The Outdoor Jazz offerings in Columbus for the upcoming week are swingin’! On Friday, July 12th, get your weekend off to a prompt start when the Local ‘n Live series at the Campus Gateway Beer Garden (outside District PourHouse) features Small Songs at 5pm (more details here). The 2019 JazZoo Series at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium gets off to a regal start when Maurice Hines Sings Nat King Cole & Sinatra with Columbus Jazz Orchestra starting at 8pm, with The Columbus Youth Jazz Alumni Band opening at 6:45pm – full coverage here. Keep reading for many more summery events plus previews including a strong double bill at Filament and a new downtown weekly!
Saturday, July 13th: The annual NiNi Love JazzySide Summer Jam runs from noon to 7pm at Mount Vernon Plaza in King-Lincoln Bronzeville, with a full day headlined by the soulful JazzySide band at 6pm (flyer here). Inspirational vocalist Priscilla Woodson shares an outreach performance at the Blackburn Community Center in Olde Towne East at Noon, which is also when the Summer 2019 PBJ & Jazz series continues with the Bobby Floyd Trio featuring trumpeter Dwight Adams at the Topiary Park Downtown – series details here. The annual Southfield Reunion at the Marion Franklin Recreation Center (South Side) features new groove outfit NonChill-A’nt at 3pm plus Priscilla Woodson and more all day. At 6pm, the Jazz in the Park Series at Maloney Park in Linden features the “passionate mix of Jazz, Latin jazz, R&B, funk, and pop” of the Russell Blue Band (info here).
Sunday, July 14th: The annual Cultural Wall Festival at Jefferson Park (King-Lincoln Bronzeville) offers a soulful lineup Saturday and Sunday, with a particular jazz highlight of the Mary McClendon Trio performing at 5pm. The weekly Concerts on the Green Series on the Worthington Village Green continues with the timeless big band sounds of Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra at 7pm (info here).
There are a handful of fun weeknight options for jazz outdoors. On Wednesday, July 17th at 6pm, the Derek DiCenzo Trio plays on the patio of the picturesque Granville Inn in Granville. On Thursday, July 18th, two annual community traditions offer strong jazz entertainment. King Arts Complex’s 21st Annual Heritage Music Festival features the deep grooves of fo/mo/deep, who recently recorded new material, at Mayme Moore Park (King-Lincoln Bronzeville) at 6pm (info here), and the Upper Arlington Music in the Parks series presents “Jazz in July” with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at Amelita Mirolo Barn at 7pm (info here). Fun in the sun!
Shows To See This Week
Thursday, July 11th (UPDATED TIME: 8:30 – 11:30pm): Angie Coyle Quartet & Ian Harrah Quintet at Filament at The Vanderelli Room, Franklinton. Filament continues its burgeoning tradition of exciting double bills with this pairing of up-and-coming outfits. Suggested donation is $10, BYOB. Info from Filament (more here):
Angie Coyle is a talented young tenor player and composer from Cincinnati and she’ll be joined by the trio of Ben Tweedt (piano), Matt Wiles (bass), and Jeff Mellott (drums). They’ll be playing mostly Angie’s originals (set to be recorded on a forthcoming debut album) that are in a contemporary/post-bop vein.
Ian Harrah is a trumpet player known for his work with the Ben Crowder 6, Al Son Del Iya and The Big Badd. He’ll be playing with Justin Dickson on tenor, Zakk Jones on guitar, Dave Shelton on bass, and Will Ash on drums. They’ll be playing Ian’s originals as well as music by some great trumpet players and composers: Roy Hargrove, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, and Clifford Brown.
Sunday, July 14th (6 – 8:30pm): Bobby Floyd’s Jazz at the Mansion Grand Opening: Bobby Floyd Trio with Byron Stripling at Snowden Gray Mansion, 530 East Town Street, Downtown. Continuing in Floyd’s tradition of high-quality weekly events in the wake of Notes’ closing, Floyd, Derek DiCenzo and Reggie Jackson have setup shop in this historic mansion turned emerging jazz venue. After a few events to get things going, this week’s show will be a full-on barnburner as Floyd’s Columbus Jazz Orchestra colleague Byron Stripling fronts the trio on trumpet, with Floyd on organ, DiCenzo on guitar and Jackson on drums. The venue will also offer attendees the opportunity to see their newest event space. Admission is $12 at the door, and the event is BYOB – snacks and mixers will be provided. More info here on this jumping start to a new Sunday night hang!
Tuesday, July 16th (8 – 10pm): James Gaiters Soul Revival at Natalie’s. It has been wonderful personally to see the recent return of drummer Gaiters’ powerfully soulful quartet project – February’s performance with Indianapolis saxophonist Rob Dixon was a treat to behold. This next gathering of the Revival also looks to be special, as Dixon and organist Robert Mason once again hit the bandstand with Gaiters, but this time the quartet is rounded out by renowned trumpeter Dwight Adams! This is one not to miss – Get your tickets here NOW!
Have a great week! Learn more about Coyle’s ongoing album project via video: