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
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
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.