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2017/2018 Season

“You Should Hear Us Now!”

For 32 years, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra has promoted jazz in its historical and contemporary forms mixing the finest internationally recognized jazz musicians, arrangers, composers with the CJO. Led by Musical Director Paul Ferguson, this upcoming season the CJO will present our usual array of uniquely creative arrangements performing a celebration of jazz centennials, the music of Love, Latin music, Christmas music and our annual collaboration with The Musical Theater Project.

In addition to presenting our subscription shows at Playhouse Square, we are excited to announce some new venues for the CJO to be enjoyed–we’ll be starting our season in November at the Cleveland Museum of Art with Vanessa Rubin and we’ll be doing a Sunday matinee at the Temple-Tefereth Israel with The Musical Theatre Project in Beachwood.

We are also really pleased to announce a four-concert partnership with downtown Akron’s BLU Jazz+. BLU Jazz+ is a stunning live music venue with state-of-the art stage/sound & lighting which caters to its patrons by providing a relaxing atmosphere for light socialization and the presentation of quality live jazz (regional & national). Blu Jazz+ also offers a chef-inspired menu of exquisite entrées & small plate specialties, full-service bar boasting premium liquors, signature cocktails, and inspired wine & beer selections, and a fabulous photography gallery!

Here’s our Musical Director Paul Ferguson’s thoughts on the upcoming season; “From our historic opening night at the Cleveland Museum of Art to our rousing closer at Playhouse Square, please join us as we celebrate the artistry of some Cleveland jazz legends–Tadd Dameron, Vanessa Rubin, Ernie Krivda, Helen Welch and up and comer Dan Wilson performing the best in jazz through its many years and many styles.”

You Should Hear Us Now!
CJO’s 2017-2018 Season:

November 9 (BLU Jazz+) and 10 (Gartner Auditorium, The Cleveland Museum of Art) 2017

Vanessa Rubin Sings!
International recording star and Cleveland native Vanessa Rubin pays a centennial tribute to a remarkable quartet born in 1917-Cleveland’s own Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Ella Fitzgerald. In honor of the first jazz recordings that were also made that year, we’ll offer some big band Dixieland as well.
NOV 9 BLU Jazz+ tickets…
NOV 10 CMA tickets…


December 8 (BLU Jazz+) and 9 (Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square) 2017

Peanuts meets the Grinch! Featuring Russ Mitchell and Evelyn Wright
WKYC’s Russ Mitchell narrates “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and Louis Armstrong’s last recording, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” along with swinging versions of the perennial favorite “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” CJO vocalist Evelyn Wright is incredibly versatile and always commands the room when she joins us. Bring the whole family for our annual Christmas shows! Tickets…


January 27 (Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square) and 28 (Temple-Tefereth Israel) 2018

Gershwin In Hollywood, featuring Vince Mastro and Treva Offut
Continuing our rich annual collaboration with The Musical Theater Project, the CJO joins forces with the TMTP for a loving and informative tribute to George and Ira Gershwin, focusing on their final years in Hollywood. Co-hosted by Bill Rudman and Paul Ferguson. Tickets…


February 8 (BLU Jazz+) and 9 (Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square) 2018

Love in Cleveland, featuring Helen Welch and Ernie Krivda
The best date night in Cleveland! Premiere singer/entertainer Helen Welch joins the CJO in an evening of loves songs, from Rodgers and Hart to the Beatles! Ernie’s energy and creativity have captivated NEO audiences for decades, and Helen is a consummate performer, loved by her audiences for her voice and for her charismatic stage presence. Tickets…


May 11 (BLU Jazz+) and 12 (Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square) 2018

Caribbean music explosion, featuring Dan Wilson, guitar
Dan Wilson is one of the great talents rising in Jazz today-his treatments of Afro-Cuban, Samba and Bossa Nova are not to be missed! Currently performing with organist Joey DeFrancesco, catch this rising star on our annual Latin music show. Tickets…