The Terence Hazly Quartet helps Akron ring in 2007 a few days early at tonights Jazz Poetic outing. The pre-New Years Eve party also marks a musical revival in the citys Historic District, where jazz once ruled the nightclubs. There was a surge in the '30s, '40s, and '50s that set a nice tone for the area, says Jakob Ward, founder of the monthly gathering and owner of DreamState Records. Recently, theres been lots of combining interests to create another hip jazz scene. This is a new center for our art-jazz focal point in the city.
To help spread the renaissance, the live jazz sessions rotate between two area clubs -- Crave and Musica on Maiden Lane. Performers like Amy Staats, Vince Tyree, and trombonist Hazlys quartet and New Direction Jazz Quintet are slated to perform at upcoming shows. DreamStates new recording studio is even located next to Musica. Its been a great year for jazz, the area, and for Akron, says Ward. This party keeps the spirit alive, and were going to try and celebrate it.
Thu., Dec. 28, 7 p.m.