Dinner Music Series featuring The New Wonders!
~ 1920’s Hot Jazz ~
Friday, January 24th 6:00pm
Enjoy a Special Four-Course Dinner with a Live Performance
$100 per guest (plus beverages, tax & gratuity)
Columbus’ most intimate
Dinner Music Experience!
Hosted in our upstairs private room
Unlike other “background music” venues,
we present a private “concert” experience, front and center.
Therefore, for the consideration of other guests, we ask that you
please consider not conversing loudly during the performance.
You may arrive between 5:30 to 5:45.
The evening features a special four-course dinner served with the live performance.
The first two or three courses will be served between 6:00 and 7:00.
The concert performance begins at 7:00.
If you are unable to arrive at 6:00, please let us know
and we can make arrangements to accommodate you.
America’s Jazz Age during the 1920s was a suspenseful time of constant change. Film and literature were exploring exciting new forms of expression, and adventurers like Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart lent a relatable celebrity face to the many new inventions that seemed to appear daily. Young people challenged the rules of society with shocking new dances, snappy speech and rakish clothes. The soundtrack to all this excitement was jazz, the product of the American melting pot that was enjoyed by people from all walks of life, whether nightly or as a secret indulgence like bootleg liquor during prohibition.
Today the Manhattan-based band the New Wonders provides audiences with an authentic and exciting musical glimpse into the 1920s by performing jazz and dance music of the era. Mike Davis, cornetist and leader, hailed as an “Eloquent trumpet prodigy” by the Wall Street Journal has assembled a band of musicians who all attended conservatories, but discovered their passion for making music in the style of 1920’s records (to the consternation of their music school professors.) The New Wonders craft each song as if it were a 78rpm record, and revel in the possibilities of how the music may have sounded live nearly one hundred years ago. Davis and his colleagues celebrate a time when music came out of real people and real instruments, and played a central part in people’s dreams, adventures and romances.
From the New Wonders’ first appearance critics took note: The New York Times called them an “unexpected delight”, and Downbeat Magazine wrote: “Mike Davis… appeared to have emerged from a time portal from the year 1927”.
The band takes its name from the model of cornet played by the enigmatic genius Bix Beiderbecke, who embodied the youthful, searching spirit of the 1920s: his music was beautiful and short-lived, but it still holds meaning today. The New Wonders take great inspiration from Bix, as well as Louis Armstrong, the California Ramblers, Red Nichols, Jean Goldkette and many others, and perform on period instruments whenever possible. The music of the jazz age continues to raise eyebrows and cause toes to tap, and the New Wonders aren’t going to let them stop!
At twenty-eight years old, “eloquent trumpet prodigy” Mike Davis (Wall Street Journal) has a voice beyond his years on his instrument. His playing is imbued with the sounds of prohibition-era speakeasies, Hoovervilles of the depression, and glittering jazz palaces of the swing era, creating a timeless cocktail of American music. A recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Mike began his trumpet instruction at age nine with Jerry Oram in Seattle and went on to study with Laurie Frink during his undergraduate studies. Both encouraged his interest in early jazz styles, which led to his beginning to work professionally in New York City during his college years. He now appears regularly around New York City as the leader of the New Wonders and with Dandy Wellington and his band, Emily Asher’s Garden Party, Glenn Crytzer, Terry Waldo, Baby Soda, Dan Levinson, and many other traditional jazz and swing bands. A regular at the celebrated jam session at Mona’s Bar, Mike is one of the vanguard of young musicians bringing traditional jazz to the forefront of the NYC music scene.