Summit County music fans will enjoy series of big band concerts presented at the award-winning Akron club
AKRON, Ohio (April 3, 2017) – As part of the 2017-2018 concert season, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, one of Northeast Ohio’s most prominent & long-running big bands, will bring several shows from their subscription series at Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare to Akron’s BLU Jazz+.
Led by trombonist, composer & arranger, Paul Ferguson, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (CJO) promotes jazz in its historical and contemporary forms, through concerts with gifted jazz musicians, arrangers, composers and educators in northeast Ohio.
“The CJO has loved playing at BLU Jazz+ every time we’ve been there. The space is intimate, accommodating and the vibe of the patrons and staff make for really unique evenings. Many of the CJO members have played in various other groups at BLU, and just love the reception they get and the music they make there,” says Ferguson.
The upcoming season is set to highlight some of the region’s finest talent, including featured guest performers Vanessa Rubin, Evelyn Wright, Russ Mitchell, Helen Welch, Ernie Krivda & Dan Wilson.
“This is a really special opportunity for us…to present such a wonderful series at our venue with a top-notch group like the CJO, we’re really excited about it,” says Mike Wyatt II, VP of Talent & Events at BLU Jazz+.
For 32 years, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra has been Northeast Ohio’s premier jazz voice. Led by trombonist, composer & arranger, Paul Ferguson, the CJO promotes jazz in its historical and contemporary forms, through concerts with gifted jazz musicians, arrangers, composers and educators in northeast Ohio. The CJO aims for worldwide recognition in cooperation with guest artists, and looks to shepherd young musicians toward the future of jazz. This season exemplifies this mission and vision through a variety of new music, new compositions and arrangements, and a stellar line-up of well-known guest artists and young up-and-coming talent.
Members of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra include Paul Ferguson, Chris Anderson, Chas Baker, Dave Banks, Johnny Cochran, Scott Garlock, Paul Hungerford, John Klayman, Jackie Warren, Aidan Plank, Jim Rupp, Jack Schantz, George Shernit, Howie Smith, Brad Wagner.
|BLU Jazz+ was named one of the "Best Jazz Venues in the World" by DownBeat Magazine (2016, 2017, 2018)|
|Committed to the preservation of America's treasured art form of jazz, BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF) is a new program developed by the founders of BLU Jazz+ Akron that brings “front-row” jazz education performance & mentorship opportunities to student musicians and art lovers alike through an ongoing series of special events throughout the year.|