April is Jazz Appreciation Month soâ€¦ Monday, April 05, 2010
…why not take advantage of some of the fantastic jazz programs and events in the Columbus community?
Central to the advancement of jazz performance and education is the innovativeÂ Jazz Arts Group. Â This uniqueÂ organization encompassesÂ the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, various youth jazz programs including the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, and the Jazz AcademyÂ offeringÂ classes and workshops for all members of the community regardless of age and musical experience.
The Jazz Arts Group offices and Jazz Academy programs areÂ located at the newly restored Lincoln Theatre, a Columbus jazzÂ landmark. Managed by CAPA, the Lincoln Theatre plays hostÂ to numerous arts organizations inÂ addition to hosting concerts and events.
Jazz concerts and courses can also be found at area universities. The Ohio State University, Capital University and Otterbein College all offer either jazz major or minor programs with regularÂ concerts by their jazz ensembles and often host guest artists.
Big bandÂ music is a stapleÂ in Columbus with Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra at the Columbus Maennerchor each Monday and the Rick Brunetto Big Band at the 94th Aero Squadron every Thursday. You can also revisit the dance bandÂ setting of the bigÂ band era on the fourth Friday of each monthÂ with Swing’s the Thing Big Band at the Columbus Maennerchor.
There are two weekly TuesdayÂ jam sessionsÂ -Â the Jazz Jam at the Park Street Tavern hosted by saxophonist Pete Mills‘ quartet and the Jazz Jam at Ruby Tuesday on Summit hosted by Evan Oberla’s RFG Quintet.