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Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn the title. No such problem exists for Tony Bennett. The ace crooner has been entertaining audiences since the late 1940s and in his 91st year, he shows no signs of stopping. He’ll appear at The […]

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Forward into the past

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The once-popular phrase may be “everything old is new again.” For Scott Bradlee, it might read everything new is old again. That essentially is what he does as the founder and lead arranger in Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, an ensemble created with the idea of taking modern pop hits and playing them in ragtime, vintage […]

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The Israeli invasion

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Marbin’s jazz fusion sounds at Trolley Marbin (L-R) Dani Rabin, Blake Jiracek, Danny Markovitch, and Jon Nadel. By Katie Fender The Israeli jazz fusion group Marbin is one of those bands everyone wants to be the first to discover. Marbin creates a unique type of music that when someone hears it they think, I need […]

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And all that…

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Jazz & Beyond series continues with Jimmy Leach Jazztet at the Dayton Art Institute Jimmy Leach brings his Jazztet to the DAI. By Gary Spencer There’s an old saying that if something isn’t broke, you don’t fix it. That certainly seems to be the case for the annual Jazz & Beyond series at the Dayton Art […]

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The neck is the bridge to the body

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Guitar goddess Kaki King projects joy at Bellefontaine’s Holland Theatre On stage, Kaki King combines virtuoso guitar work with captivating visuals. By Tim Walker For many artists, the urge to push the envelope comes as second nature. They feel that burning drive to question, to explore the boundaries of propriety, to create something fresh and […]

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Back to Ohio

The Joe Policastro Trio Perform at Chicago's Fulton Street Collective. Band members include Joe Policastro on Bass, Dave Miller on Guitar, and Mikel Avery playing Drums.

Joe Policastro Trio at Spinoza’s The Joe Policastro Trio Perform at Chicago’s Fulton Street Collective. Band members include Joe Policastro on Bass, Dave Miller on Guitar, and Mikel Avery playing Drums. By Gary Spencer There seems to be some strange, magnetic pull on people from Ohio who relocate to other parts of the country—they always […]

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Let’s Hang On

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The Midtown Men live at Clark State Photo: The Midtown Men bring the ’60s to Springfield Kuss Auditorium November 29 By Tim Smith For persons of a certain age who listened to Top Forty radio in the 1960s and beyond, some songs produce a smile and a nod of recognition. The music created by Frankie […]

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Still blowing hard

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Famed Tonight Show band leader Doc Severinsen at Schuster Photo: Doc Severinsen performs for his Birthday Bash at Schuster this weekend By Tim Smith In the world of jazz and popular music, there are musicians, and then there is Doc Severinsen. Doc has been entertaining audiences with his trumpet artistry for more than 70 years, […]

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Dayton’s renaissance man

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Reginald Harmon showcases art and music at Crowne Plaza Photo: Reginald Harmon, musician and artist By Tim Walker Reginald Harmon is a busy man. Continually creating, the 65-year-old local musician, artist, educator, sculptor, and community activist is a true polymath—a person of wide-ranging knowledge and learning. And now, through the National Arts Showcase that he […]

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Come rain or shine

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Dayton Jazz Festival keeps grooving at RiverScape Photo: Tucki Bailey, a Yellow Springs native who recently returned to the area, headlines Dayton Jazz Festival; photo: Lamonte Hall By Tim Walker The summer sun is shining and the weather is beautiful in downtown Dayton. It’s warm and pleasant, local residents are out and about, and it’s time […]

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Close, but no cube

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Singing the food critic blues at Miamisburg’s Blue Note Bistro and Lounge By Paula Johnson Photo: Barramundi Almondine and Creamed Spinach at Blue Note Bistro and Lounge in Miamisburg; photo: Paula Johnson The definition of a “blue note” in jazz is a minor interval instead of the expected major. Thus, the Blue Note in Miamisburg […]

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Classic cocktail of sound

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Pink Martini shakes things up at the Schuster By Tim Walker Photo: Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes backed by Pink Martini’s ‘little orchestra’photo: Chris Hornbeckerphoto: Chris Hornbecker   Pink Martini occupies a unique niche in the world of modern music, combining classical, pop, jazz, and lounge music with Latin beats and lush vocals. The melange […]

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All that jazz

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Ellis Marsalis and Sherrie Maricle headline Beavercreek’s Weekend of Jazz By Gary Spencer Photo:Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra co-headline the 17th annual Weekend of Jazz Festival March 2-4; photo: Shaun Mader Jazz is one of America’s biggest and most important contributions to modern culture. Born of southern African-American culture in the late 19th century, […]

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Playing back the greats

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MVP Jazz Quartet pays homage to legendary musicians, friends at UD By Tim Walker Photo: MVP Jazz Quartet celebrates the life of pianist/composer James Williams at UD Feb. 16 When people in Dayton hear the word “jazz,” they may imagine a couple of scenes: a small, smoky nightclub somewhere in the city with a three- or […]

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No need for introductions

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Chick Corea Trio graces Cinci By Tim Walker Photo: Eddie Gomez, Chick Corea (back), and Brian Blade; photos: Andrew Elliott To jazz lovers, Chick Corea is a man who truly needs no introduction. The pianist and composer released his first album, Tones for Joan’s Bones, 50 years ago, and he has been writing, performing, and […]

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International Jazz Day

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Keigo Hirakawa Trio performs at Gilly’s By Tim Walker The local jazz music scene, the Keigo Hirakawa Trio, and Gilly’s Jazz nightclub in downtown Dayton: three local treasures, all of which are coming together April 30 to celebrate International Jazz Day. In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated April […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]