A Reflection of the Jazz Academy Summer Camp Programming

By: Rachel Azbell, Jazz Academy Coordinator The past few weeks, Jazz Arts Group hosted three different summer camps: “Jazz Cats” Half-Day Camp, Camp Blues, and the Columbus Youth Jazz Summer Workshop. Dozens of students came through the Jazz Academy for three weeks of intense, fun-filled music-making. The energy I felt in the Academy can be described as vibrant and

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CYJO Visits Jazz St. Louis 2018

By Alexa Brennan, Education and Outreach Coordinator Early this June, Jazz Arts Group had the opportunity to take the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra to perform in St. Louis, Missouri. Throughout the trip, the CYJO performed for audiences in St. Louis and Cincinnati. In addition, our students were able to watch the students in Jazz St. Louis’ JazzU program perform

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2018 PBJ & Jazz Free Summer Concert Series

The FREE PBJ & Jazz summer series is pleased to return to the downtown Topiary Park for its ninth season of free outdoor concerts. PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park: Jazz for Kids and Families is a collaborative effort between the Jazz Arts Group, Friends of the Topiary Park, Columbus Metropolitan Library, and the Columbus Museum of Art. PBJ

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Reflections on JAG’s “We’ve Got Rhythm” Program

This February, Jazz Arts Group completed the third year of the We’ve Got Rhythm program, through the Ohio Arts Council’s Creative Aging Initiative. This initiative has challenged us to create programming that encourages older adults to tap into their creative juices through music. We’ve Got Rhythm is a program that brings a teaching artist, a vocalist, and a pianist into

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New Orleans: The Birthplace of Jazz by Byron Stripling

In many ways the city of New Orleans was a great American experiment. A peek into this small Louisiana town reveals a unique fusion of cultures and traditions. Unlike most American cities where each ethnic group carves out its own turf, the early residents of New Orleans respected and appreciated the music, dance, food, and language of their friends and

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