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2012 Women in Jazz Festival A Sad Trip to Columbus
Roderick Wilson Tribute to Dizzy Special Clay "The Cooker" Collins Events
Slaughter Brothers homecoming History of Jazz Central in Event Flyers
The First Annual Memorial Day Weekend  

Report on the 2012 Women in Jazz Festival downtown Dayton at Dave Hall Plaza
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Rod Wilson, Grant Koeller, Ron Hartwell & Liz Hayes

Teresa Monee'

Grant Koeller

Always Triple

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A Report on Roderick Wilson Tribute to Dizzy:

On Saturday, December 1st
      Oh what a night! All six players listed below did a wonderful job, played many Dizzy tunes as well as many jazz standards. Threw in a couple holiday songs; the first being Little Drummer Boy, the likes of which was different from anything I've heard in my life - what an outstanding jazz rendition!

Roderick Wilson presented a tribute concert to the great Dizzy Gillespie at Jazz Central, He was joined by some great local musicians to offer music and information on one of the greatest players of all time.
Roderick Wilson - trumpet
Jack Novotny - saxophone
Archie McPherson - keyboard
Eddie Brookshire - base
Fenton Sparks - drums
Cliff Darrett - percussion

A Report on the  Slaughter Brothers homecoming Jam at Jazz Central Jazz:
On Sunday, December 30th

     I may not have the spelling correct and hopefully I didn’t leave anyone out, but here is a list of the event performers for last Sunday’s great jazz jam: The Slaughter brothers, Clarence (saxophone) and William (trumpet), who have been doing big things in South Carolina and New Orleans, were home for the holidays and we were treated to a rare performance. In addition to the Slaughters we had Kenny Baccus on organ, John Hampton Wagner as MC on trumpet and vocals and Greg Webster on drums, Clifford Darrett and Ahmed Abdullah on congas, and Ron Appleberry on bass as the basic jam core group. Additional guest performers included David Jenkins on saxophone and Darren Witherspoon on drums, two young Stivers School of the Arts students who were new to our jam sessions. Rounding out the evening were vocalists Jeff Ward and Always Triple, trombonist Mushandi Pillow, saxophonist Grant Koeller and drummers Henry Preston and Ismail Muhammad as well as Jack Hart on organ and Jerry Cox on flute – so much entertainment for a mere $2.00 cover charge.

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.

Special Jazz Central Presentation - Clay "The Cooker" Collins
Dateline March 17, 2014 Dateline September 28, 2014

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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 Event Flyers Representing Some of Jazz Central's History: