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More events from 2016-2017


Open Community Jam & Dances

In cahoots with SwingColumbus and CBal aka Columbus Balboa Dancers, we do the Open Community Jam & Dance- it's an informal open bandstand and open social dance evening for people to just "give it a go" playing and dancing. Noob's, students 16 to 90 (no exaggeration) ... pro's, people picking it back up after decades, + everybody in between have shown up + it's been great fun - check this stuff out -

This has turned into a regular monthly event - come on down, if only to hang + watch + listen + talk.
Get on the email distro or check back here or COHJS on FB for the next one and all the info.
Also check the new Learn+Play It page if you're not real sure how this kind of jam works.

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~ Shows! ~

Just sayin' ... 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 maybe 35-45% of the cost of a show. Most of the rest comes from memberships, + 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!


Dave Kosmyna's Original Downhome Jazz Band in Clintonville

We sponsored this powerhouse band at the last OMEA Conference to thank and entertain our music educators. Then we felt bad cuz they were SO good and we decided to bring 'em back for all our regular and faithful members and friends. Dave Kosmyna cornet, Erik Greiffenhagen reeds, Chris Smith tbn, James Dapogny piano, + Pete Siers drums ... these cats pulled together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1917 recording of the Original Dixieland Jass Band One Step that's widely recognized as the first jazz recording. I guess they had so much fun that they're still celebrating, and we've been pretty happy to join in!

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Dave Greer's Classic Jazz Stompers PLUS OSU Swing Dance Club team

Dave Greer brought the Classic Jazz Stompers back to Clintonville, and man they just get better every year. The first bonus of the day was Vaughn Wiester of the Famous Jazz Orchestra sitting in on a couple. Then we also got a preview of an amazing dance number by Victor and Kerry (check the OSU Swing Dance Club), plus an incredible walk-on trombone trio when Vaughn came back up and Bob Butters (of the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band) also joined Bill Gemmer.

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Ragtime Rick & the Chefs of Dixieland PLUS SwingColumbus team

Ragtime Rick brought his chefs back - Ben Herrick on 'bone, John Grafing on trumpet, and John Richmond on clarinet up front, and Tom Strohbeck on drums (who drove from N Carolina for us- thanks Tom!), Wes Linenkugel on bass, 'Banjo' Betsy Grafing, and Rick on piano. Seems like people were diggin' their cookin' ... even when they weren't sharing ... as in "Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll" -

And then we had the very special privilege of Swing Columbus' performance dance team with us for the day! Huge thanks to every single member of this team, and their understudies, who invest so much time and commitment in putting together these great shows!

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FREE ~Very~ Hot Jazz for Music Educators at OMEA!

To thank and entertain hard-working music educators in Ohio, COHJS brought in Dave Kosmyna's Original Downhome Jazz Band just a block from the OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) Annual Conference. This powerhouse lineup - Dave Kosmyna cornet, Ray Heitger clar+vocals, Chris Smith tbn, James Dapogny piano, + Pete Siers drums, pulled together to celebrate the 1917 recording by the Original Dixieland Jass Band that's widely recognized as the first jazz recording.
No cover, no admission - just GREAT MUSIC - FREE from COHJS!
What a show! Check out this sizzlin' stuff ...
"You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" . . . . . . "Cakewalkin' Babies From Home"

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Fall Harvest 2017 Festival of Bands & Charity Event

First ... Thank You!   Lots of peep's of all generations seemed to have a wonderful time at the Fall Harvest Fest & Charity Event and that's a good thing. Before anything else we just really want to thank everyone who brought food gifts to the event. As it always does, it added up! We delivered 103 pounds !!! of food to the Holy Family Soup Kitchen + Food Pantry in Franklinton.
food gifts at Fall Harvest
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! What a blessing the day was to those who were there, and what a blessing you brought to others who were not. Thank you!!!

We had 3 great bands for the day representing 3 generations of musicians!
The Cakewalkin' Jass Band from Toledo celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first gig at Tony Packo's in Toledo ... here playing "Knee Drops" - the last song recorded by Louis Armstrong's Hot Five. And the Cincy River Rats added another generation of talent, schooling, and energy:

And the Ohio State University Trad & Swing Combo brought another yet younger perspective to this great American music - here playing Margie arranged by their own Michael Cloonan on trumpet:

And then folks from all the bands, all the generations, jam and dance together to our shared American musical heritage!

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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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