Recent fun, friends, music, and dance ...

More events from 2017 back to 1984!

Open Community Jam & Dances

In cahoots with SwingColumbus and CBal aka Columbus Balboa Dancers, we do the Open Community Jam & Dance- it's an informal open bandstand and open social dance evening for people to just "give it a go" playing and dancing. Noob's, students 16 to 90 (no exaggeration) ... pro's, people picking it back up after decades, + everybody in between have shown up + it's been great fun - check this stuff out -

This has turned into a regular monthly event - usually the 2nd Wed of the month. Come on down, if only to hang + watch + listen + talk.
Get on the email distro or check back here or COHJS on FB for the next one and all the info.
Also check the new Learn+Play It page if you're not real sure how this kind of jam works.

~ Shows! ~

Mike Davis & the New Wonders

Straight from NYC! The band is Mike Davis - leader, trumpet, trombone, vocals; Ricky Alexander - clarinet, vocals; Arnt Arntzen - banjo, guitar, vocals; Joe McDonough - tuba; Jay Lepley - drums.
"When I Take My Sugar to Tea" featuring a vocal duet by Mike Davis and Ricky Alexander. Then the marvelous Walter Donaldson tune "Kansas City Kitty."

And here's "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody", and "It Was Only a Sun Shower"

Fall Harvest Festival & Charity Event - Thank You So Much!

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A HUGE thank you and shout out to everyone who brought some food to the Fall Harvest Festival & Charity on Nov 24. We delivered almost 160 lbs of food to Franklinton's Holy Family Soup Kitchen ... way more than any previous year!

food donations at Fall Harvest

The director said, "We rely completely on private donations of time, goods and dollars, so every bit of food you donated today will make a huge difference. Please pass our gratitude to any and all who contributed. God bless you!"

All afternoon with 3 of Ohio's longest-running and best-loved bands: Ray Heitger's Cakewalkin' Jass Band from Toledo, Dave Greer's Classic Jazz Stompers from Dayton area, and Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band from Cincy area.

Buffalo Ridge JB playing Milenburg Joys -

Banjo Bob Adams

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Banjo Bob Adams, founder and long-time member of the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, in January 2020. We were very blessed to enjoy his company and his music for one last time at this Fall Harvest. He shared his gifts so joyfully and will be greatly missed. Catch him playing Canal St Blues with Bob Schulz here.

Sunset Stomp

A great band over from Indiana, and TWO Charleston workshops by SwingColumbus!
The band playing Charleston Stomp and Dippermouth Blues-

Here's Kerry & Viktor's recap from their 1930's Charleston workshop. This lil' snippet is great way to start to get started - put it on your TV and step thru it!

College Night at The Rambling House

We pulled together a couple college bands - Tiffin U's Word on the Street and Ohio State's Trad & Swing Combo - to showcase a new generation's ears and feel for this stuff. OSU Swing Club, SwingColumbus, and CBal peeps showed up for the fun too. Each band did a set then we opened the bandstand to all - college, community, and pro musicians mixed it up to top off the night.

If you or your school are interested in the next one, please contact us.

Dave Kosmyna's Original Downhome Jazz Band

We sponsored this powerhouse band at the last OMEA Conference to thank and entertain our music educators. Then we felt bad cuz they were SO good and we decided to bring 'em back for all our regular and faithful members and friends. Dave Kosmyna cornet, Erik Greiffenhagen reeds, Chris Smith tbn, James Dapogny piano, + Pete Siers drums ... these cats pulled together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1917 recording of the Original Dixieland Jass Band One Step that's widely recognized as the first jazz recording. I guess they had so much fun that they're still celebrating, and we've been pretty happy to join in!

Dave Greer's Classic Jazz Stompers PLUS OSU Swing Dance Club team

Dave Greer brought the Classic Jazz Stompers back to Clintonville, and man they just get better every year. The first bonus of the day was Vaughn Wiester of the Famous Jazz Orchestra sitting in on a couple. Then we also got a preview of an amazing dance number by Victor and Kerry (check the OSU Swing Dance Club), plus an incredible walk-on trombone trio when Vaughn came back up and Bob Butters (of the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band) also joined Bill Gemmer.

Ragtime Rick & the Chefs of Dixieland PLUS SwingColumbus team

Ragtime Rick brought his chefs back - Ben Herrick on 'bone, John Grafing on trumpet, and John Richmond on clarinet up front, and Tom Strohbeck on drums (who drove from N Carolina for us- thanks Tom!), Wes Linenkugel on bass, 'Banjo' Betsy Grafing, and Rick on piano. Seems like people were diggin' their cookin' ... even when they weren't sharing ... as in "Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll" -

And then we had the very special privilege of Swing Columbus' performance dance team with us for the day! Huge thanks to every single member of this team, and their understudies, who invest so much time and commitment in putting together these great shows.

The Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to enjoying and sharing traditional American jazz of the early 20th century. Comes in many styles and called by many names - traditional jazz, Dixieland jazz, classic jazz, hot jazz, New Orleans style jazz ... or San Francisco, Chicago, Kansas City, New York style jazz.
We LISTEN, PLAY, + DANCE to it, especially LIVE and NEAR HOME!

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