Executive Director’s Message
Forty years and counting.
It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I accepted the position of Executive Director of the Jazz Arts Group during its 40th anniversary season! The rich tradition started by Ray Eubanks forty years ago continues today under the artistic leadership of Byron Stripling. The great music provided by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra that you are experiencing brings a passion and richness to our community.
The Jazz Arts Group reaches our community through many programs. The Jazz Academy located in the historic Lincoln Theatre provides classes that engage all ages and interests and is home to the PBJ & Jazz family music series. The jazz musicians of the future have the opportunity to enhance their skills with the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra. Jazz in Schools touches thousands of people each year providing professional development for educators, arts integrated projects, performances and residencies.
Our Affiliate Musicians program provides an opportunity for our community’s finest musicians to perform for special events, corporate events, weddings and parties. Please consider our Affiliate Musicians for your next event.
I hope you can see why I am excited to be a part of such a wonderful organization. All this is made possible by, not only by our 40th anniversary season sponsor, Grange Insurance, but also, the support we receive from each of you; our contributors, subscribers and single ticket buyers. I look forward to meeting many of you as the season progresses. I will be available in the lobby before each concert, so please stop by.
Whether you were there from the beginning — and we know many of you were — or you’ve just learned about Columbus’ best kept secret, we welcome you. The legacy continues to grow. Forty years later, we’re just getting started!
Press Southworth III
Jazz Arts Group