete Mills, a cast of Columbus’ finest musicians, and the Tavern’s dedicated ownership and staff are starting another year of providing great impromptu live jazz and a […]

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As part of a week-long tour through Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, guitarist Joshua Breakstone will lead a trio at Natalie’s on Tuesday, August 15th at 8pm. Tickets and more info are available here. Breakstone is a renowned jazz guitarist who has released more than twenty albums as a leader and has recorded with jazz greats […]

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Festival Latino Returns to Genoa Park August 12 and 13

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One of Columbus’ favorite festival traditions returns to Downtown’s Genoa Park (next to COSI) this weekend. The 21st annual Festival Latino (photo by Randall L. Schieber) brings a bevy of musical performances along with great art, dance, children’s activities and much more for the entire family. The musical lineup on the Nationwide Fiesta Stage draws […]

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Live Jazz in Columbus, Weekend of August 4th 2017

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Before details on anniversaries and traditions in the local jazz scene this week (don’t forget about the milestone at Natalie’s!), I want to share thoughts on a wonderful Jazz Night Out I had on Friday, July 28th, including seeing Team Players and Liver Quiver for a happy hour show at Brothers Drake. Reprising an element […]

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