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Jazz in Cleveland: A Storied Past, Surviving Present, and an Optimistic Future

Read "Jazz in Cleveland: A Storied Past, Surviving Present, and an Optimistic Future" reviewed by Matthew Alec

Cleveland, Ohio. Having lived here for my entire life, the word “city" does not quite describe what Cleveland truly is. There is of course a downtown urban area, one filled with noteworthy neoclassic architecture and an overall stately appearance that is often overlooked by those who live here. That said, most “Clevelanders" don't actually live within ...


Ed Robinson


Zakk Jones


Zakk Jones is a Columbus based guitarist, composer/arranger, and educator with a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Capital University. Raised in Portland, OR, he started playing piano at the age of 6, eventually receiving regional and national awards for composition with the PTA and “Fear No Music” project. After picking up the guitar in middle school, Zakk focused on playing in bands and preparing for music school, eventually attending Capital University with a large scholarship. In his 7+ years on the Columbus scene he has had the opportunity to play at major venues and festivals both locally and all over the country


Michael Cox

Though well regarded as a professor with full academic training, Michael’s path to full time musical occupation began more informally, more or less at “street level.” He was active in school music programs and in the ’70s he began playing paying gigs when he was 15 under the supervision of his older brother Danny. Since then he has spent most days of every week practicing, studying, rehearsing, listening, teaching, playing gigs and concerts, or recording music. Michael’s educational achievements include independent studies with jazz luminaries Joe Lovano and David Liebman, mentoring with IAJE Hall of Fame educator Gene Aitken, concentrated study with saxophone professors Roger Greenberg and Jean Lansing, a Doctor of Arts degree in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Wichita State University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Cameron University in his home town of Lawton, Oklahoma


Bobby Payton


"I am a Smooth/Traditional Jazz Guitarist&Vocalist.My Father was a Musician&My Mother was a Singer.


Dr. Mark Lomax, II


Critically acclaimed recording artist Dr. Mark Lomax, II has spent a lifetime in music. His father a pastor and mother, a composer of gospel music, introduced him to both gospel and jazz at an early age and he continued his study of gospel music with Dr. Raymond Wise, founder of the Center for the Gospel Arts. Besides performing with gospel choirs around the country, Lomax also boasts impressive jazz credentials. He toured with the Delfeayo Marsalis Sextet in 2005, and has worked with Clark Terry, Marlon Jordan, Azar Lawrence, Bennie Maupin, Billy Harper, Nicholas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, and Wessel Anderson, among others


Satchmo Simms


Anthony Stanco

Anthony Stanco is a trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and educator from Southeast Michigan. A product of Detroit's rich musical heritage, Stanco spent his early years studying under such local heroes as Marcus Belgrave and Rodney Whitaker. He enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music to continue his education with world-famous brass pedagogue Laurie Frink before returning to Michigan State University for his master's degree in 2014. While completing his education, he won the International Trumpet Guild's 2013 Jazz Competition. Stanco leads The Crucial Elements, a nationally-recognized 5-piece ensemble that has toured with the U.S


Stephen Perakis

Steve started playing bass more than 4 decades ago and is a member of Honk Wail & Moan, Big Gritty, Stan Smith Plus, Disorder, Furs, Porterhouse Surf, Schtick, QED Jazz, Thunder Mustard, Totally Bogus, Yumbambe, Zancudo.

Writes pop songs, jazz, surf, blues, music for soundtracks and modern dance.

Has performed:
Art Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, Reggae, Improvised game music, Polka and pop to southern slavic music. Post Modern chamber music and Opera Theater.

Musicians performed with:

  • Tito Puente Jr.
  • Eddie Clearwater
  • Henry Gray
  • Johnny Vidacovich
  • George Bedard
  • Benny Goodman Orchestra featuring Henry Cuesta
  • Louis Bellson with the Rick Brunetto Big Band
  • Cheryl Banks-Smith - former Sun Ra Arkestra member
  • Jerome Dillon - pre N.I.N.
  • Stan Smith
  • Beetkeepers - opened for 10000 Maniacs, Marshall Crenshaw, Scrawl
  • RAYZER - opened for White Zombie
  • Willie Pooch
  • Sean Carney Band - winners 2007 International Blues Challenge, opened for Junior Watson, Keb Mo, Kenny Neal
  • Teeny Tucker
  • Syrup - opened for Marc Ribot, Sonny Sharrock, Charles Gayle
  • Wheel Hoss - opened for American Music Club
  • Honk Wail & Moan, Porterhouse surf band, Schtick, Tommy Smith Quartet, Barry Chern's Noble New Clear Band, Bradley Mellen Quartet, Al Smyth's FBnCC, Dwight Lennox, Richard Lopez, Crazy Joe Tritschler, Dan Rowan, Liz Pennock and Dr Blues, Ricky Nye, Todd Hepburn, Carl Sonny Leyland, Mark Braun, Nova Madrugada, Lucey's Maze, Cathy Wicks, Sabor Latino, New Remnants Big Band, Avant Collective, Guy Lombardo Band, Jazz To Go Big Band, Wooden Soul, New Basics Brass Band, Heffy, Zivili, Yumbambe, The Delroys, Shakewells, The Midnighters, C

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    Louis Tsamous

    Loiuis Tsamous began playing the drums at age 10 and later graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in 1982. He has since become one of the most versatile and active musicians in America. He has toured Europe, Asia and the Caribbean and has recorded and performed with jazz artists Stanley Turrentine, Etta Jones, Jimmy McGriff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, David “Fathead” Newman, Joey DeFrancesco and Kevin Mahogany among others.He recently toured the United States and Europe with jazz guitar legend Pat Martino.In addition to performing with various groups in the Midwest, Louis has done clinics at many high schools and universities across the country


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