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Michael Spiro

Ritmos Unidos

Series Sponsors: State Auto, Sequent

March 27, 2015

Friday, 8:00 p.m.

Artists:
Ritmos Unidos
Thiossane West African Dance Institute
Todd Smith – Lincoln Street Salsa
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! Come early for dance lessons from Todd Smith of Lincoln Street Salsa – including salsa, merengue, and bachata – and a special performance from Thiossane West African Dance Institute! Lessons begin at 7:30 pm.

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
Musician Sponsor: Jerry & Patty Jurgensen
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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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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