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Swingin’ with the CJO

Carly Thomas Smith

A Night at the Movies

Series Sponsor: Westin Columbus

October 23 – 26, 2014
Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 3:00 p.m.

Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
Guest Artist: Carly Thomas Smith
VENUE:
Southern Theatre
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Show Description:

The classic hits of Hollywood come to life through the magic of the CJO in a spectacular evening of music from the silver screen!

Get your ticket for a marquee show of some of the greatest film composers and scores of all time including Goldfinger, The Godfather, Last Tango in Paris, The Pink Panther, and a special tribute to John Williams (Star Wars, Superman, Indiana Jones, ET). Actress and Broadway sensation Carly Thomas Smith (RENT, Jersey Boys, Smokey Joe’s Cafe) makes her Columbus debut with the CJO. Popcorn not included.

JAZZ ACADEMY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: Saturday, October 25, 2:00 p.m. featuring Carly Thomas Smith

Join us for a new workshop series titled “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” hosted by Byron Stripling. Join Byron for a casual and engaging conversation with the wonderful guest artists of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a behind-the-scenes glimpse from the artist perspective on performing with the CJO – adding new perspective to being an audience member. Registration is free for CJO subscribers. Pre-registration is requested and available by clicking here.

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Curtis Stigers

Home for the Holidays

Series Sponsor: Westin Columbus
Concert Sponsor: Grange Insurance
Human Services Partner: The Salvation Army of Central Ohio

December 3 – 7, 2014
Wednesday 7:30 p.m. (ADDED SHOW!), Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 3:00 p.m.

Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
Guest Artist: Curtis Stigers
VENUE:
Southern Theatre
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Show Description:

Platinum-selling crooner Curtis Stigers joins the CJO for the most wonderful time of the year!

Celebrate the sounds of the season at our annual holiday spectacular! Singer/songwriter/saxophonist Curtis Stigers’ exquisite voice and prolific songwriting has seen him trek through pop, jazz, blues, soul, folk, and even Americana and country. Each year promises a special yuletide surprise, and this year is no exception!

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Dee Daniels

100 Years of Frank Sinatra

Series Sponsor: Westin Columbus
Concert Sponsor: US Bank
Musician Sponsor: Dennis & Marty Yacobozzi

February 5 – 8, 2015
Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 3:00 p.m.

Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
Guest Artists: Dee Daniels, Dwight Lenox, Phil Clark
VENUE:
Southern Theatre
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Show Description:

Come fly away with the CJO as we pay tribute to “The Chairman of the Board” on the 100th anniversary of his birth!

Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, defined the classic American Songbook for decades with verve and panache. Long acclaimed as the world’s greatest performer of popular music, Sinatra is the artist who set the standard for all others to follow. Sinatra was, of course, more than a singer — he was an actor, recording artist, cabaret and concert star, radio and television personality, and, on occasion, producer, director, and conductor. Lending their incredible vocal talents to the stage are Dee Daniels, Dwight Lenox, and Phil Clark to honor the music and legacy of “The Voice.”

JAZZ ACADEMY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: Saturday, February 7, 2:00 p.m. featuring Dee Daniels

Join us for a new workshop series titled “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” hosted by Byron Stripling. Join Byron for a casual and engaging conversation with the wonderful guest artists of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a behind-the-scenes glimpse from the artist perspective on performing with the CJO – adding new perspective to being an audience member. Registration is free for CJO subscribers. Pre-registration is requested and available by clicking here.

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Gerald Clayton

Side by Side

Series Sponsor: Westin Columbus
Concert Sponsor: Plante Moran

March 12 – 15, 2015
Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 3:00 p.m.

Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
Guest Artists: John Clayton, Gerald Clayton, Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra
VENUE:
Southern Theatre
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Show Description:

From the masters to the disciples, from father to son, generations of jazz are celebrated in this “side by side” tribute to the Great American Songbook!

Grammy Award-winning bassist/composer/arranger John Clayton conducts the CJO side by side with the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra in this tribute to the masters of the Great American Songbook including George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Duke Ellington. Making his return to Columbus is pianist and composer Gerald Clayton who has established himself as a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists fluent in the range of styles that make up today’s jazz lexicon.

JAZZ ACADEMY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: Saturday, March 14, 2:00 p.m. featuring Gerald Clayton (hosted by John Clayton)

Join us for a new workshop series titled “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” hosted by Byron Stripling. Join Byron for a casual and engaging conversation with the wonderful guest artists of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a behind-the-scenes glimpse from the artist perspective on performing with the CJO – adding new perspective to being an audience member. Registration is free for CJO subscribers. Pre-registration is requested and available by clicking here.

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Becca Stevens

You’ve Got a Friend: The Music of James Taylor & Carole King

Series Sponsor: Westin Columbus
Human Services Partner: Helping Hands Center

April 9 – 12, 2015
Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 3:00 p.m.

Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
Guest Artists: Dave Powers, Becca Stevens
VENUE:
Southern Theatre
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Show Description:

From “Fire and Rain” to “You’ve Got a Friend” to “Up on the Roof,” the CJO celebrates the musical partnership of James Taylor and Carole King.

In November of 1970, James Taylor and Carole King performed together at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. Taylor had just released his debut album for the Beatles’ newly formed Apple Records and King was finding her way as a first time solo performer even though by then she was a famous songwriter with a string of hits for other artists. When they returned to the club for a two-week co-headlining run in 1971 their lives were somewhat different. That summer Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” was topping the chart and King’s pivotal Tapestry was on its way to making her a music superstar. Columbus keyboard wizard Dave Powers and “New York’s best kept secret” singer/composer/guitarist Becca Stevens recreate the role of Taylor and King in this landmark concert.

JAZZ ACADEMY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: Saturday, April 11, 2:00 p.m. featuring Dave Powers & Becca Stevens

Join us for a new workshop series titled “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” hosted by Byron Stripling. Join Byron for a casual and engaging conversation with the wonderful guest artists of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a behind-the-scenes glimpse from the artist perspective on performing with the CJO – adding new perspective to being an audience member. Registration is free for CJO subscribers. Pre-registration is requested and available by clicking here.

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Under the direction of Mark Donavan, the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO) is pleased to perform prior to each Swingin’ with the CJO Sunday matinee concert at the Southern Theatre. Comprised of premier players in grades 9-12 from central Ohio and beyond, the CYJO provides opportunities for talented high school age musicians to further their experience in America’s classical music – jazz. Admission to the CYJO performance at 2:00 p.m. is included with each 3:00 p.m. Sunday matinee ticket purchase.

The Swingin’ with the CJO music series is brought to you by the Westin Columbus with ongoing support from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation.

Media support is provided by The Columbus Dispatch, WOSU Public Media and WMNI AM 920.