Happy June everyone! Hope you all had a great and jazzy Memorial Day weekend. There is news involving local jazz history this week – The Case of the Three Sided Dream, filmmaker Adam Kahan’s 2014 documentary about legendary multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, is gaining attention. As of Tuesday, the film is now available on iTunes and is also available on Vimeo (see trailer below). The documentary is said to contain a wealth of live footage of Kirk performing and delves into some of the detail of his body of work. Interview subjects include family members, friends, and old bandmates, including trombonist Steve Turre, and archival footage provides a glimpse into Kirk’s art and style. Hopefully a local screening is upcoming, but the film is surely worth an online viewing for fans of jazz and Columbus history.
Shows To See This Week
Friday, June 3rd (9:30pm – 12:30am): Dwight Lenox Trio at Notes. Before a festival appearance in Parkersburg, West Virginia on Saturday, crooner Lenox and his trio of pianist Tony Hagood and bassist Terry Douds will entertain at one of Columbus’ newer jazz hot spots. Expect reverent and energetic takes on standards, rendered with talent and charm from the expert trio in a great environment for nuanced classic jazz. Tickets are available here while they last.
Sunday, June 5th (8pm – 12am): The Linda Dachtyl Organ Trio featuring B.J. Jansen at Dick’s Den. The legendary jazz dive bar will host this special engagement pairing one of the finest local organ trios with a rising star of the baritone saxophone. Raised in Cincinnati and based in New York City, Jansen has released a handful of his own albums, including the 2014 quartet recording Ronin. For his stop in town, the inventive saxophonist will be backed by Linda Dachtyl on organ, Don Hales on guitar, and Cary Dachtyl on drums. This will be an opportunity to see an upcoming virtuoso and an excellent supporting cast mix adventurous straight-ahead jazz with soulful grooves. Cover is likely $5.
Wednesday, June 8th (8pm – 11pm): Robert Mason Trio at Brothers Drake. This trio of young local talent makes a return appearance at this free Jazz Wednesday show after a strong April performance. With Mason on piano, John Allen on bass, and Willie Barthel on drums, the group will play “some of their favorite compositions,” which will likely entail well-chosen jazz standards as well as soul and R&B classics. Check out Mason’s Bandcamp page for a sampling of tunes that the trio is fond of playing.
Have a great week! Check out the The Case of the Three Sided Dream trailer and some of the featured artists playing live: