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courtesy of Beavercreek High School

The Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz is an annual celebration of jazz featuring performances from multiple bands as well as performances from Ellis Marsalis, Diva Jazz Orchestra and more.  The Beavercreek High School Jazz One Ensemble made a return visit to the WYSO studios to perform live on Excursions ahead of the event. 

The Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz is March 2-4, 2017 at Beavercreek High School. More information at: www.weekendofjazz.org

Many years ago I was spending a quiet Saturday afternoon inside a music listening room at my high school. There were shelves jammed with old record albums in there along with a turntable and a set of headphones. For a young music buff who was just discovering jazz that was my version of heaven.
 

La Frae Sci with members of the Student Big Band
courtesy of La Frae Sci

With 11 time zones and over 200 nationalities, Russia is the largest country in the world. Jazz drummer LaFrae Sci, who received her early musical training in her hometown of Dayton, got to know a region of Russia few tourists see when she took her band there.

Cecil Taylor
Charles Rotmil / via wikimedia commons

The American jazz pianist Cecil Taylor is a pioneer of what is called free jazz—music which often discards notated scores and breaks with meter and conventional harmonic progression. Now 87, his first recordings were released in the 1950s. In the late 1960s and early 70s Taylor taught at Antioch College and recordings from his years in Yellow Springs are found in the WYSO archives.

Keigo Hirakawa, Eddie Brookshire and Fenton Sparks returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions ahead of their International Jazz Day performance at Gilly's.  They talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the legacy of jazz in the Dayton area, their upcoming album and more.

Keigo Hirakawa Trio will perform at Gilly's in downtown Dayton on Saturday, April 30th at 8pm. 

Weekend of Jazz is a celebration of jazz music in regional high schools hosted by Beavercreek High School, which boasts a robust jazz program. Beavercreek High School Jazz One and director Michael Bisig visited the WYSO studios for a full band preview of the upcoming event live on Excursions.

Weekend of Jazz is March 3rd - 5th at Beavercreek High School.  More info is at: weekendofjazz.org

Research And Jazz Keep A Dayton Pianist In Perpetual Motion

Dec 21, 2015
Keigo and Wenbi Hirakawa at home
Dave Barber / WYSO

Keigo Hirakawa is an Ivy League-educated researcher and professor at the University of Dayton. He is also a gifted jazz pianist—and he’s trying to be at the top of his game in both worlds. Hirakawa moved to Dayton from the east coast in 2010. He came here for the job at UD, but he also came here for the music.

“It’s hard to balance family, work and music,” Hirakawa says. “The amount of time that I spend for work—work meaning research—is non stop.”

StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today, we hear WYSO's Jazz Night host Dave Barber interview his friend Jerry Gillotti, owner of Gilly's, a jazz club in downtown Dayton.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Renee Wilde.

The title of Keigo Hirakawa's new album, And Then There Were Three refers to a composition Hirakawa wrote about his sons.  Hirakawa and his trio visited the WYSO studios ahead of the CD release party for a live set on Excursions.

Keigo Hirakawa Trio will celebrate the release of And Then There Were Three on Sunday, April 12th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Live on Excursions: Chris Botti

Sep 23, 2009
2007 Fabrizio Ferri

Some might say trumpeter Chris Botti has a natural talent for performing and composing contemporary jazz music. According to Botti, however, he wasn’t born with it.

“Talent is really 99% drive and focus, and 1% luck,” said Botti in this Excursions interview.

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