PBJ & Jazz


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The PBJ & Jazz summer series is pleased to return to the Topiary Park downtown for its seventh season of free outdoor concerts. PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park: Jazz for Kids and Families is a collaborative effort between the Jazz Arts Group, Friends of the Topiary Park, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and the Columbus Museum of Art.

PBJ & Jazz concerts are one-hour interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians, PBJ & Jazz concerts are hosted by retired music educator Rebecca Ogden—and are a great introduction to live music for the youngest audience member.

Artists for the 2015 season: High Street Stompers (June 13), Bobby Floyd Trio with Bobbi Townes (July 11), Liz Woolley Band (August 8), and Cedric Easton & Circle of Friends (September 12).

“It has been so much fun over the years to work with great musicians playing real live jazz for kids and their families,” states Ogden. “Every concert is a treat. I am delighted that PBJ & Jazz has a life after the Columbus Music Hall!”
– Rebecca Ogden

PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park concerts follow family storytime at 11:30 a.m. in the park, presented by the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The noon concert concludes with a hands-on art activity from 1 to 2 p.m., presented by the Columbus Museum of Art. All activities are free. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and a blanket. The Topiary Park is located at 480 E. Town Street in downtown Columbus. Free parking is available in the Motorists Insurance lot just north of the Topiary Park. In the event of rain, concerts will be held the following day. Call 614-294-5200 x 107 or visit for more information.

PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park: Jazz for Kids and Families is presented by Friends of the Topiary Park and sponsored by the Discovery Special Improvement District, the Jennifer Michel Keefer Memorial Fund at The Columbus Foundation, and Friends of the Library. In-kind support is provided by Columbus Recreation and Parks and the Discovery Special Improvement District. Exclusive media support is provided by WCBE 90.5 FM.