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2015 Hot Times Kate Schulte Tribute

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by Andrew Patton on September 2, 2015

In what has become an annual tradition, the 2015 Hot Times Kate Schulte Tribute is a local tour bringing jazz legends to great venues around the city. Along with a return visit from the Tribute’s Artist-in-Residence Emeritus, internationally renowned educator and tenor saxophonist Kidd Jordan, the three-show series will also feature baritone saxophonist Hamett Bluiett in a very rare stop in Columbus. Regarded as the finest baritone sax player of his generation, Bluiett, who will turn 75 later this month, has a deep legacy of live and recorded jazz under his own name and with groups like the World Saxophone Quartet. Along with the Jazz Poetry Ensemble (Michael Vander Does on poetry and trombone, Roger Hines on bass, Roger Myers on drums, and Brett Burleson on guitar), the Tribute will play three shows next week: A benefit for the Kate Schulte Foundation at Natalie’s at 9pm on Wednesday, September 9th (ticket info here), a loose and intimate show at Dick’s Den at 9pm on Thursday, September 10th, and a final free concert at the Hot Times Festival, 240 Parsons Avenue, at 3:45pm on Sunday, September 13th. Their performance on the festival’s Main Street Stage is immediately following the Gene Walker Tribute at 2pm, providing a rousing double dose of jazz history and live performance. Keep reading for more details from the Kate Schulte Foundation and video of Jordan and Bluiett in action:

We are thrilled to announce The Jazz Poetry Ensemble will be performing with saxophone legends Hamiet Bluiett and Edward “Kidd” Jordan this September as part of the Hot Times Kate Schulte Tribute.

The Hot Times Kate Schulte Tribute is a festival within and around a festival. This September, the Kate Schulte Foundation will present a 5-day series including club performances and workshops that culminates in a performance at the Hot Times Festival on Sunday, September 13. This year’s performances will honor the Tribute’s Artist-in-Residence Emeritus: renowned jazz educator and international performing artist Edward “Kidd” Jordan. The 2015 Artist-in-Residence, legendary baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett, will join Kidd. They will perform with The Jazz Poetry Ensemble for a benefit for the Kate Schulte Foundation at Natalie’s at 9:00 pm on Wednesday, September 9th, for a free-wheeling show at Dick’s Den at 9:00 pm on Thursday, September 10th, and for the culminating free concert at Hot Times at 3:45 pm on Sunday, September 13th.

The Hot Times Festival is a community festival for the Olde Towne East neighborhood. It runs from Friday, September 11, through Sunday, September 13. It features a wide range of musical performances embracing everything from blues and jazz to rock, hip-hop, and reggae. There are poetry performances, an art car exhibition, crafts and booths, and a wide range of food.

The Hot Times Kate Schulte Tribute celebrates the life of civil rights attorney Kate Schulte, her dedication to justice and community, and her love of the arts and the Olde Towne East neighborhood. The Kate Schulte Foundation is a non-profit founded to further Kate’s ideals through the concept of Art for Justice.

Kidd Jordan is one of the nation’s top jazz educators. He founded New Orleans’ Heritage School of Music and the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Band Camp, both programs of the Jazz and Heritage Foundation. He has taught students of all ages and most of New Orleans’ newer generations of musicians studied with him at some point from the Branford and Wynton Marsalis and Terence Blanchard to Trombone Shorty. He has received many honors for his work and was profiled on 60 Minutes.

Musically, Kidd has worked with everyone from Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Professor Longhair to Sun Ra, Archie Shepp, and Ornette Coleman. He was instrumental in the beginnings of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the World Saxophone Quartet.

Hamiet Bluiett is jazz’s premier baritone sax player. An internationally known leader and composer, he is an original member of the World Saxophone Quartet. He leads various sized groups including Bluiett’s Baritone Nation and Clarinet family.

Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza, 5601 N High St, has rapidly become one of Columbus’s premier music performance spaces. The excellent acoustics and sound system and a respectful attitude to performers including a New York style policy about talking have made this a sought after venue for audiences and musicians alike.

Dick’s Den, 2417 N High St, is a venerated jazz institution in Columbus. They have been continuously providing the best of local jazz with reasonably priced drinks for decades. Many jazz greats have played or sat in at Dick’s.

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