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Education meets improvisation

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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A good time, period.

Stories and Dreams at the Schuster Center  By Pat Suarez Photo: Nancy Cartwright will narrate “The Dot and the Line” during all three performances, March 7-9 In his 1942 opera Capriccio, Richard Strauss explored whether music or words were more important within the context of opera. In its concert series, Stories and Dreams, which runs Friday, […]

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Spring is in the air

Voices of Spring at UD features artists-in-residence By Sara Mastbaum Photo: Guitarist and UD artist-in-residence Jim McCutcheon performs at the Voices of Spring concert on Feb. 15; photo: curtesy of  jim.mccutcheon.biz   With polar vortices, record snowfall and a max on calamity days, thoughts of spring are more tantalizing than ever. Even though spring 2014 seems […]

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Music without borders

Indo-Canadian Kiran Ahluwalia at University of Dayton By CC Hutten Photo: Krian Ahluwalia brings her unique interpretations of world music to University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre on Jan. 26; photo: Rez AbbasiIt’s not often dreams come true, but for Kiran Ahluwalia, hers keeps becoming reality. Truly a worldly artist, Ahluwalia creates music that transcends cultures across […]

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Fun and fusion

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?

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’

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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That high lonesome sound

The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival returns to Wilmington  By Rusty Pate   Photo: Bluegrass hall of fame member J.D. Crowe will perform at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington on Saturday, Nov. 9 as part of the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival Talk to anyone that knows and loves bluegrass music and Joe Mullins’s name […]

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First stop Paris, next stop Dayton

Modigliani String Quartet perform at Dayton Art Institute By Sara Mastbaum  Photo: The Modigliani String Quartet will perform on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Dayton Art Institute; [l to r] Philippe Bernhard, Loic Rio, Laurent Marfaing and François Kieffer In 2003, the members of the Paris-based Modigliani String Quartet were four close friends studying together at […]

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Hope of a lifetime

Neo-folk duo The Milk Carton Kids at Miami-Middletown By C.C. Hutten Photo: The Milk Carton Kids, [l to r] Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, will perorm at the Miami-Middletown campus on Saturday, Nov. 2; photo: Brendan Pattengale Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, the men behind the Los Angeles-based contemporary folk band The Milk Carton Kids, collaborate […]

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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]