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Jazz Arts Group of Columbus Celebrates 40th Anniversary Season

Jazzed Magazine • News • August 23, 2012

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The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) recently announced its 40th anniversary season of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO) and 2012-13 Inside Track small-ensemble series. Under the direction of world-renowned band leader and trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra continues to break new ground while honoring the rich heritage of America’s classical music – jazz.

Helping to kick off the ruby season of the CJO is legendary Tonight Show bandleader and Grammy Award-winner Doc Severinsen in “40 Years with Jazz Arts Group.” This exclusive two-night performance will also feature one of the CJO’s most requested themes – a special tribute to controversial jazz maven Stan Kenton, along with some other musical surprises.

Other performances will feature Gerald Clayton with Jonathan Elliott and Theo Perry of Columbus’ The Floorwalkers, Marva Hicks in the annual holiday spectacular, Tia Fuller alongside both the CJO and CYJO, Debbie Gravitte in “Big Band on Broadway,” and rising star Chester Gregory and Columbus’ own Dave Powers.

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