Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP has had a big year in 2016, including launching the new 24-hour frequency at 98.5FM (more antennas are on the way), continuing the Jazz Brew Concert Series, and kicking off the Jazz At The Amp summer series in Westerville. To celebrate, they’re wrapping up the year with a bang. Jazz 98.5’s 2nd Annual Jazz Brew Holiday Fundraising Concert will be held on Friday, December 9th at 8pm at The Walter Armes Learning Center at Whitehall-Yearling High School, where they’ve held regular Jazz Brew concerts throughout the year. This event will feature locally-based and internationally-recognized smooth jazz titans Urban Jazz Coalition, with an opening set by soul jazz, R&B and gospel jazz recording artist Nichole Davis and Her All Star Group. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students, FREE for seniors (60+) and available here. Enjoy a night of great contemporary jazz and support Columbus’ new jazz radio station. Keep reading more details from Jazz 98.5 FM:
On Friday, December 9, 2016, National Smooth/Urban Contemporary Jazz Recording and Performing Group, The Urban Jazz Coalition, will be live in concert at the 2016 Annual Jazz Brew Holiday Fundraising Concert at The Walter Armes Learning Center at Whitehall-Yearling High School. Opening for The Urban Jazz Coalition will be the sensational Soul Jazz, R&B and Gospel Jazz recording artist, Nichole Davis and Her All Star Group.
Urban Jazz Coalition has been one of the hottest live performance ensembles on the contemporary jazz scene for some time now and 2016 marked the celebration of this ground breaking band’s 21st Anniversary as a performing group.
UJC has electrified audiences for years performing their unique and energetic blend of R&B/Jazz/Fusion at a multitude of prominent jazz festivals around the country, including The Capital Jazz Festival, The Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Fest Supercruise, The Boscov/Berks Jazz Festival, The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, Jazz Fest West, The Russian River Jazz Festival, River Raisin Jazz Festival, and many more.
It’s happening at 8:00 pm, Friday, December 9th at Whitehall-Yearling High School, located at 675 S. Yearling Road, Whitehall.
Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $15 Adults, Students $8, Seniors (60+) Free
JazzTimes Magazine award winning columnist, Brian Soergel, has described the Urban Jazz Coalition sound as “flush with rhythmic grooves, funky bass lines, and beautiful melodies”. The band has also made a strong impression at radio with three consecutive releases achieving “Top 30” status on multiple contemporary jazz charts. Their latest project, “One Step Closer”, generated two “Top 30” singles and is listed as one of the “Top 100 Records of 2014” on the prestigious Groove Jazz Music Chart.
UJC’s music has been featured on network television programming, international film soundtracks, national ad campaigns, and as part of an eclectic group of artists on a Gospel/Jazz compilation project released by Capitol/EMI Records.
In addition to the notoriety that UJC has earned as a self contained group, they have also become one of the most in-demand backing groups in the smooth jazz genre, having performed as sidemen for a number of top contemporary jazz artists including Peter White, Nick Colionne, Jeff Lorber, Paul Taylor, Chuck Loeb, Marion Meadows, Brian Simpson, Jackiem Joyner, Cindy Bradley, Tom Braxton, Althea Rene’, Oli Silk, Ken Navarro, Jessy J, Joey Sommerville, Marcus Anderson, Nils, Four80East, U-Nam, Lin Rountree, Paula Atherton, Matt Marshak, Elizabeth Mis, and Phil Denny.
When asked why this group has generated so much excitement in smooth jazz circles, former Radio & Records chart columnist Carol Archer was quoted as follows…
“A lot of artists aspire to sound as tight and as funky as The Urban Jazz Coalition,
But these gentlemen really do pull it off.”
You won’t want to miss an opportunity to hear the group that everyone has been talking about…Urban Jazz Coalition!
Join us in helping keep jazz alive and supporting your New 24 hour non-commercial FM jazz radio station, Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP.
Proceeds from this concert benefit the SEMM Foundation student music programs and the operations of the new 24 hour non-commercial jazz radio station, Jazz 98.5 FM. Visit and listen to great jazz on our website at www.myjazz98.com.