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Musical Gumbo

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The legendary city of New Orleans has spawned some of the most iconic names in music history like Dr. John, The Meters, Allen Toussaint, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louis Armstrong. It also never misses a chance for a party. So, it’s no surprise that with 2018 marking the city’s 300th anniversary, the celebration is too […]

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The Handmades’ Tale

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Handmade Moments, the folk-jazz duo originally from Arkansas, are excited to be playing in Dayton for a number of reasons. “There’s this amazing Randy Newman song called ‘Dayton, Ohio’” cheers Anna Moss, then sings “A real nice way to spend the day in Dayton, Ohio… I love that song so much.” Turns out she even […]

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When jazz and stars align

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Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz is as humble as he is gifted. The reason? He gets by with a little help from his friends. A native of the San Fernando Valley, Koz honed his saxophone playing skills early. “I started out as an ensemble player because I was far too ‘coordinated’ to play and march in […]

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Jump, jive, and wail!

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Since 1982, Muse Machine has been a staple of many lives in the Miami Valley. Over 76,000 lives, each year, to be more precise. The nationally recognized arts education organization has spent the last 36 years striving to create a community of artists throughout 13 counties across central and southwestern Ohio and Kentucky, which has […]

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Latin funk by way of New Orleans and Motown

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Bernardo Lopez started his musical journey playing in a variety of other bands throughout Cincinnati. Whether playing the Latino music of his homeland Mexico or other genres, a desire to create his own artistic statement steadily grew. Started in mid-2016, Levee has taken blues, soul, funk and R&B, crafting it into their own style under […]

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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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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]