2931 East Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45403
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Last Update:  04/15/2015

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

Sad Times at Jazz Central
Upcoming Special Events at Jazz Central:
04/02/2015 Dwight Lenox at Jazz Central with the Big Band
04/18/2015 Elvis Lives returns to Jazz Central
05/03/2015 Special Jazz Jam with Lee Savory
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Report on Past Jazz Central Events

Jaming Highlight Pictures at Jazz Central

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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 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 Presents Big Band Jazz in Dayton

The Generations Big Band
Coming again Thursday, April 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 won’t experience that special electricity of live performance without being there. It’s 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.
Catered food by The Next Level Service.

Jazz Central Presents Big Band Jazz in Dayton
The Jazz Central Big Band
Coming again Thursday, April 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.
Catered food by The Next Level Service.

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

Coming again Friday, May 1st
(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.





Sad Times at Jazz Central

My friend Charles ”Butch” Stone was laid to rest Friday, April 10 at Preble Memory Gardens.
Charles was born on June 28, 1941 and passed away on April 1, 2015 leaving a legacy of more than
forty years of jazz entertainment and a stage for young players to perform in Dayton. Butch and I
were not only friends we were soulmates in that we shared the same dream of keeping our beloved
jazz alive. His son also wants to keep his father’s dream alive by keeping Jazz Central going.
Help us with our dream; come out to Jazz Central for live music - Ron Gable.




Jazz Central is proud to Present Ryan Roth as Elvis
Elvis Lives at Jazz Central
on Saturday, April 18th

They are a 14 piece Elvis Presley Tribute Band, featuring Beavercreek's own Ryan Roth as Elvis, that authentically recreates in concert, the sights, sounds, excitement and energy of Elvis Presley and his legendary TCB Band at the height of the King's career. This is the same band that was chosen by Danny McCorkle of Elvis Presley Enterprises to close the show at Graceland on the 35th Anniversary Celebration, commemorating the King's passing. Enjoy the show as they pay tribute to the Top Selling Recording Artist of All Time, Elvis Presley.

pm until?
$12 Admission at the door

Secured lighted parking.
Catered food by The Next Level Service.

                            Featuring: Ryan Roth - Lead Vocals
Tyler Spears - Drums
Bryan Sharpe - Lead Guitar
Rick Wills - Strings and Organ
Ben Spencer - Piano
Zack Greene - Bass
Mike Pilkenton - Saxophone
Phil Bradley-Hutchison - Trumpet
Adrew Owings - Trumpet
Dustin Malone - Trombone
Michelle Kramer - Backup Vocals
Lisa Malone - Backup Vocals
Teresa Hirt - Backup Vocals
Maria Roth - Backup Vocals
Lynn Blakely - Backup Vocals

Jazz Central Presents a Special Jazz Jam

The Jazz Central Long Running Jam
With Special Guest Lee Savory
Thursday, May 3rd.

Man With a Horn
When you're hot, you're hot. Jazz trumpeter Lee Savory has been around for quite a while, since his days of doing "Script Ohio" with The Ohio State University Marching Band in the '60s. But for some reason, the moonlighting jazz career of this software specialist from AT&T Bell Labs has been taking off. Maybe it's just that he's so good.

8:00 pm to 10:30 am
$5 Admission at the door

Secured lighted parking.
Catered food by The Next Level Service.