Columbus, OH – The Jazz Arts Group’s Inside Track series opens its 2014-15 season on Friday, September 12 at the historic Lincoln Theatre with the avant-garde funk jazz of the Brooklyn/Columbus musician collective dw6 (Dan White Sextet) in the premiere performance and CD release of “Your Song.”
What originated as a JAG-commissioned educational project through the Jazz in Schools program, “Your Song” began with a two-week roadtrip in which the founding members of dw6 (Dan White, Chris Ott & Jon Lampley) travelled across the country gathering the stories of musicians whose careers have been spent in the tradition of the blues including Don Vappie, Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), Bobby Watson (Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers), and Roger Lewis (Fats Domino, Dirty Dozen Brass Band), amongst others. From Chicago to Nashville, Memphis to New Orleans, Jackson, St. Louis, Kansas City, and spots in-between, this multimedia performance is a culmination of those stories and the music inspired and created along the way.
“We knew we wanted to challenge ourselves as artists and create a project that could have a lasting impact on students,” shares White. “We suspected this adventure would take us out of our comfort zone and into new territory. We were right.”
White continues, “The adventure pushed us to experiment with styles and genres we had never before explored. By embracing spontaneity, and seeking reflection and originality in each piece, we developed a collection of songs that feature improvisation and the entire group playing in the moment. Before we started, we had no idea how profound this journey would be for us. It has changed each of us as composers, as musicians, and as people. Our travels taught us that American music is social and meant to be shared.”
Advance tickets are available for $20 (general admission) through the CAPA Ticket Office (614-469-0939) and through all Ticketmaster outlets. Showtime is 8:00 pm with a post-concert conversation with dw6 immediately following the show.
The Inside Track series gives music lovers from all walks of life the chance to stretch their ears and stretch themselves at the newly restored and historic Lincoln Theatre. The revamped small-ensemble series will also feature the rising young talent of NYC trumpeter/vocalist/bandleader Bria Skonberg and her quintet (October 10, 2014); Grammy Award-winning saxophonist/composer/educator Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet (January 16, 2015); and the ear-bending Latin rhythms of Ritmos Unidos (March 27, 2015). Call 614-294-5200 or visit jazzartsgroup.org for more information.
The Inside Track music series is presented by State Auto and Sequent with ongoing support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, The Reinberger Foundation, and The Westin Columbus. Concert sponsorship for “Your Song” is provided by Fahn & Denny Tishkoff with media support by The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Alive, and WCBE 90.5 FM.
About the Jazz Arts Group:
The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is America's oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz. JAG is the third largest performing arts organization in Columbus and consists of four focus areas: the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO), one of the world's finest professional jazz orchestras; the Jazz Academy, JAG's extensive instructional programs educating both students and adults about jazz and American music; Inside Track, a jazz and blues performance series produced at the historic Lincoln Theatre and beyond; and Affiliate Musicians, a program providing employment opportunities for professional musicians.
About dw6 (Dan White Sextet):
The group began in 2010 when Jon Lampley, Chris Ott, John Hubbell, and Dan White met at The Ohio State University. What started as a group of students getting together to play standard arrangements developed into a six-piece band driven to write original compositions, and craft inventive interpretations of American pop music. The founders of the dw6 have garnered an eclectic musical background. White has received awards from DOWNBEAT Magazine for composition as well as solos. He also played saxophone in the Disneyland All-American College Band with Ott, who has earned accolades for his trombone playing and his arrangements for small instrumental and vocal ensembles. Lampley comes from the gospel music tradition, and has recently gained experience playing trumpet on tour with the platinum-selling rock band O.A.R.