Happy August 29th; the great jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker was born on this day in 1920.
Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the country’s premier fine arts museums and a major asset to our fair city. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences.
The Dayton Art Institute also hosts concerts, family and youth programs, classes, social events and more. Of most interest to local jazz fans is the Vectren Jazz & Beyond series, upcoming on September 6 they will present the Rob Dixon Quartet. The local Dayton Public School radio station, WDPC 89.5-FM provides their disc jockeys, on a rotating basis to help MC these events.
Vectren Jazz & Beyond showcases some of the best and brightest local and regional jazz performers … and more! Performances take place on the first Thursdays of March – June and August – November (no performance in July). All performances are 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the intimate setting of the museum’s Shaw Gothic Cloister. Admission is FREE for museum members and $8 for non-members. Cash Bar is available for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets may be purchased at the museum the night of the performance.
Here are some (not all) of the upcoming jazz events for the next couple of weeks:
Tonight Wednesday, August 29 – JD Allen is doing a Creative Workshop at the Thompson House in Cincinnati and Ron Hartwell presents the Tuxedo Junction Big Band at the Dayton Event Connection.
Thursday August 30 – the last big band night at Riverscape MetroPark this season will feature the Kim Kelly Orchestra in Dayton and the Mike Wade Septet featuring Steve Wilson closes the series at Seasongood Pavilion at Eden Park in Cincinnati.
Friday August 31 – the Faux Frenchmen are at the Blue Wisp in Cincinnati and you can catch the Shawn Stanley Trio at Carvers Steaks & Chops in Centerville.
Saturday September 1 – Noah Wotherspoon will be at Gilly’s and the Gem City Music Festival is at Welcome Stadium, both in Dayton.
Sunday September 2 – Cornelius North 2UNES Woodall is at Gilly’s and Jazz Central’s Jazz Jam continues, both in Dayton.
Monday September 3 – a Jazz Jam, hosted by Sandy Suskind, is at the Blue Wisp in Cincinnati and the John Taylor Trio is at the Brio Tuscan Grille in Beavercreek.
Tuesday September 4 – the Tony Monaco Trio is at the Rumba Café and the great jazz jam at the Park Street Tavern continues, both in Columbus.
Wednesday September 5 – Ricky Nye & Bekah Williams are at the Main Strasse Village in Covington, KY and Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers is at Neil’s Heritage House in Dayton.
Thursday September 6 – the Dayton Art Institute Vectren Jazz & Beyond series presents the Rob Dixon Quartet from Indianapolis and the Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars is at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights.
Friday September 7 – Doc Broadnax and the Thompson House in Newport presents the Mark Lomax Trio in Newport, Ky, Dwight Lenox Trio is at the Worthington Inn in Worthington, OH and the Pete Mills Quartet plays the Blue Wisp in Cincinnati.
Saturday September 8 – John Legend will be performing at the Downtown Dayton Revival Budweiser Stage and The Giant Steps performs on the Downtown Dayton Revival Monster Stage, both in Dayton.
Sunday September 9 – a Nancy James Tribute to Rosemary Clooney takes place at the Gallagher Student Center Theater, Xavier University in Cincinnati and Train takes to the Downtown Dayton Revival Budweiser Stage.
Monday September 10 – Mark Flugge, Derek Dicenzo & Jimmy Castoe perform at Due Amici and Tia Roseboro & Vernon Hairston is at the Old Bag of Nails, both in Columbus.
Tuesday September 11 – Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo will be at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights and the Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra is at Schwartz’s Point in Over-The-Rhine in Cincinnati.
More info and jazz listings can be found at JazzAdvocate.com