This week’s news: Though I knew something was in the works, I received an email today announcing that Jazz 102.1 FM has relaunched in anticipation of receiving its own 24-hour low-power broadcast license as Jazz 94.1 FM. Though the station has been successful in sharing the 102.1 frequency for half-days over the past few years, the station’s management and its backing organization, the SEMM Foundation, have been determined to bring a 24-hour jazz station back to the Columbus airwaves and they expect to be successful soon. Jazz 94.1 is home to many great jazz shows and jazz personalities, and the new expanded schedule will allow for more fine local programming. Stay tuned here for news of the official launch.
Shows To See This Week:
Thursday, May 8th: Bobby Floyd Trio at Dicks Den. Keyboardist Floyd is often busy with out of town gigs for Dr. John, the Count Basie Orchestra, and other touring bands, so we’ve been lucky lately that he’s been able to play some local gigs. After a great appearance at Dick’s with an augmented trio in April, he’s returning to the North Campus haunt with his standard piano trio of DiCenzo on bass and Reggie Jackson on drums. Expect a (close to) 9:30 start and two sets of lovingly soulful tunes. Floyd also plays Hyde Park Saturday with Dave DeWitt on bass and Aaron Scott on drums.
Tuesday, May 13th: Groove Palette and Silky Ray Band at Natalie’s. The venue’s occasional Twofer Tuesday Series returns this week. Groove Palette plays a strong selection of originals and covers that span across many jazz styles, while the Silky Ray Band presents their own take on classic vocal blues and jazz. Both bands feature Rick Soriano on drums.
Wednesday, May 14th: John Suntken Trio at Brothers Drake. Drummer and new OSU grad Suntken brings his trio to Jazz Wednesday, (likely) featuring Jeff Bass on bass and Josh Hill on guitar.
Have a jazzy week!