The jazz calendar at Natalie’s continues to heat up this winter! On Wednesday January 29th at 9pm, the bar will host the debut performance of the From the Five Jazztet. The lineup of this brand new powerhouse quintet starts with the Mark Flugge Trio (Flugge on piano, Dave DeWitt on bass, and Aaron Scott on drums) and adds tenor saxophonist Randy Mather and Chicago trumpeter Rob Parton. The band’s repertoire consists of original tunes as well as classic jazz from Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, and many other jazz heroes of the 1950s through the ’70s. The band has scheduled a return date at Natalie’s on March 12th, as well as their debut at Brothers Drake on March 26th, so this week’s show marks the start of great things to come! Here are some quick profiles of the Jazztet lineup:
Rob Parton is one of Chicago’s busiest and versatile trumpet players. While he is well known as a trumpet artist, performer, and bandleader, he is also Associate Professor of Trumpet at Capital University. The Chicago Tribune calls Parton “one of the best in the country.”
Randy Mather has toured throughout Europe and The United States, and his range and versatility have enabled him to perform with a diverse group of musicians and entertainers.
Mark Flugge is well-known as a pianist and composer, and is a jazz faculty member at The Ohio State University, the Capital University Conservatory of Music, and the Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy.
Dave DeWitt has been a mainstay in the Columbus music scene for over 30 years, and can perform in a variety of styles. He has played with many of the major jazz players in the area, and is a member of the Hoo Doo Soul Band.
Aaron Scott has been teaching percussion for over 30 years. He can currently be heard with his jazz group TRio featuring Dave DeWitt and Derek DiCenzo, the popular R&B band Phil Clark & THE SOUL, as well as The Caribbean Jazz Quartet.