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Mary Wilson

“Motown Medley” featuring Mary Wilson

Concert Sponsor: Grange Insurance

September 19 – 20, 2014

Friday – Saturday, 8:00 p.m.

Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
Guest Artist: Mary Wilson
Venue:
Lincoln Theatre
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Show Description:

Join the CJO for a “supreme” evening with legendary vocalist Mary Wilson as they pay tribute to the famed “Hitsville U.S.A.” label and the artists and songs that exemplified “The Motown Sound.”

Filling the charts with thirty-three Top 40 hits, Mary Wilson lived the life of a star as she, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard became the premier act of Motown and the most successful “girl group” in history. Joined by Byron Stripling & the CJO, this iconic dreamgirl will take center stage to present an evening of classic hits from Motown’s golden era that will have you swinging, swaying, and “dancing in the street!”

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Bria Skonberg

Bria Skonberg Quintet

Series Sponsors: State Auto, Sequent
Concert Sponsor: US Bank

October 10, 2014

Friday, 8:00 p.m.

Artists:
Bria Skonberg Quintet
Venue:
Lincoln Theatre
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Show Description:

The Bria Skonberg Quintet is a powerhouse combination of emerging talent in the New York jazz scene. Within the last year, bandleader/trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg has earned a Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up-and-coming Jazz Artist of the Year,” was included in DOWNBEAT Magazine’s Rising Star Critics’ Poll, was honored with a NY Bistro Award for “Outstanding Jazz Artist,” and was introduced to central Ohio audiences with stand-out performances with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra in “Bravo, Benny!” Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and instigative nature, she is creating a style rooted in hot jazz, world percussion, soul and modern effects. For this venture she has assembled a group of unique individuals from the US and Canada that are proficient in the roots of jazz with 21st century sensibilities.

JAZZ ACADEMY COMPANION WORKSHOP: Friday, October 10, 4:00 p.m. Versatility, tradition, innovation and creativity are at the core of Bria Skonberg’s inspiring musical identity. Join Bria and her band as she explores the evolution of jazz improvising from its New Orleans roots and its advancement through the 20th century, while discussing the importance of individual creativity and her experiences that have led her to become “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation!” Pre-registration is requested and available by clicking here.

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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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Jeff Coffin

Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet

Series Sponsors: State Auto, Sequent
Concert Sponsor: up2drive

January 16, 2015

Friday, 8:00 p.m.

Artist:
Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet
Venue:
Lincoln Theatre
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Show Description:

The Mu’tet is led by Jeff Coffin, saxophonist from the Dave Matthews Band. Also a composer, educator, and three-time Grammy Award winner, you likely know Jeff from his 14-year tenure with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (1997-2010). The Mu’tet takes its name from the word “mutation,” clearly reflecting Coffin’s philosophy that music must continue to change and mutate in order to grow. JC & the Mu’tet strive to expand themselves, as well as their fans, with music flavored by their wide musical interests. Blending music from the deep wells of funk, African, New Orleans, Indian, jazz, folk, Gypsy, rock, Brazilian and other cultures of music, this band is unlike any other you will hear.

JAZZ ACADEMY COMPANION WORKSHOP: Saturday, January 17, 12:00 p.m. Students and audiences alike from Farmington, Maine to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Perth, Australia to Nashville, TN to Johannesburg, South Africa have been astonished by Jeff’s unique teaching and performing techniques. His listening, improvisation, and performance clinics have helped countless students gain valuable in…sight into a deeper understanding of music. His seemingly instant connection, high energy, and rapport with students of all ages and levels brings continued high praise from players, parents, and instructors from around the world. Students will carry the information given in these clinics for a very long time. Pre-registration is requested and available by clicking here.

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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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Michael Spiro

Ritmos Unidos

Series Sponsors: State Auto, Sequent

March 27, 2015

Friday, 8:00 p.m.

Artists:
Ritmos Unidos
Venue:
Lincoln Theatre – BALLROOM
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Show Description:

Led by seven-time Grammy nominee and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor Michael Spiro, Ritmos Unidos is a high-energy ensemble comprised of Jacobs faculty and alumni that mixes Latin jazz, American funk, Brazilian pop, and other syncretic styles. With a name that loosely translates as “rhythms together,” members of the ensemble include Spiro, Mike Mixtacki, Joe Galvin, Jamaal Baptiste, Pat Harbison, Nate Johnson, Joel Tucker, and Jeremy Allen in a show guaranteed to get your feet moving!

JAZZ ACADEMY COMPANION WORKSHOP: Saturday, March 28, 12:00 p.m. Ritmos Unidos prides itself on spreading the aural traditions of jazz and Latin music through high-energy performances and educational outreach. From the fundamentals of “clave” – the rhythmic foundation of Latin music, to the history and development of jazz, Caribbean and South American music, Michael Spiro and company will take you on an exciting journey into the beauty and essence of Latin jazz! 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
Map/Directions

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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Maria Schneider

“Big Band Evolution” featuring Maria Schneider

May 1 – 2, 2015

Friday – Saturday, 8:00 p.m.

Artists:
Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
Guest Artist: Maria Schneider
Venue:
Southern Theatre
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Show Description:

Grammy Award-winning conductor/arranger/composer Maria Schneider brings her radiant charisma to the stage to lead the CJO in an unforgettable evening of art and jazz.

The music of Maria Schneider has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, and beyond categorization.” Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres placing her on a very short list of those who have received Grammy Awards in both “jazz” and “classical” categories. Unique funding of her projects has become a hallmark for Schneider through the trend-setting company, ArtistShare, for which she earned three Grammy Awards for her latest fan-funded recording with Dawn Upshaw (Winter Morning Walks).

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