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Inside Track

Inside TrackInside 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.


Jeff Coffin

Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet

Series Sponsors: State Auto, Sequent
Concert Sponsor: up2drive

January 16, 2015

Friday, 8:00 p.m.

Artist:
Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet
Venue:
Lincoln Theatre
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Show Description:

The Mu’tet is led by Jeff Coffin, saxophonist from the Dave Matthews Band. Also a composer, educator, and three-time Grammy Award winner, you likely know Jeff from his 14-year tenure with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (1997-2010). The Mu’tet takes its name from the word “mutation,” clearly reflecting Coffin’s philosophy that music must continue to change and mutate in order to grow. JC & the Mu’tet strive to expand themselves, as well as their fans, with music flavored by their wide musical interests. Blending music from the deep wells of funk, African, New Orleans, Indian, jazz, folk, Gypsy, rock, Brazilian and other cultures of music, this band is unlike any other you will hear.

JAZZ ACADEMY COMPANION WORKSHOP: Saturday, January 17, 12:00 p.m. Students and audiences alike from Farmington, Maine to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Perth, Australia to Nashville, TN to Johannesburg, South Africa have been astonished by Jeff’s unique teaching and performing techniques. His listening, improvisation, and performance clinics have helped countless students gain valuable in…sight into a deeper understanding of music. His seemingly instant connection, high energy, and rapport with students of all ages and levels brings continued high praise from players, parents, and instructors from around the world. Students will carry the information given in these clinics for a very long time. Pre-registration is requested and available by clicking here.

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Michael Spiro

Ritmos Unidos

Series Sponsors: State Auto, Sequent

March 27, 2015

Friday, 8:00 p.m.

Artists:
Ritmos Unidos
Venue:
Lincoln Theatre - BALLROOM
Map/Directions

Show Description:

Led by seven-time Grammy nominee and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor Michael Spiro, Ritmos Unidos is a high-energy ensemble comprised of Jacobs faculty and alumni that mixes Latin jazz, American funk, Brazilian pop, and other syncretic styles. With a name that loosely translates as “rhythms together,” members of the ensemble include Spiro, Mike Mixtacki, Joe Galvin, Jamaal Baptiste, Pat Harbison, Nate Johnson, Joel Tucker, and Jeremy Allen in a show guaranteed to get your feet moving!

JAZZ ACADEMY COMPANION WORKSHOP: Saturday, March 28, 12:00 p.m. Ritmos Unidos prides itself on spreading the aural traditions of jazz and Latin music through high-energy performances and educational outreach. From the fundamentals of “clave” – the rhythmic foundation of Latin music, to the history and development of jazz, Caribbean and South American music, Michael Spiro and company will take you on an exciting journey into the beauty and essence of Latin jazz! Pre-registration is requested and available by clicking here.

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Dan White

“Your Song” featuring dw6

Series Sponsors: State Auto, Sequent
Concert Sponsor: Fahn & Denny Tishkoff

September 12, 2014

Friday, 8:00 p.m.

Artist:
dw6 (Dan White Sextet)
Venue:
Lincoln Theatre
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Show Description:

Rather than trying to adhere to today’s constantly changing pop culture climate, the Dan White Sextet (dw6) strives to define its own path: to create genuine, original music that is inspired by the voices of the past and the soundtrack of the present; the music for life in the next ten minutes as well as in ten years.

What originated as a JAG-commissioned educational project through the Jazz in Schools program, “Your Song” began with a two-week roadtrip in which the founding members of dw6 (Dan White, Chris Ott & Jon Lampley) travelled across the country gathering the stories of musicians whose careers have been spent in the tradition of the blues. From Chicago to Nashville, Memphis to New Orleans, Jackson, St. Louis, Kansas City, and spots in-between, this premiere performance is a culmination of those stories and the music inspired and created along the way.

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Bria Skonberg

Bria Skonberg Quintet

Series Sponsors: State Auto, Sequent
Concert Sponsor: US Bank

October 10, 2014

Friday, 8:00 p.m.

Artists:
Bria Skonberg Quintet
Venue:
Lincoln Theatre
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Show Description:

The Bria Skonberg Quintet is a powerhouse combination of emerging talent in the New York jazz scene. Within the last year, bandleader/trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg has earned a Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up-and-coming Jazz Artist of the Year,” was included in DOWNBEAT Magazine’s Rising Star Critics’ Poll, was honored with a NY Bistro Award for “Outstanding Jazz Artist,” and was introduced to central Ohio audiences with stand-out performances with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra in “Bravo, Benny!” Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and instigative nature, she is creating a style rooted in hot jazz, world percussion, soul and modern effects. For this venture she has assembled a group of unique individuals from the US and Canada that are proficient in the roots of jazz with 21st century sensibilities.

JAZZ ACADEMY COMPANION WORKSHOP: Friday, October 10, 4:00 p.m. Versatility, tradition, innovation and creativity are at the core of Bria Skonberg’s inspiring musical identity. Join Bria and her band as she explores the evolution of jazz improvising from its New Orleans roots and its advancement through the 20th century, while discussing the importance of individual creativity and her experiences that have led her to become “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation!” Pre-registration is requested.


The Inside Track music series is co-presented by State Auto and Sequent with ongoing support from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts CouncilThe Columbus Foundation and The Westin Columbus.

Media support is provided by The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Alive, and WCBE 90.5 FM.

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  • Back to NYC | Chris Ott Music said:

    […] Back in NYC after a month of teaching, playing, and working in Ohio and Kentucky! We had some great shows with the dw6 including one of our biggest to date at the Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest. Thanks to everyone who checked us out on our summer dates. Now it’s back to business, we’re working hard to finish all the final details of our “Your Song” project set to be released by September. The album release and featured concert will be Friday Sept. 12th at the Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, OH. Really looking forward to this performance, you won’t want to miss it! http://www.jazzartsgroup.org/insidetrack/ […]