After local college jazz festivals and amid a spate of senior recitals, the local jazz scene (collegiate and otherwise) is plenty busy here in late April. And because I’m moving (locally), so is yours truly. So this week and next will be light on live reviews, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t jazz out there for YOU to enjoy! As usual, I have a few suggestions below, but remember to stay tuned to our Jazz Calendar and our weekly newsletter (sign up on the right of this page) for the breadth of local jazz entertainment. With the slowly warming weather, I’m hearing word of fun new weekly gigs popping up soon, so check our site for details when they’re confirmed. And, of course, thanks for reading!
Shows To See This Week
Saturday, April 25th (6 – 9:30pm): Tony Monaco at The Refectory. One of Columbus’ finest restaurants continues to demonstrate that it is also a place for top-shelf local jazz, as its Jazz Dinner Club series presents “a private, intimate concert experience, front and center.” World-renowned organist and educator Monaco brings his passionate B3 stylings to the restaurant Saturday for an excellent opportunity to experience some of the best local jazz and local dining simultaneously. Click here for more info and reservations.
Sunday, April 26th (5 – 7pm): Magically Delicious at T.Y. Fine Furniture, 106 East Moler Street. The 2015 Merion Village Music Series continues its hot streak with a performance by these resurgent local fusion gurus. The quartet of Michael Cox and Kris Keith on various woodwinds (tenor, alto, soprano, and baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, alto flute) with Andy Woodson (acoustic & electric bass) and Tony McClung (drums) mixes a variety of jazz styles into their heady blend. After hearing rave reviews of their show at Bungalow Jazz earlier this year, I would not recommend missing this additional chance to see them in such an intimate venue. Click here for advance tickets and get there early!
Wednesday, April 29th: Huntertones at Natalie’s. The Brooklyn-based ex-Columbusites formerly known as the Dan White Sextet continue to make a joyful noise in NYC and beyond. This show falls is part of their spring tour that sees the band play ten shows between NYC and Kansas City. For additional Central Ohio flavor, local bassist Jeff Bass is playing with the band on this tour, so this is sure to be an energetic performance by the soulful horn-driven powerhouse in front of a hometown crowd. Click here to buy tickets while they last.
Have a great week! Here are a few recent Huntertones live videos (including footage from a room even cozier than Natalie’s!) to get you warmed up: