Bring your dancing shoes: The Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society (COHJS) starts its 2012 season Sunday, March 25, in the Makoy Center.

Bring your dancing shoes: The Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society (COHJS) starts its 2012 season Sunday, March 25, in the Makoy Center.

Trumpet player Ed Polcer will be the headliner. Polcer has performed with Benny Goodman and was band leader at Eddie Condon's jazz club in New York City.

This will be Polcer's fourth COHJS appearance. For this concert, he'll be joined by five musicians, including trombonist Jim Masters.

"I did a handful of gigs with him throughout the years," Masters said of Polcer. "He's one of these very prolific guys. He continues to carry the flame."

Masters, who plays with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, said the COHJS concert will feature a mix of old-time jazz that might have been heard nightly in dozens of clubs in a two-block area on 52nd Street in New York, as well as in New Orleans. Some people say hot jazz is another term for Dixieland, traditional jazz or OKOM (our kind of music).

The Makoy, with its art deco style, is a nice space to perform in, Masters said. Another thing he likes about COHJS shows are the swing dancers that in recent years have livened up the concerts.

Mandy Agler, who serves on the boards of COHJS and Swing Columbus, said a dancer had attended one of the concerts and recommended it to the others. Now, they dance in front of the musicians and have even inspired some longtime COHJS members out of their seats to cut a rug.

"Swing Columbus is really into authentic dances of the swing era - Charleston, lindy hop, the balboa," Agler said. "Someone who knows ballroom swing could come to these concerts and depending on the tempo, can swing or foxtrot, or just go out with their partner and bop around to the music."

Agler said the COHJS has been supportive of the dancers.

"I think we became part of the entertainment, and it's just been wonderful," she said. "We're so excited to discover them. These are really good concerts, quality musicianship and the music is really fun, makes you smile. We have a lot of fun there."

The concert, which starts at 2 p.m., features three sets and two intermissions, Agler said. A cash bar and snacks will be available. Some members will sell recordings during the concert, she said.

Agler said she is trying to get more people to discover hot jazz.

"I was in jazz bands in school, but early jazz has been left out of the curriculum," she said. "It's a great basis for learning to improvise. It inspired me to pick up the trombone again."

Admission is $20, $10 for students 18 and older and free for students under 18 and music educators.

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