Hi there. We’re closing in on the end of the year here at JazzColumbus, but the jazz is not slowing down! As you can see from our other articles and our Columbus Jazz Calendar, the holiday season provides plenty of jazz to enjoy. Let’s get into it.
Some Jazz Nights Out
On Wednesday the 11th, I met up with a friend to see NYC’s Rad Trads at Brothers Drake. Just like my inaugural trip to Natalie’s the week before, I continued trying to make up for lost time by seeing my first jazz show at the meadery. As advertised, the boys truly celebrated a wide and colorful swath of American music history. The band got started with old standards, and over three sets they also covered classic New Orleans soul (King Floyd’s “Groove Me”), rockin’ blues (“Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hounddog”), and James Brown-affiliated funk (“Doing It To Death”). The penultimate tune of the night, another JB-related song called “More Mess On My Thing,” was when DW6‘s Jon Lampley came on stage as the band’s third horn. I had somehow previously thought that two horns was enough, but the addition of Lampley blew the top off of that jam. The combination of tasteful tune selection, well-honed musicianship, and youthful exuberance made the evening a Wednesday to remember.
This past Friday, I ventured down to Dick’s Den to see the DW6 (Dan White Sextet) in full form. Actually, Lampley was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts, but Frank Walton filled in quite ably on trumpet. The sextet set an understated tone early on, as some mellow children’s songs from Play as well as new originals lent themselves to a laid-back vibe. Of course, this approach led to complementary backdrops for the band’s virtuosic solos. Guitarist Josh Hill has been on fire when I’ve seen him play lately, and Friday was no exception, while White on sax and Chris Ott on trombone were similarly masterful. Never a band to sit still for too long, they later changed the vibe with a cover Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” complete with beatboxing courtesy of Ott. Their restrained yet varied attack provided fine entertainment.
Shows To See This Week
Thursday, December 19th: New Basics Brass Band at Brothers Drake. Before their holiday show at Natalie’s on Saturday, the NBBB is playing a late show (11pm) Thursday in the Short North. They are opening for The Snails (Philadelphia), “an eclectic act specializing in various forms of Jamaican music, blended with ragged 50’s rock ‘n’ roll and the sweet sounds of American soul.” Should be an interesting combination of styles from across North and Central America.
Friday, December 20th: Brett Burleson at Dick’s Den. Guitarist Burleson will be playing with his current working quartet, featuring Eddie Bayard on tenor sax, Roger Hines on bass, and Ryan Jewell on drums. The group will play some Jim Hall compositions in memory of the recently deceased jazz guitar pioneer, as well as tunes by Sonny Sharrock and Burleson himself.
Saturday, December 21st: Tony Monaco Trio Holiday Show at Park Street Tavern. After a recent tour across Italy, the local organ hero will return home for a holiday show in his old stomping grounds. The always festive Monaco will play a mix of seasonal favorites and his usual dynamic variety of originals and standards.
Thanks for reading! See you next week for the final JazzColumbus Weekly of 2013.