Flashlighter/Weekender – 1/23 – 1/26

“Hey, I found some jazz!”

Thursday, January 23

Dave Powers @ Vaso // 6:30-9:30PM
Robert Mason @ Two Truths // 7-10PM
The Brewtet Jazz Jam Session @ Zaftig Brewing // 7-9PM
Rick Brunetteo Big Band @ 94th Aero Squadron // 7:30-10:30
Pete Mills B3 4-Tet @ The Blue Velvet Room // 7:30-10PM
Cafe Jazz at One Main @ Capital University // 8-10PM
Otterbein Redbird Faculty Jazz Combo @ Old Bag of Nails Pub (Westerville) // 8-10PM
Nathan Baker Quartet @ Filament at The Vanderelli Room // 9-11PM

Backstage at the Lincoln: Priscilla Woodson
@ Lincoln Theatre
7-8PM ($10)

This series at the Lincoln is as intimate and unique as the artists who perform once at the once a month event. The audience sits on stage, facing the theatre seats, and the performers face them, backs to the seats, and the shows are varied and full of Columbus staples. This month, Priscilla Woodson, a veteran of 25 years, brings her diverse blend of entertainment talent to the stage. “Through music, song, and inspirational monologue, Priscilla Woodson’s vocal stylings take audiences on an inspirational journey through gospel, jazz, and soul with her own original music and a few covers of popular songs.” CHECK OUT this very cool series!

Pete Mills B3 4-Tet
@ The Blue Velvet Room
7:30PM ($15, $5 students)

Pete’s bands are always about the swingin’ standards and originals with a great mix of 1960s and modern jazz sounds. I’ve never heard Pete sound worse than very good, and his band (featuring Jon Eshelmann, Zach Compston, and special guest Kevin Turner) are as good as it gets, in town or otherwise. I haven’t been yet, but I hear great things about the room as well. CHECK IT OUT!

Nathan Baker Quartet
@ Filament at

The Vanderelli Room
9-11PM ($10 suggested)

I’ve heard more good about Nathan Baker than I have about any other young saxophone player in the last year. He and his quartet (featuring Julian Dittmenr, Cory Robbins, and Nick Weber) have their first performance at Filament (a top notch listening room – BYOB!), They’ve got a list of some lesser-known composers as well as jazz greats on the docket, so I’m sure it’ll be a good hang. CHECK OUT this young quartet slinging at one of JazzColumbus’s favorite jazz rooms.

Friday, January 24

Andrew Waters @ Vittoria // 6-9PM
The New Wonders – The Refectory // 6-9PM
Anthony Jackson & Friends @ Two Truths // 6-8PM
Dave Powers @ Hyde Park // 6:30-9:30PM
Mark Rubinstein Duo @ Black Point // 6:30-9:30PM
Stephen Spottswood & The Symphonic Soul @ The Westin Hotel Whiskey Bar // 6:30-8:00PM
Louise Salvador w/ Bob Mills @ Bexley Premier Restaraunt // 7-10PM
Trutone @ Blue Note Jazz Cafe // 8-11PM
Carl Sally & Friends @ Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza (N. High St) // 9:30-11:30PM

Tony Hagood Presents “Jazz Today!” @ McConnell Arts Center 7:30pm
($25 advance, $28 at door)

Pianist Tony Hagood has been curating a diverse series of Jazz offerings at the McConnell Arts Center for a few years now. “Jazz at the MAC” has everything from tributes to Frank Sinatra, the great Broadway writers, and modern living legends. This refreshing concert will feature all new music from still living Jazz Composers. “We blend some of the new ideas and different directions jazz is headed, with very accessible listening experiences to provide a remarkably stimulating concert that you will talk about for days!”

Flippo: A Tribute to

Herbie Hancock
@ The Blue Velvet Room
8PM ($15, $5 students)

Columbus based jazz-fusion band “FLIPPO” is a supergroup whose repertoire spans the gamut of jazz, fusion, funk, soul and beyond. Focusing each show on a specific artist/albums, the band dives deep to present an authentic, yet fresh, take on everything from Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock, to Joni Mitchell and Elton John. This show will feature two iconic fusion albums by Herbie Hancock, with both “Head Hunters” and “Thrust” to be played in their entirety, plus some other choice selections.

From the Five Jazztet
@ Dick’s Den
10pm ($5)

From the Jazz Fivetet is a powerhouse quintet featuring Columbus’ finest veteran players. The band performs original music as well as classic jazz from Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Clifford Jordon, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Cannonball Adderley, Michael Brecker and Mark Flugge. Don’t miss this fine offering of classic Blue-Note era Bop at the city’s longest-running Jazz establishment!

Saturday, January 25

Bradley Mellen & Addison Smith Trio @ Giant Eagle Market District Kitchen & Bar (Bexley) // 6-8PM
Paul Strawser @ Camelot Cellars // 6-8PM
Tom Carroll & Gene Bertoncini @ Three Tigers Brewing Company // 6-8PM
Dave DeWitt TRio @ Hyde Park // 7-10PM
Richard Lopez & Kelly McLennan @ Black Point // 7-10PM
Tropical Nights w/ Al Son Del Iya @ Palmas Tropical Escape // 9PM-2:30AM
A Pair of Brothers Smith & Maneri @ Dick’s Den // 10PM-2AM

Shawn “Thunder” Wallace
@ Blue Note Jazz Cafe

Shawn is one of the best saxophone players on the planet and if you need a better reason to go see him, I’m not sure we can help. I can’t find a lot of info about who else is on this show, but I’m sure they’re the best Columbus has to offer. I’m also not sure what’s changed recently, but for most of my time in Columbus, Shawn’s name didn’t pop up in the clubs very often. It is now, and we’re all going to be thankful for it. CHECK THIS SHOW OUT!

Wolves Not Men/Turtle Boat Trio/Turner Matthews
@ Filament at
The Vanderelli Room

A rare triple bill of (mostly) jazz! Wolves Not Men is a newish trio led by Seth Alexander (featuring Jason Snoddy and Bobby Lucas) and is focused on the fusion of chamber music and jazz. They played at Brothers Drake a few weeks ago and I was knocked out by how thoughtfully written and tightly performed their arrangements were. I haven’t heard this blend of Bad Plus-ynes and modern pop in town before.

Turner Matthews is a unique performer, percussionist, creator of instruments, and nice guy. His stuff is often a fusion of electronics and acoustic instruments, composition heavy, and beautiful. Percussionist/composers are often my favorite to listen to because of their completely upside approach to writing. I have no idea what he’s going to play, but I’m sure it’ll be good and weird.

Turtle Boat Trio is led by guitarist Abhilasha Jayanthi (featuring Seth Daily and Me (Alex Burgoyne!). Focused on the music of Paul Motian and the softer side of free jazz, Abhi eventually started adding some more rambunctious music to the book and it slowly became this wonderful mix of 90s rock aesthetic and late 60s ECM free jazz.

Sunday, January 26

Erik Augis Trio @ Third & Hollywood // 11:30AM-2:30PM
Doug Neel w/ Zakk Jones @ Giant Eagle Market District Kitchen & Bar (Bexley) // 11:30AM-1:30PM
Bobby Floyd Trio @ The Blue Velvet Room // 6-8:30PM
Addison Smith Trio @ Barcelona // 6-8PM
Hoo Doo Soul Band @ Rumba Cafe // 10PM-1AM

Gene Bertoncini Trio w/ Tom Carroll
@ Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza 7pm ($20)

Legendary NYC guitarist Gene Bertoncini returns to Natalie’s, this time at the new Grandview location, for a night of great jazz music. Gene is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades, playing with such extraordinary artists as Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Paul Desmond, and much more. Gene will be joined by Doug Richeson (bass), Dane Richeson (percussion), and Central Ohio’s own Tom Carroll joining Gene as special guest. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy this jazz legend with a veteran ensemble!

Joshua Hill & Jeff Ciampa @ Spagio (Last Sunday of Every Month)

Josh Hill is a staple of the Columbus scene, known for his uniquely diverse and consummate guitar playing with acts such the Tony Monaco Trio and The Huntertones, whom he has toured internationally with. Jeff Ciampa (Hoodoo Soul Band, Popgun, Birdshack etc.) joins him for an exciting night of duo music.

Wally Mitchell Jazztet
@ Dick’s Den
8pm – Every Sunday!

“The East Side Kid,” drummer Wally Mitchel, is a local main-stay of the Columbus scene. Wally leads his group every Sunday evening for a free, early-evening night of music at Dick’s Den. The present lineup usually includes Matt Paetsch on bass, Tony Bonardi on keyboards or Brett Burleson on guitar, and Matt Adams or Mark Donavan on saxophones. Look for a lively mix of later Jazz standards and originals.

See you around this weekend. Let us know if you see something spectacular and you want to write about it!

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