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 ninth 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.

2014 JazZoo! Schedule:

From “What the World Needs Now is Love” to “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,” the CJO celebrates the timeless works of these songwriting masters and purveyors of cool. Dwight Lenox lends his smooth vocal talents to kick off the season under the stars!

Join Byron and company as we celebrate the three Bs of jazz! Michigan clarinetist Dave Bennett is an authentic musical prodigy who brings to life the classic sound and music of Benny Goodman with incredible technique, style, beauty of tone, and naturalness. Grammy nominated musician and educator Sammy K lends his “slammin’” techniques in the role of Buddy Rich.

Special pre-concert performance by Winchester Steel Co.

“Ragtime, Blues & All That Jazz” travels through ragtime masters Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton, blues legends B.B. King and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and wraps up with the ever-charming Helen Welch. With entertaining vignettes about the music and its creators, plus a finale that closes out with an unforgettable, toe-tapping jam session, this high-energy show is not to be missed!

Special appearance by 2014 Hank Marr High School Jazz Award winner

You’ll all be in the mood for a melody when the CJO pays tribute to your favorite piano men and classic rock legends! The keyboard wizardry of Dave Powers joins the CJO on timeless classics like “Your Song,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Only the Good Die Young,” and much more!

Ticket prices (includes zoo admission and concert, parking is $8 per car for all but zoo members):

  • Adult single: $30 (advance)/$35 (day of)
  • Adult single: $25 (advance)/$35 (day of) for CJO subscribers/Columbus Zoo members
  • Student single: $20 with ID
  • Adult concert series: $99 per person (if purchased by June 13)
  • Adult concert series: $109 per person (if purchased after June 13)
  • Single concert corporate table of 8: $350 (does not include food)
  • Concert series corporate table of 8: $1,200 (does not include food)

For single concert tickets and full series tickets, please contact the Columbus Zoo at 614.724.3485 or visit Single concert tables and full series tables can be reserved through the Jazz Arts Group at 614.294.5200 x 110. Advanced catering options are available through Nourish.

The 2014 JazZoo! concert series is presented by Wells Fargo Advisors and The Columbus Dispatch. Media support provided by Radio One Columbus and WOSU Public Media.