About Our Area’s Youth in Jazz:
A slight deviation in this week’s article from “Who is,” “What is” to “About?” I assume if you’re reading this column you are a jazz fan and if so you understand “Youth in Jazz” is our future. Fortunately for us, most of the high schools and many of the middle schools in our area have music programs that include jazz. Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Beavercreek High School, Centerville High School, Fairborn High School, Xenia High School and lets not forget the University of Dayton just to name a few: In addition the Dayton Jazz Orchestra has been putting on a jazz camp for our youth for many years – Todd Couch says “there is still time to register for the 20th Miami Valley Jazz Summer Camp!!! June 10-14th at Kettering Fairmont High School. We even have a few scholarships available!!! Go to www.daytonjazzorchestra.com for more information.” The last “Jazz and Beyond” event at the Dayton Art Institute was High School Night featuring the Centerville High School Jazz 1, Jazz Combo 1 and Student Combo called “The Odyssey.” Taking off on this High School Night idea, on June 14 the Gabriel Foundation in conjunction with Jazz Central is producing a special concert to help generate funds for David Jenkins’ quest to attend the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute, in New York. David and some of his Stivers student friends have formed a quintet for the evening’s entertainment with:
David Jenkins – Alto Sax
Justin Dawson – Bass
Taylor Stevens – Keyboard
Anthony Bryson – Trombone
Daryn Weatherspoon – Drums
You can check out the details at: http://www.jazzcentraldayton.
Here are some (not all) of the upcoming jazz events for the next couple of weeks:
Today Wednesday, June 5 – Swing Dance with Lizz & Rex Review is at The Dayton Event Connection – great music and dance floor and the attendance continues to build in Dayton..
Thursday June 6 – Linda Landis tells me a Hot Night at Jazz Central is coming up on June 6th! The Jazz Central Big Band celebrates the June birthdays of Lennie Niehaus, Paul McCartney, Cole Porter and Vanguard Jazz Orchestra! In addition it will be our last chance to see Steve Shininger before he ships out.
Friday June 7 – The Shawn Stanley Trio performs every Friday at Carvers Steaks & Chops in Centerville, Ohio.
Saturday June 8 – You can catch James & Moore from 6 to 7:30 pm and Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers from 8:30 to midnight at the Tropics at The Lincoln Park in Kettering.
Sunday June 9 – The Jazz Jam Session w/ Kenny Baccus and John Hampton Wagner continues at Jazz Central in Dayton.
Monday June 10 – The John Taylor Trio is at Brio Tuscan Grille in Beavercreek and Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra is at the Clintonville Woman’s Club in Columbus.
Tuesday June 11 – Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers are performing every second Tuesday at the newly opened Jimmy’s Ladder 11 in Dayton, Ohio
Wednesday June 12 –The great Dayton Jazz Orchestra is performing at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering.
Thursday June 13 –The Dayton Art Institute’s Vectrin Jazz and Beyond series returns when The Ron Jones Quartet returns. Watching the great Sonny Stevens on bass is one of my favorite things.
Friday June 14 – The Gabriel Foundation is supporting our Local Youth in Jazz with “High School Night” featuring a Stivers’ Student Jazz Quintet at Jazz Central in Dayton.
Saturday June 15 – Jerry Gillotti tells me “I have to say that Randy Villars and Odean Mays played some of the best music that I have heard in Gilly’s (Dayton,Ohio) in the past 5 years, I’ve booked them back.
OH.Sunday June 16 – The Jazz Jam Session w/ Kenny Baccus and John Hampton Wagner continues at Jazz Central in Dayton.
Monday June 17 – Mark Flugge, Derek Dicenzo & Jimmy Castoe are at Due Amici in Columbus and the Monday Night Big Band is at Blue Wisp in Cincinnati.
Tuesday June 18 – Part St. Tavern holds a great Jazz Jam in Columbus every Tuesday.
More info and jazz listings can be found at JazzAdvocate.com