2931 East Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45403
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Last Update:  09/18/2014

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:
09/28/2014 Clay "The Cooker" Collins Night
10/11/2014 Jack Hart and Friends
12/13/2014 Craig Jackson & Friends
Additional Items on our Website:
07/30/2014 A Sad Trip to Columbus

Report on Past Jazz Central Events

Jaming 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

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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 7:00 pm to 11:00 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 Dayton’s east side that’s 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 – Jazz Advocate has done its share over many years.


Jazz Central Presenting Big Band Jazz in Dayton

The Generations Big Band
Coming again Thursday, September 18th
(And every third Thursday)
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
$5 Admission at the door

This month's show theme is TV and movie theme songs. You can expect our regular music and silliness from the Generations Big Band all for the same low cover of $5. Remember your dancing shoes. We added several new charts to our folders. These TV and movie themes have some great dancing music.

We are excited to announce we will have two guest artists performing with us for the  "Theme" show. Come hear Brian West and Don Brunning this Thursday!

Food available for purchase.
Secured lighted parking.

Jazz Central Presenting Big Band Jazz in Dayton
The Jazz Central Big Band
Coming again Thursday, October 2nd
(And every first Thursday)

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

Food available for purchase.
Secured lighted parking.

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

(Every First Friday)

Featuring Dustin Malone and Friends

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

Secured lighted parking.

Special Jazz Central Presentation - Clay "The Cooker" Collins
Special Jam Night Celebration
Sunday, September 28th.

Fun and prizes with Clay "The Cooker"
He'd like to see your face in the place!

8 p.m. to Midnight
$5 Admission at the door

Food available for purchase.
Secured lighted parking.



Gabriel Foundation Benefit Concert
Ssturday, October 11th.

Jack Hart - B3 organ
Michael Kotur - guitar
Chuck Wade - saxophone
Ismail Muhammad - drums

8 p.m. to Midnight
$5 Admission at the door

Food available for purchase.
Secured lighted parking.








Dateline 07/30/2014 Columbus Trip:

      Gene Walker was an internationally known jazz and blues saxophonist. He was a member of the King Curtis Band that played with the Beatles when they made their first tour of the United States in 1965. Gene also played with Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Brook Benton, Wilson Pickett, Major Lance, Etta Jones, The Platters, The Drifters, Lloyd Price, Chris Columbo, Archie “Stomp” Gordon, Byrdie Green, Freddie McCoy, Isley Brothers, Billy Daniels, “Wild Bill Davie, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Charles Earland, Nancy Wilson, and Jimmy McGriff.
      What a great celebration of life for a true world class musician form our area. As I’ve said before, “I Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” For one thing I don’t trust my old car to go much beyond Dayton’s city limits. I made a call to “Butch” Stone, the owner of Jazz Central, and Charles said he was going and I was welcome to ride with him. We met Eddie Brookshire in the lobby of the Lincoln Theatre in Columbus and the three of us sat together through some of the best jazz music and heart –felt testimonials in honor of our friend. It sometimes seems as though the majority of our locals have played with Ray Charles of Stan Kenton, but not Gene, he played with everyone else. He was with everyone and everywhere but his heart was always in Columbus, Ohio. In addition he was so down to earth on a one to one basis; you just didn’t realize you were talking to a true jazz giant. I seen Gene perform at many events, including three for me in Dayton, and always we talked together as personal friends. That was the kind of guy he was and I’m truly going to miss him. – Ron Gable.