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Swingin’ with the CJO

John Clayton

What the World Needs Now: Bacharach, Brubeck & Beyond

Season Sponsor: US Bank
Series Sponsor: Westin Columbus

October 24 – 27, 2013
Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 3:00 p.m.

Saturday night’s performance broadcast Friday, June 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. on WOSU 89.7 FM.

Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
Guest Artists: John Clayton, David Pruyn, Bobby Floyd
VENUE:
Southern Theatre
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Show Description:

From “The Look of Love” to “Take Five,” the CJO celebrates the timeless works of these songwriting masters and purveyors of cool!

Combining elements of jazz, pop, Brazilian music and rock, Bacharach created a unique new sound that was as contemporary as it was popular. The CJO welcomes back Grammy Award-winning bassist/composer/arranger John Clayton to lead the orchestra in a number of classics from the legendary hitmaker with help from trumpeter/vocalist David Pruyn. The incredible talents of Bobby Floyd will also be on display including a tribute to the late great Dave Brubeck, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz.

JAZZ ACADEMY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: Saturday, October 26, 2:00 p.m. featuring 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.


Debbie Gravitte

Home for the Holidays

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

December 4 – 8, 2013
Wednesday 7:30 p.m. (ADDED SHOW!), Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 3:00 p.m.

Thursday night’s performance broadcast Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. on WOSU 89.7 FM.

Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
Guest Artist: Debbie Gravitte
VENUE:
Southern Theatre
Map/Directions

Show Description:

Tony Award-winning Debbie Gravitte returns for the most wonderful time of the year!

Celebrate the sounds of the season at our annual holiday spectacular! Broadway vocal sensation Debbie Gravitte joins Byron Stripling for a sleigh ride of holiday favorites done CJO-style. Debbie has previously lit up the stage at the Southern Theatre with the CJO’s “Big Band on Broadway” concert. Each year promises a special yuletide surprise, and this year is no exception!

JAZZ ACADEMY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: Saturday, December 7, 2:00 p.m. – “Songs of the Season”

This holiday sing-a-long is for anyone and everyone who would like to gather together, sing, have fun and celebrate the season! After the singing, enjoy cookies and punch and time to visit with one another at the Jazz Academy. Registration is free with donation of a new toy for The Salvation Army.


Molly Ringwald

Don’t You Forget About Me: Molly Ringwald Sings the Great American Songbook

Season Sponsor: US Bank
Series Sponsor: Westin Columbus

February 6 – 9, 2014
Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 3:00 p.m.

Saturday night’s performance broadcast Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. on WOSU 89.7 FM.

Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
Guest Artist: Molly Ringwald
VENUE:
Southern Theatre
Map/Directions

Show Description:

Everyone’s favorite former teenager joins the CJO in a salute to the Great American Songbook!

From the big screen to the stage, Molly Ringwald has done it all. Making a name for herself as one of the greatest teen stars of all time in John Hughes’ classics like Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and The Breakfast Club, Molly has now made her imprint in the jazz world releasing her new album, Except…Sometimes. An homage to the Great American Songbook, Ringwald has crafted a carefully chosen selection of jazz standards which she caps off with her take on The Breakfast Club classic, “Don’t You (Forget About Me).”

JAZZ ACADEMY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: Saturday, February 8, 2:00 p.m. featuring Molly Ringwald

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.


Bria Skonberg

Bravo Benny!: The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert

Season Sponsor: US Bank
Series Sponsor: Westin Columbus
Concert Sponsor: US Bank

March 13 – 16, 2014
Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 3:00 p.m.

Saturday night’s performance broadcast Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. on WOSU 89.7 FM.

Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
Guest Artists: Ken Peplowski, Bria Skonberg
VENUE:
Southern Theatre
Map/Directions

Show Description:

The CJO pays tribute to the “King of Swing” and his famous 1938 concert on its 75th anniversary!

On January 16, 1938, Benny Goodman brought his swing orchestra to America’s venerated home of European classical music, Carnegie Hall. The resulting concert – widely considered one of the most significant events in American music history – helped to usher jazz and swing music into the American cultural mainstream. Join Byron and the CJO as they recreate this landmark concert and recording with the help of clarinetist/saxophonist Ken Peplowski in the role of Goodman, and rising young jazz trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg.

JAZZ ACADEMY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: Saturday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. featuring Ken Peplowski & Bria Skonberg

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.


Sean Jones

Trumpet Summit

Season Sponsor: US Bank
Series Sponsor: Westin Columbus
Concert Sponsor: Plante Moran
Human Services Partner: Helping Hands Center

April 10 – 13, 2014
Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 3:00 p.m.

Saturday night’s performance broadcast Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. on WOSU 89.7 FM.

Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
Guest Artist: Sean Jones
VENUE:
Southern Theatre
Map/Directions

Show Description:

The CJO will blow the roof off in this fanfare to the trumpet!

The bright vivacious sound of the trumpet has long been featured in the art of jazz. From Louis Armstrong to Dizzy Gillespie to Herb Alpert, our very own trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling will lead the CJO in an assortment of works embellishing this classic instrument. Joining the stage will be trumpeter/composer/educator and Cleveland Jazz Orchestra artistic director Sean Jones with his own interpretation of the legacy of Miles Davis.

JAZZ ACADEMY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: Saturday, April 12, 2:00 p.m. featuring Sean Jones

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.


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 2013-14 season of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra is presented by US Bank. 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.