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Sax Johnson

Sax Johnson

"Mid Afternoon Music Showcase"
Weekdays 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Sax Johnson is our mid afternoon On-Air Personality and Station Manager.  Spend your lunch time with Sax.  You can find him doing his "Mid Afternoon Music Showcase" program Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Sax plays all your Contemporary Jazz, Classic R&B and Classic Jazz favorites but even more importantly, each and every day, he features and plays the music of local musicians whose music otherwise might not make mainstream radio.  Tune in and enjoy!

Want your music played?  Send Sax a message to Sax  Here and he'll reply with instructions on how to get a copy of your CD to him.

"Sax's Live Music Showcase (Special Edition)" - Saturdays

Sax also hosts a live music entertainment show on Saturdays called "Sax's Live Music Showcase-Special Edition".  Join Sax and his guests on Saturday afternoons.

Past Shows

Sax featured and played host to the Latin flavored Noe Salsa Project.

This big 9-piece Salsa Band is sure to get you dancing in your car or in your home.  Thank you for tuning in to hear them live in the studio.  Keep your ears open to hear more about them as a performing group in Central Ohio.

Sax featured and played host to a very special guest, vocalist, jazz and R&B sensation, Kate Ross.  With her unique contralto Jazz and R&B vocal stylings, the Columbus, Ohio native offers an invigorating blend of tone, pitch, attitude and energy. She has charmed audiences at countless Festivals, Special Events, Nightclubs and Private Functions.

Katherine's versatility shines through, as she is equally comfortable flying solo or being accompanied by a trio or as many instruments as the musical venue requires. From intimate to full orchestra, she's always in perfect harmony.

She has had the pleasure of performing with such artists as the Bobby Floyd Trio, Flip Jackson’s Variations, Bits and Pieces, the Band Alkebulan, The Hank Marr Trio, Eddie Baccus Jr. (saxophonist for Pieces Of A Dream), the OSU Jazz Orchestra, The Broad & High Jazz Trio, and so many other amazing
music talents.

Sax featured the music of Hammond B3 organ wizard, jazz organist, Tony Monaco.  Celebrated Hammond B-3 Jazz Organ wizard Tony Monaco began his keyboard life at age eight, on the accordion. When he was twelve, his destiny as a jazz organist was sealed when he first heard Jimmy Smith. An enthusiastic student, Tony began working in Jazz clubs as a teenager in his native Columbus, Ohio, guided by local organ gurus Hank Marr and Don Patterson. For further inspiration, he studiously absorbed the mastery of Jimmy McGriff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. All would play a role in the development of his musical palette. On Tony's sixteenth birthday, his prayers were answered. He received an encouraging phone call from Jimmy Smith, who soon became his Mentor/Teacher. Four years later, Jimmy Smith invited Tony to come play at his club in California--a peak lifetime experience for Tony.

Presently, Tony maintains the busiest world touring schedule imaginable, including festival appearances in Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Holland and Spain, as well as Canada and the US. In 2007, Tony celebrated a special anniversary, celebrating 40 years as a musician and appearing on the cover of Keyboard Magazine. Tony’s drive as an innovator and missionary continues to carry forward his passion for the Hammond Organ. Now Executive Producer of the Summit Records subsidiary Chicken Coup Records, he has recorded and released CDs for several undiscovered organists around the globe, and his role as educator has allowed him to spread and cultivate many new hopefuls to the art of the jazz organ.

Sax featured Sentimental Reasons, a versatile ensemble featuring lush jazz standards and smooth harmonies, ideally suited for upscale events, quiet cocktail parties, clubs, and restaurants.

Keyboardist, Jeff Hersey, was trained in classical piano and discovered rock and roll when he began to play boogie woogie in his early teens. He helped form his first band, The Chaparelles, a doo wop / rock band in Columbus Ohio and later joined the Ravens followed by The Majestics. His style is largely influenced by the gospel/blues sounds of Ray Charles and the boogie woogie of Pinetop Perkins, eye-opening sheet music which his classical piano teacher mistakenly gave to him. His style has a bluesy New Orleans feel of Dr John and Huey Piano Smith with organ phrasing of Jimmy Smith. He has written and recorded jingles and songs for radio and TV and continues to compose contemporary jazz and pop songs.

As an artist and owner of Terra Gallery in the Short North area of Columbus, Jeff promotes the local band scene with jam sessions in front of his gallery during gallery hops. Through his musical career he has shared the stage with The Kingsmen, The Drifters, and The Four Freshmen.

Bass player, Doug Yoder, started his bass playing in the mid 60s with a Soul Group headed by Arnett Howard. From there, Doug continued in the Rock and Roll/Motown vein until the 70s where he played for many years in an Allman Brothers cover band known as Los Alamos.
Doug changed his style for several years and played country music with Kevin Mabry and Liberty Street. He participated in many recording sessions in which the band had several albums and singles attributed to their name. While with Liberty Street, the band performed as the lead-in band for Roy Clark, George Jones, Ricky Skaggs, Reba McIntyre and many others.

Today, Doug also enjoys playing with the Majestics and his 3 piece acoustic group. You’ll find his style of bass playing as one that promotes the rhythm and bottom of the band, but doesn't appear to show off. As a bass player, Doug believes that playing "In the Pocket" is important and enjoys his work with all styles of music.

Vocalist, Kelley Dahn, is an emotionally charged songstress that delivers a seductive performance capable of taking an audience back in time as she cleverly delivers a powerful performance of many popular jazz and pop music standards and favorites. Several words describe Kelley’s delivery and performance, stylish, smooth and elegant. Kelley brings an emotion and compassion to her songs that conjure up romantic memories of days gone by when a songstress was able to take a listener on a sentimental journey.

Drummer, John Sproat, started his life in music with drum lessons back in the early 60's. Playing in the high school music system and forming the Columbus band, Majestics, with whom he still plays.

Sax's guest was Pianist/Organist, Bobby Floyd. The passion with which Bobby Floyd plays piano, organ and keyboards are the result of his natural ability discovered at the age of two, his love of music, and years of practice. Whether performing jazz or gospel, as a soloist, with a trio or big band, his feel is unique and inspirational leading him to many distinguished appearances around the world.

Bobby has performed extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. Touring events include major jazz festivals, concert halls, and numerous night clubs with Ray Charles, Jeff Tyzik, Chris Howes and Sarah Morrow. The prestige associated with Floyd's international appearances can also be witnessed at home.

In his hometown, Columbus, Ohio, Bobby has been a feature with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, The Columbus Symphony, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra sharing the stage with Dionne Warwick, Doc Severinson, Artural Sandaval, Faye Robinson and many others. He has also appeared in a variety of performances opening for Spyro Gyra, Smokey Robinson, Stanley Clark and George Duke, as well as accompanying other artists like David "Fathead" Newman, Bobby Watson, Greg Osby and Billy Hart.

Bobby has completed three recordings: Interpretations, Setting the Standards, and Floyd's Finest Gift. His next project, soon to be released, is a live performance recorded in Spain. Other accomplishments include recording and composing on several of Vince Andrews' and Chris Howes' projects. He has also recorded with Gerald Levert ("Groove On") and Faye Robinson ("Remembering Marian Anderson"). Additionally, he is featured on a Rusty Bryant album, Rusty Rides Again, which received five stars in Downbeat magazine.

Bobby Floyd currently performs with his band, featuring guitarist/bassist, (Derek DiCenzo), and drummer,
Reggie Jackson).  Members of the group add just the right mix of talent and experience to create the elements necessary to produce an appealing sound that goes well beyond live entertainment.

Later in the evening, The Bobby Floyd Trio treated everyone to a wonderful
concert, ushering in the weekly Live Backstage Bistro Jazz Series at
Shadowbox Live.

Sax's guest was Elaine Richardson, better known as Dr. E.  Here's more information about one of recent performances.

McConnell Arts Center Celebrates Black History Month with a Tribute to Jazz, Funk and Soul Queens!

This February, the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington,Ohio invites you to celebrate Black History Month with a featured tribute to Jazz, Funk, and Soul Queens performed by Columbus, Ohio's own Jazzy Soul Queen, Dr. E.


WORTHINGTON, OH (December 12, 2011) -- Ohio State University Professor, author, and renowned soul singer Dr. Elaine Richardson (aka Dr. E), will pay homage to African American Jazz and Soul Queens as a part of the McConnell Arts Center Thursday Night Concert Series celebration of Black History Month on February 2, 2012.

TNCS: Dr. E's Tribute to Jazz, Funk and Soul Queens. From Sarah Vaughn to Chaka Khan and Beyond!, is the featured celebration of Black History Month at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, Ohio. The performance will take place Thursday February 2, 2012 from 8pm to 10pm in the Bronwynn Theatre. Cost is $8 online, $10 at the door, $5 Students, Kids under 12 Free.

Proceeds from Dr. E's album "Elevated" will benefit SistaFriends AfterSchool Club at Sherwood Middle School. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jazzy Soul Queen Dr. E is well known for her captivating live performance and has appeared at notable venues such as Lansing Jazz Festival (headliner), Walt Disney World, The Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and many more. She has elevated and intrigued listeners with her unique blend of jazz and soul as the opener for musical heavyweights David Hollister, Ronnie Burrage, Zapp Band, Stax recording artist N'Dambi, and the legendary Hip Hop icon MC Lyte.

Since it's release, Dr. E's debut LP Elevated remains in high demand amongst jazz and soul music audiences even landing Dr. E a nomination from 2010 SoulTracks Reader's Choice Awards for Best New Artist.  Produced by Billboard Music Award winning songwriter/producer Larry Marcus (Rude Boys), Elevated features a compilation of well-rounded musical compositions that will warm the hearts and souls of many.

"Vocally, Dr. E's instrument recalls the lighter and playful side of Patti Labelle's voice during her formative years in the Bluebelles."- Mark Anthony Neal, commentator for National Public Radio.

The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, Ohio is honored to present this elevating performance of Dr. E as the highlight of their Black History Month celebration!

More About Sax Johnson

Sax Johnson was previously a radio presenter and producer for an English language station in Spain.  Sax produced and presented an afternoon drive time show as well as a late evening 'Quiet Storm' radio program.

While living in Spain, Sax wrote a regular monthly article for several European English language magazines and websites. His articles featured information about live music shows, venues and entertainers including featured interviews.  In addition, he owned a popular restaurant and live music venue on the Mediterranean Sea in Southern Spain.

In the U.S., Sax writes for Examiner.com as both the Columbus Jazz Music and R&B Music Examiner and recently began writing for Paris France based Jazz Hot, the oldest and largest print magazine dedicated to Jazz music.  You can read his regular articles to discover information about local, regional, national and international artists and events.