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September 16 @ 1:00 pm
Harrison West Jazz Stage

Join us for Flippo September 16!   The Harrison West Jazz Stage returns for its sixth season September 9 – September 30 at the Harrison Park Gazebo. Presented by Jazz Arts Group in partnership with Harrison West Society, this series of FREE concerts features local jazz musicians and showcases a wide range of jazz styles over the four concert series. Columbus favorites, Flippo, will be featured on September 16th with a taste of Jazz/Rock Fusion from Michael Cox, Dennis Hodges,…

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Free
September 13 @ 7:00 pm
RSVP The musical contributions of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Rusty Bryant and Gene Walker are on display at the Jazz Academy! Ahead of the September “Tenor Titans of the Capital City” performance at the Lincoln Theatre, we dive into the legendary musical personalities of three “Tenor Titans” who have left an undeniable impression on the Columbus musical community. Join us as we explore their recorded output and share stories of their many performances in Columbus’ historic jazz venues and beyond! read more
Free
September 9 @ 1:00 pm
Harrison West Jazz Stage

Join us for Birdshack September 9!   The Harrison West Jazz Stage returns for its sixth season September 9 – September 30 at the Harrison Park Gazebo. Presented by Jazz Arts Group in partnership with Harrison West Society, this series of FREE concerts features local jazz musicians and showcases a wide range of jazz styles over the four concert series. The series kicks off September 9th with Birdshack, a dynamic jazz trio featuring Tony McClung, Jeffrey Ciampa, and Joshua Hill.…

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$75 - $100
August 16 @ 7:00 pm
Led By:                        Pete Mills Dates/Times:           Thursdays, July 12th through August 9th, 7pm-9pm Final Performance at JazZoo – August 10th Fee:                             $100 for new members, $75 for returning members Register by:             Friday, July 5th, 2018 For instrumentalists with fundamental experience on Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass or Drum Set. Our Columbus Community Jazz Band is full for this season. Check back soon for more opportunities with the CCJB!… read more
$35
August 10 @ 8:00 pm

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.

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$35
August 3 @ 8:00 pm

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

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$35
July 20 @ 8:00 pm

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.

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$35
July 13 @ 8:00 pm

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.

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$225 - $350
June 22 @ 9:00 am
Led By: Zach Compston, Mark Donavan and Special Guests Dates: Monday – Friday, June 18 – 22 Times: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fee: $325 for returning members, $350 for new participants ($225 for Columbus Youth Jazz members) Register by: Friday, June 8th For students with a minimum of 2 years of experience on their instrument – saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, and bass. Register Columbus Youth Jazz Summer Workshop is an excellent opportunity for instrumentalists of all ability levels to hone… read more
$325 - $350
June 15 @ 9:00 am
Led by: Sean Carney Band Dates: Monday – Friday, June 11-15 Times: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Final Performance at the Gahanna Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival – Saturday, June 16th Fee: $325 for Jazz Academy members, $350 for new participants Register by: Friday, June 1st Recommended for beginning to intermediate students on vocals, guitar, piano, bass, drum set, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone, ages 11 through adult. Register Sean Carney and the Sean Carney Band for CAMP Blues, a 5-day… read more
$125
June 8 @ 10:00 am
Led By: Rebecca Ogden and Zach Compston with special musical guests Dates: Monday-Friday, June 4-8 Times: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Fee: $125.00 Register by: Friday, June 1st Recommended for ages 6-12 – no instrumental music experience required. Register The “Jazz Cats” Ages 6-12 camp is designed to be a fun and interactive immersion into the art of jazz and improvisation. During the week, we will discover the magic of improvisation in the style of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, and other jazz… read more
Free
April 28 @ 2:00 pm

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists Nicole Henry and Michael Lynche for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music and insights of each artist and ask questions in an intimate setting at the Jazz Academy.

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Free
April 26 @ 6:30 pm
Led by: Vaughn Wiester Dates: Thursdays, April 5th thru April 26th Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Location: Jazz Academy Fee: FREE Register Now Spend some time with a handful of Vaughn's favorite jazz records. We'll examine jazz performances from perspectives narrow and wide. We'll look at elements such as form and style while taking note of what's inside or outside the "common practice." We'll even discuss the connection between Miles Davis and Beethoven. There is sure to be something… read more
$18 - $71
April 26

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 CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street, Columbus), by phone at (614) 469-0939 or at www.ticketmaster.com.

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April 23 @ 7:00 pm
Led by: Alex Burgoyne and his band Date: April 23rd Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fee: Free to the public Join Alex Burgoyne and his band for a look at a few of the major contributors to the free jazz movement. We'll discuss some of the ​musical techniques of the free jazz movement, as well as the performance practice​,​ communication​, ​improvisational​, and compositional​ styles​ of Ornette Coleman, Paul Motian, Albert Ayler, and Lennie Tristano, to name a few. Join us… read more
April 22 @ 2:00 pm
Led By: Zach Compston and JAG Teaching Artists Date: Sunday, April 22nd Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Location: Jazz Academy The jam session is a long standing tradition for jazz musicians who want to hone their skills with a live band. Join us at the Jazz Academy for a jam session led by JAG artists! Open to all ages and ability levels. Join us in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month in April! Jazz Arts Group is hosting the 4th Floor… read more
April 16 @ 7:00 pm
Moderated by: Zach Compston Date: Monday, April 16 Time: 7-9pm Fee: Free to composers and audience members From swing and bebop to funk and hip-hop, today’s jazz composers draw from a wider array of influences than ever before to create captivating music. On April 16th, JAG celebrates the original compositions of musicians from the Columbus jazz scene. Participants will have an opportunity to perform and discuss their compositions in an live, intimate concert setting at the Jazz Academy. We will discuss… read more
$26.50
April 12 @ 8:00 pm
Terell Stafford Quintet

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 of Instrumental and Jazz Studies at Temple University, the founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, a member…

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April 9 @ 7:00 pm
Led by: James Gaiters and Watu Utungo, with special guests Date: Monday, April 9th Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fee: Free to the public Jazz has long served as a vehicle for creativity, personal expression and the quest for social and political justice. Watu Utungo, led by renowned Columbus-area drummer James Gaiters, will perform in an intimate setting at the Jazz Academy, followed by an open discussion with the band along with special guests on the topic of jazz and… read more
$5
March 24
PURCHASE TICKETS 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 at the door with a family maximum of $20. Children receive a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, juice… read more
Free
March 17 @ 2:00 pm

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists Herlin Riley and Vaughn Wiester for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music and insights of each artist and ask questions in an intimate setting at the Jazz Academy.

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$18 - $71
March 15

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 CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street, Columbus), by phone at (614) 469-0939 or at www.ticketmaster.com.

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Free
February 24 @ 9:00 am
February 24, 2018 | 9:00am - 4:30pm Lincoln Theatre Complex: 769 E. Long St. Columbus, OH 43203 The 2018 CCS JazzFest will be held at the Lincoln Theatre Complex on February 24. This year's event will feature school performances, special guest performances and instruction from renowned Jazz Arts Group teaching artists. Come listen to the amazing talent of the jazz ensembles in Columbus City Schools in a celebration of all things jazz in CCS! Performance Times: 9:00 AM - Columbus… read more
Free
February 17 @ 2:00 pm

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists Roberta Gambarini and Jeff Hamilton for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music and insights of each artist and ask questions in an intimate setting at the Jazz Academy.

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$18 - $71
February 15

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, Jeff Hamilton. Tickets on sale now at the CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street, Columbus), by phone at (614)…

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$5
February 3 @ 10:00 am
PURCHASE TICKETS 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. PBJ & Jazz concerts are $5 per person at the door with a family maximum of $20. Children… read more
$25
January 25 @ 8:00 pm
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 Shadowbox Live will be sold through the Shadowbox Live Box Office and website. Shadowbox Live Box Office hours are: Tuesday… read more
$5
January 13 @ 10:00 am
PURCHASE TICKETS 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. PBJ & Jazz concerts are $5 per person at the door with a family maximum of $20. Children… read more
$26.5
December 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

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 Quan Howell, seen last year on the CJO’s wildly popular “Soul Session” concerts. Tickets on sale now at the CAPA…

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$5
December 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am
PURCHASE TICKETS 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. PBJ & Jazz concerts are $5 per person at the door with a family maximum of $20. Children… read more
Free
December 2, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists Peggy Kriha Dye and David Pruyn for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music and insights of each artist and ask questions in an intimate setting at the Jazz Academy.

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$18 - $71
November 29, 2017

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 CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street, Columbus), by phone at (614) 469-0939 or at www.ticketmaster.com.

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$5
November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am
PURCHASE TICKETS 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. PBJ & Jazz concerts are $5 per person at the door with a family maximum of $20. Children… read more
$150
November 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
One Night Only is Jazz Arts Group’s annual fundraiser and hosts 250-300 attendees. This year the event will be held on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at The Bluestone – 583 E. Broad Street, Columbus, 43215.  One Night Only aims to highlight the contributions of Jazz Arts Group to the vibrant arts community of Columbus, Ohio and to raise funds to continue in our mission: Dedicated to advancing the art of jazz through performance and education. Register for One Night Only HERE. Gold - Count Basie Sponsor… read more
Free
October 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists John Clayton and Micah Thomas for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music and insights of each artist and ask questions in an intimate setting at the Jazz Academy.

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$18 - $71
October 12, 2017

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 a dazzling display of images by Columbus photographer, Stephen Pariser, that chronicle Columbus Jazz Orchestra performances through the years.  What…

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Free
October 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

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 Grandview Heights based music-lesson studio will provide exciting musical activities for children from 12-12:45pm. All performances are free to the…

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$20
September 28, 2017
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, yet is totally contemporary. Rhythm Future Quartet performances take place at Copious-Notes on: Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 pm Thursday,… read more
Free
September 24, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

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 BM in Jazz Studies and minor in Music, Media and Enterprise from The Ohio State University, Robert is currently performing…

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Free
September 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

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 growing output of original material. Although only formed in April of 2015, Safety Squad already has upcoming engagements at Many…

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September 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

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 legends, including fresh arrangements of jazz favorites like you’ve never heard before. PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park concerts…

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August 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

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 recording of Liz’s second solo album, “Do Love” in the spring of 2014. In 2016, the band recorded their first…

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$35
August 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

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) 724-3485 or (800) MONKEYS, or go online to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium website at www.columbuszoo.org. Click the orange “Tickets”…

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$35
August 4, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

‘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 Zoo and Aquarium website at www.columbuszoo.org. Click the orange “Tickets” button in the top right corner Under the “Special Events”…

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Free
July 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
CYJO at Jazz & Rib Fest

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 in America’s classical music through a 30-week session during the school year and performances at the Southern Theatre and beyond.…

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$35
July 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

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, Barbara Sahr.  And expect a special guest appearance by noted soprano and Opera Columbus Artistic Director, Peggy Kriha Dye, performing…

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$35
July 14, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

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 the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium website at www.columbuszoo.org. Click the orange “Tickets” button in the top right corner Under the…

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July 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

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 live performance will have you grinning and tapping your toes! PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park concerts are free…

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$7
June 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

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 instruments’ respective roles in blues music; developing participants’ instrumental skills and techniques; learning basic music theory, ear training and improvisation;…

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June 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

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 Topiary Park is located at 480 East Town Street in downtown Columbus. In the event of rain, all activities will…

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Free
June 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

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 sessions are for instrumentalists of all ability levels – learn a 12-bar blues song, a jazz standard or a modern…

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$5 - $10
May 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

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 some of Columbus’ finest musicians, the CCJB performs jazz classics in a fun and engaging environment. The Columbus Youth Jazz…

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Free
May 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
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. Donations are welcome, and all proceeds directly benefit the Columbus Youth Jazz Program. read more
$25
April 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

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 a rockin’ good time. Purchase your tickets ahead of time to choose your own seat! Seating for tickets bought at…

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April 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Led By: Jay Miglia Date & Time: Thursdays, April 20 – May 25, 7-9pm Final Performance on May 25th Fee: $75 for Jazz Academy members $100 for new participants NOTE: We have hit our maximum for drummers and are no longer able to accommodate for  more. REGISTER For instrumentalists with fundamental experience on Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, or Bass (we are no longer taking drummers).  The Columbus Community Jazz Band is the chance for anyone who has played an instrument to get… read more
April 8, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists Carmen Bradford, Dave Powers, Phil Clark and Quan Howell for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music and insights of each artist and ask questions in an intimate setting at the… read more
$25 - $58
April 6, 2017

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. Former Count Basie Orchestra songstress Carmen Bradford returns to the CJO joined by Columbus’s own piano man, Dave Powers, soul…

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March 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists, Harry Allen and Warren Wolf, for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music and insights of each artist and ask questions in an intimate setting at the Jazz Academy.

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$25 - $58
March 16, 2017

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 up-and-coming vibraphone sensation, Warren Wolf. Single tickets start at just $25. “Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton & The Big Band Explosion!”…

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Free
March 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Flippo

Join one of Columbus’ favorite bands, FLIPPO, as they perform and discuss their most recent project, “Flood: The Music of Herbie Hancock”, Offstage at the Jazz Academy! “Flood” was the eighteenth album by Herbie Hancock, recorded live in Japan in 1975. Hancock remains one of the most influential jazz pianists working today and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. FLIPPO is a Columbus, OH based jazz group displaying instrumental virtuosity and creative energy in the spirit…

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$5 - $10
February 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

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 for purchase, and all proceeds from admission benefit Columbus Youth Jazz scholarships and special events.

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$25
February 18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

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…

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February 4, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists, Marva Hicks and Nicki Parrott for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music and insights of each artist and ask questions in an intimate setting at the Jazz Academy.

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$25 - $58
February 2, 2017

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.

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$25
January 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

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 the stage at Columbus’ own intimate New York-style nightclub.

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January 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
REGISTER NOW New York based drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson is one of today’s most celebrated jazz artists. He is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. Matt’s positive energy, sense of humor and ability to explore a broad range of musical settings keeps him in constant demand. In addition, Wilson’s dedication to jazz has helped establish him as a beloved world ambassador for the… read more
$25
December 29, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
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 of his usual role as leader of the 16-piece CJO and perform in the much more intimate “jazz quartet” setting,… read more
December 28, 2016 @ 10:00 am

For instrumentalists with fundamental experience on Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass or Drum Set.

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December 3, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Join Carly Thomas Smith and Micah Thomas, our Columbus Jazz Orchestra Guest Artists, for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music and insights of each artist and ask questions in an intimate setting at the Jazz Academy.

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$25
November 30, 2016
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 list.  It's also our most popular concert, so buy your tickets early! This year's Home for the Holidays performances will… read more
$150
November 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
One Night Only is Jazz Arts Group’s annual fundraiser and hosts 250-300 attendees. This year the event will be held on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 6:00pm at Copious-Notes. The evening’s musical activities feature trumpet virtuoso, Artistic Director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Mr. Byron Stripling along with guest artist, Aldo Lόpez Gavilán.  Mr. Gavilán will be traveling to Central Ohio from Havana to recreate the magic of his recent concert with Byron Stripling that took place in Cuba in May… read more
October 22, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra Evan Christopher and Jamison Ross for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music and insights of each artist and ask questions in an intimate setting at the Jazz Academy.

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Free
October 22, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

Columbus Jazz Orchestra Guest Artist and Florida born drummer/vocalist,  Jamison Ross is a fluid percussionist and gospel-influenced singer. He is best known as the 2012 winner of the 25th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Join Jamison for a FREE masterclass at the Jazz Academy, where he will discuss his musical inspiration and concepts; and he will work with YOU on developing your musicianship! RSVP today!

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$25
October 20, 2016

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. Get ready to dance, strut, party, and show off your Mardi Gras beads in this first concert of the 2016-2017…

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October 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

For instrumentalists with fundamental experience on Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass or Drum Set.

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$25
September 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

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. Be there when these two master musicians have a meeting of the minds and joining of melodies in the intimate…

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Free
September 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

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 Saturday, September 10 with one of the city’s most-admired vocal stylists, Kelly McLennan, leading her ensemble in a variety of…

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Free
August 13, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

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 series takes place Saturday, August 13 and features keyboardist extraordinaire and Columbus Jazz Orchestra member Bobby Floyd joined by CJO…

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$30
August 12, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

“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, or go online to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium website at www.columbuszoo.org. Click the orange “Tickets” button in the top…

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$30
August 5, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
JazZoo Big Band Classics

“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 single tickets and tables call the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614) 724-3485 or (800) MONKEYS, or go online to…

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$30
July 22, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

“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 this second JazZoo Series Concert. To purchase single tickets and tables call the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614) 724-3485…

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$30
July 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

“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 purchase single tickets and tables call the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614) 724-3485 or (800) MONKEYS, or go online…

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Free
July 9, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

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, Jailynn Lake-Noel, leads a quartet in this second PBJ & Jazz Series concert of the 2016 summer season.  This performance…

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$250 - $350
June 27, 2016 @ 9:00 am

For students with a minimum of 2 years of experience on their instrument – Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drum Set.

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June 25, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

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 with a 2 p.m. performance that is part of the open-house and grand reopening celebration of the main branch of…

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$250 - $350
June 13, 2016 @ 9:00 am

Recommended for beginning to intermediate students on Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drum Set, Saxophone, Trumpet, and Trombone, ages 11 through adult.

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$25
April 23, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

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…

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April 21, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

From swing and bebop to funk and hip-hop, today’s young jazz composers draw from a wider array of influences than ever before to create captivating music.

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April 6, 2016

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

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March 16, 2016

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

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$27
March 15, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

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.

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February 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

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

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