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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Life in the key of G


Being Kenny G at Schuster By Tim Smith Saxophonist Kenny G has been entertaining music lovers since he began as a sideman with Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1973. He has earned legions of fans around the globe with bestselling albums, from Kenny G in 1982 to his latest, the 2015 release Brazilian Nights. […]

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Modern millennium jazz brew


Dirk Quinn Band grooves Trolley Stop By Gary Spencer There seems to be a culturally accepted notion (especially among younger people) that jazz music is obsolete in the modern millennium—that jazz is an antiquated form of music relegated to the tastes of stuffy old people and music scholars. However, there is a wave of young […]

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Reinventing the message

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Marion Meadows’ unique jazz stylings at Gilly’s By Tim Walker Photo: Marion Meadows will perform Saturday, Feb. 20 at Gilly’s; photo: Dave Love Jazz musician Marion Meadows is calling from Hawaii. I, on the other hand, am in Dayton, Ohio on a cold winter day, the temperature outside a balmy 21 degrees. “Hawaii? I have […]

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It’s about time


Grammy-winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe and trio return to Gilly’s By Tim Walker Photo: The Bill Cunliffe Trio performs at Gilly’s Dec. 9 Bill Cunliffe is a respected artist in the world of jazz today—but jazz music, surprisingly, wasn’t his first love. “I didn’t originally start out as a jazz pianist,” the 59-year-old Grammy-winner said […]

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The water’s fine


Smooth contemporary saxer Kim Waters at Gilly’s By Tim Walker Photo: Saxophonist Kim Waters will perform at Gilly’s Jazz on Oct. 24 Silver Soul is more than just the most recent album from contemporary jazz composer, producer and saxophonist Kim Waters and more than just a collection of 12 smooth jazz songs. It is also […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]