Hi there! 2014 continues to unfold here in JazzColumbus land. I hope everyone has been successful so far in dodging the winter weather when it arises to see some live jazz. Besides my suggestions below and the other options shown in our Columbus Jazz Calendar, I’m very excited to see Pete Mills and his 5-tet kick off their Side One Series at Natalie’s Thursday night. Should be amazing!
A Jazz Night Out
On Wednesday the 8th, my friend Rick and I ventured north to see the Mark Flugge Quartet’s presentation of Monk’s Moods at Natalie’s. Luckily, we got there just in time to get seats for the sold out show. The two sets played by the quartet were splendid, perfectly balancing the educational value of performing historical repertoire with the excitement of lovingly nuanced live jazz. I’m no Monk expert, so the strongly curated sets of classics and rarities helped me fill in the blanks and will hopefully inspire me to explore his catalog further. For example, before the band’s performance of the epic seesaw of “Light Blue,” I only knew the song as part of the intro to this (without knowing the source). Other highlights for me were a soulful reading of “Monk’s Mood” and a sparkling take on “Bright Mississippi” that thrilled the crowd. I understand that, similar to Pete Mills’ new endeavor at Natalie’s, this show marks the start of a new series of shows for this quartet, so I can’t wait to see what that entails. Also, visit here for Rick’s excellent thoughts on the show.
Shows To See This Week
Friday, January 17th (6:30-7:30pm): Stan Smith, as part of It’s Boob Thirty, at Ace of Cups. Now for something completely different! Guitarist Smith will lend his talents to the Columbus Burlesque Collective’s monthly happy hour burlesque show. Not sure what to expect here, but it should be a tassle-twirling good time!
Saturday, January 18th: Snarky Puppy at Woodlands Tavern. After a high profile gig their last time in town, one of modern jazz’s top touring juggernauts plays a club show at Woodlands. Having seen them throw down there a few tours back, expect a spectacle!
Saturday, January 18th: Dan White Sextet (DW6) at Rumba Cafe. In their ongoing quest for local and international dominance, the DW6 makes their debut appearance at Rumba, one of the best rooms in town for jazz. Will be a great place to keep the party going after the Snarky Puppy show.
Tuesday, January 21st: Tony Monaco Trio at Rumba Cafe. This show marks the start of a 3-week run for the trio in their former weekly time slot. Tony, Derek DiCenzo, and Reggie Jackson (presumably) will help give you the energy to power through another winter week.
As always, thanks for reading! Have a great week (of jazz)!