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 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...]

Jazz Spotlight: Youth in Jazz + Upcoming Jazz June 5 – 18

About Our Area’s Youth in Jazz: A slight deviation in this week’s article from “Who is,” “What is” to “About?”  I assume if you’re reading this column you are a jazz fan and if so you understand “Youth in Jazz” is our future. Fortunately for us, most of the high schools and many of the middle schools in our area have music programs that include jazz. Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Beavercreek High School, Centerville High School, Fairborn High School, Xenia High School and lets not forget the University of Dayton just to name a few: In addition the Dayton Jazz Orchestra has been … [Read more...]

Jazz Spotlight: Robert Sanae + Upcoming Jazz May 8-21

Who is Robert Sanae? Dayton native, Robert Sanae, born Robert Jones, is a product of a rich musical heritage with relatives who were accomplished musicians of groups such as ‘Sun’ and ‘Dayton’, and his father an original member of the acclaimed Ohio Players. Robert is a multi-genre producer, composer, writer as well as a multi-instrumentalist. Robert began his professional career as a member of the R&B Group ‘Zapp’ featuring Roger Troutman, where he was a trumpeter, keyboardist, vocalist where he learned numerous other skills, including audio engineering and editing. With the Troutman … [Read more...]

Jazz Spotlight: Lincoln Berry + Upcoming Jazz April 24 – May 7

Who is a Lincoln Berry? Jazz organist Lincoln Berry: Was born in St. Paul, MN and was the oldest of twelve. His musical background started on the piano at age three and played his first concert when he was at five yrs old. He was named church pianist at age eight. At age fourteen he played guitar as guest artist with Sam Cooke before he left the gospel group. At 16 he played behind Mahalia Jackson for several appearances with rev Billy graham crusade. At 17 he worked with young musician in several states in the mid-west training them to set-up and play the Hammond organ as churches in his … [Read more...]