JazzColumbus Weekly – March 7th, 2019

One great choice among our Shows To See This Week is an opportunity to see a Cuban piano legend in an intimate and elegant locale! Pianist Chuchito Valdés will play an exciting solo Grand Piano installment of the Jazz Dinner Club at The Refectory on Monday, March 11th at 6pm. A master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco, Valdes continues the legacy of his father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés by offering masterful performances around the world. See him live and enjoy an exquisite meal at the same time! Menu details and more are available here – Call (614) 451-9774 to make your reservations NOW, as space is extremely limited! Keep reading for details on the next Tony Hagood Jazz at the MAC concert and dancing with the Cyndi Black Big Band.

Friday, March 8th (7:30 – 10pm): Jazz at the MAC: Tony Hagood Presents Jazz Today! at McConnell Arts Center. The third concert in pianist Hagood’s 2018-19 season of events at the MAC offers a nuanced glimpse into the sounds and rhythms of modern jazz. The setlist is indeed tuned into current movements in jazz, featuring tunes from living composers like Gerald Clayton, Esperanza Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, Hermeto Pascoal, Hiromi, Brad Mehldau, Jacob Collier, Taylor Eigsti, Robert Glasper, Joshua Redman and more. As always, Hagood will be joined by a stellar cast: Jim Powell on trumpet, Michael Cox on tenor saxophone, Reggie Jackson on drums, and Bradley Mellen on bass. I greatly enjoyed Hagood’s January concert, so I expect Friday’s show to be another excellent night of jazz! Tickets and more details available here.

Sunday, March 10th (7 – 9:30pm): Cyndi Black Big Band: Swingin’ Into Spring Dance at Clintonville Woman’s Club. After a rousing Valentine’s Dance, the 17-piece Cyndi Black Big Band returns to the Woman’s Club to warm things up before its periodic series takes a break until fall. The band has been playing the Columbus area for over 30 years, and its current lineup includes 5 saxes, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, piano, bass, drums, and vocalist. The band tackles the music of the music of the Great American Songbook, drawing from the sounds of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington and many more. Dance (or just listen) your way into Spring! Tickets are available here or at the door.

Have a great week! Enjoy a brief preview of Hagood’s concert and a taste of Valdés via video:

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