2018 JazZoo Schedule Announced

Jazz Arts Group recently announced the schedule for the 13th annual JazZoo, taking place on four Fridays over the course of five weeks this summer at the Columbus Zoo. Held in the lovely outdoor setting of the zoo’s Water’s Edge Events Park along the O’Shaughnessy Reservoir, these concerts will pair the Columbus Jazz Orchestra with special guests for four exciting programs focusing on different elements of jazz and popular song. This season brings a variety of talented guest vocalists and instrumentalists to the stage, including renowned vocalist Carmen Bradford and Ohio favorites Bobby Floyd, Milton Ruffin, Helen Welch, Phil Clark, Dave Powers and Quan Howell, and each show will include a 6:45pm opening set by community performers before the 8pm main event. Keep reading for full details and ticket information from the Jazz Arts Group:




JULY 13 & 20 + AUGUST 3 & 10

New Bag Policy for Guest Safety:
Bags larger than 22” long x 12” high x 10” deep, hard and soft coolers larger than 14” long x 14” high x 14” deep, and all bags/suitcases/coolers on wheels ARE PROHIBITED.

Trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling and the hard-swinging 16-piece Columbus Jazz Orchestra return to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (4850 West Powell Road, Powell, OH) this summer for the 13th installment of the annual JazZoo concert series on four Fridays – July 13, July 20, August 3 and August 10. JazZoo 2018 is presented in collaboration by the Jazz Arts Group and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The Presenting Sponsors for JazZoo 2018 are Cardinal Health and Drive Germain. The event’s Supporting Sponsor is BHK CPAs & Consultants. Media partners for the series include The Dispatch Media Group, City Scene Magazine, Sunny 95 and WOSU Public Media.

Support for the Jazz Arts Group and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra comes from The Columbus Foundation, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council and The Westin Columbus.

A new bag policy has been established at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium this year aimed at keeping guests safe. Bags larger than 22” long x 12” high x 10” deep, hard and soft coolers larger than 14” long x 14” high x 14” deep, and all bags/suitcases/coolers on wheels ARE PROHIBITED.

JazZoo 2018’s concerts feature favorites from the Great American Songbook as well as classic pop, soul, and tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra and his contemporaries performed by both nationally recognized guest artists and treasured local performers.

Single tickets for JazZoo 2018 are priced at $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Single and Series tables for eight are also available by calling the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614) 724-3485 or (800) MONKEYS, or by going online to www.columbuszoo.org.

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July 13 at 8 p.m.

“Swingin’ & Singin’ the American Songbook”

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. The former Count Basie Orchestra singer has become a fan favorite at jazz clubs and festivals around the world, and is a frequent guest with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, having appeared recently on the CJO’s “Standards & Strings” concerts at the Southern Theatre in March 2016 and “Soul Session: From Ray Charles to Whitney Houston” in April 2017.

Pre-Show Entertainment: The Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra at 6:45 p.m.

July 20 at 8 p.m.
“The Best of Bobby Floyd”

Hometown hero Bobby Floyd’s keyboard wizardry is universally revered. Whether producing cascading glissandos on the grand piano or pulsating grooves on the Hammond B3 organ, Floyd’s virtuosity commands attention. Indeed attention will be paid as Bobby is joined by the CJO, plus colleague, friend and OSU music professor, Milton Ruffin, on a program of Bobby’s favorite tunes including jazz, R&B, pop and gospel.

Pre-Show Entertainment: TBA at 6:45 p.m.

August 3 at 8 p.m.
“Sinatra & Friends”

Guest vocalists Phil Clark and Helen Welch sing and the CJO swings the classic tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra and his contemporaries. Phil Clark is a talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who performs with several top area bands including The Apostles, The Ramshacklers, The Sidewinders, and Phil Clark and The Soul – doubling on saxophone, keyboards, guitar and harmonica. He is also a veteran horn player and vocalist for the venerable Hoo Doo Soul Band.

British-born singer, Helen Welch, has performed with orchestras and big bands on both sides of the Atlantic including appearances with Glen Miller Europe and the BBC Big Band, as well as The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, The Akron Symphony and The Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Her theatrical appearances include productions of Hello Dolly!, Barnum, 42nd Street, Show Boat, Carousel and the Broadway production of the Leiber & Stoller musical, Smokey Joe’s Café.

Pre-Show Entertainment: Winchester Steel Company at 6:45 p.m.

August 10 at 8 p.m.
“Classic Soul & Pop Hits”

Vocal powerhouse and former “Sounds of Blackness” lead singer, Quan Howell, and Columbus’ 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.

Pre-Show Entertainment: The Columbus Community Jazz Band at 6:45 p.m.

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Single and Series Tickets as well as Single and Series Tables for all JazZoo concerts are available by calling the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614) 724-3485 or (800) MONKEYS, or by going online to www.columbuszoo.org.

Once on the Columbus Zoo website, click the orange Tickets button in the top right corner. Under the Special Events drop-down, there is a JazZoo category, click JazZoo. Ticket options are separated by Series Tables, Series Tickets, and Single Tickets.

Gates open for all JazZoo concerts starting at 6:30 p.m. with pre-show entertainment beginning at 6:45 p.m. The Columbus Jazz Orchestra takes the stage for the main concert at 8 p.m. The purchase of your concert ticket includes free Zoo admission for the entire day! Parking is $10 per car for all but Columbus Zoo and Aquarium members.

JazZoo concert attendees are allowed to bring in food in cardboard/paper or plastic containers only. For the safety of the animals, no glass is permitted into the park. Bringing alcohol into the Zoo is strictly prohibited and will be confiscated. Beer and wine are available for onsite purchase at the concerts.

A convoy of fan-favorite Columbus Food Trucks will be on hand at each JazZoo concert, including Alphabetical Soups, Explorer’s Club, Kooky’s Cookies, Mixing Bowl and Niko’s Street Eats.

For more information, call The Jazz Arts Group at (614) 294-5200 or go online to www.jazzartsgroup.org, or call the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614) 724-3485 or (800) MONKEYS, or go online to www.columbuszoo.org.

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