Category Archives: Local Music

Music from Oberlin, Lorain County, Cleveland, and Northeast Ohio.

Concert Board Presents: Northern Ohio Hip-Hop @ The 'Sco 4/12/2011

On Tuesday, April 12, Concert Board presents a night of local underground hip-hop featuring Mista Leo, Yung Slink, Gator & Kidd, Srill Gates, Pro, and J-Storm. The show costs $2 w/ OCID and $4 without, and will take place at the ‘Sco. All artists hail from either East Cleveland or Lorain. Facebook Event

Mista Leo – Mista

Gator & Kidd – Smoke House

Yung Slink – Still Counting

Srill Gates – Stunt When I Wanna

-Brian Becker

Sugar Ray Ballard Live on "It's About Time"

Tune in to WOBC this Thursday from 2-4PM for Sugar Ray Ballard’s live performance on “It’s About Time” with Mr. P, Baby Blue, and Betty Crocker. On Sunday Stella, Elissa, and I got a chance to see Ray bring down the house at Richard’s Premier Lounge in Lorain. We had a great time and can’t wait to hear him on the radio. Make sure to check out these videos of Sugar Ray on youtube.

-Will Floyd

Live at Jazz Forum: Shea Pierre Ensemble and Julia Chen Ensemble

Image courtesy of The Nocca Institute

Every Friday at 12:15 pm, the Oberlin jazz community gathers for Jazz Forum at the Cat in the Cream, where audience members are treated to short sets from 2 or 3 of Oberlin’s small jazz ensembles.

This week, freshman pianist Shea Pierre led his sextet in a set of demanding original compositions, all written by members of the group. Despite the challenging nature of the chord changes and arrangements, the group played with confidence and cohesion, resulting in a fantastic half-hour of modern jazz.

Shea Pierre Ensemble @ Jazz Forum 3_11_11

  • Shea Pierre – Piano
  • Alex Cummings – Alto Saxophone
  • Aaron Janik – Trumpet
  • Conrad Reeves – Guitar
  • Dan Stein – Bass
  • Miles Labat – Drums
  1. “Trolley Stop” – Shea Pierre
  2. “Anthem” – Conrad Reeves
  3. “C++” – Alex Cummings

Pianist Julia Chen’s quintet followed with a fine set of more traditional pieces. The group showed off its large dynamic range, startling the audience with a classic Dizzy Gillespie bop composition at blazing speed, and following with the slow, rollicking blues that Roland Kirk composed for his own funeral march.

Julia Chen Ensemble @ Jazz Forum 3_11_11

  • Julia Chen – Piano
  • Pat Adams – Trumpet
  • David Wise -Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
  • Matt Adomeit – Bass
  • Miles Labat and Sonny Tabler – Drums
  1. “Escapade” – Kenny Dorham
  2. “Dizzy Atmosphere” – Dizzy Gillespie
  3. “Black and Crazy Blues” – Rahsaan Roland Kirk

-Adam Hirsch

Live at Jazz Forum: N2J and Chase Jackson Ensemble

Oberlin Conservatory Jazz Forum

Every Friday at 12:15 pm, the Oberlin jazz community gathers for Jazz Forum at the Cat in the Cream, where audience members are treated to short sets from 2 or 3 of Oberlin’s small jazz ensembles.

This week, Freshman Pianist Jake Silverman displayed his skills on the Hammond B3 Organ with his group N2J. The band utilized their impressive range of style by fusing the swing tradition with the soul-grooves of modern gospel and R&B, not to mention a dose of casual humor to lighten the mood.

N2J @ Jazz Forum 3_4_11

  • Jake Silverman – Organ
  • Will Darity – Guitar
  • David Wise – Tenor Saxophone
  • Mike King – Drums
  1. “Make Me A Pallet” – Traditional
  2. “Boxhill Square” – Jake Silverman

N2j were followed by vibraphonist Chase Jackson and his five-piece ensemble, who played a fantastic set of both original and standard compositions that strayed toward the more angular, cerebral branch of jazz.

Chase Jackson Ensemble @ Jazz Forum 3_4_11

  • Chase Jackson – Vibraphone
  • Alex Cummings – Alto Saxophone
  • Ian Mccardle – Piano
  • Brandon Gaoiran – Bass
  • Zaire Darden – Drums
  1. “Winter Term 23” – Chase Jackson
  2. “Juju” – Wayne Shorter
  3. “Epistrophy” – Thelonious Monk (arr. Chase Jackson)

-Adam Hirsch

Live at Jazz Forum: Tim Bennett Ensemble and Peter Manheim Ensemble

Tim Bennet - Oberlin Jazz at Hales by Sam Lawrence
Image courtesy of Sam Lawrence

Every Friday at 12:15 pm, the Oberlin jazz community gathers for Jazz Forum at the Cat in the Cream, where audience members are treated to short sets from 2 or 3 of Oberlin’s small jazz ensembles. At the second forum of the semester, Jazz Studies upperclassmen Tim Bennet and Peter Manheim each led his own quartet in a fine display of musicianship and improvisation. -Adam Hirsch

Tim Bennet Ensemble @ Jazz Forum 2_25_11

1. “Rise” (Tim Bennett)
2. “Neon” (Ethan Iverson)
3. “Untitled” – (Tim Bennett)

Peter Manheim Ensemble @ Jazz Forum 2_25_11

1. “Lotus Blossom” (Kenny Dorham)
2. “Untitled” – (Will Miller)