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Dayton, Ohio 45403
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Last Update:  11/12/2014

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:
11/15/2014 Unauthorized Personnel Band
11/22/2014 An Intimate Evening with Teresa Hunt
12/13/2014 Craig Jackson & Friends
Additional Items on our Website:

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 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, November 20th
(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 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. (Continued below)

Food available for purchase.
Secured lighted parking.

     Such was the case Thursday night when my friends and I took in the best big band performance Iíve ever had the pleasure to witness. The Generations Big Band improves every performance, a phenomenal occurrence Iíve been observing at Jazz Central for three years. They practice for two hours every Thursday except for the 3rd Thursday when they perform live from 7:30 to 10:30 pm at the club. This last Thursday performance consisted of seventeen players and three vocalists. Roy Pyle acting master of ceremonies intertwined the vocals and instrumentals in what I felt was the perfect blend. Roy did a beautiful job on most of the vocals and introduced guest Joe Lipinski, who sang a couple outstanding songs and at one point band director Dustin Malone, sang a blues number. To me the highlight of the evening was when Joey Sumpter performed his great rendition of Sing, Sing, Sing. At the end of his long drum solo when the band usually comes in with the traditional ending they switched into Chuck Mangione's Children of Sanchez, which really made my hair stand on end. A trivia question: where in the world can you get this kind of entertainment for $5.00? The answer is NOWHERE! Believe me; great live music is happening at Jazz Central every third Thursday so donít miss out. -- Ron Gable

Jazz Central Presents Big Band Jazz in Dayton
The Jazz Central Big Band
Coming again Thursday, December 4th
(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.

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

Coming again Friday, December 5th
(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 Big Phat Band Blues tinge.

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

Secured lighted parking.



A CityBoy Entertainment Production:

Cityboy Presents: Unauthorized Personnel Featuring Dave Parker

Saturday, November 15th

Show starts at 7:00 PM

$10.00 Per Single Or $15.00 Per Couple At The Door

Food available for purchase.
Secured lighted parking.

Jazz Advocate presents a Gabriel Foundation Benefit Concert:

The Gabriel Foundation Presents
an Intimate Evening with Teresa Hunt

on Saturday, November 22nd.

Teresa will be accompanied by the Jack Hart B3 Organ Trio.

Special Note! - The two bookings I did for Teresa, when she came to our area last year, were SOLD OUT!
You may want click here to purchase advance tickets online.

8:00 to 11:00 PM
$10 Donation at the door

Food available for purchase.
Secured lighted parking.





Jazz Advocate presents a Gabriel Foundation Benefit Concert:

The Gabriel Foundation Presents
Craig Jackson & Friends on

Saturday, December 13th.

Entertainment provided by the
Stivers Jazz Combo:
     Craig Jackson
     Anthony Bryson
     Neko Cortez
     Shawn Bryant
     Justin Dawson

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

Food available for purchase.
Secured lighted parking.