While reporting our December 2014 cover story about Columbus' thriving jazz scene, we learned many area musicians long for a middle ground between the city's big and small stages.

While reporting our December 2014 cover story about Columbus' thriving jazz scene, we learned many area musicians long for a middle ground between the city's big and small stages (think the CAPA theaters versus bars like Dick's Den, respectively). It's not that these venues aren't appreciated; musicians simply want more varied opportunities-something between a $60 advance ticket and a $5 cover charge. And we, as concertgoers, couldn't agree more.

Late this summer, Notes, a basement music club, is slated to open inside a 2-story building near the corner of High and Hoster streets in the Brewery District, says Bob Breithaupt, drummer of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and former director of the Jazz Arts Group. The venue will host jazz, blues and singer-songwriter music, as well as offer full food and bar service.

Breithaupt, who is vice president of entertainment for the project, says Notes' state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems will be among the best in the Midwest. "For a community of 1.8 million, we need more spaces, plain and simple," he says. "This is going to be a tremendous addition to Columbus."