1. Events
  2. Southern Theatre
Today

Sammy, Dean, & A Little Bit of Frank

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

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

Standards & Strings featuring Carmen Bradford

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

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

The Music of Sting and Steely Dan

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

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

New Orleans on Parade!

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Thursday, October 20 – Sunday, October 23, 2016 Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. Bourbon Street comes to Main Street when Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra are joined by world-renowned New Orleans-based clarinetist, Evan Christopher, and Grammy Award-nominee and Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition winning drummer and vocalist, Jamison Ross.

$25

Home for the Holidays

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Wednesday, November 30 – Sunday, December 4, 2016 Wednesday - Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. Watch the live webcast HERE Jazz up your holidays with Carly Thomas Smith and Micah Thomas, performing beloved standards and holiday favorites with the high-powered 16-piece Columbus Jazz Orchestra. This is the perfect gift for the music lover on your

$25

Ella Fitzgerald & the Great Ladies of Swing

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

2017 marks the centenary of America's “First Lady of Song,” the incomparable Miss Ella Fitzgerald. We honor Ella’s remarkable legacy, and those of her contemporaries with performances by two outstanding guest vocalists. Get ready to swing to the passionate vocals of Marva Hicks and the sultry stylings of vocalist/bassist Nicki Parrot.

$25 – $58

Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton & The Big Band Explosion!

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, March 19, 2017 Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. With a nod to the great, roaring big bands of Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton, expect concerts bursting with spontaneous, raucous, red-hot solos by your favorite CJO players and our special guest tenor sax star, Harry Allen, and

$25 – $58

Soul Session: From Ray Charles to Whitney Houston

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Thursday, April 6 – Sunday, April 9, 2017 Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. A quartet of powerful vocalists from the worlds of jazz, soul and gospel join Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra for Soul Session: From Ray Charles to Whitney Houston April 6 – 9 at the Southern Theatre.

$25 – $58

A Columbus Jazz Orchestra 45th Anniversary Extravaganza!

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring John Clayton, Joshua Redman & Micah Thomas The 2017-2018 season opens October 12 – 15 with A CJO 45th Anniversary Extravaganza! featuring one of the greatest saxophonists of this generation, Joshua Redman.  The program also includes the world premiere of a new work by the great jazz bassist/composer/bandleader, John Clayton, starring Columbus native and piano wunderkind, Micah Thomas, and

$18 – $71

Home for the Holidays

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Peggy Kriha Dye & David Pruyn We jazz up your holiday season with our annual Home for the Holidays concerts November 29 – December 3 with singer/drummer, David Pruyn, and internationally acclaimed soprano and Opera Columbus Artistic Director, Peggy Kriha Dye, performing seasonal favorites and jazz standards as only the CJO can. Tickets on sale now at the CBUSArts

$18 – $71

100 Years of Buddy Rich & Dizzy Gillespie

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Roberta Gambarini & Jeff Hamilton Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and drummer Buddy Rich pushed the limits of jazz and their instruments with the force of their personalities, virtuosity of their playing and clear visionary ideas.  We celebrate their legacy with concerts featuring two-time Grammy®-nominated Italian vocalist, Roberta Gambarini, recently featured on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Spring Gala, and jazz drummer extraordinaire,

$18 – $71

New Orleans One Mo’ Time

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Herlin Riley & Vaughn Weister We listened when you said you loved our New Orleans show last season.  So we’re coming back with New Orleans One Mo’ Time featuring critically-acclaimed New Orleans drummer, Herlin Riley, and Columbus’ own New Orleans/Dixieland trombone master, Vaughn Weister. Tickets on sale now at the CBUSArts Ticket Center (39 East State Street, Columbus), by

$18 – $71

Legends of Rhythm & Blues: From Sam Cooke to Stevie Wonder & Beyond

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Nicole Henry & Michael Lynche Chart-topping jazz vocalist, Nicole Henry, and American Idol finalist, Michael Lynche, lend vocal fireworks to concerts that get to the very heart and soul of rhythm and blues. Tickets on sale now at the CBUSArts Ticket Center (39 East State Street, Columbus), by phone at (614) 469-0939 or at www.ticketmaster.com.

$18 – $71

Fascinating Rhythm featuring Maurice Hines with John and Leo Manzari

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Maurice Hines with John and Leo Manzari The Columbus Jazz Orchestra's Swingin’ with the CJO concert series kicks off with a high energy, tour-de-force evening of hot jazz and tap featuring Tony Award-nominee Maurice Hines and the dynamic, rapid-fire tap dancing duo of John and Leo Manzari. Maurice Hines and the Manzari Brothers join Byron Stripling and the 16-piece Columbus Jazz Orchestra for

$18.50 – $71.50

Home for the Holidays

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Niki Haris The CJO heats up the yuletide season with the annual Home for the Holidays concerts, this season featuring vocalist Niki Haris, daughter of soul-jazz piano great, Gene Harris. While Niki excels at jazz, blues and gospel, and is in high demand at jazz clubs and festivals, it was on the international pop music scene where she first

$18 – $71

Unforgettable: Love Songs of Nat King Cole & Others

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Benny Benack III & Lena Seikaly The CJO provides the romantic soundtrack to the Valentine’s Day weekend with Unforgettable: Love Songs of Nat King Cole & Others, celebrating the centenary of jazz legend Nat King Cole, and featuring two fresh-faced rising stars on the jazz scene, trumpeter-vocalist Benny Benack III, and vocalist Lena Seikaly, an audience favorite at last summer’s

$18 – $71

Nothing But the Blues

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Omar Coleman and Joel Frahm March madness kicks off with the CJO getting down and dirty in blues country with Nothing But the Blues, featuring windy city blues vocalist and harmonicist Omar Coleman and saxophonist Joel Frahm. Omar Coleman’s performances are rooted in the blues, spiked with R&B urgency, and resonant with deep-soul passion. He has appeared on jazz and

$18 – $71

Gospel & Soul Meet Rock & Roll

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Quan Howell & Shayna Steele The Columbus Jazz Orchestra concludes its 2018-2019 season with Gospel & Soul Meet Rock & Roll featuring former “Sounds of Blackness” lead vocalist, Quan Howell (a guest artist on the CJO’s 2016-2017 “Soul Session” concerts), alongside Shayna Steele, whose dynamic vocals can be heard on tracks by Moby including his #1 Billboard Dance track,

$18 – $71
Recurring

The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

featuring Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at the Southern Theatre The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World featuring John Clayton, Benny Green and Jeff Hamilton The Southern Theatre (21 East Main Street, Columbus) Guest artists: John Clayton (Grammy-winning bassist/composer/arranger), Benny Green (pianist/composer), Jeff Hamilton (drummer) Tickets: $68, $60, $54, $50, $25, $10 (plus a $3.50 per ticket CAPA

$13.5 – $71.5
Recurring

Home for the Holidays

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

featuring Nicki Parrott and Z.F. Taylor Guest artists: Nicki Parrott (vocalist/bassist), Z.F. Taylor (vocalist) Tickets: $68, $60, $54, $50, $25, $10 (plus a $3.50 per ticket CAPA facility fee) Subscriptions are on sale now at the CBUSArts Ticket Center (39 East State Street). Single tickets go on sale Monday, August 12 at the CBUSArts Ticket Center (39 East State Street), all

$13.5 – $71.5
Recurring

Modern Romance

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

New York Times jazz critic Nate Chinen described trumpeter/vocalist/composer Bria Skonberg as having become “the shining hope of hot jazz on the strength of a clarion trumpet style indebted to Louis Armstrong, a smooth purr of a singing voice inspired by Anita O’Day, and the wholesome glow of youth.”

$13.5 – $71.5
Recurring

Speakeasy Hot Jazz

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

“Whisper! Speak easy. The police are watching!” warned one Pittsburgh newspaper when describing speakeasies, the illicit, hole-in-the-wall, unlicensed bars that sprang up in many of America’s big cities during prohibition.

$13.5 – $71.5
Recurring

POSTPONED: Soul Time Machine: From Cab Calloway to Little Richard

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

The Columbus Jazz Orchestra concludes its 2019-2020 season with Soul Time Machine: From Cab Calloway to Little Richard featuring Ty Taylor, lead singer of the Los Angeles-based soul/rock band Vintage Trouble.

$13.5 – $71.5
Recurring

GERSHWIN, BERLIN & BEYOND

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Legendary songs from America’s greatest songwriters with up-and-coming saxophonist Patrick Bartley, Jr. and CJO favorite and rising jazz vocalist

$10 – $68