How exactly does a jazz band in Ohio get to be one of our nation’s foremost professional jazz bands? The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, under the artistic direction of Byron Stripling, does it by treating jazz not as an artifact from the 1930’s, but as a “tap your foot” style of entertainment that is kept alive with innovative ideas and hot playing.
This season’s performance will celebrate jazz royalty with the music of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and Lionel Hampton. Your feet won’t stop movin’ as we remember some of the biggest and most memorable hits of the Big Band Era. This electrifying evening wraps up with a jam session packed with musical surprises you won’t want to miss.
The concert will feature soloist, Dwight Lenox. Dwight’s fluid style lends itself to a vast repertoire from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, James Ingram, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls and many more.
Come dabble with us in the many hues of jazz!
Jazz historian Donald Edward Meade says, “Jazz music is the only original (musical) art form, and we’ve got to keep it alive and breathing.”
Sponsored in Part by USEC and National City Bank