Inside Track, Jazz Arts Group’s newest performance series, presents the best in contemporary music at the historic Lincoln Theatre and beyond. The best way to experience music is live, where you can feel the beat in your body and witness the heart and soul that goes into its creation. The Inside Track series gives music lovers from all walks of life the chance to stretch their ears and stretch themselves. With performers from every corner of the musical landscape, it attracts diverse audiences and entertains listeners of all ages. It’s music like you’ve never heard it before.
April 26, 2014
Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Don’t miss this ear-bending collaboration of funky New Orleans jazz and bluegrass when local favorites New Basics Brass Band and The Relentless Mules join forces on stage for “Brass & Grass.” Taste how the common ingredients of gospel, blues, swing, and improvisation stir together into this tasty, toe-tapping gumbo.
Whether reinterpreting others (James Brown, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair) or showcasing their originals, New Basics Brass Band causes a mix of happy feet, cold sweats and genuine awe at how the band can be so progressive yet authentically traditional at the same time. The Relentless Mules are five of the drivin’est young acoustic musicians you’ll find in central Ohio – dobro, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass anchor the sweet three-part singing of the band’s energetic and heartfelt vocalists. This truegrass band draws from the classic songbooks of Flatt and Scruggs, The Osbourne Brothers, Bill Monroe, Reno and Smiley, among others.
September 6, 2013
Friday, 8:00 p.m.
- Snarky Puppy
- Opening act: DW6 (Dan White Sextet)
With the release of their live, 2-disc album/DVD Tell Your Friends (Ropeadope Records), Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music. The 3-time Dallas Observer Music Award-winning group (“Best Jazz Act” 2008, 2009, 2010) has, over the last four years of touring, gained a reputation for putting on a live show unparalleled in energy, virtuosity, and musicianship. They seamlessly fuse a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical- or most carefree- audience.
Snarky Puppy is somewhere between a garage band and a collective, with over 25 players in regular rotation. The core of the group, which remains consistent, features Grammy Award-winners Robert “Sput” Searight on drums (God’s Property, Snoop Dogg) and Shaun Martin on keys (Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu), as well as young organ prodigy Cory Henry (Kenny Garrett, Kim Burell) and multi-instrumentalist Louis Cato (Marcus Miller, Q-Tip, George Duke). Its members are mainstays with artists like Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller, P Diddy Dirty Money, The Polyphonic Spree, Snoop Dogg, Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Morcheeba, Tower of Power, Ari Hoenig/Adam Rogers, Justin Timberlake, Kenny Garrett, Yo-Yo Ma, Lucy Woodward, and Bilal, among many more.
JAZZ ACADEMY COMPANION WORKSHOP: Friday, September 6, 3:30 p.m.
In 2004, Snarky Puppy began as “a group of musicians from two different cultures and traditions – jazz and rock kids from white America, and gospel/R&B kids from black America.” Join them at the Jazz Academy where they will reveal their compositional approach, stylistic influences, and creative process that have led them to become one of the hottest acts in instrumental music today!
October 12, 2013
Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
More than seven decades after the innovations of the Quintette du Hot Club de France, featuring guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt, combos called Hot Clubs carry on the gypsy jazz sound around the globe – in Tokyo, San Francisco, Seattle, Sweden, Norway, Austria, and many other locales. None, however, offers a fresher take on the tradition than does the Hot Club of Detroit, led by fast-fingered Reinhardt disciple Evan Perri. Following up It’s About That Time, Nighttown and the eponymous 2006 debut, Hot Club of Detroit expands its sonic and compositional horizons with Junction. Retaining its original lineup of reeds, two guitars, accordion, upright bass and no drums, the Hot Club of Detroit is joined for the first time by a vocalist: French musician Cyrille Aimée, a native of Django Reinhardt’s hometown and a winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition.
Cyrille Aimée has proven herself to be an unstoppable, undeniable talent in the modern age of jazz and pop music. Internationally renowned and praised for her unparalleled abilities, Cyrille’s vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies. Taking these natural abilities with her across the world, she has done nothing short of receiving rave reviews and a loyal following in each country she graces with her voice.
November 8, 2013
Friday, 8:00 p.m.
Atlanta’s Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics’ roots are embedded in the rich sound and history of Georgia soul, beginning with the early ‘50s and ‘60s R&B that became so well known around the world. Having performed countless gigs since 2005, and with a slew of 45 rpm singles already under their belts, the band has already contributed heavily to the steadily increasing awareness of genuine rhythm and blues music that exists today. It’s About Time, their full-length debut album, has quickly made waves around the globe since its 2012 release.
December 28, 2013
Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Beat the post-holiday blues as we swing in the new year with Byron and Bobby!
Escape your relatives this holiday season as CJO stars Byron Stripling and Bobby Floyd lead a small group with a celebration that is sure to make you sing and dance! Special guests Jamey Aebersold, Larry Cook and Rich Thompson hit the stage with a Jazz Academy workshop ensemble that could include you!
JAZZ ACADEMY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: Friday, December 27, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Have big band/instrumental ensemble experience? None at all? Did you play an instrument in high school and are interested in picking it up again? This is your opportunity to dust off the horn, get out the sticks and shake off the holiday blues as you learn from and play for Byron Stripling, Bobby Floyd, and jazz saxophonist and music educator Jamey Aebersold. On Saturday, join Byron, Bobby, Jamey, Larry and Rich on stage during the concert and give your families and friends the gift of a lifetime – the opportunity to see you play with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the country!
March 1, 2014
Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Initially known for his audacious fusion of blues and hip-hop, Chris Thomas King reached a whole new audience with the Coen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, not only appearing on the award-winning soundtrack but playing a prominent supporting character as well. The Grammy and Country Music Award-winner has developed a singular sound and style that transcends his blues roots from his years of performing before loyal fans at packed clubs, major festivals, theatres and juke joints. King performed more than 88 sold-out concerts with the “Down from the Mountain” tour performing alongside Alison Krauss and Union Station, Emmy Lou Harris, Ralph Stanley and others. As an actor King has a role in the HBO series Treme and he continues to compose music for Hollywood films. King makes his return to Columbus in support of his 16th studio album, Bona Fide.
JAZZ ACADEMY COMPANION WORKSHOP: Saturday, March 1, 2:00 p.m.
Before the concert, King will lead a workshop titled “Blues Roots” at the Jazz Academy where he will introduce the roots of blues and jazz, including New Orleans jazz and delta slide guitar. He will discuss and perform some early forms on acoustic guitar and harmonica, then connect those forms and rhythms with contemporary musical styles, including pop and hip-hop. The workshop begins at 2:00 p.m. and there will be lots of time at the end for questions and discussion. Admission for this workshop is free for subscribers ($10 general registration).