Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music, long recognized by local music fans as one of the finest purveyors of live jazz, along with other world-class live music and an excellent food and drink menu, celebrates the 4th anniversary of its founding next week. The venue’s schedule features six jazz performances over six days for this happy occasion, highlighting the finest Columbus-based musicians and a few talented expatriates. The week starts strong with vocalist Rachel Sepulveda’s tribute to Nat “King” and Natalie Cole on Tuesday, July 26th and Bryan Olsheski with The Bobby Floyd Trio on Wednesday, July 27th. Next, three of the four official Anniversary Celebration shows will bring special performances to the stage: Tia Harris with NexLevel on Friday, July 29th, James Gaiters’ WATU UTUNGO on Saturday, July 30th, and the Dan White Quartet on Sunday, July 31st. The timing of the week coincides with the regular monthly appearance by the Derek DiCenzo Trio at Sunday brunch on the 31st for a free show that bolsters the lineup even further. This is a perfect time to enjoy top-notch jazz and the wonderful setting at one of the best local venues for live music and especially jazz – Congratulations Natalie’s! Keep reading for more details and ticket links for each show and visit their website for more info.
Rachel Sepulveda & Friends: A Tribute to Nat “King” and Natalie Cole
Tuesday July 26 @ 8pm
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Rachel Sepulveda pays tribute to the legacy of swingin’ music left behind by the late great jazz artist Nat “King” Cole and his daughter, Natalie Cole, for this special performance. Rachel is a singer, songwriter, and arranger of jazz styles both classic and current.
Bryan Olsheski with The Bobby Floyd Trio
Wednesday July 27 @ 9pm
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Bryan Olsheski presents a very special evening of music featuring the Bobby Floyd Trio in a show not to be missed!
Help kick off Natalie’s 4th Anniversary Weekend Celebration with jazz vocalist Tia Harris backed by the dynamic band NexLevel. The versatile vocalist, equally skilled with jazz standards, big band swing, or R&B, will pair with the smooth and soulful veteran quartet for a exciting concert.
Celebrate Natalie’s 4th Anniversary with a special show featuring James Gaiters’ WATU UTUNGO! WATU UTUNGO is a Columbus-based music collective that brings together Afro-Pop, Soul Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Gospel sounds. WATU UTUNGO, which translates to “Rhythmic People” in Swahili, is helmed by drummer James Gaiters. Other members include: Eddie Bayard-saxophone; Lee Savory-trumpet & flugelhorn; Myles Tate-keyboards; DJ Krate Digga-turntables, loops and sounds; and Dwight Bailey-bass. For this performance, Don Hales will be featured on guitar and Greg Wolfram will be featured on bass.
Brunch Music: Derek DiCenzo Trio
Sunday July 31 @ 12pm
Derek DiCenzo has been a mainstay on the Columbus music scene for 25 years. A gifted jazz guitarist, DiCenzo can be heard playing piano, bass, steel drum, organ and the accordian as well. Derek has appeared with Monty Alexander, Diane Schuur, RJD2, and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. He can be heard on recordings by Jim Hall, Charlie Byrd, Monty Alexander, Tony Monaco and Bobby Floyd.
Help celebrate Natalie’s 4th Anniversary Celebration Weekend with the award winning saxophonist Dan White and his Quartet. Brooklyn-based saxophonist White, of the modern jazz outfit The Huntertones, will be joined by regular collaborators and bandmates Joshua Hill (guitar), Adam DeAscentis (bass), and John Hubbell (drums). The group strives to push the boundaries of composition and improvisation, and will join the celebration with some brand new tunes.