Dayton Art Institute’s Jazz & Beyond concert series announced

Nov. 12: Puzzle of Light. CONTRIBUTED/FILE

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Nov. 12: Puzzle of Light. CONTRIBUTED/FILE

The Dayton Art Institute has announced the lineup of its popular six-concert series.

Its 2017 Bob Ross Auto Group Jazz & Beyond series includes cabaret-style concerts held on the second Thursday of select months from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the museum’s Shaw Gothic Cloister starting in March.

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BOB ROSS AUTO GROUP JAZZ & BEYOND

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BOB ROSS AUTO GROUP JAZZ & BEYOND

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On March 9, the Blue Heron Trio will make its first appearance as a Dayton-based ensemble. Guests will be led on a journey through musical eras with a fresh, young feel.

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With lead vocalist Elisha Frontz, Phil Myers on saxophone and acoustic guitar, and Dave Santucci on keyboard, Blue Heron Trio creates a jazz-like sound from all genres of music as well as original songs. Longtime friends, the Blue Heron Trio formed in 2011, performs throughout southwest Ohio, and can frequently be seen at the Amber Rose Restaurant and at local festivals. Blue Heron Trio will compete in the “So You Think You Can Play the Schuster” area talent competition finals hosted by Jim Bucher on September 29, 2013.

With lead vocalist Elisha Frontz, Phil Myers on saxophone and acoustic guitar, and Dave Santucci on keyboard, Blue Heron Trio creates a jazz-like sound from all genres of music as well as original songs. Longtime friends, the Blue Heron Trio formed in 2011, performs throughout southwest Ohio, and can frequently be seen at the Amber Rose Restaurant and at local festivals. Blue Heron Trio will compete in the “So You Think You Can Play the Schuster” area talent competition finals hosted by Jim Bucher on September 29, 2013.

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With lead vocalist Elisha Frontz, Phil Myers on saxophone and acoustic guitar, and Dave Santucci on keyboard, Blue Heron Trio creates a jazz-like sound from all genres of music as well as original songs. Longtime friends, the Blue Heron Trio formed in 2011, performs throughout southwest Ohio, and can frequently be seen at the Amber Rose Restaurant and at local festivals. Blue Heron Trio will compete in the “So You Think You Can Play the Schuster” area talent competition finals hosted by Jim Bucher on September 29, 2013.

“The DAI’s Shaw Gothic Cloister offers a unique setting for a casual, relaxing evening of jazz, and we’re happy to be able to bring a mix of audience favorites and new artists to this year’s series,” said Michael R. Roediger, The Dayton Art Institute’s Director and CEO.

On April 13, the Bob Ross Quartet -- led by an up-and-coming young jazz guitarist -- will take the stage.

Cincinnati's The Faux Frenchmen return with their unique brand of hot club-style gypsy jazz on July 13.

A series favorite, Puzzle of Light will perform on August 10.

On Oct. 12, the Bright Moments Quintet will perform, featuring saxophonist Bill Burns and vocalist Feltia LaRock.

Finally, the Jazz & Beyond season ends with the return of Dayton's Soul Express, delivering a '60s and '70s soul review on Nov. 9.

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Soul Express performs during Vectren's Jazz & Beyond at the Dayton Art Institute, Thursday, June 7, 2012.

Credit: Peter Wine / MediaMoments.com

Soul Express performs during Vectren's Jazz & Beyond at the Dayton Art Institute, Thursday, June 7, 2012.

Credit: Peter Wine / MediaMoments.com

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Soul Express performs during Vectren's Jazz & Beyond at the Dayton Art Institute, Thursday, June 7, 2012.

Credit: Peter Wine / MediaMoments.com

Credit: Peter Wine / MediaMoments.com

Want to go?

WHAT: Bob Ross Jazz & Beyond Concert Series

WHEN: Doors at 5 p.m., concert 5:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Dayton Art Institute's Shaw Gothic Cloister | 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton

COST: Free for museum members, $8 for non-members. Non-member tickets can be purchased online or at the gate on the night of each performance. Members may have their membership cards scanned at the door for free entry.

Time: Doors open at 5 p.m. for each concert and seating is general admission. | Concerts run from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

INFO: daytonartinstitute.org | 937-223-4278

Leo Bistro, the museum restaurant, will be open along with a cash bar with beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks as well.

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