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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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Life in the key of G

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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

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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Stop By Gary Spencer There seems to be a culturally accepted notion (especially among younger people) that jazz music is obsolete in the modern millennium—that jazz is an antiquated form of music relegated to the tastes of stuffy old people and music scholars.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

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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

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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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Sax man

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Boney James comes to Rose Music Center By Tim Walker Photo: Boney James will perform at Rose Music Center at the Heights on Aug. 13, photo: Describe the Fauna Boney James, recording artist, talented musician and intensely likable, all-around “nice guy,” is running a bit late. “I am SO sorry, Tim,” he says at the […]

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Steaming jazz in the summertime

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Jazz icon Wynton Marsalis at Rose Music Center By Tim Walker Photo: Wynton Marsalis will perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on July 12 at Rose Music Center; photo: Frank Stewart Though no one would doubt that Wynton Marsalis is a very busy man, there is also no mistaking the joy in the […]

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Sax and swagger

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Gerald Albright comes to the Schuster By Mike Ritchie Photo: Gerald Albright will perform on March 27 at the Schuster Center; photo: Lori Stoll He’s been called one of the biggest stars in R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz while earning a well-deserved reputation by world known artists as a “musician’s musician.” Born in Los Angeles, […]

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The shape of jazz to come

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Blood, Sweat & Tears headlines Beavercreek’s annual Weekend of Jazz By Rusty Pate Photo: Musician Jeff Coffin gives students pointers at Weekend of Jazz 2013 Many might view jazz as a strictly intuitive musical form. The classic stereotype of a sweaty horn blower with eyes closed and a furrowed brow blasting off a series of […]

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Bending the genre

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Jazz pianist Gregg Kallor at UD By Katie Christoff Photo: Pianist Gregg Kallor will perform at University of Dayton on Jan. 22 ArtsLive at the University of Dayton strives to challenge its audiences’ traditional notions of music, particularly jazz. On Thursday, Jan. 22, pianist Gregg Kallor will kick off the 2015 season with his fusion […]

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Nashville’s jazzy export

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Annie Sellick at Clark State By Katie Christoff Photo: Jazz musician Annie Sellick will perform on Jan. 9 at Clark State Community College You can take the girl out of Nashville… Well, you know how the saying goes. But Annie Sellick, a jazz musician from the land of country music, makes it fairly difficult to […]

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Education meets improvisation

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Beavercreek’s unique weekend of jazz returns By Benjamin Smith Photo: Spyro Gyra; Photo: Brian Friedman/B-Freed Photography Fact: the three toughest things on the planet are diamonds, silicon carbide and jazz. Obviously that’s an exaggeration, but even distortions reflect some truth. Jazz is challenging to learn, challenging to play and occasionally challenging to enjoy or even comprehend. […]

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Fun and fusion

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Jazz giant Jeff Lorber at the Schuster Center  By Benjamin Smith   Photo: The Jeff Lorber Fusion will perform at the Schuster Perfoming Arts Center on Dec. 28; photo: Greg Allen Considered “one of the founding fathers of fusion” by Keyboard Magazine, Jeff Lorber – the Grammy-nominated composer, producer, and keyboardist – has made his mark […]

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Jazz is dead?

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Notes from the underground  Kevin J. Gray   Photo: The Jam Sessions at Jazz Central on Sunday evenings feature excellent local talent It’s a Sunday night and my friends and I are crowded around a table at Jazz Central. The band is on fire. They finished an up-tempo version of the Charlie Parker tune “Billie’s Bounce,” […]

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Yes, Flying Saucers Do Exist!

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Please don’t call it Frisbee. Colorful flying plastic discs fill the air around this time of year, tossed from hand […]

Debate 7/10: You’ve got mail…for now!

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Who in their wildest dreams thought Donald Trump could be a consensus builder? Certainly not me. Donald has done something […]

Bubbles to beat the brunch backlash

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I casually peruse food articles, as you might guess. One emerging set of hot takes seems to revolve around brunch. […]

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, […]

A Monument to Insurrection

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Dayton Society of Artists’ special summer exhibit Alan Pocaro, The Distance Between Us When We Communicate (Detail) By Tim Smith […]