Happy New Year Columbus jazz fans! I hope everyone had good holidays and is surviving the frigid onset of 2014. After a nice vacation, I’m still getting into the “swing” of things, but that will surely happen soon because the local jazz calendar is already heating up!
Shows To See This Week
Thursday, January 9th: Chase Potter at Brothers Drake. Bassist Potter, a Central Ohio native and currently a musician in Boston, is playing a rare hometown show. His group, also boasting the talents of Aaron Quinn (guitar), Adam Smith (keyboards), and Carlos Fisher (drums), “will play completely improvised electronic/psychedelic/jazz.”
Saturday, January 11th: Friends Unite for Stan Smith with Rhinestone Quartet at Dicks Den. As you may have heard, longtime local jazz guitarist Smith’s house was destroyed by a fire on December 28th (Dispatch article). His many musician friends have organized to help raise money for Smith, and this effort includes Saturday’s show at Dick’s (see below for another). The talented quartet will be joined by vocalist Natalie Adams, and all proceeds will be donated to help Smith get back on his feet. Then come back to Dick’s on Sunday at 8pm to see him play with his own group.
Sunday, January 12th (6-8pm): Aaron Quinn and Dennis Hodges at Hodges Concert Hall, 197 Dakota Ave, Columbus, 43223. This house show marks the beginning of the Hodges House Show series, which will be “focusing on diverse musical settings in a relaxed yet intimate atmosphere. Each month, a different duet will showcase the exceptional talents here in Columbus’ music scene.” Guitarists Quinn and Hodges will inaugurate the series with a program of instrumental guitar music. More details available here.
Monday, January 13th: Popgun at Rumba Cafe. Postponed by a week due to weather, this Popgun show will provide a specific benefit to Stan Smith. Smith lost his record collection in the fire, so all proceeds will be converted “into a gift certificate at Records Per Minute to help Stan buy records. The store will give him a special discount to make it stretch even further.” Hear a supergoup made up of Columbus jazz musicians cover great pop music from the ’70s and ’80s for a great cause.
See you next week. Happy 2014!