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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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Road ‘dawg’

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David Grisman’s FolkJazz Trio performs at Miami-Hamilton  By Rusty Pate  Photo: The David Grisman FolkJazz Trio will perform at Miami-Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 16 David Grisman has been a lover and purveyor of acoustic music since the early 1960s. Perhaps best known as a founding member of Old and In the Way and his […]

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Certainly cool (but not necessarily ‘smooth’)

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Guitarist Peter White at the Schuster Center By Benjamin Smith Photo: Guitarist Peter White joins the Summer Breeze Jazz Tour at the Schuster Center on Friday, June 28 He has probably never set a Fender Stratocaster on fire à la Jimi Hendrix, or been called “God,” like Eric Clapton, but make no mistake: Peter White is a […]

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Sunday of swing

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31st Annual Michelob Women In Jazz Festival By Benjamin Smith Photo: The Petra Van Nuis Quartet headlines the Women in Jazz Festival on Sunday, June 23; [l to r] guitarist Andy Brown, vocalist Petra Van Nuis 1982 was an interesting year for music. Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat, The Who held a formal […]

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Swing into summertime!

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The Ron Jones Quartet at the Dayton Art Institute By Benjamin Smith Photo: Saxophonist Ron Jones brings his quartet to Dayton Art Institute on Thursday, June 13 Live jazz performances are electric – even illuminating. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that energy giant Vectren has sponsored the Dayton Art Institute’s annual Jazz & Beyond concert series […]

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Jazz blues in the city of funk

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Wade Baker at Jazz Central and Tumbleweed By Benjamin Smith photo: Wade Baker bridges the gap between jazz and blues on May 2 and 3; photo credit: jcaptures.com On April 28, 1960, jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan recorded a seminal four-track album entitled Leeway. Not only did this record earn contemporary critical acclaim, but decades after its […]

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The odyssey of Chick Corea

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Iconic jazz pianist visits University of Miami-Middletown By Khalid Moss Photo: Legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea will perform solo at Miami Middletown on Sunday, April 21 When a young artist emerged on the New York jazz scene in the early ‘60s, you could listen to the vinyl records he recorded monthly, and in most cases even […]

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Get your groove on

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Beavercreek High School hosts 13th Weekend of Jazz By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Ramsey Lewis  Quintet will headline Saturday evening, March 2, at Beavercreek High School’s 13th Annual Weekend of Jazz In 2001, Doug McCullough, the Director of Bands at Beavercreek High School, had a goal. McCullough’s goal was two-fold. He wanted to increase awareness […]

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Viva Detroit!

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Hot Club of Detroit channel the spirit of Gypsy Jazz By Nick Schwab Photo credit: Anna Webber  If you place bets and are a football fan, then you probably bet on who would be the winner of the Super Bowl shortly ago. You either won or you lost, but you surely didn’t know the exact outcome. That […]

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Fluid, polished, sleek, and oh yeah … smooth

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Jazz at Gilly’s with Bob Baldwin and Toni Redd By Khalid Moss I’ll admit that I, as a voracious, jazz-hungry, sabre-toothed tiger of the music scene, have tracked all the great pianists, from Vladimir Horowitz to Allen Toussaint. I’ve tried to examine the entire spectrum of the art of manipulating the 88-toothed leviathan. But in […]

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Excitement and fire

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Branford Marsalis brings jazz passion to Schuster Center By Khalid Moss Harlem-born author, James Baldwin, once mused “…There is no music like that music, no drama like the drama of saints rejoicing, the sinners moaning, the tambourines racing, and all those voices coming together and crying holy unto the lord! I have never seen anything […]

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Breezin’ to Pop Fame

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George Benson’s jazz guitar returns to Fraze By Khalid Moss Some artists, be they in the field of dance, visual arts, literary arts or music, are known for pushing the envelope. Jazz/pop guitarist George Benson, over the course of his 40-year career, has managed to rip the envelope wide open. Benson is a 10-time Grammy […]

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Ladies First

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Women in Jazz Festival Celebrates 30 Years By Tim Walker Full disclosure, here: I am a true lover of jazz music. My all-time favorite albums include Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue and John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. I’m crazy about Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Give my cell phone a call and you’ll find my […]

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Jazz Central

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Keeping Jazz Alive in Dayton By Khalid Moss Jazz Central, located at 2931 East Third Street, is living up to its name. It is truly the nucleus for jazz in the city of Dayton. That mantle used to belong to Gilly’s nightclub where, for many years, jazz was the centerpiece, the “piece de resistance.” But […]

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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 […]