Happy November 21st; the great saxophonist Coleman Hawkins was born on this day in 1904. Check out Wikipeda at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
This could easily be one of those “man bites off more than he can chew” items so lets keep it simple and say what is Sinclair in regards to jazz music. This season Sinclair is offering four Jazz Ensemble concerts with Bruce Jordan conducting and one Jazz Combo concert with Eddie Brookshire directing all in Blair Hall Theatre. Blair Hall is the College’s premiere theatre facility. The facility is an elegant 459-seat proscenium style auditorium that serves the entire community. Located in Building 2 alongWest Fourth Street, Blair Hall Theatre is the home of Sinclair’s Theatre department productions and Music department concerts. Check my local jazz calendar for the dates and times.
Sinclair College is yet another great asset to the Dayton Community that my wife and I, living downtown, like to take advantage of. I’d like to share one of their events that we attended last Saturday. During their Community Wind Symphony as listed in the program “Concerto for Winds and Piano Right Hand (2012) – Stranger in Paradox with Jeff Hufnagle on piano and Christian Berg on Bass. A little over a year ago I received word that local jazz artist Jeff Hufnagle had a bad stroke, which left him without the use of his entire left side. Imagine how happy I was to have received the following: “Folks, This Is Great News! Jeff will premier Chris Berg’s Piano Concerto with the outstanding Sinclair College Wind Symphony.” An amazing performance with Jeff playing better with one hand than many with both. I also want to share Jeff’s email message: Even though playing the Christian Berg piano concerto is a miraculous milestone on my road to recovery, full recovery; playing with both hands, walking unassisted, driving a car, are still probably years down the road for me. Working with Chris and the Sinclair wind symphony has made me feel like a musician again and has certainly had a beneficial effect on me. Repairing the severe damage that was done to my brain is a slow and painful process that can’t be rushed I expect no miracles. The love and support of the local music community has kept me from sinking into the abyss. Peace, Jeff.
Here are some (not all) of the upcoming jazz events for the next couple of weeks:
Tonight Wednesday, November 21 – Tonight, for you dancers the The Dayton Event Connection offers an eleven piece “Pocket Big Band” and James Elliott Project Featuring Roger Baccus is at Zanzibar Brews in Columbus
Thursday November 22 – Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday November 23 – the Mike Wade Quartet featuring Khalid Moss will perform at Jazz Central while Terry Murphy and Company Band is playing The De’lish Café both in Dayton.
Saturday November 24 – Jazz of the Month Club – Holiday Jazz Concert Chris Comer Trio is at the Cincinnati Public Library Atrium and the The NEW Ed Moss Trio is at Schwartz’s Point in Over-The-Rhine in Cincinnati.
Sunday November 25 – Roderick Wilson is at Huffies BBQ in Dayton and the Phil DeGreg Trio is at Dee Felice in Covington, KY.
Monday November 26 – the John Taylor Trio is at the Brio Tuscan Grille in Beavercreek and the Blue Wisp Jazz Club offers a Jazz Jam hosted by Sandy Suskind inCincinnati.
Tuesday November 27 – Park Street Tavern continues their Jazz Jam and the Tony Monaco Trio performs at The Rumba Café both in Columbus.
Wednesday November 28 – the Blue Wisp Big Band performs at the Wisp and John LaIacona is at Eddie Merlot’s both in Cincinnati.
Thursday November 29 – Tony Monaco is at Giammarco’s Pizza in Westerville, OH and the Rick Brunetto Big Band is at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant inColumbus.
Friday November 30 – Shawn Stanley Trio is at Carvers Steaks & Chops in Centerville, OH and the Thompson House presents Mandy Gaines in Newport, Ky.
Saturday December 1 – Roderick Wilson, Eddie Brookshire, Archie McPherson, Jack Novotny, Fenton Sparks & Clifford Darrett join to tribute the great Dizzy Gillespie at Dayton’s Jazz Central.
Sunday December 2 – a Live Jazz Party produced by Gene Walker is at the Hunan Gourmet Restaurant in Whitehall, OH and the Jazz Central Jam Session w/ Kenny Baccus is in Dayton.
Monday December 3 – Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra is at the Clintonville Woman’s Club in Columbus and the Jazz Cab is at The Greenwich in Cincinnati.
Tuesday December 4 – UD Jazz Ensemble & University Jazz Band performs at University of Dayton Boll Theatre in Dayton and the Park St. Tavern Jazz Jam is inColumbus.
More info and jazz listings can be found at JazzAdvocate.com