This summer the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is proud to present the Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest 2010, especially during the department’s 100th anniversary year. The aroma of hot ribs and sounds of cool jazz will return the Arena District on July 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and July 25 from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Through the generous support of sponsors, this year’s festival will offer jazz connoisseurs over 60 hours of live performances from musicians descending on Columbus from all over the United States and the world. In addition to the 44 scheduled jazz performances, 23 award winning rib-burners representing 10 states, Canada and Australia will be grilling their signature ‘Que along Spring and Long Streets to compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights.
The American Electric Power stage in McFerson Commons and the North Bank Park stage will anchor the event with featured performances by RnR featuring Rick Braun and Richard Elliot; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Tito Puente Jr.; Ali Jackson Quartet; Alfredo Rodriguez Trio; and Columbus Jazz Orchestra with special guest Christian Howes.
The Jazz Café at North Bank Pavilion will showcase local and regional jazz artists on an intimate riverfront stage set against the city skyline. The Jazz Café will offer covered seating on the back patio of the North Bank Pavilion facing the stage and will be adjacent to rib judging activities held within the Pavilion.
Columbus Jazz Festival Performance Schedule
Keyboardist Lao Tizer captivates audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Tizer is praised as an independent artist with all the right moves and a torchbearer for the new generation of contemporary jazz. (www.laotizer.com/home2.htm)
RnR featuring Rick Braun and Richard Elliot
The exciting collaboration between smooth jazz heavyweights, trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot, RnR is a double dose of hot funk and cool vibes. With a massive catalogue of chart-topping radio hits, Braun cut his teeth as member of the band War while Elliot honed his soulful chops with Tower of Power. (www.rickbraun.com / www.richardelliot.com)
Joel Harrison Quartet
Guitarist, composer, and vocalist Joel Harrison resists categorization: his music is informed by western and non-western traditions, notated and improvised music. His foundation is jazz, but he is at home writing songs and complex chamber music as well. (www.joelharrison.com)
Ali Jackson Quartet
A renowned drummer, Ali Jackson is best known for his association with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Jackson has performed and recorded extensively with some of the world’s finest musicians including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Aretha Franklin, George Benson and Harry Connick Jr. (www.alidrums.com)
Mark Lomax Quartet
Master drummer, producer and composer, Mark Lomax is a brilliant musician with the extraordinary gift to convey the essence of his art through exciting performances that take his listeners on a journey to the depths of their soul. (www.marklomaxii.com)
Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
In his first year since moving to the United States, 24-year-old Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez has astonished audiences in capacity shows across the country. A protégé of legendary music producer Quincy Jones, Rodriguez is praised for his ability to be playful and simple interspersed with moments of exquisite emotional intensity. (www.alfredomusic.com)
Featuring two former Grammy nominees, the Afro-Caribbean All-Stars is an amalgamation of high-energy Caribbean rhythms and jazz that will take you on a musical journey of the Caribbean basin from New Orleans to Rio de Janeiro, and everything in between. (www.myspace.com/theafrocaribbeanallstars)
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
A rare artist who can draw both the unqualified respect of jazz legends and deliver a high-energy show capable of mesmerizing international rock stars and audiences alike. With such an unprecedented mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul, Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews had to create his own name to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock! (www.tromboneshorty.com)
Sax Summit featuring Shilts & Jackiem Joyner
Highly regarded for his soulful, funky saxophone style, Paul “Shilts” Weimar will join forces with rising star, Jackiem Joyner and his trademark alto and soprano horns for a red-hot smooth jazz experience. (www.shiltsmusic.com / www.jackiemjoyner.com)
Tito Puente Jr.
Son of Tito Puente, legendary percussionist and Latin jazz royalty, Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him – imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul as he continues on a journey to keep the legacy of his late father alive, and expose his unique musical style to a new generation of fans. (www.titopuentejr.net)
Johnny O’Neal Trio
An exceptional pianist with chops as prodigious as the influences imbued in him by his idols Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum. Johnny O’Neal is an extremely moving musician whose blend of blues, gospel and stride piano will astound you. (www.johnnyoneal.org)
Columbus Jazz Orchestra with special guest Christian Howes
Under the direction of Byron Stripling, Columbus Jazz Orchestra is considered one of the world’s finest jazz orchestras. Their performance will feature jazz violinist Christian Howes. An extremely versatile artist, Howes is celebrated as one of the most influential artists in modern contemporary jazz. (www.jazzartsgroup.org / www.christianhowes.com)
Calendar Information – 2010 Jazz & Rib Fest Columbus Ohio
Date & Time: Friday, July 23, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 24, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, July 25, 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Arena District: North Bank Park, McFerson Commons, and Spring & Long Streets in downtown Columbus.
Description: Hungry for Jazz? Satisfy your craving! Join us downtown for hot ribs and cool jazz at the 31st annual Jazz & Rib Fest. Admission is free!
Information: http://www.hotribscooljazz.org or (614) 645-3800