PBJ & Jazz Returns November 2

Details were recently released for the Jazz Arts Group’s 2019-2020 PBJ & Jazz Fall/Winter Concert Series starting Saturday, November 2 at 10am & 11:30am. These 5 pairs of monthly concerts in the Lincoln Theatre Ballroom provide a gateway to jazz and American music to young children and their families courtesy of the area’s talented musicians. James Gaiters’ Soul Revival kicks off the series Saturday, followed by the CJO All-Stars “Songs of the Season,” New Basics Brass Band, Sydney McSweeney and Waves de Ache. Keep reading for full details from JAG and tickets are available here for this entertaining and educational Columbus tradition!



Columbus, OH – Kids, grab your parents and grandparents and bring them to the Jazz Arts Group’s 2019-2020 PBJ & Jazz Fall/Winter Concert Series starting Saturday, November 2 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Theatre Ballroom (769 East Long Street).  PBJ & Jazz concerts are one-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families.  The series is sponsored by Grange Insurance.  Jazz Academy support also comes from PNC Bank, GCAC, Ohio Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, LBrands, State Auto Insurance Companies and Southwest Airlines, the Official Airline of the Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy.

Don’t miss this year’s lineup of locally and internationally known artists. The season kicks off Saturday, November 2 with Soul Revival and its high-energy blend of R&B, soul, and jazz.  Other series highlights include CJO All-Stars performing “Songs of the Season” on Saturday, December 14; New Basics Brass Band presenting a family-favorite lineup of New Orleans style jazz on Saturday, January 11, 2020; rising Vocal sensation Sydney McSweeney inspiring your child to get up and move on February 8, 2020; Waves de Ache merging Cuban music with funk and jazz on March 21, 2020.

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.

“I love that the kids get to run around” remarked a parent who attended a PBJ & Jazz concert last season, “but MY favorite part is that I get to hear some great musicians at 10:00 in the morning.”

PBJ & Jazz concerts are more than just a chance for children to have fun, sing, and dance; your child will be learning too. “My daughter and I enjoyed how the band leader introduced each instrument,” reported one father.  “It helped her identify what each instrument sounds like.  On the way home she was correctly identifying trumpets and saxophones in the jazz songs we were playing.”

PBJ & Jazz concerts are $5 per person at the door with a family maximum of $20.  Children receive a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, juice and a cookie.  The 2019-20 Fall/Winter season concerts are held in the ballroom in the Lincoln Theatre complex, 769 E. Long Street, Columbus, OH 43203.  A Spring/Summer schedule of PBJ & Jazz concerts will take place outdoors at the Downtown Topiary Park on East Town Street.  Those dates and performers will be announced at a later date.

Reservations for PBJ & Jazz series concerts can be made at Eventbrite.com.  For more information, call 614-294-5200 or e-mail Alexa Brennan, Education and Outreach Coordinator at abrennan@jazzartsgroup.org

PBJ & Jazz 2019-2020 Fall/Winter Concert Schedule:

(All at the Lincoln Theatre Ballroom, 769 East Long Street)

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Soul Revival

Saturday, December 14, 2019

CJO All-Stars: Songs of the Season

Saturday, January 11, 2020

New Basics Brass Band

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Sydney McSweeney

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Waves de Ache

About the Jazz Arts Group:

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is America’s premiere not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz.  JAG is the third-largest performing arts organization in Columbus and consists of four focus areas: the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO), one of the world’s finest professional jazz orchestras; the Jazz Academy, JAG’s extensive instructional programs educating both students and adults about jazz and American music; Jazz Arts Group Presents, a jazz and blues performance series produced at the historic Lincoln Theatre and beyond; and Affiliate Musicians, a program providing employment opportunities for professional musicians.  General operating support for Jazz Arts Group programs comes from Cardinal Health, the Columbus Foundation, Grange Insurance, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, L Brands, the Ohio Arts Council, Plante Moran and the Westin Columbus.  Media partners include WOSU Public Media, Sunny 95, WMNI Radio and City Scene Magazine. The Jazz Arts Group’s season sponsor s Jerry Jurgensen.

About PBJ & Jazz Artists:

Saturday, November 2, 2019 – Soul Revival

Soul Revival brings the classic sounds of R&B and soul and blends them with jazz to create music with undeniable groove. Led by one of Columbus’ finest drummers, James Gaiters, Soul Revival will keep you moving and grooving even after the concert is over.

Saturday, December 14, 2019 – CJO All-Stars: Songs of the Season

Your favorite musicians from the Columbus Jazz Orchestra are joining forces to present your favorite holiday music. Back by popular demand, the CJO All-Stars will celebrate the holiday season with sensational swing. With holiday takes on Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and more, the band will leave you feeling festive and full of joy!

Saturday, January 11, 2020 – New Basics Brass Band

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!

Saturday, February 8, 2020  – Sydney McSweeney

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!

Saturday, March 21, 2020  – Waves de Ache

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!

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