Flashlighter/Weekender – 1/30 – 2/2

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Thursday, January 30

Robert Mason @ Two Truths // 7-10PM
The Brewtet Jazz Jam Session @ Zaftig Brewing // 7-9PM
Shoutin’ Sisters Jazz Band @ Grandview Heights Public Library
Rick Brunetteo Big Band @ 94th Aero Squadron // 7:30-10:30
Pete Mills B3 4-Tet @ The Blue Velvet Room // 7-10PM

Shoutin’ Sisters Jazz Band
@ Grandview Heights Public Library
7-8PM (Free)

This Free concert event is part of the Grandview Public Library’s “Music in the Atrium” series, now in its 30th year! The Shoutin’ Sisters Jazz Band features three beautiful voices coming together in creating a blend of intimate harmonies, paying tribute The Boswell Sisters and the jazz era of the 1920’s & 30’s. Cherie & Amelia Mannino join Nancy Gamso on vocals and clarinet, backed by a swingin’ Paul Strawser in a small version of this lively band.

Brewtet Jazz Jam
@ Zaftig Brewery

7-9pm (Free)

The Brewtet Jazz Jam Sessions at Zaftig Brewing Company near Worthington have been a welcome addition to the Columbus jazz scene since its debut in 2018. Powered by house band The Brewtet, led by Korey Black on baritone sax, the jam takes place each Thursday from 7 to 9:30pm. The house band plays a set, then opens up for any instrumentalists/vocalists to get up and jam in a no-pressure and fun setting. Be sure to bring your axe, grab a beer, and play!

Friday, January 31

Andrew Waters @ Vittoria // 6-9PM
Honeytones w/Cherie Mannino @ Barrel & Boar Creekside // 6-9PM
Anthony Jackson & Friends @ Two Truths // 6-8PM
Dave Powers @ Hyde Park // 6:30-9:30PM
Mark Rubinstein Trio @ Black Point // 6:30-9:30PM
Louise Salvador w/ Bob Mills @ Bexley Premier Restaraunt // 7-10PM
Emerald City Swing Orchestra @ Emerald City Ballroom // 8-11PM
NexLevel @ Blu Note Jazz Cafe // 8-11

George Delancey CD Release
@ The Blue Velvet Room
8-11PM ($15)

George DeLancey CD release show – Blue Velvet Room 8-11 ($15)I miss most of the jazz happening in this city, but this is something I’m particularly disappointed to be missing. George’s playing and writing is outstanding, full of both tradition and modernity. Go see this great band (Jon Beshay on saxophone, Jon Eshelman on piano, James Gaiters on drums) and buy his album. Buy two.

Larry Marotta
@ Dick’s Den
10PM-2AM ($5)

Larry is a staple of the Columbus scene, and both his writing and playing are full of influences outside of the straight-ahead thing – “country, soul, and jazz.” I’m particularly interested in the band, full of relative “newcomers” to the steady crew (Sara Smith on bass, Paul Strawser on piano, and Ryan Folger on drums).

Vernon Hairston
@ Phenix Apollo Lounge
8-11 ($10, $7 pre-sale)

Vernon is one of those guys who has his musical hands in every part of the Columbus music scene, and we’re all better for it. I don’t know another guy who’s doing all he’s doing, with such a wide variety of different cats. Vernon playing solo piano at a cool spot with great food and drinks sounds like a great night to me.

Saturday, February 1

First Saturdays w/ Trista Hill @ Asterisk Supper Club // 12-3PM
Bradley Mellen & Addison Smith Trio @ Giant Eagle Market District Kitchen & Bar (Bexley) // 6-8PM
Paul Strawser @ Camelot Cellars // 6-8PM
Richard Lopez & Maggie Green @ Black Point // 7-10PM

Ray Charles Celebration
@ Natalie’s Music Hall and Kitchen (Grandview)
8-10PM ($20)

Roger Hines began his association with Ray Charles in 1980 when he received a call to fly to L.A. This began six years of full time recording and touring the world exclusively as bassist to Ray Charles.

“Traveling with Ray taught me how to make music the most important part of my day.” says Hines. “ I remember playing 6 or 7 nights a week in a different city and many times a different country and being exhausted but always getting energized each night playing music that was honest, intense and full of emotions.”

Such musical inspiration as well as his close personal relationship with “the Genius of Soul” was the impetus for his formation of a band which celebrates the soul, spirit and genius of Ray Charles. Featured in the group are Hines on bass, Vernon Hairston, piano and vocals; James, “Smooth” Elliot on drums, Jon Eshelman on piano, Randy Mather on saxophone, Stan Smith on guitar and “Raelettes” Debra James Tucker, Tia Harris Roseboro and Vicki Saunders.

First Saturdays w/ Trista Hill
@ Asterisk Supper Club

I’m not sure Trista would call what she does jazz, but she’s improvising on the harp, so we’re going to call it jazz! When I asked, our own Phil Maneri said, “She’s great. Wonderful human and fearless improvisation on an instrument not known for it.” Check out this great restaurant Saturday for lunch and see what’s Trista’s got going on!

Dewitt/DiCenzo/Scott TRio
@ Hyde Park (Old Henderson)

Dave and this trio (Dave Dewitt on piano, Derek DiCenzo on bass, Aaron Scott on drums) has been playing this weekly for YEARS. They are top-tier working musicians in Columbus, and if you haven’t been to Hyde Park to experience it, you’re missing out on a genuine Columbus staple. Treat yourself to a drink and a best-in-town steak dinner and go see these guys. 

Caribbean Party w/ The Hip Replacements
@ Dick’s Den
5:30-8:30PM ($5)

 “The famous Caribbean Party at the equally famous Dick’s Den has been going on for an amazing 29 years. According to Ed Harris, the early February party was started by him and a group of friends who wanted to bring some warmth to a cold and dismal time of year. The place gets decorated with a tropical theme, folks wear island attire, and they even have a potluck that includes all sorts of delicious food. A band usually plays in the late afternoon to early evening. Jamburger, featuring Dave Harris, played for several years until Harris retired, at which time The Hip Replacements took over. Harris still sings with the band at the Caribbean and is often joined by other local musicians sitting in to help celebrate everyone’s defiance of winter. Why not?”

“Chronologically challenged yet musically sound. Specializing in 20th Century Rock and Soul.” Enough said! The Carribean Party is an annual hang at Dick’s featuring many special guests and fun music. Any time there’s not Jazz at Dick’s, it’s jammed with people having a good time. Who doesn’t love that!

Sunday, February 2

Erik Augis Trio @ Third & Hollywood // 11:30AM-2:30PM
Doug Neel w/ Colin Lazarski @ Giant Eagle Market District Kitchen & Bar (Bexley) // 11:30AM-1:30PM
1st Sunday Jam Session w/ Lady Nikki and the Legends Band @ The Savoy Club // 5-8PM
Bobby Floyd Trio @ The Blue Velvet Room // 6-8:30PM
Wally Mitchel @ Dick’s Den // 8-11PM
Hoo Doo Soul Band @ Rumba Cafe // 10PM-1AM

Jazz Masters Series Presents Richard Lopez
@ Columbus Museum of Art
3-5PM ($20 Adults, $15 Seniors, $7 Students)

Richard Lopez presents “What the World Needs Now is Love!” a concert showcasing the fabulous music of  Burt Bacharach. Joining Richard are singer and keyboardist Dan Rowan and one of Columbus’s favorite vocalists, Mary McClendon. Pianist Lopez hosts this series at the CMA, featuring Monthly jazz shows focusing on different themes. See some art, and listen to some music! 

Soul Sunday w/ Derek DiCenzo Trio

@ Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza (Worthington)

Derek DiCenzo is a local multi-instrumentalist who can be seen with the Bobby Floyd Trio every week on Sunday Nights at the Blue Velvet Room, among other places. His impressive career has taken him all over the country and world with artists like Monty Alexander and Tony Monaco. Soul Sunday at Natalie’s is held on the first Sunday of each month, and includes a delicious Brunch from 11 am until 3 pm, with the Derek DiCenzo TRio performing between 11 am and 1 pm. 

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