A Touch of Jazz
Jazz, in my opinion, is the most sensual and soulful musical genre. When Miles used to blow into that trumpet, it was like the instrument was an extension of him. His pain and joy rang through like a voice reaching out to lament, to cry and to make your body sway involuntarily in response. People say, “They don’t make them like Miles anymore.” But what if they do and they are gracing a stage in Toledo?
For many years, Murphy’s Place on Toledo’s Water Street was the primo spot to listen to jazz greats Clifford Murphy and Claude Black. When Murphy’s Place closed its doors this summer, we enthusiasts were left clamoring for a place to get our jazz fix. A suitable replacement may be 151 On the Water, a jazz restaurant that this fall takes over the building that was home to Murphy’s.
In the meantime, there are plenty of places to ease back in your chair, sip your cognac and tap your feet to the hi-hat that accompanies the wailing saxophone. For example, Manhattan’s brings a taste of the Big Apple to the Toledo streets with a New York City inspired menu and jazz (and blues) acts, including local artists It’s Essential performing original and well-known jazz hits on October 15.
Dégagé Jazz Café in Maumee is the destination for locals who want to hear the best in jazz, as well as dine on French-inspired and American cuisine. They have local and national acts that perform daily.
Trotters Tavern has a Hott Jazz night every Wednesday now through December, with Ragtime Rick and the Chefs of Dixieland performing.
On October 25, The Toledo Jazz Society, renamed the Art Tatum Heritage Jazz Society in honor of the legendary piano player, brings to the Peristyle Theater the critically acclaimed Trombone Shorty, who will debut his new album For True.
Toledo may not be the birthplace of jazz, but the city has certainly laid claim to it. And who knows, maybe it IS the birthplace of the next jazz great!