Dick’s Den Residency: Tony Zilincik

May’s schedule for the Dick’s Den Wednesday Residency program brings a new leader to the marquee: tubist and sousaphonist Tony Zilincik (Photo by Tim Perdue). A music professor at Capital and a veteran of brass ensembles, jazz ensembles and countless other settings throughout the area, Zilincik summarizes his plans as follows: “Working hard to dispel myths about the tuba and sousaphone, Tony Zilincik will explore multiple musical styles as a bassist and frontline player in some long-standing and brand new musical adventures.” These shows will run each Wednesday from about 9pm to 1am throughout May, and cover is $5. Keep reading for insights from Zilincik on each week’s performance.

Tony Zilincik: Several years ago I started working in the free improvisation scene in Columbus. On Wednesday, May 2nd, I will bring together the people that brought me on board, and some new faces as well. The brand new band is “GrooveNosis” and the players are multi-instrumentalists Gerard Cox and Chris Haas, tenor saxophonists Alex Burgoyne and Hasan Abdur-Razzaq, bassist Mario Bosca, and drummer Seth Daily. We will improvise our way through time and space for a truly memorable evening.

“The Madd Atoms” will play on May 9th. The quintet includes tenor saxophonist Matt Adams, trombonist Ryan Hamilton, guitarist Colin Lazarski, and drummer Aaron Bishara. We play some straight ahead jazz with journeys into fusion, funk and New Orleans styles.

On May 16th, I am trying something new. “Naked Songs” strips away everything but the bass and the song. Jazz and torch song specialist Anna Paolucci, country singer Lindsay Jordan Cook, singer-songwriter Rob Maccabee, and tenor saxophone/clarinetist Joe Brenneman will each do a set, and there might even be some original electroacoustic songs as well!

May 23rd marks the return of “Rock Slide.” The band includes trombonists Doug Neel (also on guitar), Ryan Hamilton, Doug Moran and Matt Smith along with keyboardist Nick Labita and drummer Joe Nelson. The band plays classic rock tunes from The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Chicago, and Blood Sweat and Tears, as well as jazz and fusion from the Meters, Monk, Ellington and Metheny.

On May 30th, the band that started it all for me in 1996 will close out my residency. “The New Basics Brass Band” includes trumpeters Tim Perdue and Johnny Bachman, tenor saxophonist Alex Burgoyne, baritonist Rob Maccabee, trombonist Kie Watkins, and drummer Johnny Polansky. This band is well known around Columbus as the one to see for good time dancing and party music in a true New Orleans funky style.

Check out some recent recordings from Zilincik below:

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