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 the finale act of a great free concert at the David H. Ponitz Career Center on Saturday, September 28. We will be celebrating the 45 years of Clay “The Cooker” Collins being on Dayton Radio, the WDPS-FM 3rd annual Listener Appreciation Concert and Jazz Advocate’s 8th annual Community Jazz Festival. Check it out at: http://www.jazzcentraldayton.com/#05
Speaking of early jazz history, I noted two birthdays this week covering the spectrum from the very beginning to current times: Buddy Bolden was born on Friday, September 6th, 1877. Only one dim photograph of him survived but in the annuals of jazz history Buddy Bolden, while almost a mythical character, stands out as being accredited by many as the originator of jazz. Today we have none of his music to listen to because unfortunately he was institutionalized as mentally ill in 1906 before the advent of any practical form of recorded music. Testimony by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and many others who heard him play claimed him as the inspiration of those formative years of jazz in New Orleans. Jelly Roll was so inspired he wrote the tribute song Buddy Bolden’s Blues, which is performed regularly by Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers right here in Dayton, Ohio. Check out this cool Buddy Bolden Documentary:
http://tinyurl.com/mbr6ms4 and saxophone Colossus Sonny Rollins was born on Saturday, September 7th, 1930 has garnered many national awards for jazz including Kennedy Center Honors on his 81st birthday. Here is a recorded live in Sweden, 1959 video:http://www.jazzonthetube.com/page/11517.html
Two more quick items, both coming up in October: Jerry Gillotti tells they will be starting an open Jam Session every Thursday at Gilly’s. The house band will be Eddie Brookshire, Fenton Sparks & Kieago Hirakawa. In addition Charles Stone tells me JC and the Rowdy’s will be offering a Blues Jam every Friday at Jazz Central.
Here are some (not all) of the upcoming jazz events for the next couple of weeks:
Today Wednesday, September 11 – The Faux Frenchmen are starting a weekly series of jazz entertainment at the La Poste Eatery in Cincinnati.
Thursday September 12 – The Dayton Art Institute is the place to be when Dean Simms brings his tribute to Louis Armstrong to life at the Vectren Jazz and Beyond Series!
Friday September 13 – The Shawn Stanley Trio plays every Friday at Carvers Steaks & Chops in Centerville and they’re celebrating one year of Friday Night Jazz at the Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant in Cincinnati.
Saturday September 14 – Eddie Brookshire Quintet is at Gilly’s and Robert Sanae’s Indigo Blue CD Release Party is at Jazz Central, both in Dayton.
Sunday September 15 – Honk, Wail and Moan is at the Harrison Park Gazebo and Erik Augis, Woodson, Tsamous are at Third & Hollywood both in Columbus.
Monday September 16 – The John Taylor Trio is at Brio Tuscan Grille in Beavercreek and Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra is at the Clintonville Woman’s Club in Columbus.
Tuesday September 17 – The Part St. Tavern Jazz Jam continues in Columbus and the Marc Fields Quartet is at the Blue Wisp in Cincinnati.
Wednesday September 18 – The Eleven piece Different Hats Band is at the Dayton Event Connection and Ricky Nye & Bekah Williams are at Chez Nora in Covington, KY.
Thursday September 19 – The Generations Big Band returns to Jazz Central in Dayton and the Pete Mills Quartet featuring Matt Wilson is at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights.
Friday September 20 – ShinSings Orchestra is at the Dayton Metro Library and the Eddie Brookshire Quintet is at Serendipity Bistro for Urban Nights in Dayton.
Saturday September 21 – The NEW Ed Moss Trio w/special guests is at the Schwartz Point Jazz Club in Cincinnati and the Bobby Floyd Trio is at Boudin’s Bistro & Jazz Club in Columbus.
Sunday September 22 – The Jazz Jam Session with Kenny Baccus and John Hampton Wagner is at Jazz Central in Dayton and Bluesbent is at the Blue Wisp in Cincinnati.
Monday September 23 – Mark Flugge, Derek Dicenzo & Jimmy Castoe is at Due Amici in Columbus.
Tuesday September 24 – Tony Monaco is at the Rumba Café in Columbus and the Derek DiCenzo Trio is at Local Roots in Powell, OH.
More info and jazz listings can be found at JazzAdvocate.com