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Swingin’ With the CJO


Redefining Tradition: Ellington, Basie & Beyond featuring Christian Howes, Dave Powers and Shawn Wallace

Series Sponsors:
Westin Columbus
Artistic Director Chair Sponsor:
Ann & Tom Hoaglin
October 22-25, 2015
Thursday 7:30pm,
Friday-Saturday 8:00pm,
Sunday 3:00pm
Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Artistic Director Byron Stripling, Guest Artists: Christian Howes, Dave Powers and Shawn Wallace
Venue
Southern Theatre (Map/Directions)

Show Description:

Three superstar Columbus soloists join us for a concert that forges a new path for the next level of CJO artistry.

Topping off the show, will be our world premiere of “The Clark Terry Suite,” written and performed in tribute to one of America’s greatest jazz icons and a frequent CJO guest artist, Clark Terry.

FREE – OFFSTAGE AT THE JAZZ ACADEMY: Saturday, October 24, 2:00 p.m. featuring Dave Powers, Christian Howes and Shawn Wallace

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Home for the Holidays featuring Bruce Wermuth and Kelly Crum Delaveris

Series Sponsors:
Westin Columbus
Artistic Director Chair Sponsor:
Ann & Tom Hoaglin
Concert Sponsor:
Grange Insurance
Human Services Partner:
The Salvation Army of Central Ohio
December 2-6, 2015
Wednesday 7:30pm (newly added show),
Thursday 7:30pm,
Friday-Saturday 8:00pm,
Sunday 3:00pm
Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Artistic Director Byron Stripling, Guest Artists: Bruce Wermuth, Kelly Crum Delaveris
Venue
Southern Theatre (Map/Directions)

Show Description:

Vocalist Bruce Wermuth’s passionate crooning and Columbus’ favorite female vocalist, Kelly Crum Delaveris, are the perfect pair to warm up your holiday season!

This year’s annual “Home for the Holidays” concert will be bursting with yuletide gladness and is guaranteed to leave you “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.”

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Sammy, Dean, & A Little Bit of Frank featuring John Fredo and Ted Levy

Series Sponsors:
Westin Columbus
Artistic Director Chair Sponsor:
Ann & Tom Hoaglin
Concert Sponsor:
US Bank
February 3-7, 2016
Wednesday 7:30pm (Newly Added Show),
Thursday 7:30pm,
Friday-Saturday 8:00pm,
Sunday 3:00pm
Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Artistic Director Byron Stripling, Guest Artists: John Fredo, Ted Levy
Venue
Southern Theatre (Map/Directions)

Show Description:

“Rat Pack” stars Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin’s amazing talents were only surpassed by their spontaneous, outlandish humor.

In that spirit, the CJO welcomes Emmy Award-winner and Tony-nominated tap dancer Ted Levy, and stylish crooner John Fredo. This thrilling song-and-dance team will have you screaming “The Rat Pack is Back!”

FREE – OFFSTAGE AT THE JAZZ ACADEMY: Saturday, February 6, 2:00 p.m. featuring Dave Powers, Christian Howes and Shawn Wallace

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Standards & Strings featuring Carmen Bradford

Series Sponsors:
Westin Columbus
Artistic Director Chair Sponsor:
Ann & Tom Hoaglin
March 17-20, 2016
Thursday 7:30pm,
Friday-Saturday 8:00pm,
Sunday 3:00pm
Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Artistic Director Byron Stripling, Guest Artist: Carmen Bradford
Venue
Southern Theatre (Map/Directions)

Show Description:

Add violins, violas and cellos to the CJO, sprinkle in some of the greatest jazz standards ever written, and add a pinch of former Count Basie vocalist, Carmen Bradford, and you’ve got an unforgettable evening brimming with beautiful, thrilling musical entertainment.

With the lush, rich, velvety sounds of strings combined with the high-powered, jazz-infused CJO, this concert will leave you breathless!

FREE – OFFSTAGE AT THE JAZZ ACADEMY: Saturday, March 19, 2:00 p.m. featuring Carmen Bradford

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The Music of Sting & Steely Dan featuring Michael McElroy and Phil Clark

Series Sponsors:
Westin Columbus
Artistic Director Chair Sponsor:
Ann & Tom Hoaglin
Concert Sponsor:
Plante Moran
Human Services Partner:
Helping Hands Center
April 7-10, 2016
Thursday 7:30pm,
Friday-Saturday 8:00pm,
Sunday 3:00pm
Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Artistic Director Byron Stripling, Guest Artists: Michael McElroy, Phil Clark
Venue
Southern Theatre (Map/Directions)

Show Description:

Enjoy an explosive, energy filled evening with Grammy and Tony Award nominee Michael McElroy, along with local star vocalist, Phil Clark.

McElroy’s unique collaborations with Sting, Patti LaBelle, Elton John Vanessa Williams and Mariah Carey make him the perfect choice to interpret songbooks. Add the supremely gifted, soulful Phil Clark and you’ve got an epic, tour-de-force concert experience.

FREE – OFFSTAGE AT THE JAZZ ACADEMY: Saturday, April 9, 2:00 p.m. featuring Michael McElroy and Phil Clark

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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.