black and white photo of Wynton Marsalis playing trumpet
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Wynton Marsalis' rare musical versatility has long been a beacon in the worlds of jazz and classical music. Now the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer brings those worlds together in two new works for violin written for one of today's foremost violinists.

Cleveland Jazz Icon Bob McKee dies at 90

Feb 2, 2018

Drummer Bob McKee, who was a key player in the Cleveland jazz scene for more than half of a century, passed away Wednesday at 90.  McKee played in both the house band at the Theatrical Restaurant as well for the Mike Douglas Show, when the television program was produced in Cleveland in the early 1960s. McKee also taught his instrument to several generations of drummers.

The McKee family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00-4:30 pm at Busch Funeral Home in Parma.

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Think you know what a string quartet sounds like? Quartet Davis might have you thinking again.

Founded at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Quartet Davis blends a classical string quartet sound with influences from jazz, bluegrass, R&B and folk music to create a truly unique musical experience. This creative, young quartet joined me last week in the Classical 101 studios for an intimate interview and performance.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

Oct 20, 2017
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All Sides Weekend celebrates landmark anniversaries for some of Columbus' premiere performing arts groups with guest host Christopher Purdy. The Columbus Dance Theatre company celebrates its 20th season and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra its 30th. Join us for that and more on music and the arts in and around town.

This weekend the musical spotlight is on jazz as the 38th annual Tri-C JazzFest gets underway in Playhouse Square. But what is the state of jazz in Northeast Ohio during the other 51 weeks of the year?

“The state of jazz in Cleveland isn’t much different than the state of jazz nationally. I think jazz is hurting. There has definitely been a decline in jazz interest and appreciation, probably over the last thirty years,” said longtime jazz broadcaster Jim Szabo.

color photo of the feet of the members of Stiletto Brass - all in red high-heeled shoes

"I think there are some assumptions about the ability of a female brass player versus a male brass player," said Stiletto Brass Quintet hornist Misty Tolle, in a recent phone interview, "and that when you walk in as a woman, part of what you walk in with is this knowledge that you have to be that much better than the person that you’re competing against if they are a man."

Assumptions like this one are what the all-female Stiletto Brass Quintet is helping to dispel by simply existing—by being a professional women’s brass ensemble that reaches school-age and adult audiences with music ranging from classical to jazz and beyond.

Columbus Jazz

Jul 24, 2015
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When considering the history of jazz, it's common for cities such as New Orleans, Kansas City or Chicago to come to mind. What few have realized is that Columbus has supplied some true jazz greats, as well as being home to phenomenal jazz shows. This hour, a look at how jazz made its mark in the buckeye state.

History of Jazz in the Buckeye State

Jul 19, 2012

11:00 Ohio isn't known for its jazz music and musicians... But a new book points out the many names and tunes symbolic of jazz music that have a local connection for us Ohioans. On this hour of All Sides, we'll talk with the authors of the book as well as one local musician about Ohio's own jazz history. Guests

11:00... "This summer, the Jazz Arts Group will take jazz to a wilder place as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra takes center stage at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for the sixth season of JazZoo!" We'll discuss the four-concert series returns to the Water’s Edge Events Park at the Columbus Zoo providing a beautiful waterfront setting along the O’Shaughnessy Reservoir. Gates open at 6:30 PM with concerts beginning at 8 PM. Guests: