Open Community Jam + Dance

Wed July 10, 8:15 til 11 ~ Still Free!*
This is the jam's 6th Birthday - come celebrate together!

Bring your self, an instrument, dancin' shoes - let's enjoy this together!

Generally every 2nd Wed of the month - Aug 14,Sept 11, etc - but please check!

* Can you bring $5? Also PayPal, Venmo, debit or credit here.
Need your help to keep this every month, and Free! ... and indoors ;-)

Rambling House Music Bar, 310 E Hudson St Cbus.

Our friends + partners at Rambling House need our help to keep this going! We'll pass the Tip Jar around ... please bring a $5 bill to help with RH's expenses. If most of the "usual crowd" is willing to put in $5 that goes a long way to keeping this - and Rambling House - stable + sustainable.
Thanks so much for helping out!


Quick dance workshop at 8:15! Big ole' thank you to Shannon Varner and SwingColumbus for joining in with this part!

Always plenty of people there happy to share and help with steps, songs, and techniques.
Thanks to our friends at SwingColumbus and CBal for helping out + joining in.

100% FREE and open to the public - please help keep it this way!

~ Please Help Us Keep It Live & Local! ~

It's a perfect time to join or renew your COHJS membership for 2024!

We need your continued support to keep these good things happening - hire musicians + venues for jams and shows.

Please join or renew now online!

Or join/renew at a jam or show. Either way your membership support is VITAL to making COHJS events happen- offering decent compensation to the musicians who learn + share this great music, both at our "pro" shows and an "anchor" or 2 at our jams. Door admissions usually cover maybe 1/3 of the cost of a show. Most of the rest comes from memberships, and a bit more from a couple small grants.

For $20 a year you get $5 off the regular show admission and our newsletter - -
but what you really get is doing your bit to keep hot jazz and dance live + local!

Fall Shows

Sept 22 + Oct 20

at the Clintonville Woman's Club
Working on the bands - check back!

Nov 10 - Fall Harvest Jazz Party!

at the Valley Dale Ballroom

General Admission $20, COHJS Members + SwingColumbus dancers $15
Students $10, but Music educators + music students ALWAYS FREE!

Renew your membership, or join, and
get the member's reduced price of $5 admission for the show!

Last Chorus: Bob Butters, 1929 - 2024

We are saddened to report that our dear friend, amazing musician, and President Emeritus Bob Butters passed away peacefully on Apr 16. Bob was husband of Selene for 63 years, dad, grandfather + great grandfather, friend to about everybody he met; MIT engineer ... so much more. At the young age of 16 Bob won the prestigious Tommy Dorsey Trophy in the Look Magazine 1946 national swing band contest at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He led COHJS for 19 years (1995-2014), and handed it off to us in great shape for many more generations.
His full obituary is here.

Bob Butters

Bob requested that any donations be directed to COHJS in lieu of flowers.

Donate now

Bob's family hosted an open jam and dance as a celebration of his life May 18 at the Valley Dale Ballroom. His family generously welcomed the entire COHJS and wider music and dance community ... as Bob would want it. And a celebration it was! Thanks to so many who were able to attend, and to those who donated to COHJS in Bob's memory.

the bandstand at the celebration

The stage was filled with musicians from many parts of Bob's musical life- bands he played in, musicians he worked with as longtime COHJS President, musicians from our local monthly jams that Bob rarely ever missed, and two of Bob's grandsons as well. The family had Bob's silver trombone up front on the stage. Bob's son Charlie gave an opening welcome and brief remarks, then turned things over to the musicians. Sally Lukasik, leader of the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band (in which Bob played since 1966), served as MC and led the band with grace and warmth.

The celebration ended on "When the Saints Go Marching In." COHJS president Chris Skudder started off with a slow and soulful solo on trombone, and then the drum rolled off, and the music kicked into high gear in fine New Orleans style. At the start of the final chorus the front line stood up and a joyful wall of sound rolled out across the magnificent Valley Dale Ballroom. It was a truly fitting send off for a great musician and friend!

Bill Parthe

Bill Parthe

Sad to learn from friends that Bill Parthe passed away on March 24 at 92. He was a highly talented banjo and piano player, early jazz enthusiast, an important member of EARLYJAS, long time musician, and friend to many. As his obituary said, "Bill had a true joie de vivre." He will be much missed! There was a celebration of life on May 4, 2024 at the British American Club, 8564 Ravenna Rd,Twinsburg OH 44087. Bill's obituary is here.

The Columbus Foundation website

COJHS is grateful for the generous support of The Columbus Foundation and the Loria M Bowers Fund.

The GCAC website

And we're ALSO grateful to the The Greater Columbus Arts Council for their generous support.

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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