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September 6 @ 4:00 pm
Whether you are new to the Youth Jazz program or are just curious about what this new online semester will look like, we invite you to join us on September 6th for a full run down of what to expect for the Fall 2020 semester of Columbus Youth Jazz. In this information session, you will learn about all the incredible teaching artists, masterclasses, and playing opportunities we have lined up for you. We will leave plenty of time to answer… read more
$125
August 3
Led By: Rachel Azbell and Special Guests Dates: Monday – Friday, August 3-7 Times: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Register by: Friday, July 31st Register For middle and high schools students interested in developing their jazz voice, no experience necessary. The cost for this program is “Pay What You Can”. In these times, we understand how the current pandemic could be creating a financial strain for you and your family. Please “pay what you can”, as we will not allow… read more
$125
July 27
Led By: Zach Compston, Mark Donavan and Special Guests Dates: Monday – Friday, July 27 - 31 Times: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Register by: Friday, July 24th Register For students with a minimum of 2 years of experience on their instrument – saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and vocals. The cost for this program is “Pay What You Can”. In these times, we understand how the current pandemic could be creating a financial strain for you and your… read more
July 26 @ 3:00 pm
About the Series:   Offstage LIVE is a series built to serve our Jazz Arts Group family as we all #StayAtHome. During this series, you will see your favorite musicians, listen to incredible music, and be able to jump in on the conversation with your own questions and comments from the comfort and safety of home.  Join us each Thursday evening at 6:30 PM and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM on Facebook, @JazzArtsGroup and @TheJazzAcademy. Watch with your family on… read more
Free
July 18 @ 12:00 pm
As a part of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Summer Reading Challenge and along with the Columbus Museum of Art, Jazz Arts Group of Columbus is proud to present a virtual season of PBJ & Jazz this summer.   PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park is a family-favorite summer series that has moved children in Columbus to dance, sing, and learn every summer for 10 years. Due to the current restrictions on mass gatherings and concerns for public health, rather… read more
June 30 @ 1:00 pm
Ever wonder what the musicians in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra listen to when they’re not playing at the Southern Theatre? What music gets their toes tappin’ and fingers snappin’? Tuesdays at 1:00 is your chance to find out. Each week will have a different musician from the CJO walking you through their favorite playlist and sharing the ins and outs of each selection.    By registering in the form below, you will have access to all four weeks of the… read more
June 29 @ 1:00 pm
Dynamics, form, stylistic choices - drumming is so much more than just keeping time. Bob Breithaupt, drummer in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, leads us through his approach to sharpening your drum set skills in a step-by-step method that is effective for both students and teachers.   On Masterclass Mondays, Jazz Academy teaching artists will give you tips and inspiration for your summer music practice. With a new host and topic each week, this series will expand your knowledge base and… read more
June 23 @ 1:00 pm
Ever wonder what the musicians in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra listen to when they’re not playing at the Southern Theatre? What music gets their toes tappin’ and fingers snappin’? Tuesdays at 1:00 is your chance to find out. Each week will have a different musician from the CJO walking you through their favorite playlist and sharing the ins and outs of each selection.    By registering in the form below, you will have access to all four weeks of the… read more
June 22 @ 1:00 pm
Improvisation is so much more than “making it up on the spot.” On Monday, June 22nd, Columbus Youth Jazz Artistic Director, Mark Donavan, will show you his method to creating an effective and creative solo, along with tips and tricks to find your voice through your instrument.   On Masterclass Mondays, Jazz Academy teaching artists will give you tips and inspiration for your summer music practice. With a new host and topic each week, this series will expand your knowledge… read more
Free
June 20 @ 12:00 pm
The premiere for Saturday, June 20th, can be found at this link: https://www.facebook.com/thejazzacademy/posts/10158345165479259   As a part of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Summer Reading Challenge and along with the Columbus Museum of Art, Jazz Arts Group of Columbus is proud to present a virtual season of PBJ & Jazz this summer.   PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park is a family-favorite summer series that has moved children in Columbus to dance, sing, and learn every summer for 10 years.… read more
June 16 @ 1:00 pm
Ever wonder what the musicians in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra listen to when they’re not playing at the Southern Theatre? What music gets their toes tappin’ and fingers snappin’? Tuesdays at 1:00 is your chance to find out. Each week will have a different musician from the CJO walking you through their favorite playlist and sharing the ins and outs of each selection.    By registering in the form below, you will have access to all four weeks of the… read more
June 15 @ 1:00 pm
Looking to improve your jazz skills for next school year? Looking for new ways to freshen up your practice routine? Youth Jazz Teaching Artists Jess Sneeringer and Bryan Olsheski break down some tips to consider for your next practice session.   On Masterclass Mondays, Jazz Academy teaching artists will give you tips and inspiration for your summer music practice. With a new host and topic each week, this series will expand your knowledge base and abilities in a fun and… read more
June 9 @ 1:00 pm
Ever wonder what the musicians in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra listen to when they’re not playing at the Southern Theatre? What music gets their toes tappin’ and fingers snappin’? Tuesdays at 1:00 is your chance to find out. Each week will have a different musician from the CJO walking you through their favorite playlist and sharing the ins and outs of each selection.    By registering in the form below, you will have access to all four weeks of the… read more
June 8 @ 1:00 pm
For any musician struggling to stay motivated in your music-making right now, join us on Monday, June 8th, to get first-hand advice from the Huntertones. What keeps them moving forward and encourages them to practice? How can you apply their tips to your own music?   On Masterclass Mondays, Jazz Academy teaching artists will give you tips and inspiration for your summer music practice. With a new host and topic each week, this series will expand your knowledge base and… read more
May 3 @ 4:00 pm
In an effort to ensure that all our students and their families remain safe and healthy, the 2020-21 Columbus Youth Jazz auditions have been rescheduled to the weekend of September 5-6. In the meantime, join us for a free virtual workshop on May 3rd at 4pm, where we will give you everything you need to know about the audition process. During this event, we will discuss tips on having a successful audition, how to practice and continue to improve over… read more
Free
April 30 @ 7:00 pm
Due to the effects of COVID-19, this event has been postponed... read more What better way to spend Jazz Appreciation Day than at 4th Floor Live? SANCTUARY is a dynamic supergroup of Columbus musicians that pays homage to the "electric" period of Miles Davis. Led by drummer Tony McClung, the band has played once/twice a year since 2013 and the lineup has been different every single time; from acclaimed Detroit trumpeter Dwight Adams, to local legends Bobby Floyd, James Gaiters,… read more
$13.5 – $71.5
April 26 @ 3:00 pm
Ty Taylor

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.

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April 25 @ 2:00 pm
Due to the effects of COVID-19, this event has been postponed... read more   Don't miss your last chance of the season to ask CJO guest artists your burning questions as we sit down with Ty Taylor. Offstage is a chance to engage the outstanding guest artists you saw in the Southern Theatre in a fun, casual, and open environment. You, the audience, will be led in a captivating discussion with our guest artists about their music, inspirations, and life… read more
Free
April 9 @ 7:00 pm
Due to the current global climate and state guidelines regarding COVID-19, this event will be postponed... read more About the Series: 4th Floor Live provides artists with a platform for creativity while providing curious listeners the intimate experience they want. The 4th Floor of the historic Lincoln Theatre becomes a true listening room where artists and audiences can share live jazz that celebrates tradition while looking to the future. read more
$20
April 3 @ 8:00 pm
Melissa Aldana

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.

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$5
March 21 @ 10:00 am
Due to the current global climate and state guidelines regarding COVID-19, this event will be postponed. Please check back here for more information. Waves de Ache combines the sounds of Cuban music with funk and jazz to create a blend like no other in Columbus. You will learn how Latin and jazz rhythms unite to make you want to stand up and move to the music! PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles in a family-friendly setting. PBJ and… read more
Free
March 19 @ 7:00 pm
Due to the current global climate and state guidelines regarding COVID-19, this event will be postponed. Please check back here for more information. Sydney McSweeney is a Jazz vocalist from Columbus Ohio. Her vocal style is influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Cécile McLorin Salvant, and many more. She also finds inspiration through the many talented musicians and rich community of her hometown. She is very excited to share music with the Fourth Street Live Event through Jazz… read more
March 14 @ 2:00 pm
Ian Finkel and Tony Glausi sit down to answer your questions during their four night run of shows with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Offstage is a chance to engage the outstanding guest artists you saw in the Southern Theatre in a fun, casual, and open environment. You, the audience, will be led in a captivating discussion with our guest artists about their music, inspirations, and life off the stage. Join us at the Jazz Academy or on Facebook @TheJazzAcademy. We… read more
$13.5 – $71.5
March 12 @ 7:30 pm
Ian Finkel & Tony Glausi

“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.

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Free
February 27 @ 7:00 pm
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Kevin began playing guitar at the age of 9. He was trained as a jazz guitarist but spent an equal amount of time playing in the pop genre. Kevin has performed, recorded and/or toured alongside a number of artists including Diane Schuur, Destiny’s Child, Dr. John, and Lalah Hathaway. He currently tours and records with Grammy award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and is the professor of jazz guitar at The Ohio State University. "Since I… read more
Free
February 22 @ 2:00 pm
Bria Skonberg sits down to answer your questions about her experiences as a successful trumpeter/vocalist and her time on stage with the CJO. Offstage is a chance to engage the outstanding guest artists you saw in the Southern Theatre in a fun, casual, and open environment. You, the audience, will be led in a captivating discussion with our guest artists about their music, inspirations, and life off the stage. Join us at the Jazz Academy or on Facebook @TheJazzAcademy. We encourage… read more
$13.5 – $71.5
February 20 @ 7:30 pm
Bria Skonberg

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.”

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$20
February 14 @ 8:00 pm
Ariel Pocock

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.

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$5
February 8 @ 10:00 am
Rising vocal sensation Sydney McSweeney takes a fresh approach to jazz with her wide-ranging voice and one-of-a-kind style. Her ability to inspire audiences of all ages is the perfect fit for PBJ & Jazz - you won’t want the music to stop! PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles in a family-friendly setting. PBJ and Jazz artists are known for their ability to captivate audiences of all ages, making the series a cornerstone of Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy programming.… read more
Free
February 6 @ 7:00 pm
Alex Burgoyne and his quartet, featuring Stan Smith, Phil Maneri, and Ryan Folger is a group focused on the freedom of open forms and improvisation. Drawing from influences like Paul Motian and Ornette Coleman, as well as great guitarist composers from the fusion era, Alex and his band express a wide range of musical emotions, from soft and introspective to bombastic and wild. Join us in person or online for live music and the opportunity to discuss with the artists… read more
Free
January 16 @ 7:00 pm

Cleveland native Joey Skoch leads his piano trio for an evening of stellar jazz at 4th Floor Live. The trio features Chicago-based musicians Dennis Carroll and Neil Hemphill, both of whom are known for their work with master guitarist Bobby Broom. The great song, from Berlin to McCartney, becomes their canvas as they strive for the nexus of individual expression and collective humanism. Join us in person or online for live music and the opportunity to discuss with the artists…

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$5
January 11 @ 10:00 am
Very few bands can capture the spirit of New Orleans jazz, bluegrass, rock and funk with as much fun-loving energy as the New Basics Brass Band. Their songs for kids are loved by all ages. You’ll be singing along, tapping your toes and moving to the powerful sounds of the NBBB! PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles in a family-friendly setting. PBJ and Jazz artists are known for their ability to captivate audiences of all ages, making the series… read more
$20
December 28, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Byron Stripling

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.

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$5
December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Soul Revival brings the classic sounds of R&B and soul and blends them with jazz to create music with undeniable groove. You won’t be able to sit still when Soul Revival takes the stage! PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles in a family-friendly setting. PBJ and Jazz artists are known for their ability to captivate audiences of all ages, making the series a cornerstone of Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy programming. Parents love this program, just see what they… read more
Free
December 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Visit with Nicki Parrott and Z.F. Taylor after seeing them on stage with the CJO in this FREE opportunity to ask your burning questions. Offstage is a chance to engage the outstanding guest artists you saw in the Southern Theatre in a fun, casual, and open environment. You, the audience, will be led in a captivating discussion with our guest artists about their music, inspirations, and life off the stage. Join us at the Jazz Academy or on Facebook @TheJazzAcademy.… read more
$13.5 – $71.5
December 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Nicki Parrott & Z.F. Taylor
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 CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street). Single tickets go on sale Monday, August 12 at the CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street), all Ticketmaster Outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com and by phone at (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. Day-of tickets will be available at… read more
November 10, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
The Columbus Youth Jazz program's annual Swing Sunday event returns for the 2019-2020 season! This year, Swing Sunday will serve as the premiere event for all four Youth Jazz big bands. - Columbus Youth Jazz Workshop (Zach Compston, director) - Columbus Youth Jazz Ensemble (Jessica Sneeringer, director) - Columbus Youth Jazz Studio (Ryan Hamilton, director) - Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra (Mark Donavan, director) Admission into the event is a suggested donation of $5 for students and $10 for adults OR… read more
$20
November 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Diego Figueiredo & Ken Peplowski

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.

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$5
November 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Soul Revival brings the classic sounds of R&B and soul and blends them with jazz to create music with undeniable groove. You won’t be able to sit still when Soul Revival takes the stage! PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles in a family-friendly setting. PBJ and Jazz artists are known for their ability to captivate audiences of all ages, making the series a cornerstone of Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy programming. Parents love this program, just see what they… read more
October 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
John Clayton, Benny Green, and Jeff Hamilton are coming to the Jazz Academy to answer your questions! Offstage is a chance to engage the outstanding guest artists you saw in the Southern Theatre in a fun, casual, and open environment. You, the audience, will be led in a captivating discussion with our guest artists about their music, inspirations, and life off the stage. Join us at the Jazz Academy or on Facebook @TheJazzAcademy. We encourage you to bring your own… read more
$13.5 – $71.5
October 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Swingin’ with the CJO
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 facility fee) Subscriptions are on sale now at the CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street). Single tickets go on… read more
Free
September 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Ben Crowder 6 is a six-piece horn-driven jazz combo from Columbus, Ohio specializing in the music of pioneering hard-bop jazz greats Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Benny Golson, The Art Farmer Jazztet, Curtis Fuller, Sonny Clark, Horace Silver, and others. The band also performs emotionally-charged, energetic original material inspired by the hard-bop era in jazz. Ben Crowder 6 features some of the finest young musicians on the Columbus music scene today: Ben Crowder (trombone), Ian Harrah (trumpet), Terrance Farmer (tenor saxophone),… read more
Free
August 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Led by piano/organ sensation Jon Eshelman, the Jazz Daddies will provide a swinging set of music for kids, featuring vocalist and “Jazz Mommy” Maggie Green. This group is made up of Columbus Jazz musicians who are also parents of children of a variety of ages. Jazz Bear, an oversized stuffed bear that is the PBJ & Jazz mascot, will preside over this fun concert for all ages. The Topiary Park is located at 480 East Town Street in downtown Columbus. In the event of… read more
$35
August 9, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Soul Jam: From James Brown to Sam Cooke with Michael “Big Mike” Lynche

“American Idol” finalist, Michael “Big Mike” Lynche, makes his JazZoo debut performing favorite soul-stirring R&B hits.Undeniably charismatic,…

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$35
August 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth Jazz for a Hot Summer Night with Nelson Rangell

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.”

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$35
July 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Dave Powers & Friends

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

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Free
July 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear Grammy-nominated keyboardist Bobby Floyd and his Trio along with special guest trumpeter Dwight Adams. These in-demand artists will have you tapping your toes and feeling the beat with their soulful set of live jazz. The Topiary Park is located at 480 East Town Street in downtown Columbus. In the event of rain, all activities will be held inside the Columbus Metropolitan Library, adjacent to The Topiary Park, at 96 S. Grant Avenue in downtown Columbus. Let… read more
$35
July 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Maurice Hines Sings Nat King Cole & Sinatra

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.”

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Free
June 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Synergy: A Jazz Trio Performance
Join us at the Jazz Academy on June 22nd for a performance by Synergy, a live jazz trio featuring Abhik Mazumder, Eli Pace, and Alex Davenport. Abhik (piano), Eli (bass), and Alex (drums) met through Jazz Arts Group’s Columbus Youth Jazz program, where the three of them constituted the rhythm section of the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra during the 2018–19 concert season. The performance will begin at 6:00 PM and is sure to amaze you. Abhik, who graduated this year from… read more
Free
June 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Such Sweet Thunder features some of the Midwest’s finest jazz musicians paying loving tribute to the music of Duke Ellington and his musical partner Billy Strayhorn. This project is a labor of love sparked by Ryan Hamilton and Tony Gayle McClung, and brought to life by the fantastic musicians they’ve lined up. The band consists of Ryan Hamilton (trombone and arrangements), Jim Powell (trumpet), Michael Cox (alto saxophone, clarinet), Bryan Olsheski (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Mark Donavan (baritone saxophone, clarinet), Lucas… read more
$225 – $350
June 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am
Led By: Zach Compston, Mark Donavan and Special Guests Dates: Monday – Friday, June 3 – 7 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, May 24th For students with a minimum of 2 years of experience on their instrument – saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, and drums. Register Columbus Youth Jazz Summer Workshop is an excellent opportunity for instrumentalists of all ability levels to… read more
Free
June 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Birdshack is a trio that plays more than just jazz standards, diving into AC/DC, the Beatles, Hank Williams, and more. Mixing their sound through various Americana style music including jazz, bluegrass, and old country, Birdshack is a one of a kind Columbus treasure that is sure to blow you off your feed. About the Series: 4th Floor Live provides artists with a platform for creativity while providing curious listeners the intimate experience they want. The 4th Floor of the historic… read more
Free
May 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Waves de Aché will be presenting a concert and masterclass surrounding the different cultures and culmination of rhythms from Latin America and other countries that make modern dance music. Waves de Aché blends salsa and Afro-Cuban rhythms with mid-western American funk, rock and hip-hop, creating music to make both body and mind dance. About the Series: 4th Floor Live provides artists with a platform for creativity while providing curious listeners the intimate experience they want. The 4th Floor of the… read more
May 5, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
RSVP Our nationally renowned Columbus Youth Jazz (CYJ) program culminates the 2018-2019 season in a performance at Fort Hayes High School featuring the top four bands. Come see the CYJ Workshop, Ensemble, Studio, and Orchestra showcase the repertoire they have been developing this year and their skills in improvisation and jazz style. This two hour performance is free and open to the public. CDs will be on sale at the event. If you have a child who is auditioning for… read more
Free
April 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
RSVP In our April show, Gospel and Soul Meet Rock and Roll; and now you get to meet the guests artists who made it happen. Quan Howell and Shayna Steele will be joining us at Offstage at the Jazz Academy to engage in an in depth conversation with you! Offstage is a chance to engage the outstanding guest artists you saw in the Southern Theatre in a fun, casual, and open environment. You, the audience, will be led in a captivating… read more
$18 – $71
April 25, 2019

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, “Disco Lies,” and in concert with Bette Midler and Rihanna. Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.;…

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Free
April 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Born in Southeast Michigan, raised in the Blues and Soul mecca of Detroit, and tutored by the community's finest (Rodney Whitaker, Marcus Belgrave), Stanco joins a generation of jazz musicians that both reveres the roots of the music and energetically seeks its future. With a big, brilliant sound and a fearless command of the horn, Stanco brings to mind such trumpet greats as Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. Stanco's band, The Crucial Elements, has built a livelihood touring the world… read more
$21.50
April 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Huntertones
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 the US and abroad. Their latest release, Passport, is a collection of songs inspired by their experiences sharing music with… read more
April 2, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Before performing a SOLD OUT show at the Lincoln Theatre on April 5th, join the Huntertones for a masterclass and discussion about their dynamic, innovative sound and their approach to developing original music and content. 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. Here's a link to their most recent YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMqe62x5U2w read more
March 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Buy Tickets - 10 AM ShowBuy Tickets - 11:30 AM Show PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles in a family-friendly setting.PBJ and Jazz artists are known for their ability to captivate audiences of all ages, making the series a cornerstone of Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy programming. Parents love this program because “the musicians [are] extremely family friendly,” as reported by a mom this past season. “We loved the approachability of the programming.” The Bobby Floyd Trio is a favorite… read more
Free
March 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
The Columbus Video Game Ensemble is a dynamic group that plays iconic video game songs with a modern blend of funk, hip-hop, R&B and jazz. This four piece ensemble plays imaginiate and spontaneous improvisations on songs from poplar video game franchises such as Super Mario, Sonic, and The Legend of Zelda. Our aim is to entertain concert-goers and gamers alike! About the Series: 4th Floor Live provides artists with a platform for creativity while providing curious listeners the intimate experience they want.… read more
Free
March 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
RSVP Joel Frahm and Omar Coleman will be joining us at Offstage at the Jazz Academy while in Columbus performing at the March Swingin’ with the CJO show, Nothing But the Blues. Bring your questions and comments to our open discussion and find out what these talented artists are like outside of their extraordinary music careers. Offstage is a chance to engage the outstanding guest artists you saw in the Southern Theatre in a fun, casual, and open environment. You, the audience, will… read more
$18 – $71
March 14, 2019
Omar & Joel

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 blues festivals internationally and been embraced by such estimable blues legends as Ruth Brown, Sean Carney, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy,…

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March 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
RSVP For eight weeks, middle and high school students across central Ohio have met to develop their skills as a jazz musician in our Columbus Youth Jazz Lab (CYJL) program. Many of these students joined us in the fall semester as well, showing their dedication to the art of jazz music. The CYJL works to expand each students’ abilities in jazz style, improvisation and overall technique through a combo-based curriculum. Join us at 2 PM for the CYJL final performance… read more
$21.50
February 28, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
NEA Jazz Master Pianist, Ellis Marsalis
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 Biography The Concert Sponsor for the Ellis Marsalis Trio is Grange Insurance. $20 per person | $10 students (plus a… read more
February 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Buy Tickets The Columbus Youth Jazz program returns to the Clintonville Woman's Club for its annual "Swing Sunday" event, showcasing the four distinct ensembles consisting of the finest student musicians in Central Ohio! - Columbus Youth Jazz Workshop (Zach Compston, director) - Columbus Youth Jazz Studio (Matt James, director) - Columbus Youth Jazz Ensemble (Ryan Hamilton, director) - Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra (Mark Donavan, director) You can purchase your tickets in advance at the suggested donation price. Snacks and beverages… read more
February 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Buy Tickets - 10 AM ShowBuy Tickets - 11:30 AM Show PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles in a family-friendly setting. PBJ and Jazz artists are known for their ability to captivate audiences of all ages, making the series a cornerstone of Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy programming. Parents love this program because “the musicians [are] extremely family friendly,” as reported by a mom this past season. “We loved the approachability of the programming.” Maggie Green is a mother, teacher,… read more
Free
February 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
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 moment's notice. About the Series: 4th Floor Live provides artists with a platform for creativity while providing curious listeners the intimate experience… read more
Free
February 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
RSVP Join us and be a part of our discussion with the guest artists from Unforgettable Love Songs of Nat King Cole and Others. Offstage at the Jazz Academy this February will feature phenomenal jazz artists, Benny Benack III and Lena Seikaly. Offstage is a chance to engage the outstanding guest artists you saw in the Southern Theatre in a fun, casual, and open environment. You, the audience, will be led in a captivating discussion with our guest artists about their music,… read more
$18 – $71
February 14, 2019
Unforgettable: Love Songs of Nat King Cole & Others

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 JazZoo performances. Trumpeter/vocalist Benny Benack III is equally at home performing jazz and pop, and equally at home as both…

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January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
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 the Jazz Academy. About the Series: 4th Floor Live provides artists with a platform for creativity while providing curious listeners the intimate… read more
$21.50
January 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Songs & Sounds of the Harlem Renaissance
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 outstanding local performers – male and female, vocalists and instrumentalists. From big band tunes reminiscent of Harlem Renaissance band leaders… read more
January 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Buy Tickets - 10 AM ShowBuy Tickets - 11:30 AM Show PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles in a family-friendly setting.PBJ and Jazz artists are known for their ability to captivate audiences of all ages, making the series a cornerstone of Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy programming. Parents love this program because “the musicians [are] extremely family friendly,” as reported by a mom this past season. “We loved the approachability of the programming.” Anthony Stanco is a fabulous trumpeter… read more
December 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Buy Tickets - 10 AM ShowBuy Tickets - 11:30 AM Show PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles in a family-friendly setting.PBJ and Jazz artists are known for their ability to captivate audiences of all ages, making the series a cornerstone of Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy programming. Parents love this program because “the musicians [are] extremely family friendly,” as reported by a mom this past season. “We loved the approachability of the programming.” Dave Powers is one of Columbus’… read more
December 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
RSVP Our nationally renowned Columbus Youth Jazz (CYJ) program culminates its fall semester in a performance at Fort Hayes High School featuring our four large ensembles. Come see the CYJ Workshop, Ensemble, Studio, and Orchestra showcase the repertoire they have been developing this semester and their skills in improvisation and jazz style. This two hour performance is free and open to the public. If you have a child who is interested in joining the 2019-2020 CYJ program, or in jazz… read more
Free
December 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Join us December 6th to celebrate the world-class artistry of our local jazz community through a tribute to Thelonious Monk! The Danny Bauer and Zakk Jones Quintet will be bringing the individualistic and unique voice of Monk to the Jazz Academy. Join us for live music and in depth discussion about the music and life of Thelonious Monk. About the Series: 4th Floor Live provides artists with a platform for creativity while providing curious listeners the intimate experience they want. The 4th… read more
Free
December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
RSVP Niki Haris will be at the Jazz Academy to answer all your questions on Saturday, December 1, at 2 PM. Be sure to join us for Offstage to be blown away by the talent and charisma that she brings to the stage with the CJO. Offstage is a chance to engage the outstanding guest artists you saw in the Southern Theatre in a fun, casual, and open environment. You, the audience, will be led in a captivating discussion with… read more
$18 – $71
November 28, 2018
Home for the Holidays featuring Niki Haris

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 became known. Niki performed alongside mega pop diva, Madonna, on the “Who’s That Girl,” “Blond Ambition,” and “The Girlie Show”…

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November 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
RSVP For eight weeks, middle and high school students across central Ohio have met to develop their skills as a jazz musician in our Columbus Youth Jazz Lab (CYJL) program. The CYJL works to expand each students’ abilities in jazz style, improvisation and overall technique through a combo-based curriculum. Join us at 2 PM for the CYJL final performance and witness Columbus' best young jazz musicians displaying their talent for yourself. The CYJL final performance will be held at the… read more
November 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Buy Tickets - 10 AM ShowBuy Tickets - 11:30 AM Show PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles in a family-friendly setting.PBJ and Jazz artists are known for their ability to captivate audiences of all ages, making the series a cornerstone of Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy programming. Parents love this program because “the musicians [are] extremely family friendly,” as reported by a mom this past season. “We loved the approachability of the programming.” Safety Squad is an eight-piece fusion… read more
November 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
One Night Only is Jazz Arts Group's annual fundraiser.  This year it will take place at The Bluestone located at 583 E. Broad Street.  Guests will be treated to appetizers, buffet meal, and a concert featuring Sean Carney and Omar Coleman.  Special appearances by Bobby Floyd and Byron Stripling. Join us November 2nd for One Night Only, Jazz Arts Group's annual fundraiser. This year we return to The Bluestone, a beautiful venue in downtown Columbus. Guests will be treated to… read more
October 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
RSVP Join us at the Jazz Academy on Saturday, October 20th, at 2 PM for a chance to share your thoughts and ask questions with our guest artists from the Fascinating Rhythm show; Maurice Hines, Leo Manzari, and John Manzari. Offstage is a chance to engage the outstanding guest artists you saw in the Southern Theatre in a fun, casual, and open environment. You, the audience, will be led in a captivating discussion with our guest artists about their music, inspirations, and… read more
$18.50 – $71.50
October 18, 2018
Fascinating Rhythm featuring Maurice Hines

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 four performances only October 18-21 at the Southern Theatre. Maurice Hines appeared on Broadway and in touring productions of “The…

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Free
September 30, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Harrison West Jazz Stage

Join us for New Basics Brass Band September 30!   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. Wrapping up the series, on September 30th, will be New Basics Brass Band, which 614 Magazine describes…

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Free
September 23, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Harrison West Jazz Stage

Join us for the Shawn “Thunder” Wallace Quartet September 23!   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 Shawn “Thunder” Wallace Quartet takes the stage September 23rd. Shawn Wallace has performed nationally and…

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$21.50
September 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor Titans of the Capital City
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 Rusty Bryant, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Gene Walker are all inductees in the Lincoln Theatre Walk of Fame. Tenor Titans… read more
Free
September 16, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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$35
August 10, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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$75 – $100
July 12, 2018 @ 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
Free
April 28, 2018 @ 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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$18 – $71
April 26, 2018

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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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