JazzColumbus Weekly – March 27, 2014

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A Jazz Night Out

On Wednesday the 19th, my friend Rick and I had a fine double dose of local jazz. We started at Pete Mills’ Horace Silver tribute at Natalie’s. As I expected, Mills and his quartet (with Andy Woodson subbing for Chris Berg on bass) plus trumpeter Rob Parton were more than ready to lovingly interpret some of my favorite jazz. Pianist Erik Augis tackled Silver well, playing a supportive ensemble role on chorus parts but then gutting out soulful solos of all moods and volumes when it was his turn. I especially enjoyed his muscular twinkle on “Swingin’ the Samba” and his soulful ballad work on “Lonely Woman.” The program covered most of Silver’s tenure at Blue Note, from “Room 608” off of 1955’s Horace Silver & The Jazz Messengers to “Gregory Is Here” off of 1972’s In Pursuit of the 27th Man. In addition to some fiery solos, Mills also reprised his role as a jazz educator by telling the audience about the “Jazz Baroness,” who inspired “Nica’s Dream,” and other Silver tidbits. Another inspiring and informative turn in the Side One Series.

After Natalie’s, we ventured down to Dicks Den to hear a few tunes from the Aaron Quinn/Tom Davis Quartet. This was the third of four installments in Quinn’s residency series. Guitarist Davis recently returned to town after a few years abroad, and some of his originals were featured in this guitar-guitar-bass-drums quartet. The set opened in a groove reminiscent of Grant Green, with some strong walking bass from Adam DeAscentis. We also heard a mellow Quinn original that took colorful flight before caroming to a more rugged close. We heard some beautifully rich tunes before having to call it a night.

Shows To See This Week

Thursday, March 27th: Brandon Coleman Quartet at Dick’s Den. Based in Cincinnati, guitarist Coleman leads three groups in the area and plays in a handful more. Last year the quartet released a new studio album, Decisions, showcasing Coleman’s fluid, expressive playing and this cohesive unit’s ability to slowly build momentum and then explode at a moment’s notice. The group will be playing selections from the album as well as brand new material, so this should be detailed picture of the band in the moment.

Saturday, March 29th: New Basics Brass Band at India Oak Grill, 590 E. Oakland Park Ave. The local New Orleans brass band-styled outfit is playing one of their periodic gigs at the Clintonville neighborhood bar. Come for great tunes at an earlier hour (for a Saturday) in a fun and festive environment.

Wednesday, April 2nd: RFG Quintet at Brothers Drake. Along with new acts and established acts, Jazz Wednesday occasionally reunites old acts! From trombonist/leader Evan Oberla: “I’m pleased to announce that RFG Quintet is reuniting for one show in 2014 after being on indefinite hiatus since either 2011 or 2012. The band will feature (as it did before) Matteo Amburgy on keys, Nate Smith on bass, Max Button on drums, Kevin O’Neill on woodwinds, as well as myself on the bone. I’m hoping Josh Smith will come play some trumpet with us as well… We’ll play songs from our album (May Your Vice Be Nice), and revisit our favorite tunes that we used to play together. That should hold us through the evening, and then some… It will be a joyous and super fun time, and we all have grown a lot musically and otherwise in the past couple of years, so I think it will be pretty magical. Plus there’s delicious mead. What’s better on a Wednesday night, huh?”

Wednesday, April 2nd: Mark Flugge Quartet: Now! Mather Plays Stitt at Natalie’s. Flugge’s Tribute Series turns its attention to the music of the “Lone Wolf,” saxophonist and bebop legend Sonny Stitt. Saxophonist Randy Mather will be featured as he interprets the music of a man who “played ballads and blues equally passionately.”

Have a great week!

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