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CJOBAND2Congratulations to
CJO Artistic Director
Paul Ferguson!

After an exhaustive search of candidates from California to NYC, the CJO is proud to announce the appointment of Cleveland native and long-time CJO band member/arranger Paul Ferguson as Artistic Director.

“Paul embodies all of the qualities the search committee had identified for our next Artistic Director,” commented Joel Brotman, who headed up the search committee. “Paul’s dedication to the band, to Cleveland, and to jazz as both a historic and ever-evolving art form were unmatched by any other candidate.”

Paul replaces Sean Jones who served as CJO Artistic Director for five fantastic seasons. “We cannot thank Sean enough for his contributions to the organization and to Cleveland,” says Colleen Sherman, CJO Executive Director. “During Sean’s tenure the CJO experienced growth in our audience both in diversity and number, we would not be where we are today without Sean’s initiative and dedication.”

“We are very excited about the next 30 years and feel that Paul’s vision will further CJO’s mission and impact on jazz and in the community,” added Sherman. “Next season promises to be our best yet!”

paulAbout Paul Ferguson
Paul Ferguson has been director of Jazz Studies at Case Western Reserve
University since 1988. A graduate of the University of Akron and the Eastman School of Music, Paul has traveled with the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller bands as lead trombonist and arranger and currently fills those functions with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Paul was principal trombonist of the Canton Symphony from 1989-98 and at various times has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Apollos’s Fire, the Cleveland Chamber Brass, the New Hampshire Festival Orchestra and various groups across Northeast Ohio. In 1995, Paul was the recipient of the Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition.He has two recordings–”Blue Highways”, recorded with the RIAS Big Band of Berlin, and “Friends”, recorded with his own orchestra. Last summer, Paul taught at an International Jazz Seminar in Zarautz, Spain, wrote three arrangements for the Glenn Miller Orchestra and
wrote three arrangements for the Cleveland Pops for use on the Drew Carey show.