About Ron Gable

Ron Gable is the founder of Jazz Advocate, a non-profit organization dedicated to using jazz as a tool to bring our communities together! He is a past jazz column writer under five different editors for the Impact Weekly and the Dayton City Paper. He is presently the webmaster for JazzAdvocate.com and JazzCentralDayton.com. In addition sends out newsletters to 2,000 jazz fans in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus and is always interested in your input and questions relative to jazz. Ron can readily be contacted at rgable1@gmail.com, on Facebook or call (937) 732-5173.

Jazzy Music Returns to the top of the Crowne

The Chris Comer Trio will be performing at The VIEW 162 rooftop jazz lounge at the Dayton Crowne Plaza Hotel on New Years Eve, Dec 31 2013. The performance will begin 8pm through the Midnight hour. Chris Comer on piano, joined by longtime Dayton bassist Vinnie Marshall and on drums Bart Foster from Cincinnati, originally from Perrysburg Ohio. Chris Comer performs jazz standards and classic jazz compositions.     Having received the above on Chris Comer’s NYE gig got me to thinking about all the music Rosemary and I have taken in over the years at the top of the Crowne. Aside for our own … [Read more...]

Coming Up in Local Jazz – October 9 through October 22

Who is Clay Greg Abate?     Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe.     In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years.     In 1978 Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87.     Following this experience Greg … [Read more...]

Coming Up in Local Jazz – September 25 through October 8

Who is Clay “The Cooker” Collins? Clay Collins came to Dayton from Chicago in 1968 as a Radio News Reporter for WAVI/WDAO and advanced to Program and Community Relations director. Clay’s infinite knowledge and love of jazz music gave birth to his own weekly program “Jazzsistically Speaking” which aired on WAVI/WDAO from 1969-73, on WING from 1975-83. His jazz radio career continued at WCSU up to 1994 and at Clear Channel’s Smooth Jazz 106.9 until they decided to go Country in 2009 and he opted to leave them behind. Shortly after and because of Clear Channel’s decision, WDPS 89.5-FM went … [Read more...]

Coming Up in Local Jazz – September 11 through September 24

Some Early Jazz History Coming To Dayton:   In the early history of jazz there was a young boy who learned to play his cornet while in  a New Orleans reform school and went on to become America’s Ambassador for Jazz throughout the world. This coming Thursday, September 12th Dean Simms will present his uncanny recreation of Louis Armstrong at the Dayton Art Institute from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Shaw Gothic Cloister:http://tinyurl.com/lhaacyh   If for some reason you can’t make it to the Art Institute, you’ll have a second chance to catch Dean’s tribute to Louie performance as … [Read more...]

Coming Up in Local Jazz – August 28 through September 10

What is C’est Tout?   I went with my wife, Rosemary and some friends last Saturday night to see James and Moore at the C'est Tout Bistro 2600 Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood, Ohio. This was the Gable’s second trip to this venue and I’ll have to say it’s a unique experience. Chef/Proprietor Dominique Fortin says “You know, the thing that we do here is a French bistro, good food, fresh food at the right price.” It truly has the ambience of a French bistro, a very meticulous setting for your dining pleasure. To say the food is outstanding is a gross understatement; that combined with the … [Read more...]

Coming Up in Local Jazz – August 14 through August 27

What is the Gabriel Foundation?        The Gabriel Foundation is non-profit operating under Jazz Advocate's 501c3 and dedicated in supporting “Youth in Jazz” in our area.      Back in September of 2011, I was talking to a lady who lived in my apartment building and she was telling me about her eleven year-old grandson who played alto saxophone in an event with a group from the Stivers School for the Arts jazz orchestra.  Of course she said he is very good and hoping to get into Stivers next year at age twelve.  She told me he was renting his horn through the school and needed his own … [Read more...]

Coming Up in Local Jazz – July 31 through August 13

   As a rule, I don’t dwell on past jazz performances but sometimes they’re so good you want to let your readers know what they missed in hopes some small spark of memory may entice them to come to see the artists who performed on a particular occasion the next time they’re available. So to all the fans that missed this great show remember the artist names for future events.      What a night; the place was packed and the joint was jumppin! This was another outstanding show at Jazz Central showcasing the Mighty Hammond Organ. In this case three organs manned by three of the best in the … [Read more...]

Coming Up in Local Jazz – July 17 through July 31

Who was Rick Evans?     A wonderful jazz singer, winner of 2010-11 Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District Lifetime Achievement Award and dear friend of mine passed away on Tuesday, July 9th. Excerpt of an article by Adam Alonzo contributing writer for the Dayton Daily News: The Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District gave significant recognition to jazz vocalist Rick Evans, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award of $10,000 for his outstanding musical accomplishments and community contributions. “(He) has touched so many lives through music, his commitment to … [Read more...]

Coming Up in Local Jazz – July 3 through July 16

What is the USAF Band of Flight?   Some of the following may not be 100% accurate but are based on conversations, web surfing and observations that formed my impressions, I apologize for any inaccuracies.   The USAF Band of Flight is comprised of active duty Air Force members and is based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio and one of the oldest bands in the Air Force. It is one of the oldest bands in the Air Force; The Band of Flight has an unbroken record of service since its formation and shares with only The United States Air Force Band, Bolling AFB DC, the … [Read more...]

Coming Up in Local Jazz – June 19 through July 2

What’s happening at the Schuster? As a rule, I try to cover the local Jazz scene in the Dayton, Cincinnati area but this article is another one of my deviations because of an upcoming Jazz event too significant to ignore. G.A.B. Productions is presenting their second Summer Breeze Jazz Tour concert featuring Joe Sample, Peter White and Alex Bugnon at the Schuster Center on Friday, June 28 at 7:30pm. Their first presentation was on April 28 at the Schuster featuring Will Downing, Gerald Albright and Pieces of a Dream and was sold out. It’s my understanding that G.A.B. is working on their … [Read more...]