Before this week’s Holiday Jazz Guide, first up is an update from local jazz fan Ronald Baer, who graciously volunteered details from a couple great Jazz Nights Out he had last weekend and is looking forward to the week ahead! Would you like to share your thoughts on area jazz shows? Contact me here! Ronald Baer: “I got a great start to December with Otterbein’s ‘Jazz Holiday Showcase’ Friday evening. The Neel Combo opened the show with a lively performance followed by the Opus One vocal group. They did a fantastic version of ‘The Love Shack’ and a few other songs, with an interesting version of ‘The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.’ The Otterbein Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Jordi Vianova, then played some jazz favorites. The finale was the Jazz Ensemble and Opus One. On Saturday I was able to attend ‘Jazz on the Avenue’ at the King Arts Complex. Excellent vocals by Dolly King, Mary McClendon and Jeanette Williams. Music by Vernon Hairston on keys, Jerry Powell on Drums and Melvin Stewart on bass. There was an enthusiastic full house, with extra tables needing to be set up as more than expected guests continued to arrive.
I am looking forward to this Friday, December 7th, at the Lincoln Cafe. The SCAT Long Street Project will be performing some of the jazz/blues and Christmas music that made the King-Lincoln neighborhood the place to be. There will be a couple of very talented new young musicians joining the seasoned musicians this week [including featured artist, violinist Stephen Spottswood]. Music starts at 5pm, so plan to arrive early to get a good seat. [A $10 donation is requested – more details here].”
Holiday Jazz Guide
There are plenty more highlights among the holiday-themed jazz shows that we’re aware of this week. The Tony Monaco Quartet, with Randy Mather, Derek DiCenzo, and Aaron Scott, returns to Dick’s Den for a Holiday Special twist on classic organ grinding material on Friday, December 7th at 10pm. The Columbus Children’s Theatre is holding two fundraiser concerts at the Lincoln Theatre this weekend with a live jazz twist! See An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas with vocalist Evan Tyrone Martin, who performed Cole’s material masterfully with Tony Hagood in March, on Saturday, December 8th at 8pm & Sunday, December 9th at 2pm – tickets and details here. On Sunday at 3pm at the Columbus Museum of Art, pianist Richard Lopez’s Jazz Master Sessions series presents “Oy to the World,” a celebration of a wide variety of holiday music from around the world and more featuring violinist Arkadiy Gips and vocalist Lucy Smirnov – tickets and details here. And on Thursday, December 13th at 9pm, swing-pop masters Whirlybirds will play a Holiday Show at Natalie’s for some rousing holiday cheer – tickets and details here.
Have a great week!