Esteemed music educator and jazz host Becky Ogden is presenting some great shows this winter at her house, also known as Bungalow Jazz. However, due to unfortunate circumstances, she is currently unable to update the calendar on her website. Thankfully, Palmer Moore, webmaster for Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, has created a page on the FJO website for info on upcoming Bungalow Jazz shows at: http://ofgc.net/bungalo_jazz.htm. Visit that link for schedule details, and JazzColumbus will continue to provide updates when possible as new shows are announced. The five shows scheduled for January and February provide a roster of great musicians playing different strains of classic straight-ahead jazz (with some Brazilian influence), including three shows featuring renowned Cincinnati pianist and educator Phil DeGreg in quartets with high-caliber guests and all-star rhythm sections. Keep reading for lineups for all shows announced to date. Admission for each show is a requested donation of $20, all of which goes to the performing musicians.
Friday, January 20th, 7:30pm: Phil DeGreg Trio with special guest Bruno Mangueira. Brazilian guitarist Mangueira returns to the Bungalow as part of a week of shows with DeGreg, mostly in Cincinnati. Mangueira, who performed part of his doctoral studies as a visiting scholar at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (where DeGreg is a professor), has released two albums under his name. DeGreg leads Cincinnati-based quintet Brasilia, which performs “classic popular Brazilian repertoire and original music with plenty of room for improvisation.” DeGreg recently played with Mangueira in Brazil as well, so expect world-class Brazilian jazz from this meeting of well-acquainted masters of the style.
Sunday, January 29th, 6:30pm: Phil DeGreg Trio with special guest Jim Snidero. DeGreg is joined by NYC-based alto saxophonist Snidero, bassist Doug Richeson, and drummer Jim Rupp for this Sunday night show. Snidero is acclaimed as a bandleader, author (the Jazz Conception series), and educator over his 30+ year career, and has played with greats including Brother Jack McDuff, the Mingus Big Band, Frank Wess, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Palmieri, and Frank Sinatra. His latest album, 2016’s MD66, is inspired by Miles Davis’ second great quintet.
Sunday, February 12th, 5pm: Dick Mackey with the Mark Rubinstein Trio and special guest Vaughn Wiester. This concert promises “A little early Valentine fun” as vocalist Mackey is backed by Rubinstein on piano, Richeson on bass, Rupp on drums, and legendary bandleader Wiester on trombone. This lineup of Central Ohio greats will surely provide a romantic and passionate performance ahead of the holiday.
Friday, February 17th, 7:30pm: Phil DeGreg Trio with special guest Harry Allen. Traditionally styled tenor saxophonist Allen has had a strong career as a leader and sideman, including work with John Colianni, Keith Ingham, John Pizzarelli, and Bucky Pizzarelli. This master of the swing tenor should be well-matched by DeGreg and his cooking rhythm section.
Tuesday, February 21st, 7:30pm: Otterbein Faculty Jazz Quartet with special guest John Fedchock. Trombonist, bandleader, Grammy nominee and OSU alum Fedchock returns to the Bungalow during an Ohio trip where he’ll serve as a clinician and guest artist at Otterbein and Denison. With what should be a pared down version of Otterbein’s high-powered Redbird faculty ensemble, expect a lively evening of great jazz.