Nov. 21 Art Loop/Jazz Loop celebrating jazz great Art Tatum

Press Staff Writer

        Inspired by Toledo’s legacy as a jazz community, The Arts Commission will celebrate Toledo native and jazz musician Art Tatum’s 110th birthday at the Nov. 21Art Loop/Jazz Loop.          
        The event will pay homage to Tatum, who is widely regarded as the greatest piano player of all time. The Glass City was once home to “Poet Laureate of Jazz” Jon Hendricks, and heralded venues such as Murphy’s Place and Rusty’s Jazz Café, the third-oldest jazz club in America in its heyday.
        The Nov. 21 Art Loop/Jazz Loop will be an exploration of versatile takes on “America’s music” with 12 performances by local and regional performers. All venues at the Jazz Loop are free, and all are welcome.
        Venues include:
        • Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams St., Toledo, 5:45-9 p.m. – Sit back and enjoy fabulous music in this pre-Civil War downtown Toledo architectural gem. The Ben Maloney Trio will perform from 5:45-7:15 p.m. Quick & Friends will take the stage from 7:30-9 p.m.
        • Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St. Handmade Toledo plans a magical night, including a Mini-Mart Artist Market, food trucks and a Maker Shop featuring original and unique gifts by more than 100 makers from around the region. Gene Parker will perform 5:45-7:15 p.m. and The Smoking Dandies will perform 7:30-9 p.m.
        • Graphite Design + Build, 15 N. Huron, 6-9 p.m. will host a night of jazz with Bob Rex Quartet.
        • Truth Art Gallery & Event Center, 1811 Adams St. Featuring Brad Billmaier from 5:45-7:15 p.m. and Project 206, an avant-garde jazz ensemble existing in the world of electronics from 7:30-9 p.m.
        • 20 North Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair. Located in the historic downtown Warehouse District, 20 North Gallery will present  Dickey and Kevin Eikum from 6-6:30 p.m.; Jean Holden and Lisa Holden from 6:30-7:15 p.m.; Kim Buehler from 7:15-8 p.m. and Ramona Collins from 8:15-9 p.m.
        • Main Library, 325 Michigan. Enjoy free Art Loop activities for all ages throughout the library. The University of Toledo Symphony Orchestra will offer a preview performance of Gustav Holst’s masterpiece, “The Planets,” celebrating the unique personalities of seven of our solar system’s planets. There will also be a writing workshop. Bring a writing sample to share and join others in their writing process in the Writing Lab.
        In the Fact & Fiction department, explore unusual and interesting materials from the library’s basement storage.
        In the Children’s Library get creative musically. iPads will be ready with software to make your own music and, don’t forget to visit the instrument petting zoo. Free parking on Art Loop nights until 9 p.m.
        • Late Night Jazz Jam, Wesley’s Bar & Grill, 1201 Adams.
        • The Toledo Club, 235 14th St., 6-9 p.m. will feature the Members’ Jam Session in the Red Room (first floor), which will be open to the public.
        • Gathered Glassblowing Studio, 23 N. Huron, 6-9 p.m. will be featuring a new series of jewelry and wearable artworks by Marilyn Yakumithis titled “Remnants” – a collection influenced by ancient ruins and metalsmithing processes of antiquity filtered through a contemporary lens. Gathered’s hot shop will feature a glassblowing demonstration by Alan Iwamura, Hot Shop Manager at the Toledo Museum of Art, and music by John Barile from 6-9 p.m.
        Toledo Museum of Art. Stop by the TMA and check out exhibitions like “Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow” and “Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue” as well as the “Everything in Rhythm” installation featuring a multi-sensory display, exploring the relationship between art and music. Stop by the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop for public demonstrations (free at 8 p.m.).
        About Art Loop – The Art Loop is Toledo’s signature monthly arts experience. Explore the downtown creative community through self-guided tours of the art, artists and spaces that inspire a vibrant Toledo.
        The Art Loop is a program of The Arts Commission, presented in partnership with the artists and participating venues who make it possible. It takes place each third Thursday of the month April-December, 5:30-9 p.m.
        To build a map, find parking, see up-to-date gallery offerings and more, visit
        For those who are new to the Art Loop, organizers suggest starting at any of three Information Stations – Handmade Toledo (1111 Adams), Imagination Station (1 Discovery Way) or Hensville (N. St. Clair Street). Volunteers in signature red Art Loop shirts can answer questions and help select a route for the night based on your interests. Park on the street (free after 5 p.m.) or in nearby lots and garages.
        Ride, walk, bike or drive your way downtown during the Art Loop. Bus service, provided by TARTA is 100% wheelchair accessible, with lifts or ramps.
        Wristbands to ride the Art Loop buses are $1.25, exact change. Children 12 and younger, senior citizens and students with an ID will receive complimentary wristbands to ride the Art Loop bus free of charge. Pick up wristbands at one of the Information Stations.
        The Art Loop is a rain or shine event. For info, visit


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