2017-2018 PBJ & Jazz Series Schedule Announced

Jazz Arts Group recently released details on its exciting 2017-18 series of PBJ & Jazz educational concerts for families. The series presents “one-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families,” and are hosted by retired music educator and venue owner Rebecca Ogden. Each of the five dates on the Fall and Winter schedule include two shows, at 10am and 11:30am, and will be held in the Lincoln Theatre ballroom. The lineup of some of the Columbus area’s finest musicians and bands gets off to a fun start with vocalist Rachel Sepulveda on Saturday, November 18th with a program including jazz classics, Disney songs and much more. Tickets for all shows are available here. Keep reading for full details from JAG.



Columbus, OH – Kids, grab your parents and grandparents and bring them to the Jazz Arts Group’s 2017-2018 PBJ & Jazz Fall/Winter Concert Series starting Saturday, November 18 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Theatre Ballroom (769 East Long Street).  PBJ & Jazz concerts are one-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families.  The series is sponsored by Bob Evans Farms and PNC Bank.  Support also comes from State Auto Insurance Companies and Southwest Airlines, the Official Airline of the Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy.

The season kicks off Saturday, November 18 with singer, songwriter, pianist and arranger Rachel Sepulveda.  Other series highlights include the Tony Monaco Trio performing “Songs of the Season” Saturday, December 16; the Ohio Jaztet Saturday, January 13, 2018; the Robert Mason Trio featuring Kristan Sock Saturday, February 3 and the New Basics Brass Band Saturday, March 24.

PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, and are hosted by former Columbus Music Hall owner and retired music educator Rebecca Ogden.  

“It has been so much fun over the years to work with great musicians playing real live jazz for kids and their families,” states Ogden. “Every concert is a treat. I am delighted that PBJ & Jazz has a life after the Columbus Music Hall!”

PBJ & Jazz concerts are $5 per person at the door with a family maximum of $20.

Children receive a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, juice and a cookie. The 2017-18 Fall/Winter season concerts are held in the ballroom in the Lincoln Theatre complex, 769 E. Long Street, Columbus, OH 43203. A Spring/Summer schedule of PBJ & Jazz concerts will take place outdoors at the Downtown Topiary Park on East Town Street.  Those dates and performers will be announced at a later date.   

Reservations for PBJ & Jazz series concerts can be made at Eventbrite.com.  For more information, call 614-294-5200 or e-mail Zach Compston, Director of Education and Community Engagement at zcompston@jazzartsgroup.org.

PBJ & Jazz 2017-2018 Fall/Winter Concert Schedule:
(All at the Lincoln Theatre Ballroom, 769 East Long Street)

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Rachel Sepulveda  

Saturday, December 16, 2017
“Songs of the Season” performed by the Tony Monaco Trio

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Ohio Jaztet

Saturday, February 3, 2018
Robert Mason Trio featuring Kristan Sock  

Saturday, March 24, 2018
New Basics Brass Band

About the Jazz Arts Group:

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is America’s premiere not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz. JAG is the third largest performing arts organization in Columbus and consists of four focus areas: the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO), one of the world’s finest professional jazz orchestras; the Jazz Academy, JAG’s extensive instructional programs educating both students and adults about jazz and American music; Jazz Arts Group Presents, a jazz and blues performance series produced at the historic Lincoln Theatre and beyond; and Affiliate Musicians, a program providing employment opportunities for professional musicians. General operating support for Jazz Arts Group programs comes from Cardinal Health, the Columbus Foundation, Grange Insurance, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, L Brands, the Ohio Arts Council, Plante Moran, the Reinberger Foundation and the Westin Columbus.  Media partners include WOSU Public Media, Sunny 95, WMNI Radio and City Scene Magazine.

About PBJ & Jazz Artists:

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Rachel Sepulveda  
Rachel Sepulveda is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and arranger inspired by jazz, Latin, and R&B grooves. She is a dynamic and captivating performer with a sound that at times is light and vulnerable, yet can also be commanding and powerful. Her genuine presence engages listeners to share the experience of the music and reflect. Her solo project features a quintet of some of Columbus Ohio’s finest jazz musicians, performing her original arrangements and compositions, while also incorporating standard cover material.

December 16, 2017 – Tony Monaco Trio: Songs of the Season
Tony Monaco

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Ohio Jaztet
The Ohio Jaztet consists of the teaching faculty of the Ohio State University Jazz Studies program. Comprised of jazz faculty members Shawn “Thunder” Wallace, saxophone and flute; Anthony Stanco, trumpet; Kevin Turner, guitar; Andy Woodson, bass and Jim Rupp, drums, collectively, the group carries a virtual who’s-who of performing accolades, including Dr. John, Ray Charles, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman and many more.

Saturday, February 3, 2018
Robert Mason Trio featuring Kristan Sock  
Robert Mason is a pianist and teacher from Columbus, Ohio. With a BM in Jazz Studies and minor in Music, Media and Enterprise from The Ohio State University, Robert is currently performing with multiple groups while continuing to teach students of all ages. His personal ensemble, The Robert Mason Trio, can be heard locally throughout the year where he commits to deliver straight-ahead jazz. Robert performs full time with funk band Mojoflo, and also is the pianist for the worship band at Flintridge Community Baptist Church. 

Robert has studied privately with legends Mark FluggeBobby Floyd, and Dave Powers. He’s also performed with musicians such as Shawn Wallace, Cedric Easton, Milton Ruffin, James Gaiters, and Dwight Bailey.

Info from a JazzColumbus.com interview: http://www.jazzcolumbus.com/jazzcolumbus-com-interview-series-robert-mason/

Saturday, March 24, 2018
New Basics Brass Band, playing New Orleans funk at its finest
Website: https://newbasicsbrassband.com/

2017 marks the 22nd year since some tenderfoot college music students convened to try their hands at playing music that echoed America’s oldest sounds, yet stepped fast-footed with modern soul and urgency.

The past two decades have burnished the band. After hundreds of live shows, four studio albums, and recording with legends like Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Bootsy Collins, New Basics is in prime form.  New Basics Brass Band’s fourth studio recording, Ditties For Kiddies, is a collection of fun, funky, children-oriented “ditties” that grown-ups love listening to even when the kids aren’t around.

They have done what few bands succeed in doing — enduring. And while navigating the ebbs & flows and twists & turns, they have remained excited to do what they‘ve done since day one: sharing feel-good music.

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