Dick's Den Residency: Paul Brown

The Dicks Den Wednesday residency series charges boldly into September with a name that has graced the bar’s schedule countless times over the years. Guitarist and educator Paul Brown has been active in the Columbus jazz scene for decades – he is likely best known for his time leading Paul Brown’s Science Gravy Orchestra and for his current stint in FLIPPO. Both acts have been strong proponents of the jazz fusion sound, but his residency in whole will present music of a variety of styles and genres. Each Wednesday’s show will start between 9:30 and 10pm, and the cover is $4. Paul was kind enough to give me info on each week’s performances – keep reading for a quick rundown.

The opening show on Wednesday, September 3rd will present two separate sets. First up will be a long set of acoustic/electric guitar duos by Brown and Jeff McCargish featuring Brown’s arrangements. The second part of the evening will be a set of “murder ballads” with Brown accompanied by an Americana-leaning group of Caleb Powers, Steven Fox and Aaron Snyder.

September 10th will feature a sextet that combines two guitars (Brown and Aaron Quinn) and a string quartet (Christian Howes, Erin Gilliland, Chris Saetti, and Louis Biava). The music for this rare gathering of stringed star power will be a variety of arrangements and originals by Brown and Quinn.

FLIPPO will play on September 17th. The band lineup includes Brown, Andy Woodson on bass, Erik Augis on keyboards, Michael Cox on saxophones and EWI, and Louis Tsamous on drums. The band will play their fusion originals and covers by Weather Report, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock and others.

The September 24th finale will bring a jazz quartet to the stage, with Brown and Brett Burleson on guitars, Roger Hines on bass, and Maxwell Button on drums. Expect a mix of arrangements and originals.

Here’s a video of FLIPPO from a recent performance:

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