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I had a fantastic Jazz Night Out when I saw the Vijay Iyer Sextet play the Wexner Center season finale on Saturday the 20th with my wife and friends. Joined by a world-class band, the pianist led the group through compositions from its forthcoming debut for ECM Records. Iyer’s solo introduction to opener “Far From Over” was aptly reminiscent of a gathering storm, as the front line horns (Graham Haynes on cornet, Steve Lehman on alto sax, and Mark Shim on tenor sax) soon unleashed a broad and menacing chorus. The trio then played short solos in a round, before providing rugged backing for a wide-ranging flurry of chords from Iyer, and the tune ended with an explosive solo by drummer Justin Brown. While elements of improvised free jazz were expected by yours truly, I was pleasantly surprised by the funky overtones of several tunes and passages, and the versatile unit was certainly ready to tackle shifting styles. Prolific bassist Stephan Crump was an unstoppable musical and visual force, as his steadfast and creative rhythms guided the proceedings and his joyful energy was impossible to miss. This was an excellent end to a thrilling season – can’t wait for next year, and Iyer’s new album! Read More →

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Brett Burleson – “Songs For My Friends”

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Accomplished Columbus-based guitarist and educator Brett Burleson recently released his debut album, Songs For My Friends, on Scioto Records. Recorded by Keith Hanlon at Musicol Recording Studio, produced and mixed by Burleson and Hanlon, and mastered by Lisa Bella Donna, this local-made product reaches far beyond its environs to present a kaleidoscopic range of modern […]

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2017 JazZoo Schedule Announced

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Jazz Arts Group recently announced the schedule for the 12th annual JazZoo, taking place on four Fridays over the course of five weeks this summer at the Columbus Zoo. Held in the lovely outdoor setting of the zoo’s Water’s Edge Events Park along the O’Shaughnessy Reservoir, these concerts will pair the Columbus Jazz Orchestra with […]

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Live Jazz in Columbus, Weekend of May 19th 2017

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Friday, May 19th Simon Sweet – Solo Piano – Hyde Park Arlington – 6:30pm Andrew Waters – Vittoria Ristorante (Powell) – 7pm Richard Lopez Trio – Black Point – 7pm Nathan T. Duncan – Quest Conference Center (Polaris) – 7pm Bobby Floyd Trio – Bungalow Jazz – 7:30pm Columbus Lindy & Blues Exchange: “Artie Shaw […]

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JazzColumbus Weekly – May 18, 2017

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I had an action-packed Jazz Night Out on Friday the 12th that started with the Dave DeWitt TRio’s last performance at Bungalow Jazz. As one of the final shows at Becky Ogden’s bungalow, the battle-tested group performed their inventive brand of piano trio jazz in front of a literal packed house of appreciative jazz fans […]

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Columbus Lindy & Blues Exchange 12

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SwingColumbus, the “Home of Swing Dancing in Columbus,” is throwing its 12th annual Columbus Lindy & Blues Exchange this weekend. This festival brings together swing dancers and swing jazz fans from the city and the region for six different dance events, each including great live jazz. As organizer Mark Calkins pointed out, local jazz fans […]

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Vijay Iyer Sextet at Wexner Center

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The Wexner Center’s stunning jazz season rockets to a close with the return of pianist-composer Vijay Iyer on Saturday, May 20 for two shows at 7:00 and 9:00 pm (tickets here). His trio’s 2015 appearance at the Wex was a high-water mark even for that storied room and the Sextet he’s bringing to town this time right […]

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Live Jazz in Columbus, Weekend of May 12th 2017

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Friday, May 12th Dave Powers – Solo Piano – Hyde Park Arlington – 6:30pm Andrew Waters – Vittoria Ristorante (Powell) – 7pm Mark Rubinstein Trio – Black Point – 7pm Dave DeWitt TRio – Bungalow Jazz – 7:30pm Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP Fundraiser: Urban Jazz Coalition – The Idle-A-While – 8pm FLIPPO: Tribute to Steely […]

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JazzColumbus Weekly – May 11, 2017

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There are plenty of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day with live jazz on Sunday. Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP is holding a second weekend fundraiser at The Idle-A-While on the East Side (see more below) which wraps up with a Mother’s Day doubleheader on their House Restaurant stage Sunday with Anna & The Consequences playing for […]

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