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Sunday Nov 21, 2 - 6 pm (note time change)
at the fabulous and historic Valley Dale Ballroom

Light menu, bottled water, soda pop + cash bar
Come help us celebrate our 40th birthday! Enjoy four hours of top shelf, toe-tapping New Orleans style 20's and 30's jazz music and dance! Featured bands are Ray Heitger's Cakewalkin' Jass Band from Toledo, and the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band from Cincinnati led by Sally Lukasik.

1920's flapper dancerAs a bonus treat there will be a Charleston dance performance in costume by SwingColumbus and more. And of course birthday cake! We're excited to be holding this event in the beautifully restored historic Valley Dale Ballroom - one of the nationally renowned Ballrooms of the “Big Band” era with a huge dance floor.

Please bring non-perishable food items for the Holy Family Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry in Franklinton - thank you! Every bit helps- in past years it's usually added up to something like 100 pounds of food ... and that matters!

After-Party Jam Session: There might just be an informal jam after the official proceedings - can't say for sure. But probably worth putting an instrument in the car in case it comes off!
The Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band - now celebrating it’s 25th year, was founded by the late veteran showman Bob Adams. The BRJB has made numerous appearances at jazz festivals, concerts, and special events throughout the US and in Germany. The group plays classic jazz in the New Orleans tradition, as well as music for dancing and their audience's listening pleasure. Recordings are available at Sally Lukasik, leader, trumpet and vocals; Bob Butters, trombone; Joe Lukasik, clarinet; Phil DeGreg, piano; Mike Ward, tuba; and Hayden Floro, drums.
The Cakewalkin' Jass Band - is one of the best-known and best-loved hot jazz bands in the midwest, if not the US, having played jazz festivals coast to coast. They celebrated their 50th! anniversary in 2017. The band's love of this New Orleans style music and of bringing its inherent happiness to an audience is infectious! Led by original band member Ray Heitger, clarinet; Dave Kosmyna, cornet;  Russ Damschroder, trombone;  “Ragtime Rick” Grafing, piano; Betsy Grafing, banjo; Buddy Lopez, drums; Bob Miller, string bass; and stunning vocals by Nicole Heitger.
COHJS + SwingColumbus Members $5, General Admission $10
Music educators + music students ALWAYS FREE! All other students $5
2020 members were automatically renewed for 2021 ~ but...
2022 is just around the corner...
Consider joining or renewing for 2022 at the door
and enjoy the member’s price that day!

New COVID admission policy:
As COVID hangs around and goes up and down and up again - - Like most other events + venues these days, we're asking people to bring proof of full vaccination (or a negative COVID test within 2-3 days - home tests are good too) and a photo ID. We understand that not everybody's happy about this. Seems next-to-impossible to find a way to put on an event and keep everybody happy, comfortable, and safe. Sure sorry about the trouble. We'd love to see you!

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Open Community Jam + Dance
Wed Dec 8, 8 til 11

Rambling House Music Bar, 310 E Hudson St. Columbus
As always 100% FREE and open to the public!
Our monthly Hot Jazz Jam and Dance is back in full swing. As usual we all have a blast! Come join us in December for more music and dance fun - and we'll likely swing a few seasonal tunes in the mix. Feel free to bring a few holiday cookies to share too!

Thanks to everyone who's been coming out to help support this wonderful community-minded venue that has stayed with us through the tough COVID times. And great to see some new faces on the dance floor and up on the band stand. Hope to see you all on December 8th!

PLEASE NOTE HOUSE POLICY: Rambling House has a "house policy" requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 48 hours. They do check at the door. Please see their website for details.
As always, a fun, supportive environment with plenty of people there happy to share and help with tunes or dance steps. Come to play, come to dance, or just come to check it out! Thanks to our friends at SwingColumbus for helping out + joining in.

NEW PLAYERS, please don't hesitate to bring your instrument and join us right at the start for a low-pressure and learning-friendly first set. We'll start with easier songs backed with seasoned musicians to help you figure it out. We also will have a few legal fake books on hand. Hit up our Learn+Play It page for some tips on how this works, links to legal fake books and lead sheets, and more. 
INTERESTED BUT NOT SURE IF IT'S FOR YOU? Watch videos of previous jams, to see how it works, + more info.


If you hear of any other / similar events which people would like to hear about please let us know - just reply to this email.

Listen ~ Dance ~ Play, live & local!

Keep safe ... keep in touch with friends ... keep the joy!

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Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber is a Proud Sponsor of Happy Music! For more about our senior living + services, please call 614.228.8888 or visit

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And we're also grateful to the Columbus Foundation Community Arts Fund and the Ingram-White Castle Foundation for their generous support.

And we're also grateful to the Greater Columbus Arts Council for their generous support too!

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