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Last Update:  05/28/2016

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

World's Most Famous Jazz Photo

                           Upcoming Special Events at Jazz Central:
05/29/2016 Annual Memorial Day Weekend Jazz Celebration
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Report on Past Jazz Central Events

Jamming Highlight Pictures at Jazz Central

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Grant "King" Koeller says "join us at the Jazz Jams on Sunday evenings and don't forget to tune into my radio show on WDPS-FM 89.5 every Monday 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. We really miss the ICE MAN and we are doing our best to take his place in keeping Jazz the alive in Dayton."

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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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  Sundays features
Kenny Baccus on
the Hammond B3
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, March 17th.
(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.

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, March 3rd.
(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 and the Division Head, Ensembles and Conducting 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. Three years ago, this month, 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 who took 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 Air Force and many of our best area musicians.
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
$5 Admission at the door

Secured lighted parking.

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

Coming again Friday, March 4th.
(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.

Can you name five of the famous people in this photo without looking them up?
If not click on the photo for the answer:


                                                                           The First Annual Memorial Day Weekend Celebrating past friends of Jazz Central:

Sunday, May 29th

 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
 $5 Donation at the door
Free Pizza (while if last)

Celebrating all the lives who
have passed through Jazz Central

I remember Charles "Butch" Stone the original owner of Jazz Central who always requested the jammers to play "Bags Groove. His passion was his club and keeping it open over many years. He told me many times, it was not money but of his love of Jazz that kept it going.
I remember Miss Freddie Hathcock, Charles Stone’s mother and the original (in more ways than one), club manager who always demanded the jammers to play "Back to the Chicken Shack."
I remember Clarence Slaughter growing up on the stage at Jazz Central; he was part of the Serious Young Musicians under the direction of Tumust Allison and later went to New Orleans where he played with several bands. He traveled the world at a young age going to Brazil, China, England, Japan and around the United States. He played on several cruise ships doing the things he loved and playing the saxophone was his passion. He enjoyed his life and left us much too soon.
I remember Lincoln Berry who knew every song ever requested and was not only the entertainment mainstay for so many years; he and his wife Jo actually helped build the stage in the opening days of the club.
“Memories Are Made Of This”
Celebrating all the lives who
have passed through Jazz Central

I remember the first time I went to Jazz Central and heard Rick Evans sing; one of his favorites was "Bye Bye Blackbird," with Teresa Hunt and Mandy Gaines. He excelled with the Dayton Jazz Orchestra and the Johnny Mack big bands.

I remember the many enjoyable times I seen Gene Walker play at Jazz Central. He was an International Jazz talent as well as a pretty fair comic in his own right. I still have a card he sent me from Paris France along with several of his CDs. 
“Memories Are Made Of This”
Celebrating all the lives who
have passed through Jazz Central

I remember drummer Greg Wood who contended he hated the song "St. Thomas but somehow it always showed up along with his big grin  during the jams in those days, usually as the evening's finale tune.

I remember Paul Russell, who loved Jazz along with a bottle of wine. He was a great fan and outstanding member of Jazz Advocate who offered many insights the rest of us never seemed to come up with.
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