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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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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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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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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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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]