This Summer, the Jazz Arts Group will take jazz to a wilder place as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra takes center stage at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for the tenth season of JazZoo!

The four-concert series returns to the Water’s Edge Events Park at the Columbus Zoo providing a beautiful waterfront setting along the O’Shaughnessy Reservoir. Gates open at 6:30 PM with concerts beginning at 8 PM.

The 2016 JazZoo! Performance Schedule:

Friday, July 15 – “Bessie Smith, B.B. King & the Blues” featuring guest vocalist Miche Braden
The CJO is joined by powerful guest vocalist Miche Braden to honor and celebrate the lasting legacy of two all-time blues greats – Bessie Smith and B.B. King in this opening concert of the CJO’s JazZoo Series.

Friday, July 22 – “A Hand Full of Keys: A Piano Extravaganza” (guest performers to-be-announced)
It can ragtime, bebop, boogie-woogie, honky-tonk and serenade us. Many call it the king of instruments. It’s the piano and it takes center stage as the CJO calls to the bandstand a roster of virtuoso pianists to “tinkle the ivories” on this second JazZoo concert.

Friday, August 5 – “Big Band Classics” featuring guest vocalist Dee Daniels
Basie, Dorsey, Ellington, Goodman gave “big band” its unmistakable sound. Now the Columbus Jazz Orchestra continues the tradition with a program of classic big band tunes and arrangements showcasing the outstanding four-octave range of guest vocalist Dee Daniels.

Friday, August 12 – “Sounds of the 70’s” featuring guest vocalist Helen Welch
Classic 70’s sounds fill the air with the CJO and special guest vocalist Helen Welch performing unforgettable tunes by Burt Bacharach, The Carpenters, Elton John and more.

Ticket Information:

(Ticket prices include zoo admission and concert. Parking is $10 per car for all but Columbus Zoo & Aquarium members.)

Single Tickets: $30 (advance) / $35 (day of)
CJO Subscribers/Columbus Zoo Members Single Tickets: $25 (advance)/$30 (day of)
Student Single Tickets: $20 with valid I.D.

Concert Series (1 Ticket for each of the 4 concerts): $99 per person (through June 18)
Concert Series (1 Ticket for each of the 4 concerts): $109 per person (after June 18)
Single Concert Table of 8: $350 (does not include food)
Concert Series Table of 8: $1,200 (table of 8 for all four concerts — does not include food)

All tickets – single and full series tickets and tables can be purchased from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium via phone at 614.724.3485 or online at Advance catering options are also available.

The 2016 JazZoo! concert series is presented by Cardinal Health and The Columbus Dispatch. Additional media support is made possible by Sunny 95 and WOSU Public Media.