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Dayton, Ohio 45403
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Last Update:  06/28/2015

Every Sunday Night

Dayton's Longest Running Jazz Jam
Featuring the Mighty Hammond B3

    On Going Events at Jazz Central:

Check Out Our Event Schedule:

Generations Big Band

The Jazz Central Big Band

1st. Friday Blues Jam

Our Featured Hammond B3 Players
Upcoming Special Events at Jazz Central:
06/06/2015 Report on Bob Ross Returns
07/02/2015 William Pace at Jazz Central with the Big Band
07/11/2015 Dayton Fresh Beat Project
Additional Items on our Website:

Report on Past Jazz Central Events

Jamming Highlight Pictures at Jazz Central

Support our Dayton Public
School all Jazz all the Time
Radio Station

Find us on FaceBook at: http://www.facebook.com/JazzCentralDayton
Read the Dayton City Paper Jazz Central article by Khalid Moss

Check out the Jazz Central Promo Video Here

Jazz Central schedule of Events

    Day Date Venue Cover Artists Time  

Our Featured Hammond B3 Players:

The first, third & fifth
Sundays features
Kenny Baccus
The second and fourth
Sundays features
John Slate

Jazz Jam Sunday Hours from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Check out our expanded dance floor!

Jamming Over the Years at Jazz Central
A painting - by Clifford Darrett

What is Jazz Central? 
     Jazz Central is a small club, which reminds one of New Orleans, on Daytonís east side thatís been jamming on Sundays over 38 years.  In recent years, since the major decline of jazz in Dayton, Ohio, they open the doors on Sunday night pay a small core group of regular players, the electric, staff and security and hope they make enough off the bar to keep the jazz going. 
      Over the years many young players, (twelve year olds and such), have had a chance to cut their teeth on the Jazz Central stage.  Aside from the Sunday night jams, back when times were better, they would, on occasion, pay some players to do a tribute concert or a B3 Organ face off, or the like. Jazz Central has never been able to pay for big events like some of the larger clubs, who for the most part have all dropped jazz.  On the other hand they have provided the club free gratis for just
about anyone who would like to put on a jazz tribute or benefit concert Ė Jazz Advocate has done its share over many years.


Jazz Central Presents Big Band Jazz in Dayton

The Generations Big Band
Coming again Thursday, July 16th.
(And every third Thursday)
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
$5 Admission at the door

     It is my belief that there is nothing like live big band music. You could read about a musical performance, you could listen to a recording or watch a videotape of the event but you wonít experience that special electricity of live performance without being there. Itís a matter of seeing, hearing, feeling and on rare occasions making your hair standing on end.

Food available for purchase.
Secured lighted parking.
Family friendly event, bring the kids.

Jazz Central Presents Big Band Jazz in Dayton
The Jazz Central Big Band
Coming again Thursday, July 2nd.
(And every first Thursday)
     This band was originally started by Scott Belck who at that time (around 1996), was a member of the Air force Band of Flight and today is the Director of Jazz Studies at CCM in Cincinnati. In those days the band consisted of many Air Force musicians. They were very successful for a long period of time and eventually disbanded. About two years ago Mike Rinderly, a member of the Generations Big Band, got the idea to start a band using the music of the original Jazz Central Big Band to fill the normal vacancy spot left by Generations taking January off in those days. Well one thing led to another and today the Jazz Central Big Band plays the first Thursday of each month and still contains many Air Force musicians.
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
$5 Admission at the door

Food available for purchase.
Secured lighted parking.

Come hear Kelly McClennen assume her role as our regular vocalist
June 4 with the jazz central big band!

Bringing the "Blues" back to Jazz Central:
1st Friday Blues Jam
All musicians are welcome!

Coming again Friday, July 3rd.
(And every first Friday)

Featuring Dustin Malone and Friends:
     I was fortunate to catch the First Friday Blues at Jazz Central last month featuring Dustin Malone and a cast of eight or ten players and vocalist. I was impressed with the quality of musicianship on the stage. If you like Blues you should check this out, they really have something going, with their Chicago style of Band Blues.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
$5 Admission at the door

Secured lighted parking.







Report on Bob Ross Returns to Jazz Central

Editor's note:
     See my review of this event balow.

The Bob Ross Quartet
on Saturday, June 6th

Bob Ross-guitar
Mark McCafferty-vibes
Justin Dawson-bass
Craig Saunders-drums

pm to 11:00 pm
$5 Admission at the door

Secured lighted parking.
If we want good jazz to keep coming to Dayton, we need to show up and lend our support when they come.
Bob Ross Music came to Jazz Central on Saturday, June 6th from 8 to 11 pm. The entertainment offering consisted of
some fresh out of town faces joining our local talent as follows:
Bob Ross-guitar - Cincinnati
Mark McCafferty-vibes - Cincinnati
Justin Dawson-bass - Dayton
Craig Saunders-drums - Dayton
This was the second time Iíve seen Bob at Jazz Central and enjoyed it both times. To me this last event was exceptional.
All the players were great and I was really impressed with young Justin, who just graduated from Stivers, on bass.
Bob Ross is working overtime trying to build an audience for his music, which is self composed and I might add very good.
This was his second venture to Daytonís Jazz Central. He decided to reduce the admission to a $5 cover in hopes of attracting
 a little larger audience. Well the audience was large enough to avoid embarrassment but not big enough to provide much
more than gas money for the players. Again I have to say these are the kind of events (a full evenings of great entertainment
for five bucks), we need to come out and support.

William Pace at Jazz Central with the Jazz Central Big Band
The Jazz Central Big Band
on Thursday, July 2nd

With special guest William Pace singing:

Paper Moon
It Had To Be You
A Sunday Kind of Love
Takin' a Chance on Love
Our Love is Here to Stay

7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
$5 Admission at the door

Secured lighted parking.


The Gabriel Foundation Presents the Dayton Fresh Beat Project

Stivers Jazz Combo with:

Justin Dawson - bass
Neko Cortez - trombone
Hayden Floro - drums
Keigo Hirakawa - keyboard
Craig Jackson - saxophone

On Saturday, July 11th.


Featuring Keigo Hirakawa
8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
$10 Donation at the door

Secured lighted parking.