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While we shared the festival’s 2019 jazz schedule Monday, ComFest dominates this weekend’s Outdoor Jazz lineup, so here is our ComFest Jazz Guide (All performances at the “I Wish You Jazz Stage”)! Friday, June 28th gets off to a strong start with great Columbus musicians, but things really heat up for the late afternoon evening. Soul Eyz (The Michael Kahn Quartet) will feature keyboardist David Swank, bassist Roger Hines and drummer Reggie Jackson with saxophonist Kahn for some hearty soul jazz at 5:15pm. They’re followed by up-and-coming jazzy pop interpreters The Big Badd at 6:20pm and improvisational groove explorers Sonikora at 7:25pm. For the last jazz set of the evening, Columbus’ own 20+ years’ strong New Orleans-style funky brass outfit New Basics Brass Band takes the stage at 8:35pm. You can also see New Basics Saturday night at Dick’s Den for the only jazz “ComFest afterparty” we know of this year – details here. Keep reading for thoughts on Saturday and Sunday! Read More →

Zakk Jones Album, Residency and More!

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Columbus guitarist Zakk Jones recently released his debut album, Mise-en-scène. The album is available for listening and purchase on Bandcamp and Spotify. But he is celebrating the physical CD release of the album with a release party on Wednesday, July 3rd, which also serves as the kickoff to his July Dick’s Den Residency! Jones was […]

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WSAX Statement on Jazz at the Amp

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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 […]

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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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