The New Jazz Age: Jazz Performances in December

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Rachel Sepulveda & The Columbus Jazz Quartet

When: 9 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music

Trained in jazz studies at Capital University's Conservatory of Music, Rachel Sepulveda is a skilled jazz vocalist, able to make songs her own via her unique phrasing and subtly intense delivery. She will accompany the Columbus Jazz Quartet, with Derek DiCenzo (bass), Dave DeWitt (keyboards), Randy Mather (saxophone) and Aaron Scott (drums), all accomplished musicians and veterans of the Central Ohio jazz scene.

The Lee Konitz Quartet

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 5

Where: Wexner Center for the Arts Performance Space

In his 69-year career, alto sax ace Lee Konitz has never let critics pin down his style. Instead of taking cues from Charlie Parker, Konitz's moody, winding voice remains his own, polished through collaborations with Miles Davis and Lennie Tristano. For this gig, Konitz is joined by pianist and longtime accomplice Dan Tepfer, bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller.

Jazz Wednesdays

When: 8 p.m. every Wednesday

Where: Brothers Drake Meadery

Every week, Brothers Drake features a different jazz artist. This month, see local jazz-fusion experts Fo/Mo/Deep (Dec. 3), forward-thinking piano-lead Tim Dvorkin Trio (Dec. 10) and guitarist Alex Schrock (Dec. 17).


When: 6 p.m. Dec. 18

Where: The Refectory

SpeakEasy is a five-piece fronted by two Denison University music professors, Andy Carlson and Tom Carroll. The group plays gypsy jazz, a style of jazz popularized by guitarist Django Reinhardt in France in the 1930s. It's characterized by a percussive style of guitar playing known as "la pompe." SpeakEasy's repertoire includes swing standards, blues, Latin and originals.