Jazz Arts Group and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra 769 E. Long Street Columbus, OH 43203 Work614-294-5200 Visit Web Site
The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is America’s oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz. JAG divides its resources among two areas: performance and education. JAG serves as an "umbrella" organization to the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO), performance activities at the Lincoln Theatre and beyond, the Jazz Academy, and the JAG Affiliate Musicians program. The CJO is led by trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling and presents more than twenty concerts each season at the historic Southern Theatre in its "Swingin’ with the CJO" performance series. More than 2,000 subscribers for this series makes the CJO audience the largest jazz orchestra subscription base in the United States. The CJO performs an outdoor summer concert series, JazZoo!, at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The Jazz Arts Group believes in the power of music to transform lives and is committed to offering lifelong-learning opportunities for individuals of all ages, interests, backgrounds and abilities. JAG achieves this with our two Jazz Academy programs: Jazz in the Community and Jazz in Schools. In June, 2009 JAG opened the Jazz Academy’s community instructional space. With nearly 5,000 square feet, this is a premier facility for multi-generational and recreational music making, ensemble playing, after-school programs, and lectures with world-class musicians - a place where everyone can listen, learn and play. JAG makes a significant impact on thousands of people each year through in-school performances and residencies, professional development for educators, internships for young people and masterclasses with world-renowned musicians. These Jazz Academy initiatives are just a few of the ways the Jazz Arts Group is making a difference through music.
Spotlight Series: Jazz 100's: Billy Strayhorn ft. Dave Powers 4-21-2015
Born in Dayton, Ohio in 1915, pianist/composer Billy Strayhorn would have been 100 years old in 2015. Described by great Duke Ellington as my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head, my brainwaves in his head, and his in mine, Strayhorn provided an artistic influence to Duke Elli
CJO's Big Band Evolution ft Maria Schneider 5-1-2015 thru 5-2-2015
Grammy Award-winning conductor/arranger/composer Maria Schneider brings her radiant charisma to the stage to lead the CJO in an unforgettable evening of art and jazz.
Columbus Youth Jazz Summer Workshop led by Rob Parton 6-8-2015 thru 6-12-2015
For students with a minimum of 2 years of experience on their instrument - Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drum Set. Columbus Youth Jazz Summer Workshop is an excellent opportunity for instrumentalists of all skill levels to hone their skills in the jazz language - improvisatio
CAMP Blues led by Sean Carney Band 6-15-2015 thru 6-19-2015
Join Sean Carney and the Sean Carney Band for CAMP Blues, a 5-day ensemble experience focusing on learning about and playing the blues. The course will focus on guitar, piano, bass, drums, vocals and horns, exploring those instruments' respective roles in blues music and developing participants' ins
Jazz Cats, Half-Day Camp led by Rebecca Ogden & Zach Compston 8-3-2015 thru 8-7-2015
The Jazz Cats Half-Day camp is designed to be a fun and interactive immersion into the art of jazz and improvisation. During the week", we will discover the magic of improvisation in the style of jazz greats Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, and more. By the end of the week, all stud
Jazz it up!
Take a backstage tour of the majestic Southern Theatre before a Columbus Jazz Orchestra concert and meet Artistic Director Byron Stripling after the show.
Enjoy dinner and a JazZoo concert at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Meet Artistic Director Byron Stripling and interact with exotic zoo animals.