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What the World Needs Now: Bacharach, Brubeck & Beyond

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by Mark Subel on October 14, 2013

Under the direction of world-renowned band leader and trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO) continues to break new ground while honoring the rich heritage of America’s classical music – jazz. The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) kicks off the 2013-14 Swingin’ with the CJO season with “What the World Needs Now: Bacharach, Brubeck & Beyond” (October 24-27 at the Southern Theatre). From “The Look of Love” to “Take Five,” the CJO celebrates the timeless works of these songwriting masters and purveyors of cool. The CJO welcomes back Grammy Award-winning bassist/composer/arranger John Clayton to lead the orchestra in a number of Bacharach classics with help from trumpeter/vocalist David Pruyn. The incredible talents of our very own Bobby Floyd will also be on display including a tribute to the late great Dave Brubeck, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz.

Mr. Clayton’s most recent collaboration with the CJO was the 2012 tribute to Rosa Parks, “Suite Rosa,” at the Lincoln Theatre in which he arranged and guest conducted. He also has composed and guest conducted the 2005 CJO concerts “Art of the Big Band;” composed and conducted the world premiere of “The Colors of Jazz,” and served as consultant on its corresponding CD recording; guest conducted the 2007 CJO concerts “Miles Smiles” at the Southern Theatre; and composed the 2007 “Jazz Plays Art” commission centered on the work of Aminah Robinson.

Audience members can join Byron Stripling for a casual and engaging conversation with John Clayton and the wonderful guest artists of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra in a new workshop series at the Jazz Academy. “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a behind-the-scenes glimpse from the artist perspective on performing with the CJO – adding new perspective to being an audience member. In addition to the opportunity to learn something new, each guest artist will be asked to share what they are currently listening to on their iPods or CD players, introducing audiences to new and exciting music and artists. “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” is free to CJO subscribers and $10 for general registrants. Pre-registration is requested and available at www.jazzartsgroup.org.

2013-14 “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” season schedule:

  • Saturday, October 26, 2:00 pm – John Clayton
  • Saturday, February 8, 2:00 pm – Molly Ringwald
  • Saturday, March 15, 2:00 pm – Ken Peplowski & Bria Skonberg
  • Saturday, April 12, 2:00 pm – Sean Jones

Under the direction of Mark Donavan, the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO) is proud to perform prior to each Swingin’ with the CJO matinee concert. Comprised of premier players in grades 9-12 from central Ohio and beyond, the CYJO provides opportunities for talented high school age musicians to further their experience in America’s classical music – jazz. Admission to the CYJO performance at 2 PM is included with each 3 PM Sunday matinee ticket purchase.

Swingin’ with the CJO season subscriptions are available through the CAPA Ticket Office at 39 East State Street or by calling 614-469-0939. Single tickets are also on sale now for $52 (main floor), $46 (first balcony – loge), $41 (first balcony – mezzanine), and $30 (second balcony) and available through the CAPA Ticket Office and through all Ticketmaster outlets. Student tickets are available for $15 (over 18) and $10 (under 18) with valid ID at the door. For more information call 614-294-5200 or visit www.jazzartsgroup.org.

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