Open Community Jam + Dance

Wed June 8, 8 til 11 ~ Free!

Every 2nd Wed ... July 13, Aug 10 ... etc + so on

Rambling House Music Bar, 310 E Hudson St Cbus.

Stay tuned - we're hoping SwingColumbus will come back and do another pop-up dance lesson before this jam gets into full swing.

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.

Woo Hoo!!! Rambling House dropped their vaccine/test requirement back in April. Here's hoping + praying it stays this way, right!?

As always 100% FREE and open to the public!

Sun June 12 - Sunset Stomp Jazz Band from Indiana

Sun May 15 - 2-5 pm - Clintonville Woman's Club

It's been 3 years since we've had this great band "Live & Local" here like it should be! Chalk it up to the pandemic but we're back, and so is the Sunset Stomp Jazz Band! Go here for a peek at that day's music + dancing.

Back in 2010 veteran Hoosiers Robin Hopkins (plectrum banjo) and Kathleen Miller (vocals) co-founded the Sunset Stomp Jazz Band, named after Louis Armstrong + May Alix's often-overlooked 1926 hit, The Sunset Café Stomp (with Kid Ory, Johnny Dodds, Lil Hardin, and Johnny St Cyr - whew!)

The band has taken the jazz community by storm, playing at venues throughout the Midwest, and regularly featured at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. Some of the best popular music was written in the 20’s and the 30’s. It was light and lively then and the band aims to always keep it that way.

Whether the audience is lindy-hopping steppers, west-coast swingers, or seasoned Hot Jazz listeners, this band delights one and all. They have been featured at Clearwater Beach, Florida’s Suncoast Jazz Classic, the Central Illinois Jazz Festival, and GRUGELFEST 2018. They have several recordings to their credit, the most recent being a gospel album titled “Down By The Riverside.”

This is the band's inaugural gig after the heartbreaking loss of co-founder Robin Hopkins to cancer as well a couple years of pandemic. They're determined and excited to continue sharing the joy of this great music and the fond memories of years with their (and our!) friend Robin. Please come on out and show 'em some love, and share in the fun and the memories!

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BONUS - Dance Lesson from 1-2: Before the band takes the stage, our friends from SwingColumbus will host a free one hour swing dance lesson, starting at 1pm.

This is a fundamentals lesson to get you moving to this traditional style of jazz, but all dancers are encouraged to come out and show their support of the dance community (not to mention have a bunch of fun)! If you choose, you can donate up to $5 in support of the folks at SwingColumbus at the lesson, but it is not expected. Dance lesson participants will get the member's reduced price of $5 admission to the show at the door!

BYOB, plus Light Refreshments available for purchase: hot food, snacks, mixers, pop, coffee + tea.

LOWER ADMISSION PRICES FOR 2022 - To Help You Get back in the Swing of It: Thanks to the support of grants we are able to offer reduced ticket prices to the community.

$10 general admission, $5 for COHJS and SwingColumbus members,
free for music students and music instructors.

Renew your membership, or join, for 2022 and get the member's reduced price of $5 admission for the show!

PLEASE NOTE - No more vaccine requirement: In line with new CDC guidelines, and what other venues in the Columbus area are doing, we are no longer requiring vaccination to attend our COHJS shows. Masks are optional but not mandatory.

~ New Year = New Membership! ~

We sure appreciate the steady support of our members!
If you were a member in 2020, we AUTOMATICALLY EXTENDED your membership to 2021 because of all the disruptions of covid.

But 2022's here and we'd sure appreciate your continued support ... please renew now online and help keep admission at the door moving along!

And if you're not (yet) a member, we could sure use your support to hire these musicians + the venue! Please consider joining or renewing RIGHT NOW ONLINE or at the door. Your membership support is VITAL to making COHJS events happen, and offering decent compensation to the musicians who learn + share this great music. Door admissions usually cover 1/3 to 1/2 of the cost of a show. Most of the rest comes from memberships, and a bit more from The Columbus Foundation grant and Ohio Living's sponsorship.

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!

The Columbus Foundation website

COJHS is grateful for the generous support of The Columbus Foundation and the Mrs. Robert L. Barnes Endowment Fund with the assistance of the Ingram-White Castle Foundation.

The GCAC website

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

Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber

Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber is a Proud Sponsor of Hot Jazz + Dance, Live and Near Home! For more about senior living + services, please call 614.228.8888 or visit

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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