The Columbus Jazz Calendar for Thursday, September 12th has shaped up to be a diverse display of both wonderful international touring artists and the area’s own homegrown talented acts. Following is a rundown of schedule highlights, plus a listing of the other great options for live jazz that the evening offers:
7 – 9pm: The Brewtet Jazz Jam Session with Miles Smith at Zaftig Brewing Co, Worthington area. The Brewtet recently announced that it is featuring guest trumpeters for all of its four jam sessions in September. The session on the 12th will feature trumpeter Miles Smith, co-winner of the 2019 Hank Marr Jazz Award and new attendee of The Ohio State University. Grab your instrument and enjoy/participate in great jazz at Zaftig this (or any) Thursday! Session info here.
7:30 – 10pm: Huntertones at The Columbus Athenaeum, Downtown. Founded at The Ohio State University, the world-traveling, Brooklyn-based phenomenon that is Huntertones returns to Columbus for a big headlining show at historic (and emerging) venue The Athenaeum. After featuring in the halftime show of the OSU-Cincinnati football game on Saturday, September 7th at Noon in Ohio Stadium, the modern fusion sextet throws its own party on Thursday, following an opening set by Columbus singer-songwriter Jared Mahone. Tickets available here.
8 – 10pm: An Evening with the Julian Lage Trio at Thirty One West, Newark. An ever more influential voice in the worldwide jazz guitar community, Julian Lage makes a stop in Eastern Central Ohio as part of his North American tour supporting 2019 release Love Hurts, his first album to feature bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King (The Bad Plus). Lage, Roeder and King in an excellent venue should be a treat to behold – limited tickets available here.
8 – 11pm: Dave Shelton Quartet at Filament at The Vanderelli Room, Franklinton. Powerhouse Columbus bassist Shelton seizes the rare opportunity to lead a group with an ensemble including Faheem Najieb on saxophone, Jacob Campbell on piano and Will Ash on drums. Expect “a mix of standards, originals, and jazz classics.” BYOB, donation requested at the door. More info here.
9 – 11pm: Harry Allen at Natalie’s. Internationally-acclaimed saxophonist Allen has recorded over 70 albums as a band leader and many more as a sideman, and has played with an unbelievable roster of jazz greats in his career, which included 2017 appearances with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and at Bungalow Jazz. His tone should sound fabulous in this excellent listening room – tickets available here.
Also on September 12th:
Dave Powers – Vaso (Dublin) – 6:30pm
Robert Mason – Two Truths (Short North) – 7pm
Rick Brunetto Big Band – 94th Aero Squadron – 7:30pm
Mark Goodwin & Guest on the Patio – Annie’s Wine Cottage (Powell) – 7:30pm
Hot Tonic – North City Tavern (North Side) – 8pm
Café Jazz at One Main – Capital University (Bexley) – 8pm
Jim Maneri – Dick’s Den – 10pm