After the Jazz & Ribs festival, late July has been a bit quiet on the live jazz front (personally speaking), but that will change soon, as our Columbus Jazz Calendar shows a promising August that should lead into another busy fall for local and national jazz in town. On the national show horizon, NYC keyboardist Marco Benevento has already announced his fall tour to support the September 16th release of his new album, SWIFT. Thankfully, Benevento’s schedule includes his return to Woodlands Tavern on Thursday, November 6th (tickets available here). Stay tuned for more national tour news to come!
Shows To See This Week
Saturday, August 2nd: Phil Clark & The SOUL at Natalie’s. Friday, August 1st marks the 2nd anniversary of the opening of the Worthington venue that has successfully combined “old world New York style pizza made in a unique high temperature coal fired oven, classic cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices, wines, the best local and regional craft brews,” and a wide variety of some of the finest live music offered in town, including many memorable jazz performances. Day 2 of their 3-day celebration features this supergroup of Columbus jazz musicians playing their “infectious combination of R&B, Blues, Rock, Gospel and Jazz.”
Sunday, August 3rd (8pm – 12am): Patrick Overturf Quintet at Dicks Den. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard of the young vibraphonist’s group this summer, especially their appearance at Brothers Drake on July 2. Since then, Overturf has toured the East Coast with Billy Wolfe and is now back home and getting back to composing. Sunday’s show should feature the normal lineup except for violinist Chase Potter, currently on his own tour, so expect a saxophonist in Potter’s stead and a selection of originals, brand new originals, and a wide variety of arrangements.
Monday, August 4th: Derek DiCenzo, Dave DeWitt, and Jimmy Castoe at Due Amici. DiCenzo and friends have been playing jazz on Mondays at Due Amici for some years now, providing a fine setting for the downtown restaurant’s 50% off deal on all bottles of wine and champagne (Mondays only). Expect lively standards from drummer Castoe and the versatile DiCenzo (guitar/bass) and DeWitt (bass/piano). DiCenzo will stay busy next week, with the Tuesday night debut of a new trio featuring Derek on organ, DeWitt on guitar & Maxwell Button on drums at Rumba Cafe, and a Wednesday gig for the newly named Columbus Jazz Quartet (Randy Mather, DeWitt, Aaron Scott, and DiCenzo) at Natalie’s.
Have a jazzy August!