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Cleveland Jazz Orchestra 2013 Annual Report

Thanks for another great year of Cleveland jazz! As we look back at the 2012/2013 concert season, we remain grateful for your continued support. Your ticket purchases, individual gifts, concert sponsorships and institutional support have allowed us to expand our season programming, helping us reach new audiences and bringing the very best jazz to the Cleveland community. You’ve invested your time and your financial resources in the CJO and we’ve prepared this Annual Report to provide you with an accounting of how we did over the past fiscal year: whom we served, what we offered, where we received our operating revenue and how we spent our funds. You’ll find all of this information here.

Artistic highlights of our 2012/2013 season included, three sold-out concerts at the Hanna Theatre, and the continued growth of our Jingle Bell Jazz family matinee of holiday concert. We continued our wonderful collaborations and partnerships with Broadway School of the Arts and Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (MOCA) and established new relationships with Trinity Cathedral and Stambaugh Auditorium. Our third annual benefit event at Nighttown was our most successful yet, fully exceeding our projections and expectations!

As we journey through our 2013/2014 season we’re excited to continue our popular pre-show talks, the family concert and our established community
collaborations. This year we embarked on a very special project, “The Many Faces of Miles.” The event featured an introspective look at the music of Miles Davis from his early works in our “Tribute to Miles Davis” big band concert at the Hanna to his groundbreaking and controversial transformation with our “Miles Goes Electric” Plugged In gig at Kennedy’s Cabaret. We also explored the visual artistry of Davis, through a partnership with The Galleries at Cleveland State University to present “Two Minds…One Canvas. The Collaborative Works of Jo Gelbard and Miles Davis.” The second half of our season will feature a combination of popular and requested audience themes paired with the fresh arrangements of our talented musicians and our innovative artistic direction. We hope you all continue to join us in this exciting endeavor.

We remain focused on serving as a responsible steward of your gifts and grants and collaborating, creating and connecting with other Cleveland non-profit organizations to help sustain ourselves and support our community. We hope this Annual Report gives you some perspective on what we’ve accomplished during the past year. We’re excited to share this information about where we’ve been—and we’re even more excited about our future trajectory.

Yours in Cleveland Jazz,

Sean Jones, Artistic Director; Paul Ferguson, Associate Artistic Director and Daniel R. Leibundgut, President

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Annual Report – Printable PDF

Form 990 – FY2013