A couple news items this week: First of all, I’d like to acknowledge the passing of legendary vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, who died on Monday the 15th at the age of 75. As the preeminent vibraphonist of his generation, he influenced countless musicians of all instrumentation and was leader or sideman for numerous classic jazz albums, mostly from his 1963 to 1977 run with Blue Note Records. His best known tunes include “Little B’s Poem” and “Montara,” the latter of which local groovers fo/mo/deep recorded on their 2012 album A Beautiful Bang. Nate Chinen wrote a great obituary in the New York Times here. Rest in peace, Mr. Hutcherson. In local news, Jazz Wednesdays have already returned to Brothers Drake after the quick removal of their stage. In a late development, the Ryan Jewell Quintet is playing as this article goes to press, and the Robert Mason Trio returns on August 24th at 8pm. Stay tuned to our calendar for their upcoming schedule. Welcome back!
Shows To See This Week
Saturday, August 20th (7 – 9pm): Band of Buckeyes at Yats, Grandview. The local outpost of this Indianapolis-based Cajun and Creole restaurant hosts occasional weekend jazz shows – if you haven’t checked the place out yet in its 2+ years of operation, this special FREE performance looks to be a great time to do so. This event came to be due to a Central Ohio visit by NYC-based trumpeter Ted Chubb, an Ashtabula native and OSU alum. After getting his professional start playing locally with Gene Walker and Bobby Floyd, Chubb’s career has included a 5-year stint touring with Broadway show Jersey Boys, two albums, and tours with a slew of jazz greats. On Saturday, he will be joined by Columbus stalwarts Eddie Bayard on saxophone, Robert Mason on piano, Greg Wolfram on bass, and James Gaiters on drums for a soulful and delicious party.
Monday, August 22nd (5 – 8pm): WCBE Presents: Refreshed at The Refectory featuring Anna & The Consequences. Support local jazz-friendly NPR station WCBE 90.5FM with appetizers and drinks from the Refectory and the “jazzy torch blues” of Anna & The Consequences on the restaurant’s patio starting at 6pm. The band’s core lineup of vocalist Anna Paolucci, bassist Dan Sagraves, and drummer Rick Soriano recently expanded to include guitarist Tom Davis, so if you haven’t seen the band in a while, now is a great time to check out this new dimension of their sound. Tickets are available here.
Wednesday, August 24th (9pm – 12am): Joe Marcinek Band at Woodlands Tavern. Woodlands continues to satisfy fans of the jammier side of jazz with this jazz-funk project led by guitarist Marcinek. The band’s lineup rotates continuously – this show will feature bassist Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk), drummer Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note) and pianist Holly Bowling. Expect fireworks from this all-star unit – get tickets here.
Have a great week! Check out the groove of a similar lineup of the Marcinek Band: