Flashlighter/Weekender // 2/20 – 2/23

Thursday, February 20

Dave Powers @ Vaso // 6:30-9:30PM
Robert Mason @ Two Truths // 7-10PM
Rick Brunetto Big Band @ 94th Aero Squadron // 7:30-10:30PM
Columbus Jazz Orchestra w/ Bria Skonberg // 7:30-9:30PM

Paul Brown’s Science Gravy Orchestra
@ Dick’s Den
10pm – 2 am ($5)

If you know Paul Brown, then I need not say any more…but if you’re green to this absolute monster guitarist/composer then be sure to catch his long-running Jazz Fusion outfit at Dick’s Den, a familiar stomping ground for him. Paul writes an assortment of music that can hardly be placed within any one genre, yet still distinctly sounds cohesive and natural.

Jeff Hamilton Trio @ the Blue Velvet Room

“Considered one of the best small jazz groups in the country, The Jeff Hamilton Trio sets the bar for what a versatile ‘swingin’ trio’ can offer jazz-loving audiences – with ingenious arrangements of popular jazz classics alongside exciting original compositions. All About Jazz calls JHT “sizzling” and “steamy.” What better way to warm up on a cold February night?”

The bar is now OPEN at the BVR!

Friday, February 21

Andrew Waters @ Vittoria // 6-9PM
Anthony Jackson & Friends @ Two Truths // 6-8PM
Dave Powers @ Hyde Park // 6:30-9:30PM
Louise Salvador w/ Bob Mills @ Bexley Premier Restaraunt // 7-10PM
Ken Weaver Quartet @ Blu Note Jazz Cafe // 8-9PM
Columbus Jazz Orchestra w/ Bria Skonberg // 8:00-10:00PM
Shawn Purcell Quintet @ The Vanderelli Room // 9-11PM
Phil Clark & The Soul @ Dick’s Den // 10PM-2AM

Phil Clark & The Soul
@ Blue Velvet Room
($15, $5 students)

For your Jazz-adajcent needs, look no further. This all-star band fronted by veteran multi-instrumentalist and singer Phil Clark has something for everyone with the music of Ray Charles, Dr. John, Van Morrison, Delbert McClinton, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, BB King, The Band and much more…

The bar is now OPEN at the BVR!

Shawn Purcell Quintet @ Filament 9-11pm


Columbus has the chance to see one of the country’s premier guitarists, Shawn Purcell. Purcell is a jazz guitarist, educator, arranger, and composer in the Washington DC region who has spent over 15 years as a member of the military big bands in Washington DC. He is bringing his wife, vocalist Darden, to Filament where they will be joined by an all-star local rhythm section of Ryan Folger (Drums), Nate Smith (Bass) and Joey Skoch (Piano). They’ll be playing a mix of original music and reimagined arrangements of classic Jazz standards. Expect a fantastic show in the intimate space that Filament provides. BYOB too! 


Read an interview with Shawn on JazzColumbus 

Saturday, February 22

Bradley Mellen & Addison Smith Trio @ Bexley Market District // 6-8pm
Paul Strawser @ Camelot Wine Cellars // 6-8PM
Richard Lopez & Kelly McLennan @ Black Point // 6:30-9:30PM
Vernon Hairston Trio feat. Olivia Darla @ Blue Note
Columbus Jazz Orchestra w/ Bria Skonberg // 8:00-10:00PM
Dave DeWitt TRio @ Hyde Park // 7-10PM

Huntertones + Louis Cato & Justin Stanton
@ Natalie’s Music Hall & Kitchen
Friday, Feb. 21st @ 8pm & Saturday, Feb. 22nd @ 8pm 

The Huntertones have been a rising force for the better part of a decade, coming from basement OSU house shows to now having played in over 20 countries across the world spreading their unique brand of high-octane horn-driven originals and uniquely arranged covers. Although most of the band has been living in NYC since 2014, they’re still a ubiquitous force in Columbus. This weekend they have a two-night stint at the new Natalie’s Music Hall & Kitchen in Grandview with special guests Louis Cato and Justin Stanton. The band is no stranger to Natalie’s, often doing a weekend of shows about once a year. In fact, they recorded a successful live album at the original Worthington location in 2016. 

You have two chances to catch them, along with multi-instrumentalists Louis Cato (Bobby McFerrin, Jon Batiste/Stay Human) and Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy).


Columbus Jazz Orchestra w/ Bria Skonberg
@ Southern Theatre
Thursday 7:30PM, Friday/Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:30PM

Jazz vocalist, trumpeter, and composer, Bria Skonberg, has been described by Vanity Fair as “a millennial shaking up the jazz world.” Her style of trumpet playing is indebted to Louis Armstrong, and her vocals are soft and soulful. Currently living in New York, Bria hales from British Columbia, and studied jazz and performance at Capilano University in Vancouver. On all eight of her albums, Bria’s original music tells stories, and her covers of standards are fiercely her own.

Bria is performing with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra this week for their Modern Romance show at the Southern Theatre (Thursday 7:30PM, Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM). You can also catch her at the Jazz Academy for their Offstage talk.


Sunday, February 23

Erik Augis Trio @ Third & Hollywood // 11:30AM-2:30PM
Columbus Jazz Orchestra w/ Bria Skonberg @ Southern Theatre // 3:00PM
Bobby Floyd Trio @ The Blue Velvet Room // 6-8:30PM
Joshua Hill & Jeff Ciampa @ Spagio Wine Lounge // 6-8PM
Wally Mitchell Quartet @ Dick’s Den // 8-11PM
Hoo Doo Soul Band @ Rubma Cafe // 10PM-1AM

Doug Neel Guitar Duo Brunch
@ Bexley’s Giant Eagle Market District

Doug and Ryan Craycroft will sling guitar lines for the Chicken and Waffles crowd in Bexley. The second floor restaurant in a Giant Eagle is a surprisingly nice place to hear jazz, particularly with the guitar duo format each Sunday morning. Do yourself and whoever you decide to bring with you a favor and check this out. 


Bobby Floyd Trio
@ Blue Velvet Room 6PM

($15, $5 for students)

Not a lot needs to be said about Bobby and his trio. They’ve had a regular Sunday gig somewhere in town for a long time, and for good reason. The Blue Velvet Room and Bobby are a perfect pair, and with bandmates Derek DiCenzo (guitar) and Reggie Jackson (drums), this is a no brainer.

Wally Mitchell Jazztet
@ Dick’s Den
(Free, 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.



Dan White Quartet
@ the Refectory
(Reservations needed) 

For those that don’t want the weekend to end, you can round out your live-music happenings with a special appearance of the Dan White Quartet at the Refectory Dinner Music series. Featuring local, national, and international artists, this series gives you an all-inclusive 4 course meal with the experience of seeing incredible music in a very intimate space. 

Dan White is a composer, saxophonist, and educator based in New York City.He is a founding member of the horn led instrumental group Huntertones, who has spent the last two years touring North and South America, Europe, and Africa. Their latest release, Passport, is a collection of songs inspired by their experiences sharing music with people from all over the world.

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