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All That Jazz: The Monthly Loop with a Different Spin

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

Toledoans who visited the downtown, UpTown and Warehouse districts on Thursday, November 21, were in for a special treat f they joined the monthly Art Loop. This month the Arts Commission transformed the traditional Art Loop into a Jazz Loop which featured over a dozen groups in live performances in eight different sites.

Inspired by Toledo’s legacy as a jazz community, The Arts Commission celebrated Toledo native and jazz musician Art Tatum's 110th birthday. The November 21 Art Loop | Jazz Loop paid homage to Tatum, who is widely regarded as the greatest piano player of all time.

The Glass City was once home to "Poet Laureate of Jazz" Jon Hendricks and heralded venues such as Murphy’s Place and Rusty's Jazz Cafe, the third oldest jazz club in America in its heyday.

The Trinity Episcopal church featured two dynamic local performers. From 5:45 - 7:15 pm the Ben Maloney Trio performed. Maloney is one of Toledo’s signature jazz pianists merging a classic style with innovative voicing that, for this night, was an appropriate nod to the great Art Tatum. From 7:30 - 9:00 pm Quick & Friends performs. One of the most unique voices in jazz guitar in the region, Quick and his ensembles continue to earn fans in greater Detroit and attract new and innovative voices to our city.

Handmade Toledo had a magical night planned including a Mini-Mart Artist Market with amazing makers, delicious food trucks and their Maker Shop featuring original and unique gifts by more than 100 makers from around the region with performances by Gene Parker, 5:45-7:15pm and The Smoking Dandies, 7:30-9:00pm!

Graphite Design + Build studio featured a night of jazz with Bob Rex Quartet in one of Toledo's most unique creative spaces, 6-9 p.m.

The Truth Art Gallery presented Brad Billmaier, 5:45p.m. - 7:15p.m. and Project 206, an avant-garde jazz ensemble existing in the world of electronics. It is a world brought forth by the detailed creation of synth sounds, outside-the-box arranging, and sensitivity for creating music that brings both originality and depth to Jazz, 7:30pm - 9:00pm.

Located in the historic downtown Warehouse District, 20 North Gallery is the oldest independent art gallery in the city of Toledo. Performances were by Dickey & Kevin Eikum, 6:00-6:30 p.m; Jean Holden & Lisa Holden, 6:30-7:15 p.m; Kim Buehler, 7:15-8 p.m; Ramona Collins, 8:15-9 p.m.

At The Toledo Club, a Members’ Jam Session started at 6 p.m. and the Main Branch Library was the site for a performance by the University of Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

Many of the performers ended their evenings by moving over to Wesley’s Bar & Grill at 9 p.m. for an after hours jam session.



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Revised: 11/29/19 09:36:06 -0500.



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