Up first on our list of Shows To See This Week is the return of Cincinnati guitarist Bob Ross with a quartet at Dick’s Den on Friday, January 25th at 10pm. Ross will be joined onstage by Cincinnati musicians Dan Barger (tenor sax) and Sean Herzig (drums) plus Columbus legend Roger Hines on bass. Expect a tasty mix of standards and originals for a relaxed night of top-flight guitar jazz and more. Cover is $5, more details here. This show is in the middle of a bit of a “guitar week” at Dick’s, with the Zakk Jones Trio on Thursday and Stan Smith leading an ensemble Saturday, so stop by this weekend for excellent guitar jazz and cheap drinks! Keep reading for previews of Organic Chemistry and Robert Mason.
Saturday, January 26th (7:30 – 10:30pm): Tom Carroll’s Organic Chemistry with Mary McClendon at Oliver’s, Downtown. While the weekend schedule at this burgers and bourbon haunt has typically presented live blues, more and more jazz acts have found their way to the calendar recently. Saturday’s show features the current incarnation of Carroll’s long-running organ trio, with Jon Eshelman on the B3 and Jim Rupp on drums. The evening will also feature renowned Columbus vocalist and longtime Carroll collaborator Mary McClendon, who sounded wonderful at the Lincoln Theatre last weekend (more thoughts on that to come!). Drop in for great food and drink plus the latest chapter in some deep Columbus jazz traditions. No cover!
Sunday, January 27th (6 – 8pm): Robert Mason & Friends at Barcelona. Up-and-coming keyboardist Mason, who maintains a weekly Thursday night gig at Two Truths in the Short North along with a busy schedule of performing and teaching, reunites a trio of some of the area’s greatest talent. Mason will be on organ for this event, with James Gaiters on drums and Eddie Bayard on tenor saxophone, for what will surely be a soulful and transcendent performance. No cover, so no reason not to enjoy one of Columbus’ finest restaurants for Sunday dinner!
Have a great week! Check out Ross with a similar quartet at Dick’s in 2017 via video: