Open Community Jam + Dance

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Wed Feb 8, 8 til 11 ~ Still Free!*

* Can you bring $5? Need your help to keep this every 2nd Wed, and Free!, and indoors ;-)

Rambling House Music Bar, 310 E Hudson St Cbus.

Talking with our friends + partners at Rambling House - they 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.
You can also help by PayPal, credit, + debit card HERE ... scroll down a bit.
Thanks so much for helping out!

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.

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

~ Please Help Us Keep It Live & Local! ~

Our venue costs are going up a lot in 2023, our grant is down. We're gonna need your continued support, for folks to step in and step up! ... to keep these good things happening.

We sure appreciate the steady support of our members!

But if you're not (yet) a member, we could sure use your support to hire musicians + venues!

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 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!

A Huge THANK YOU! to everybody who brought something to the Fall Harvest!

giving hand pic of donated food giving hand

Y'all together provided *54 pounds* of food which we delivered to an area food bank. Thank you for sharing! If you want to bring something to this December jam we'll get that to the food bank too!

SPRING SHOW DATES - Mark 'em down!

Sunday's 2-5pm at the Clintonville Woman's Club
March 26, 2023
April 23, 2023
May 21, 2023

Check back, we'll update as we get bands lined up.

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

Remembering COHJS Founding Member, Friend, & Supporter Tom George

Tom George Toll House Jazz Band

With great sadness we report the passing of Tom George in October 2022. Tom was a founding and lifetime Patron Sponsor Member of the Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society, and it’s first President. Tom served as president for 4 years and board member for 5 years during 1986-1991. He worked tirelessly booking bands and promoting traditional Dixieland jazz. During those years he wrote articles titled “Rim Shots” about trad jazz and reviewed concerts. Tom rejoined the Board in 2003 and served until 2021. As a highly talented drummer, Tom played for many years in several bands including Andre Kellers’ Sounds of Dixie Jazz Band, and 20 years with the Toll House Jazz Band, which toured around Europe several times, as well as the US, and recorded a bunch of CD's too. He was inducted into the Columbus Senior Musicians Hall of Fame in 2007.

Since it's founding in 1981 COHJS has produced hundreds of concerts. Much of the success of the society over the years can be attributed to Tom’s leadership and devotion to keeping traditional/Dixieland Jazz music alive. He will be greatly missed by many!

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.

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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