Before a rundown of live jazz options for this holiday week, there are new updates regarding the 2016 Hot Times Kate Schulte Tribute coming up in September. Puffin Foundation West has pledged a $1500 grant of matching funds to help with the cost of the tribute, meaning that the Schulte Foundation must receive $1500 in other donations to receive the funding. The Schulte Foundation now has $4800 in grants that need matching donations, so they have launched a power2give donation campaign. Donations will support this year’s free concerts as well as important workshops and will help underwrite these free concerts each year, so give generously! The foundation has also released an expanded schedule for this year’s tribute, which now features a performance on Thursday, September 8th, by Kidd Jordan, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, D.D. Jackson, Marlon Jordan, and The Jazz Poetry Ensemble at Central Community House, 1251 Bryden Road. This concert will include a jam between this year’s band and the children of the Community House’s Transit Arts program, allowing young beat-boxers, drummers, rappers, and hip-hop dancers to collaborate with international jazz titans. A free Friday afternoon workshop has also been added at Huntington Recital Hall on the Capital University Campus. Stay tuned for more news on this exciting event, and support as you are able!
4th of July Weekend Live Jazz Guide
Friday, July 1st: Kickoff your holiday weekend, and maybe catch up on shopping, with Dave McMahon & Friends’ weekly wine tasting at the Stoneridge Plaza Kroger in Gahanna starting at 5pm, which will feature a duo of keyboardist McMahon and saxophonist Jon Weisbrot. Before the fireworks, Bungalow Jazz is offering a special “Red White & Boom & Bobby” concert starting at 6pm (hot dogs & baked beans available starting at 5:30), presenting the Bobby Floyd Trio with renowned trombonist Steve Davis before Floyd and Davis head to the Jamey Aebersold summer camp in Indiana next week. There is a full docket of chances for fine dining and live jazz: Dave Powers resumes his Friday gig at Hyde Park Restaurant (Arlington) at 6:30pm, a duo of Pete Mills and Zakk Jones entertains at M at Miranova downtown also at 6:30pm, Andrew Waters plays at Vittoria Ristorante in Powell at 7pm and the Dwight Lenox Trio holds court at Black Point on the Short North Cap at 7:30pm. Maria’s Lounge in Reynoldsburg continues its series of Friday night jazz shows with the Tom Davis Quartet at 9pm, and your late night options include Jeanette Williams & Friends (Jim Maneri, Randy Mather, Derek DiCenzo, and Jerry Powell) at Dick’s Den and Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Project at Natalie’s, both at 10pm.
Saturday, July 2nd: The weekly jam session at Lincoln Cafe continues to provide a relaxed environment for local musicians to collaborate with an excellent house band from 6 to 9pm. There are more opportunities to dine in style with great jazz, as the Richard Lopez Trio plays Hyde Park Arlington at 7pm, the Mary McClendon Trio plays Black Point at 7:30pm, and Sabrina Tutstone sings at deNovo Bistro at 8pm. Anna and the Consequences bring their jazzy torch blues to Rambling House Soda (Olde North Columbus) at 9pm, and jazz returns to the King Room downtown with a smooth and soulful show joining vocalist Janeen Holmes with the band E-Flat, also at 9pm.
Sunday, July 3rd: If you need some sanctified jazz this weekend, Dave Powers makes his monthly appearance at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Upper Arlington, providing music for the 8:30 and 11am services. With last week marking the finale for Birdshack’s Sunday brunch gig at The Crest, there is one live jazz brunch option that we know of this week: pianist Erik Augis and his trio at Third and Hollywood in Grandview. Three different shows provide a range of 6pm options. While Bobby Floyd will already be out of town, his weekly Trio Showcase and Jam Session continues at Notes, with Bryan Olsheski featured in the first hour and Otis Davenport ably handling the piano duties. Guitarist Paul Marsh presents his classically-styled acoustic guitar tunes at Barcelona, and Nini Love’s Jazzy Side will share energetic smooth jazz at Maria’s Lounge. Local legend Arnett Howard headlines Sunday night of the Granville 4th of July celebration with a 9pm set. And the holiday crowd will surely be in force at Rumba Cafe for the weekly Hoo Doo Soul Band show, with a roster of great musicians playing a wide variety of classic covers starting at 10pm.
Monday, July 4th: While the jazz calendar is slim this 4th of July, there are still two places for variations of great straight-ahead jazz. The McConnell Arts Center will host two Worthington favorites as part of the suburb’s 4th of July festivities, with Matt Ellis & Standard Time playing from 5pm to 7pm and the James Gaiters Quartet from 7:30 to 9:30pm. Drummer Gaiters, saxophonist Eddie Bayard, pianist Chris Brown, and bassist Greg Wolfram will lead into a festive fireworks display. For less pomp and circumstance, Birdshack continues its weekly gig at Giuseppe’s Ritrovo in Bexley, so enjoy the modern guitar trio and great Italian food from 6 to 8:30pm.
Wednesday, July 6th
While the holiday weekend is the current focal point, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a fantastic Jazz Wednesday show at Brothers Drake on Wednesday the 6th. As the end of a week-long summer jaunt, NYC-based Ropeadope Records artists Progger will come to the meadery for a night of fresh and futuristic fusion with an opening set from vocalist Melissa McMillan. This ensemble is led by saxophonist, keyboardist, and composer Brian Donohoe and is made up of talented musicians from the band’s native Austin, TX and New York City. The band is touring in support of its latest album Scattering, an emphatic batch of tunes that meld styles and influences into an invigorating blend. This FREE show is not to be missed by fans of Snarky Puppy, Safety Squad, or fun modern jazz.
Have a great 4th of July! Here’s a sampling of what Progger has in store for you: