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by Mike Breen 08.01.2013

PREVIEW: It’s Commonly Jazz Series 2013

The classic, long-running Cincinnati Jazz series returns to Eden Park tonight

One of the oldest free series of its kind in the region, the It’s Commonly Jazz showcases have now been running for 28 years, presenting marquee artists like Eddie Harris, McCoy Tyner, Javon Jackson and David “Fathead” Newman.  The free series — running every Thursday in August (lucky Jazz fans get five events this year) — returns to the outdoor Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park tonight. The opening show features renowned saxophonist Craig Bailey.  Nice interview from Greece with Bailey: Here is the rest of the It’s Commonly Jazz lineup for 2013: Trinidad-born Etienne Charles, acclaimed for his mix of island rhythms and Jazz, plays Aug. 8. Charles jazzing up Marley: Young tenor sax wiz J.D. Allen performs at the Aug. 15 show.  Allen and his trio play "The Matador and the Bull": Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/actor Gregory Porter on Aug. 22, presented with Learning Through the Arts, Inc. as part of the Crown Jewels of Jazz Heritage Festival. For tickets to (and more info on) the Crown Jewels fest — running at various venues in Over-the-Rhine and Mt. Adams Aug. 21-24 — click here. Here's LTtA's Kathy Wade explaining the festival: Gregory Porter's official music video for "Be Good (Lion's Song)": For the finale, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, who will be joined by his group of young Jazz lions, Wolfpack, comes to the ICJ stage on Aug. 29. Warren Wolf's video biography: Music runs 6-8 p.m. For complete info, visit itscommonlyjazz.com.
by Mike Breen 08.02.2012
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Music Tonight: It's Commonly Jazz Tributes Coltrane

Annual free summer Jazz series kicks off this evening in Eden Park

The long-running, always-solid It's Commonly Jazz music series returns to Eden Park's Seasongood Pavilion this evening. The series (now in its impressive 27th season) brings free, live Jazz music to the park every Thursday this month, with concerts running 6-8 p.m.The concerts have always been a superb mix of some great nationally-touring headliners and many of Cincinnati's top Jazz players. Next week, on Aug. 9, Dan Karlsberg headlines ICJ with a quintet that includes local greats Marc Fields and Brent Gallaher, plus Karlsberg's mates Steve Whipple and Anthony Lee (who now work out of New York). Renowned drummer Kenny Phelps plays ICJ on Aug. 16 with special guest trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, plus Jim Anderson on bass and Zach Lapidus on keys. Local Jazz hero Phil DeGreg brings his Samba Jazz Syndicate to the series on Aug. 23. The group also includes noted area players Rusty Burge, Kim Pensyl, Aaron Jacobs and John Taylor. The series concludes with the thoroughly excellent trumpeter Mike Wade and his septet (acclaimed saxman Steve Wilson guest stars).For tonight's opening concert, It's Commonly Jazz presents something a little different. The program, dubbed "A Love Supreme - Spiritual Music of John Coltrane," was originally presented in Louisville by vibraphonist Dick Sisto. The debut tribute to the Jazz legend's "spiritual" sides — including A Love Supreme album material and works from Meditations — was such a success, Sisto put together a quintet and hit the road, performing the show across the region. Joining Sisto tonight is Steve Allee on keys, Rob Dixon on sax, Steve Houghton on drums and Jim Anderson (again!) holding down the bass. Here's Coltrane's full masterpiece to get you in the mood. Click here for more on It's Commonly Jazz.

It's Commonly Jazz with William Menefield

August 5 • Seasongood Pavilion

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 3, 2010
It's Commonly Jazz is not only one of the best and longest running free Jazz concert series in the region; it's also one of the "greenest" music events in the Midwest. The series, in its 25-year-history, has showcased superstars and legends like McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Eddie Harris and David "Fathead" Newman.  

Catch Catfish at The Comet

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Billy Catfish is a man about town of the highest order and a renaissance man to boot. The good-humored, sometimes-mustachioed/bearded bard has been a performing and recording musician since '89, playing with numerous Experimental, Punk and Garage bands. In keeping with our town's musical zeitgeist, he's currently doing the "laid-back Country-Folk Singer-Songwriter thing."