Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music is once again honoring Black History Month this February with a series of great performances. The 10 concerts featuring both Columbus-based and national artists that are part of the 2017 Black History Month series include great jazz shows along with funk/soul (Mojoflo, February 3rd), gospel (Nikki D & the Browns, February 5th), soulful folk (Paisha Thomas & Friends, February 8th), and blues (Ruthie Foster, February 18th; Corey Harris, February 19th). Keep reading for more details on each of the jazz shows planned, and click on the artist links for more info and to purchase tickets from Natalie’s:
Wednesday, February 1st (9 – 11pm): JD Allen Trio. Originally hailing from Detroit, a city that has a long and powerful jazz history, saxophonist JD Allen has emerged as a vital voice, steeped in tradition and fundamentals yet open and alive to moving his music forward. Allen, who spends part of his time in Cincinnati, will be joined by Indianapolis’ Brandon Meeks on bass and Columbus’ own James Gaiters on drums.
Tuesday, February 7th (8 – 10pm): James Gaiters’ Watu Utungo. Watu Utungo, which means “Rhythmic People” in the Swahili language, is Gaiters’ collective which brings together Afro-Pop, Soul Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Gospel sounds. Other members include Eddie Bayard (saxophone), Lee Savory (trumpet and flugelhorn), Myles Tate (keyboards), DJ Krate Digga (turntables, loops and sounds), and Dwight Bailey (bass).
Thursday, February 9th (9 – 11pm): Debra James Tucker in “Natural Woman.” This special production by vocalist Debra James Tucker is her journey in song, movement and narration. Also featured are Vernon Hairston on keys and vocals, Roger Hines on bass, Jerry Powell on drums and Randy Mather on sax.
Tuesday, February 14th (8 – 10pm): Bobby Floyd Trio: Valentine’s Day Show. This special Valentine’s Day show with the Bobby Floyd Trio will see pianist Floyd perform with Derek DiCenzo on guitar and bass, and Reggie Jackson on drums.
Saturday, February 25th (10pm – midnight): Mary McClendon: “To Ella, Much Love.” Join Mary McClendon and her talented group of musicians as they celebrate the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald. Joining McClendon for this special evening at Natalie’s is Lee Savory (trumpet and flugelhorn), Vernon Hairston (piano), Dwight Bailey (bass), and Jerry Powell (drums).