JazzColumbus Weekly – June 5, 2014

One news item this week: WOSU 89.7 FM is giving you a chance to catch up on local jazz this month. Beginning June 6th, Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s 2013-14 concert series, “Swingin’ with the CJO,” will be featured Friday nights in June. Every Friday night, tune in from 7 to 9pm for great jazz performed by nationally renowned artists and well-known local musicians. These shows should help you get ready for Jazzoo and the forthcoming 2014-15 concert series.

Shows To See This Week

Saturday, June 7th: EOP at Brothers Drake. Evan Oberla’s local powerhouse will be busy Saturday night, playing their last two shows of the summer season. They play the Main Stage at the Park Street Festival from 9-10pm, and then they will hustle over to the meadery to present their soul explosion from 11pm to close. This will be a funky Gallery Hop party featuring the full EOP band “plus some,” and DJ Abyss will get things cooking at Brothers Drake starting at 9.

Sunday, June 8th (3-5pm): From The Five Jazztet – “The Music of Mark Flugge” at Columbus Museum of Art. The Jazztet was already scheduled for the final concert of this year’s CMA Chamber Jazz Concert Series before Flugge’s tragic passing on May 11th. In honor of their colleague, the band, featuring Dave DeWitt on piano and Derek DiCenzo on bass, will play an entire program of Flugge’s compositions. This free concert will be a touching tribute to the local legend in advance of the memorial concert on June 15th (full details to come).

Tuesday, June 10th: All Star Jam Session at Troubadour Club. This will be the inaugural installment of a new jam at the East Side performing arts center. The house band will be anchored by Grammy Award-winning bassist Danyel Morgan and former Vonn Jazz Jam Session leader saxophonist Ac Collins. The jam starts promptly at 7pm. All musicians and vocalists are welcome, and jazz fans should also feel welcome to witness some great local talent.

Wednesday, June 11th (6-9pm): FYI Quintet at Easton Town Center’s Town Square. The quintet will be the first jazz band to play this year’s “Sounds On The Town” concert series. The local group’s “unique style of Traditional Jazz fused with ‘Straight-Ahead’ and Latin Jazz Rhythms” will bring flair to the outdoor festivities.

Go get some jazz!

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