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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

Gospel, Blues & Rock & Roll

Lincoln Theatre + Online 769 East Long Street, Columbus

Spirituals and gospel music gave birth to and directly influenced the creation of soul and rock and roll. The Columbus Jazz Orchestra shines the light on the great music and artists who mesmerized generations and changed music forever from Elvis and Marvin Gaye to the sounds of Philadelphia and the Motor City.

$15 – $40

Big Band Bash

Lincoln Theatre + Online 769 East Long Street, Columbus

Together again, together at last! A comeback celebration with many of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s favorite players and favorite hits -- from jazz standards to fresh new versions of classic tunes featuring British-born vocalist Helen Welch.

$15 – $40

Jerome Jennings Solidarity

Lincoln Theatre + Online 769 East Long Street, Columbus

With his second album release, “Solidarity,” Cleveland-born, Juilliard-trained drummer/composer Jerome Jennings explores resistance and resilience through the prisms of Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and LGBTQ rights. There are musical homages to activists and freedom fighters such as Audra Lorde, Marsha P. Johnson, Marielle Franco, Recy Taylor and more in this deeply affecting evening of new jazz.

$15 – $50

PBJ & Jazz: Cedric Easton & Circle of Friends

Club Lincoln 769 E Long Street, Columbus

This highly anticipated concert has been postponed and will be rescheduled in spring of 2021 as a part of this season’s PBJ & Jazz lineup.    All JAG TV packages which include the PBJ & Jazz series will include this rescheduled concert. -- In this PBJ & Jazz Concert, Cedric Easton & Circle of Friends celebrate the role of the

$5

Come on Get Happy – The CJO Swings the Great American Songbook

Southern Theatre + Online 21 East Main Street, Columbus

Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra conclude the season with veteran vocalist Phil Clark and rising jazz singers Rachel Azbell and Sydney McSweeney performing a hit parade of tunes from America’s greatest songwriters.

$25 – $90

Bird Lives! A Celebration of Charlie Parker at 100 featuring Alexa Tarantino

Lincoln Theatre + Online 769 East Long Street, Columbus

This original production curated by Columbus Jazz Orchestra saxophonist Pete Mills, celebrates the centennial of saxophone great Charlie Parker and his impact on jazz today. Rising star saxophonist Alexa Tarantino is joined by members of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra saxophone section, a string ensemble and an all-star rhythm section. Included in the concert is music from the classic Grammy Hall of Fame recording, “Charlie Parker with Strings.”

$15 – $50

PBJ & Jazz: New Basics Brass Band

Club Lincoln 769 E Long Street, Columbus

A staple of the PBJ & Jazz series, NBBB brings you the sound of New Orleans mixed with funk and soul like no other band in town! From their iconic “Diddies for Kiddies” album, to unique renditions of jazz favorites, every song they play is full of energy and excitement.

$5

JAZZ AND THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM with BYRON STRIPLING & MICHELLE ALEXANDER

Jazz and The Struggle for Freedom is a concert with conversation presented by PNC Arts Alive and the Jazz Arts Group. Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Byron Stripling will lead a top-flight rhythm section and singers, as well as a conversation with Michelle Alexander.

‘70s Jazz & Pop Hits

Southern Theatre + Online 21 East Main Street, Columbus

Gas lines, Watergate and the breakup of the Beatles. Who can forget the ’70? So break out the tie-dye and bellbottoms, the shag and mullet, ‘cause we’re swinging ‘70s Jazz & Pop Hits with the Jazz Arts Group All-Stars and Columbus’ favorite piano man, Dave Powers.

$25 – $90

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS

The world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis comes to Columbus for one performance only Monday, March 8 at 8 p.m. This FREE event will be live streamed from the historic Lincoln Theatre via JAG TV.

Speakeasy Hot Jazz

Southern Theatre + Online 21 East Main Street, Columbus

Speakeasy Hot Jazz was cancelled on opening night last season due to COVID, so we’re bringing back the talented young trumpeter/vocalist Tony Glausi with the Jazz Arts Group All-Star Band to explore music from the era that brought us “The Charleston,” flappers, bootleg liquor, G-Men and red hot jazz.

$25 – $90

PBJ & Jazz: Sydney McSweeney

Club Lincoln 769 E Long Street, Columbus

Vocalist Sydney McSweeney has taken central Ohio by storm over the past year with her dynamic, “do-it-all” voice. In this can’t miss PBJ & Jazz, the kids will be bouncing and tapping their toes while the adults sit back and marvel at Sydney’s one-of-a-kind style!

$5

PBJ & Jazz: Chris Andrews

Club Lincoln 769 E Long Street, Columbus

Speakeasy Hot Jazz was cancelled on opening night last season due to COVID, so we’re bringing back the talented young trumpeter/vocalist Tony Glausi with the Jazz Arts Group All-Star Band to explore music from the era that brought us “The Charleston,” flappers, bootleg liquor, G-Men and red hot jazz.

$5

Melissa Aldana Quartet

Lincoln Theatre + Online 769 East Long Street, Columbus

Live-streamed and recorded for on-demand playback Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 8 p.m. (Limited in-theatre seating available at www.CBUSArts.com) On-Demand viewing on www.JAG.tv: Sunday, January 3 – Sunday, January 10, 2021 Chilean-born, Grammy-nominated saxophonist Melissa Aldana brings her quartet to the Lincoln Theatre following the April 2020 concert postponement due to COVID. The globe-trotting, in-demand young jazz star kicks off

$15 – $50

Home for the Holidays

Online

Performed and recorded live Friday, December 25, 2020 at 8 p.m. On-Demand viewing on www.JAG.tv: Friday December 25, 2020 – Sunday, January 3, 2021 The Columbus Jazz Orchestra led by Byron Stripling returns to the stage of the Southern Theatre just in time to swing in the holidays with its annual Home for the Holidays concert featuring veteran Columbus songbird

$25

PBJ & Jazz: Rachel Azbell Quintet

Club Lincoln 769 E Long Street, Columbus

Get into the holiday spirit with music inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra & Billie Holiday. Leading a quintet of trailblazing women in jazz from around Ohio, vocalist Rachel Azbell showcases your holiday favorites performed in her uniquely swinging and infectious style. To learn more about Rachel, visit her website at rachelazbell.com. All PBJ & Jazz concerts can

$5

Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O

Lincoln Theatre + Online 769 East Long Street, Columbus

Performed and recorded live Thursday December 17, 2020 at 8 p.m. (Limited in-theatre seating available at www.CBUSArts.com) On-Demand viewing on www.JAG.tv: Friday, December 18 – Sunday, December 27, 2020 A hit on NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts, jazz drummer Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O takes a unique approach to holiday chestnuts – sometimes roasting them with tender sentiment, other times cracking them

$15 – $50
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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

POSTPONED: Melissa Aldana Quartet

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

In 2013, Chilean-born saxophonist Melissa Aldana made history and shattered jazz’s glass ceiling when she became the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition.

$20
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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
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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

Ariel Pocock Quartet

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

AXS.com calls pianist/singer/composer Ariel Pocock “the real deal, a blazing combination of chops, stunning original artistry, and hidden emotional depth.” Whether re-harmonizing the Great American Songbook, dancing on Brazilian turf, or tapping into the music of modern pop masters, she remains a riveting presence.

$20

Swingin’ in the New Year

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Byron Stripling steps into the spotlight singing, swinging and playing trumpet with his quartet in Swingin’ in the New Year. An audience favorite, the concert sold out when it was presented in 2016 and 2017.

$20
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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

Amizade: An Evening with Ken Peplowski and Diego Figueiredo

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

In Portuguese, the word amizade means friendship. The remarkable musical friendship between virtuoso Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo and clarinet master Ken Peplowski takes center stage as the opening concert on the Jazz Arts Group’s 2019-2020 Jazz at the Lincoln Theatre concert series.

$20
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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

Smooth Jazz for a Hot Summer Night with Nelson Rangell

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

The critically acclaimed jazz saxophone and flute virtuoso, Nelson Rangell, joins the CJO for a night of incredible jazz – both cool and hot!Jazziz magazine writes that Nelson Rangell is “an artist of depth, a master of song, and an improviser non pareil.”

$35

Dave Powers & Friends

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Columbus’ favorite piano man is joined by the CJO plus his favorite guest performers for a one of a kind al fresco musical party.

$35

Maurice Hines Sings Nat King Cole & Sinatra

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

In reviewing Maurice Hines’ October 2019 season opener with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at the Southern Theatre, Columbus Dispatch music reviewer, Peter Tonguette, called Maurice Hines “marvelous beyond words.”

$35

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

Huntertones

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Huntertones brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative and fearless music. Their high energy, horn-driven sound features genre bending composition and unconventional covers. Every show is a social experience celebrating the joy of music. The band formed in Columbus, Ohio and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. They’ve performed in over 20 countries worldwide and continue to tour

$21.50

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

The Ellis Marsalis Trio

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Ellis Marsalis, NEA Jazz Master and pianist, educator and patriarch of the first family of New Orleans jazz, brings his trio to the intimate Lincoln Theatre for one performance only as part of the Jazz Arts Group’s new Jazz at the Lincoln Theatre concert series.  Don't miss your chance to see this legendary pianist in a rare concert appearance. Read Ellis Marsalis

$21.50

4th Floor Live: Brandon Coleman’s Fourth Kind

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

A new incarnation of his previous projects, Brandon Coleman's Fourth Kind is a modern jazz group focused on interplay, texture, and adventure.  Drawing upon themes from science fiction, late-night AM radio, and personal stories, Fourth Kind plays a repertoire of prog-infused jazz that showcases not only the individuals' musical abilities, but the ability of the group as a whole to shift gears at a

Free

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

4th Floor Live: Blastozoa

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Blastozoa is a new contemporary trio, putting a different take on old soul, funk, R&B, and rock tunes. Everything from Al Green, Jeff Beck, D'Angelo and many others, this group will be discussing how to create an accessible and fun atmosphere for an audience, while staying true to the music. Join us for live music and in depth discussion at

Songs & Sounds of the Harlem Renaissance

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

The Jazz Arts Group joins in the year-long, city-wide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance with a reboot of its sold-out, “Ladies Sing the Blues: Songs & Sounds of the Harlem Renaissance,” from the 2016-2017 season. Only this time it’s not just “ladies” singing. We’re expanding the list of classic songs on offer, and the roster of

$21.50

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

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

Tenor Titans of the Capital City

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Celebrating the lives and legacies of legendary tenor saxophonists Rusty Bryant, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Gene Walker, the concert will include a world premiere work composed by Columbus Jazz Orchestra principal arranger and saxophonist, Chad Eby, and feature a roster of top area saxophonists and instrumentalists. It’s especially fitting that the event takes place at the historic Lincoln Theatre where

$21.50

Classic Soul & Pop Hits

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Vocal powerhouse and former “Sounds of Blackness” lead singer, Quan Howell, and Columbus’s favorite singer-pianist, Dave Powers, perform the songs of Billy Joel, Elton John, Al Green, and more in this final concert of the CJO’s 2018 JazZoo concert series.

$35

Sinatra & Friends

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Guest vocalists, Phil Clark and Helen Welch, sing and the CJO swings the classic tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra and his contemporaries.

$35

The Best of Bobby Floyd

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Vocalist Carmen Bradford opens the Great American Songbook to reveal timeless classics, plus heartfelt pop and soul favorites in this JazZoo 2018 opening night concert.

$35

Swingin’ & Singin’ the American Songbook

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Vocalist Carmen Bradford opens the Great American Songbook to reveal timeless classics, plus heartfelt pop and soul favorites in this JazZoo 2018 opening night concert.

$35

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

Terell Stafford Quintet

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Trumpeter-composer, Terell Stafford brings his top flight quintet to the Lincoln Theatre for one performance only Thursday, April 12th, presented by the Jazz Arts Group in collaboration with the King Arts Complex. Stafford is renowned in the jazz world, and has garnered numerous award nominations and accolades for his work as an outstanding performer, educator and leader. Stafford is Director

$26.50

PBJ & Jazz – New Basics Brass Band

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Saturday, March 24, 2018 Two Shows: 10:00 am & 11:30am PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are a great introduction to live music for all ages. PBJ & Jazz concerts are $5 per person

$5

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

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

PBJ & Jazz – Kelly McLennan

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Saturday, February 3, 2018                 Two Shows: 10:00 am & 11:30am PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are a great introduction to live music for all ages.

$5

The Becca Stevens Band

Shadowbox Live 503 South Front Street, Columbus

Becca Stevens combines elements of classical, pop, folk and world music with traditional Appalachian and jazz to create songs the New York Times calls “impressively absorbing.”  Snarky Puppy, Esperanza Spalding, Brad Mehldau and David Crosby are among her fans and recent collaborators. Discover her for yourself in this intimate performance. For your convenience tickets for the Becca Stevens Band at

$25

PBJ & Jazz – Ohio Jaztet

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Saturday, January 13, 2018                 Two Shows: 10:00 am & 11:30am PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are a great introduction to live music for all ages.

$5

Swingin’ In the New Year with Byron Stripling

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

World renowned jazz trumpeter, band leader and Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director, Byron Stripling, trumpets jazzy, joyous refrains in his year-end party at the Lincoln Theatre.  The Byron Stripling quartet features the always amazing Bobby Floyd on piano and the Hammond B3, Larry Cook on bass, and Richard Thompson on drums.  Joining in this year’s revelry is special guest vocalist

$26.5

PBJ & Jazz – Tony Monaco Trio: “Songs of the Season”

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Saturday, December 16, 2017                 Two Shows: 10:00 am & 11:30am PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are a great introduction to live music for all ages.

$5

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

PBJ & Jazz – Rachel Sepulveda

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Saturday, November 18, 2017                 Two Shows: 10:00 am & 11:30am PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are a great introduction to live music for all ages.

$5

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

Harrison West Jazz Stage – Brasileira

Harrison Park Gazebo 575 West 1st Avenue, Columbus

Brasileira is a group that was started by Kelly Crum Delaveris and Vaughn Wiester in 1996. It features Brazilian songs, and most are sung in Portuguese. Many of the songs are from the MPB/Tropicalia era of Brazilian music, with a heavy emphasis on the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim. The event is child-friendly with an accompanying playground within the park. Musicologie, a

Free

Rhythm Future Quartet

Copious-Notes 520 South High Street, Columbus

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet, keeps the Gypsy jazz spirit alive and expanding with its dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions drawn from diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound influenced by the classic Hot Club of France,

$20

Harrison West Jazz Stage – Robert Mason Trio

Harrison Park Gazebo 575 West 1st Avenue, Columbus

The Robert Mason Trio commits to bringing high energy music every performance. You can hear elements of jazz, blues, gospel, and current R&B favorites. The trio has been performing since 2015 and features John Phillip Allen on bass, Willie Barthel III on drums, and Robert Mason on Piano. Robert Mason is a pianist and teacher from Columbus, Ohio. With a

Free

Harrison West Jazz Stage – Safety Squad

Harrison Park Gazebo 575 West 1st Avenue, Columbus

Safety Squad is a large ensemble from Columbus, OH that embraces the music and spirit of Snarky Puppy, a Grammy-winning group whose sound blends a mixture of funk, neo-soul, modern jazz, dixieland and everything in between. Formed by pianist Danny Bauer, the collective of both Capital University and Ohio State University students/alum is dedicated to this music and has a

Free

PBJ & Jazz at Topiary Park with ZC7: Latin Jazz Experience

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

Drummer Zach Compston leads an all-star lineup of Columbus jazz favorites, including CJO musicians Pete Mills and Ryan Hamilton, in a performance of Latin Jazz songs that will have you dancing and grooving along! Take a musical journey to Cuba, Brazil, New York City and beyond with the music of Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, Horace Silver and other Latin-inspired jazz

PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park with Liz Woolley

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

The Liz Woolley Band is a quintet featuring the original music of singer/songwriter Liz Woolley as well as the arranging and musical talents of guitarist Dennis Hodges, vibraphonist Dylan Bram, bassist John Allen, and drummer Brian Ellerman. The band originated as Liz Woolley’s solo project in the winter of 2012, and later evolved into The Liz Woolley Band after the

JazZoo – Rock and Jazz Hits of The ‘70s & ‘80s

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Jump into the hot tub time machine and travel to the ‘70s and ‘80s for some of the biggest rock-jazz hits of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Steely Dan and more featuring Columbus’ own blue-eyed soul man Phil Clark and The Floorwalkers’ front man Jonathan Elliott. To purchase single tickets and tables call the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614)

$35

JazZoo – Basie, Brubeck and Beyond

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

‘Take Five’ with Byron Stripling and the high octane Columbus Jazz Orchestra as they perform classic tunes by Dave Brubeck, Count Basie and others featuring up-and-coming jazz vocalist Lena Seikaly and Columbus’ favorite singer/pianist Dave Powers. To purchase single tickets and tables call the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614) 724-3485 or (800) MONKEYS, or go online to the Columbus

$35

CYJO at Jazz & Rib Fest

Bicentennial Park 233 S Civic Center Drive, Columbus

Come out and see Columbus' finest youth jazz musicians, Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO), led by Fort Hayes Music Director and local musician, Mark Donavan. This set also features special guest on drums, Jim Rupp. Rupp has toured extensively with the bands of Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and Glenn Miller.   The orchestra's talented high school musicians further their experience

Free

JazZoo – The Ultimate American Songbook

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Songs by George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Cole Porter from beloved Broadway shows and classic movie musicals come to life on this concert featuring one of Columbus’s favorite songbirds, Kelly Crum Delaveris, and the high-spirited high jinx of xylophone virtuoso Ian Finkel. Arrive early for a pre-show performance by Opera Columbus stars soprano, Kimberly Monzon, bass-baritone, Carlos Monzon, and pianist,

$35

JazZoo – Sing, Sing, Swing

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Your favorite swing era hits by Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and more performed as only your Columbus Jazz Orchestra can featuring red-hot solos by your favorite CJO musicians along with special guest Chuck Redd on vibraphone. To purchase single tickets and tables call the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614) 724-3485 or (800) MONKEYS, or go online to

$35

PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park with Bright Moments Quintet

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

The Bright Moments Quintet is led Dayton-area saxophonist and educator Bill Burns who is joined by a band of first-call Dayton/Cincinnati musicians (Felita LaRock, vocals; Brian Cashwell, piano; Chris Berg, bass; and Jim Leslie, drums). Their 2016 CD release, “Jazz Advice”, is a wonderful resource for children and families to learn about jazz and Ohio history through music, and their

CAMP Blues Creekside Performance

Creekside Jazz & Blues Festival 117 Mill Street, Gahanna

Enjoy a special Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival performance by the members of CAMP Blues. Led by international Blues musician Sean Carney, CAMP Blues begins as a week-long summer camp ensemble experience for young, budding blues musicians. During the week of the Festival, campers focus on learning about and playing the blues, including playing guitar, bass and drums; exploring those

$7

PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park with Byron Stripling & The Bobby Floyd Trio

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park concerts are free and follow family story time at 11 a.m. in the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and a blanket. The noon concert will conclude with a hands-on art activity, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., presented by the Columbus Museum of Art. The

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Jazz Academy Summer Jam Sessions

Lincoln Cafe 740 East Long Street, Columbus

Join us for our Summer Jam Sessions, the first Fridays in June, July and August! Live at the Lincoln Cafe, this is your chance to sit in and play with past and present Columbus Youth Jazz members, college musicians and some of the finest professional musicians in Central Ohio. You never know who will show up to perform! Our jam

Free

Columbus Community Jazz Band and Youth Jazz All-Stars in Concert

Clintonville Woman's Club 3951 North High Street, Columbus

Join Jazz Arts Group's Columbus Community Jazz Band and Columbus Youth Jazz All-Stars in concert at the Clintonville Woman's Club, one of Columbus' finest venues for live jazz! The Columbus Community Jazz Band, led by Famous Jazz Orchestra saxophonist Jay Miglia, is the chance for anyone who has played an instrument to get back in the swing of things! Led by

$5 – $10

Columbus Youth Jazz Program – Final Concert

Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center 546 Jack Gibbs Boulevard, Columbus

Join us for the final Youth Jazz concert of the 2016-2017 season! Our students have been working hard this school year and want to share it with you! Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra (Mark Donavan) Columbus Youth Jazz Studio Ensemble (Ryan Hamilton) Columbus Youth Jazz Workshop (Matt James) Columbus Youth Jazz Workshop (Zach Compston) This concert is FREE to the public.

Free

John Ellis & Double Wide

Copious-Notes 520 South High Street, Columbus

Friday, April 21st Two Sets: 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Band leader, composer and sax man John Ellis has a taste for southern soul that’s as deep and rich as the sounds from his tenor saxophone. His band, Double Wide, conjures the spirit of New Orleans with each foot-stomping performance. We can’t promise jambalaya, but we can promise great down-home jazz and

$25

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

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

Swing Sunday: Columbus Youth Jazz Performance

Clintonville Woman's Club 3951 North High Street, Columbus

Suggested Donation: $10 (adults), $5 (students) The Columbus Youth Jazz program brings you the magic of big band jazz at one of Columbus’ best venues for live music! Join us for an afternoon of the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, and more performed by some of Central Ohio’s finest young musicians! Snacks and beverages will be available

$5 – $10

Ladies Sing the Blues: Songs & Sounds of The Harlem Renaissance

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

A top notch line-up of some of the city’s most respected musicians sets the tone and tempo for an evening celebrating the style, sass and songs of the Harlem Renaissance. Expect stirring performances by Columbus’-own jazz and blues songstresses, show-stopping cameos by Columbus Jazz Orchestra members...

$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

The Matt Wilson Quartet

Copious-Notes 520 S. High Street, Columbus

Thursday, January 19, 2017 Two sets: 7 & 9 p.m. Made up of Matt Wilson on drums, Martin Wind on bass, Jeff Lederer on tenor sax and clarinet, and Kirk Knuffke on cornet, The Matt Wilson Quartet has been called “one of the best working bands in New York City” by the New York Times. See why when they take over

$25

Swingin’ in the New Year with Byron Stripling

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

For “Swingin’ in the New Year,” internationally renowned trumpet virtuoso and Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director, Byron Stripling, will lead his quartet and the 17 members of the Jazz Arts Group’s Columbus Community Jazz Band in a rousing year-end musical celebration filled with holiday favorites, jazz standards, blues and gospel. This is a great opportunity to hear Byron step outside

$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

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

Wycliffe Gordon & The Bobby Floyd Trio

Copious-Notes 520 S. High Street, Columbus

Thursday, September 15, 2016 Two sets: 7 & 9 p.m. Wycliffe Gordon’s skill and versatility have made him one of the most celebrated and respected jazz trombonist on the planet.  Similar superlatives have been accorded keyboardist extraordinaire and Columbus Jazz Orchestra member, Bobby Floyd, whose trio joins with Gordon on the first concert of our new “Jazz Arts Group Presents” Series.

$25

PBJ & Jazz Concert Series featuring Kelly McLennan

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

The Jazz Arts Group is pleased to present the 8th summer season of its free PBJ & Jazz Concert Series, hour-long interactive concerts for kids and families, at the Topiary Park (480 E Town Street) and the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 South Grant Avenue) in downtown Columbus.   The final offering on the series takes place

Free

PBJ & Jazz Concert Series featuring the Bobby Floyd Trio with Byron Stripling

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

The Jazz Arts Group is pleased to present the 8th summer season of its free PBJ & Jazz Concert Series, hour-long interactive concerts for kids and families, at the Topiary Park (480 E Town Street) and the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 South Grant Avenue) in downtown Columbus.   The third PBJ & Jazz concert on the

Free

JazZoo — Sounds of the ’70s

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

“Sounds of the '70s” featuring guest vocalist Helen Welch Classic '70s sounds fill the air with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and special guest vocalist Helen Welch performing unforgettable tunes by Burt Bacharach, The Carpenters, Elton John and more in this final 2016 JazZoo concert. To purchase single tickets and tables call the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614) 724-3485 or (800) MONKEYS,

$30

JazZoo — Big Band Classics

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

“Big Band Classics” featuring guest vocalist Dee Daniels Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman gave “big band” its unmistakable sound.  Now the Columbus Jazz Orchestra continues the tradition with a program of classic big band tunes and arrangements showcasing the sensational instrumentalists in the orchestra and the outstanding four-octave range of guest vocalist Dee Daniels. To purchase

$30

JazZoo — A Hand Full of Keys: A Piano Extravaganza

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

“A Hand Full of Keys: A Piano Extravaganza” featuring keyboardists Bobby Floyd, Dave Powers and Micah Thomas.   Many call the piano the king of instruments.  It can bebop, boogie-woogie, honky-tonk and serenade us.  And it will do it all when a trio of outstanding guest keyboardists take center stage to "tickle the ivories" with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra in

$30

JazZoo — Bessie Smith, B.B. King & The Blues

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

“Bessie Smith, B.B. King & the Blues” featuring guest vocalist Miche Braden   The Columbus Jazz Orchestra is joined by powerful guest vocalist Miche Braden for "Bessie Smith, B.B. King & the Blues," celebrating the lasting legacy of two all-time blues greats -- Bessie Smith and B.B. King -- in this opening concert of the 2016 JazZoo Concert Series.   To

$30

PBJ & Jazz Concert Series featuring the Jailynn Lake-Noel Quartet

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

The Jazz Arts Group is pleased to present the 8th summer season of its free PBJ & Jazz Concert Series, hour-long interactive concerts for kids and families, at the Topiary Park (480 E Town Street) and the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 South Grant Avenue) in downtown Columbus.   Award-winning bassist for the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra,

Free

PBJ & Jazz Concert Series featuring the Caribbean Jazz Quintet

Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus

The Jazz Arts Group is pleased to present the 8th summer season of its free PBJ & Jazz Concert Series, hour-long interactive concerts for kids and families, at the Topiary Park (480 E Town Street) and the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 South Grant Avenue) in downtown Columbus.   The Caribbean Jazz Quintet opens this summer's series

The Aaron Diehl Trio

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Columbus native Aaron Diehl represents the past, present and future of jazz on the world stage. He is hailed by the New York Times as...

$25

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.

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!

Jeff Hamilton Trio

Notes 520 S. High St,, Columbus

Known for his work drumming behind legends Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall and Barbra Streisand, Jeff Hamilton brings his trio to their premiere performance at Notes.

$27