JazzColumbus Weekly – May 2nd, 2019

First on our list of Shows To See This Week is a rousing way to kickoff your weekend with warm classic jazz in the cozy confines of “The One and Only” with a top-flight quartet. The Dave DeWitt TRio with Randy Mather plays Dick’s Den Friday, May 3rd at 10pm. Mather on tenor saxophone, DeWitt on keyboards, Derek DiCenzo on bass and Aaron Scott on drums is a foursome to be reckoned with in Columbus and far beyond, and seeing them for a $5 cover accompanied by supremely affordable drinks is not to be missed! Keep reading for a celebration of the Nat King Cole centennial in Bexley and the end of the Columbus Youth Jazz season!

Sunday, May 5th (3 – 4pm): 100 Years of Nat King Cole with the Dave Powers Trio at Bexley Public Library. The area’s strongest library supporter of live jazz is presenting a special tribute in partnership with Jazz Arts Group. Pianist, vocalist and entertainer extraordinaire Powers is a fitting choice, along with his trio, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary Nat King Cole in 1919. Hear his classic tunes come to life, and learn more about his career and tunes. As always at the library, admission is free!

Sunday, May 5th (4 – 6pm): Columbus Youth Jazz Final Performance at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, Downtown. Hear Columbus’ jazz talents of tomorrow in their last performance of the school year. More info from Jazz Arts Group:

Our nationally renowned Columbus Youth Jazz (CYJ) program culminates the 2018-2019 season in a performance at Fort Hayes High School featuring the top four bands. Come see the CYJ Workshop, Ensemble, Studio, and Orchestra showcase the repertoire they have been developing this year and their skills in improvisation and jazz style. This two hour performance is free and open to the public. CDs will be on sale at the event. If you have a child who is auditioning for the 2019-2020 CYJ program, or in interested in jazz music in general, we encourage you to bring them to this concert to see the hard work of their peers.

More details on this free performance are here.

Have a great week! Check out video of a classic Powers trio live recording of Cole’s “Just You, Just Me”:

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