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Thank you to everyone who attended our annual benefit, Caliente! We will be sharing photos and updates soon!

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CJO Presents Caliente!
A Pre-Concert Benefit Event

April 30, 2016 ~ 5:30-7:30 PM
Preconcert Benefit at Cibreo Privato on E. 14th

Jack Schantz, Legacy Honoree

Jack Schantz

Jack Schantz

Jack Schantz served as the second Artistic Director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra from1994-2009. Under his leadership the CJO performed tribute concerts to The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (with Jim Pugh), The Glenn Miller Orchestra (with Tex Beneke), The Benny Goodman Orchestra (with Ken Peplowski),The Stan Kenton Orchestra (with the Four Freshmen), The Count Basie Orchestra (with Billy Byers and FrankFoster), The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra (with Bill Finegan), and backed singers Buddy Greco, Mel Torme, The Pied Pipers, Sarah Vaughn, Cleo Laine, Linda Eder, Tony Bennett, and Ann Hampton Calloway.

Under Jack’s leadership, the CJO recorded a studio album, Traditions, and two live recordings – Swingin’ Together with Sammy Nestico, and The Surprise of Being, composed by David Morganand featuring Joe Lovano, recorded at Birdland in NYC.

Jack is currently Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Akron, a charter member of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and performs regularly with Tri-C Soundworks, the Sam Blakeslee Large Ensemble, and the CJO.