The 2014 Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest

The 35th Annual Columbus Jazz and Rib Festival returns to the North Bank park area along the Scioto River downtown for a weekend of live jazz (and ribs) July 18th through July 20th. This year’s festival will offer jazz fans 44 live performances showcasing internationally renowned jazz artists like Brian Culbertson, Terence Blanchard, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Earl Klugh, The Soul Rebels and Jessy J., and top local jazz talent. The Jazz Café at North Bank Pavilion will showcase local and regional jazz artists on the riverfront stage set against the city skyline. The Jazz Café also features covered seating on the back patio of the North Bank Pavilion.

2014 Columbus Jazz & Rib Schedule

Friday, July 18

11:30AM Natalie Adams Quintet
1:30 PM Brandon Coleman Quartet
3:30 PM Hoodoo Soul Band
5:30 PM Mucca Pazza
7:00 PM Organ Monk Feat. Reggie Woods
9:30 PM Terence Blanchard*


Saturday, July 19

10:30AM Blair Crimmins & The Hookers
1:00 PM From The Five Jazztet
3:00 PM FYI Quintet
5:00 PM Robert Sanae Feat. Crater Creek Project Indigo
7:00 PM Funky Butt Brass Band
9:30 PM Brian Culbertson*

Sunday, July 20

11:00AM The Dave Powers Quartet
1:00 PM Hubbard Stew
2:30 PM Dan White Sextet
4:30 PM Byron Stripling Quartet Feat. Kenny Drew, Jr.
6:00 PM Rib Awards Presentation
7:00 PM Earl Klugh *


North Bank Park Stage presented by FOX 28

Friday, July 18

11:00AM Insane Jazz Posse
1:00 PM Keeping Hope Alive
3:00 PM Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
5:00 PM Forest & The Evergreens
7:30 PM Jeff Lorber
9:30 PM The Soul Rebels*


Saturday, July 19

12:00PM The David Wells Project
1:30 PM Talisha Holmes Ensemble
3:30 PM Eddie Brookshire Quintet
5:00 PM Mike Wade & The Young Cubs
7:00 PM Rez Abbasi & Christian Howes Quartet
9:30 PM Spanish Harlem Orchestra*


Sunday, July 20

11:00AM Gaetano Letizia’s Jazz Trio
12:30PM Tom Battenberg Quintet
2:00 PM Bryan Olsheski and Passages
4:00 PM Four80East
6:30 PM Jessy J*


Jazz Café at Hollywood Casino Plaza

Friday, July 18

11:00AM Kate Ross Quintet
1:00 PM Knots
4:30 PM Trace Marie & Blue Level
7:00 PM The Dubfunk Quartet
9:30 PM Jim Rupp Quartet Feat. Denis Diblazio & Chip Stevens

Saturday, July 19

11:00AM Blues At Last Feat. Mike McGannon & Rick Collura
1:00 PM Mark Lomax II Trio
3:00 PM Rorschach Quartet
5:00 PM Jumbo Chimps
7:00 PM Arnett Howard & The Creole Funk Band
9:00 PM Canta Brasil


Sunday, July 20

11:30AM Ella Star
1:30 PM Jazz Gallery Project
2:30 PM Razzamatazz & Jazz
4:30 PM The Harry Bacharach Quartet
6:30 PM La Charanga Tres


From the website:

Terence Blanchard: One of the most innovated jazz artists today, trumpeter Terence Blanchard has recorded more than 30 albums and won multiple Grammy awards. As an acclaimed bandleader and composer, Blanchard scores have been featured in films by such directors as Spike Lee and George Lucas. The Big Easy native began playing trumpet in elementary school and studied at the famed New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Blanchard is also artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute’s Master’s program and the University Of Miami Frost School Of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute.

Brian Culbertson: Contemporary jazz/R&B/funk musician, instrumentalist, producer and performer, Brian Culbertson always brings his very best – and brings the very best out of others – in all of his broad-ranging musical endeavors. In 1994, at age 20, Brian self-produced his debut album, Long Night Out. Since then, Brian has released thirteen albums, toured around the world, seen his name at the top of Billboard and radio charts, collaborated with industry all-stars like Maurice White, Patti Austin, Brian McKnight, Chris Botti, Kirk Whalum, Ledisi, Boney James, and “Bootsy” Collins, and received numerous awards and recognition.

Earl Klugh: Klugh played on a Yusef Lateef album when he was 15 and gained recognition in 1971 for his contributions to George Benson’s White Rabbit record. After a couple well-received solo albums on different Capitol imprints including Blue Note, Klugh hit pay dirt with 1979?s One on One, a Grammy-winning collaboration with pianist Bob James. In 1984 he changed labels and released one of his most popular albums, Soda Fountain Shuffle, on Warner Bros. Klugh made his biggest artistic impression yet in 1989 with the self-explanatory Solo Guitar. Compilations, live albums, appearances with others, and reissues filled the years leading up to 2005?s Naked Guitar, a stripped-down, standards-heavy album for the Koch label. The album Hand Picked was released by Heads Up in the summer of 2013, and featured guest spots by Bill Frisell, Vince Gill, and Jake Shimabukuro.

The Soul Rebels: Called “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong” by the Village Voice, the Soul Rebels combine top notch musicianship and songs with grooves that celebrate life in time-honored New Orleans style. The Soul Rebels started with an idea shared between founding members Derrick Moss and Lumar LeBlanc – to play the music they loved on the radio in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition that they grew up on. Together with a group of young, like-minded players from all over New Orleans, they formed the Soul Rebels and set out to make their mark on the music they love.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Their energy on stage, rich sound and musical precision leave audiences mesmerized until the last note is played. They are on a mission to keep the musical legacy of salsa dura, “hard salsa,” alive and expand its audience to those who love great music, not just Latin music. Grounded in the past, while focused on the future, they strive to keep the music relevant, while creating a unique and fresh approach.

Jessy J: Jessy J burst onto the contemporary jazz scene in 2008, blending her love for Latin rhythms and jazz on her chart-topping, award-winning debut album Tequila Moon. The talented saxophonist, pianist, singer and songwriter who has worked with everyone from The Temptations to Michael Bublé, has been developing her musical voice since she was very young. Words like dedicated, focused and hard-working all describe her drive and motivation to succeed and make music a life-long career.

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