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Coming In 2020
More Food Vendors
and Food Choices

The 2020 series will also expand the number of Food and Refreshment vendors and provide more of an international selection of foods you'd expect and enjoy, foods that compliment the enjoyment of Jazz, including the possibility of adding a selection of beers and wines at future concerts.  For 2020, you'll be able to enjoy our concerts while dining on some of your favorite comfort foods and beverages.


Jazz At The Amp will no longer be held at the Westerville Alum Creek Park North Amphitheater.

The Jazz At The Amp concert series was created by SEMM Foundation, owners of Central Ohio's 24 hour Jazz Radio Station, Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX and owners of the trademarked Jazz At The Amp name.  In 2016, 2017 and 2018, SEMM Foundation and its Jazz radio station organized and presented this spectacular summer Jazz series at the Alum Creek Park North Amphitheater.

A Message from Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX Management

We wish to thank all of our listeners and supporters that have both supported our station and attended our Jazz At The Amp concerts the past three years. 

Many of our friends, listeners and supporters have encouraged us to speak out about a subject of which for many months we’ve chosen to take the high road and say nothing at all.

This summer in 2019, our organization will no longer present Jazz At The Amp in Westerville.

Since 2016, our non-profit organization, SEMM Foundation, and jazz radio station of dedicated and passionate volunteers, proposed, created, developed, implemented and managed the Jazz At The Amp summer concert series.

It’s often been said that imitation is the best form of flattery.  Based upon the success and national acclaim received by our Jazz At The Amp series Westerville has chosen to exclude us, eliminate our involvement and present a separate jazz series.

We have been contacted by so many people that are either confused; are not aware of our non-involvement or misled to believe we continue to be involved; or have heard of our exclusion and want to take action to show their discontent.

Don't be confused.  If you’re planning to attend this summer’s concert series in support of our station, we will not be participating and therefore, we will not be there.  By attending the new jazz series, you are not supporting us or those truly interested in keeping jazz alive.  While we’re not suggesting you not attend their new jazz series, before attending, perhaps you should ask yourself how much longer should you allow others to take something away from you that you’ve worked so very hard to build, and why should you allow others to benefit from the sweat and fruit of your labor?

Central Ohio’s real Jazz At The Amp concert series will return again in 2020 at a new location.

Thank you

Coming In 2020

A New Location

Make No Mistake

At The 2020 Amp, Jazz Will Continue To Be The Star Attraction

Plenty of Parking

Expanded Jazz Style Performances

You can be certain the Jazz At The Amp tradition and brand
will continue
to offer jazz fans and live music lovers alike,
some of the best talent in the country. Jazz At The Amp will feature many of today's top jazz greats including
a tremendous lineup of our Homegrown jazz artists and groups.


Bring Your Lawn Chairs
Food & Drink Available

Enjoy great music at
Jazz At The Amp

Show up early to get your
place on the lawn

        Beer And Wine Is Being Considered For The 2020 Season

2019 Series Canceled

Response To Your Questions and Concerns

Thanks For Your Support

After three spectacular and successful years of presenting our Jazz At The Amp concert series, Westerville Parks and Recreation denied us the continued use of the Amphitheater so they could capitalize and take advantage of the success and popularity of our Jazz At The Amp concert series and present a separate jazz series.  We’re asking our jazz fans and all others to join us in stopping this kind of behavior by Westerville or any other caretakers of public facilities that exclude certain arts groups from sharing in the piece of the pie.

Write to the Westerville City Manager to express your opinion or concerns.

David Collinsworth, City Manager
Phone: (614) 901-6410

Support The Effort


Don't Be Taken For Granted
Westerville Couldn't Attract An Audience To Their Previous Jazz Concert (2012) Before Our Jazz At The Amp Concerts

Thanks to all of you for supporting our effort to set the record
straight about our exclusion from presenting our Jazz At The Amp concerts in Westerville. The City of Westerville and their Parks and Recreation Director and staff have attempted to mislead the public
and discredit us in the eyes of other communities to prevent us
from presenting our concerts elsewhere. They also attribute your attendance and the popularity of the series to their efforts only. A special thanks to Jazz Columbus.com for their support and article about this issue. http://www.jazzcolumbus.com/wsax-statement-on-jazz-at-the-amp/

We know how much you love jazz especially when it's free to attend
but you should TAKE A STAND and support our station! How do you stop bullying and how do you stop them from taking advantage of groups or controlling facilities and the programming you enjoy most? You do so by NOT ATTENDING THEIR CONCERTS THIS SUMMER ... since they think they're responsible for your attending and downplay the roll of our jazz station and contributions to bringing jazz concerts and you to Westerville.

From the Internet Archives we found that in 2012 Westerville had previously tried to present a jazz concert and from the pictures you can see it wasn't well attended. No wonder they were eager and receptive to us presenting a jazz concert series and with its success, take it over. All of our concerts had a packed Amphitheater audience. And the Director's statement that he had all of our contacts now makes sense of his plan to exclude us. They often asked how we got such a large audience to attend ... duh, we have a jazz radio station and we have a loyal audience. Don't be taken for granted and don't allow them to divide us!

The picture above is from a Westerville 2012 jazz concert

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Fairfield Inn & Suites

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wherever you go

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