Executive Director’s Message

Press SouthworthWe are the Jazz Arts Group.

Jazz has the power to uplift and inspire. The Columbus Jazz Orchestra is one of the finest jazz orchestras in the country today under Byron Stripling’s artistic leadership. Our masterful musicians are steep in jazz tradition and many are ambassadors for Columbus and jazz through their performances at venues around the globe.

We at Jazz Arts Group are proud of the success we have achieved during our 2013-2014 fiscal year. All of our performance series brought excitement to our audiences, continuing to advance the art of jazz right here in central Ohio through dynamic and integrated programming. These included our Swingin’ with the CJO series at the Southern Theatre, Inside Track small-ensemble series at the Lincoln Theatre, JazZoo! summer concert series at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, PBJ & Jazz family concert series at both the Lincoln ballroom and at the Topiary Park, and our newly introduced “Spotlight Series” at the Jazz Academy. Our Jazz Academy expanded its class offerings this past year and our Columbus Youth Jazz program continues to develop outstanding young talent. Our Jazz in Schools program impacted over 20,000 students this past year with our “All That Jazz” assembly performances at the Southern Theatre reaching over 6,000 students, respectively. We accomplished all of this in a fiscally responsible manner, and we continue to strive to be the most effective and efficient stewards of your donations.

If you would like to bring a bit of the Jazz Arts Group’s magic close to home, we provide the area’s finest musicians to perform for corporate events, weddings and parties. Please consider our Affiliate Musicians for your next event.

We look forward to seeing you throughout this season! We welcome your donation to help us bring the jazz experience to our community. Please visit our website at, or call 614.294.5200, to learn how you can deepen your connection to the Jazz Arts Group family.

Press Southworth III
Executive Director
Jazz Arts Group