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The Arts Foundation Of Olde Towne is a neighborhood based, Arts & Humanities incubator that serves to host and produce projects that are about, or initiated by residents from the Near East Area of the City Of Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio Jazz: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State



The well known history of jazz is largely the story of a few key cities. As a result, most jazz historians give short mention to the Buckeye State, regarding it as a go-through rather than a go-to place. However, the fact is that jazz has been practiced in Ohio with a vengeance. For thirty years, these authors have been researching and documenting the history of music, particularly jazz in Ohio. Their 1999 "Jazz Ohio!" exhibit at the Ohio Historical Society ran for twelve months before portions of it were moved to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The exhibit inspired this book, and much of what you will read here has never before been brought together in one place--and it may well change the way you think about jazz. And Ohio.

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David Meyers, Arnett Howard, James Loeffler, and Candice Watkins have been actively researching and documenting the history of music in Columbus for more than 30 years. Among the other books they have collaborated on are Listen for the Jazz, Volumes I and II; Columbus: The Musical Crossroads; More Columbus Unforgettables; and Columbus Unforgettables, Volume III. They also contributed to the Jazz Ohio Exhibition for the Ohio Historical Society and provided materials for the Roots of Rock and Roll exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.