2931 East Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45403
(937) 254-8130

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Last Update:  07/21/2014

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

Jazz Central Blues Jam

Our Featured Hammond B3 Players
Upcoming Special Events at Jazz Central:
07/21/2014 R.I,P, Gene Walker
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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

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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.


A Jazz Advocate Special Resurgence of Jazz in Dayton, Ohio Presentation

The Generations Big Band

Coming again on Thursday, July 17th
(And every third Thursday)
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
$5 Admission at the door

Secured lighted parking.

A Jazz Advocate Special Resurgence of Jazz in Dayton, Ohio Presentation
The Jazz Central Big Band
Coming again Thursday, July 3rd.
(And every first Thursday)

July 3 is Bring Your “Ax” Night and Sit In! Y’all get crackin’ and pop on over to Jazz Central and help celebrate our nation’s independence with the Jazz Central Big Band and Jazz Central’s fabulous chef. “We don’t need one of them thar grills!” We’ve got our very own kitchen! The club is bursting with great food and great jazz. Dayton’s authentic jazz club has one of the smokinest house big bands in Ohio! If you love big band jazz, pop on up to Dayton on July 3! Last month, Rob Parton was a big hit and we have more guest artists planned for the near future. Be sure to put August 7 on your calendars when we feature Jay Flippin, jazz professor and guest piano artist from Morehead, KY, Roy Pyle our superb guest vocalist borrowed from the Generations Big Band, and former US Army Field Band/Jazz Ambassadors arranger Ken McCoy and his charts!

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

Food for purchase.
Secured lighted parking.

Bringing the "Blues" back to Jazz Central:
New Chicago Blues Jam
All musicians are welcome!

(Every Friday)

We have a new name and house band:
“New Chicago Blues”
Grant “King” Koeller - bass
Bill Archer - guitar
Phil McHaffey - organ
Ishmael Mohammad - drums

8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
$5 Admission at the door

Secured lighted parking.













Our Friend will be missed at Jazz Central:


     My friend Gene Walker passed away today (7/21/2014) around 5:30pm:
     Jazz saxophonist Gene Walker has played with some of the most important musical figures over the past half century, Hall of Fame names like Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Brook Benton, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Neil Diamond, Brenda Lee, Elvin Jones, The Isley Brothers and dozens of others. The 76-year-old Columbus native has been a critical element of the state capital’s vibrant Jazz scene as a solo artist, a bandleader (he fronts both the Cotton Club Orchestra and the Generations Band) and an educator (he taught Jazz saxophone and combo classes at Ohio State University, the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camps and does outreach to area schools through the American Jazz Experience Program, among other educational programs).