Dear CJO Supporter:
We look forward to the 27th season of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. We’re ready and willing and eager to present it for your enjoyment. It’s going to be a hot season no matter the weather.
Our 2011-12 roster will showcase our growth, our partnerships and collaborations, our innovation, and above all, our world-class performers. It will offer something for everyone. CJO 27 will include two precedent-setting concerts: our first holiday family presentation, and what we hope will be our first of many National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master concerts.
We will open with Celebrating Cleveland Voices, featuring vocalists from a variety of genres, some mainstream, some strikingly innovative. We’ve brought back our highly successful Not So Silent Night concert to celebrate the Christmas season, and we’ve added a family-friendly Jingle Bell Jazz matinee on Sunday, complete with an “instrument petting zoo” prelude.
In February, we’ll celebrate the Big Band in a program covering the genre from Duke Ellington to Thad Jones to even more contemporary masters. The following month, the CJO will partner with the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) for our second CJO Plugged In concert featuring electric jazz and funk. It’s back to tradition with our annual Swingin’ at the Temple salute to Jewish composers at Fairmount Temple in April. For a season finale, we will present a first, an event that’s simply too big for the Hanna—our NEA Jazz Master Concert featuring Jimmy Heath at the Ohio Theatre.
Your continuing support of the CJO has made all this excitement possible. Thanks to you for the increasing popularity of the orchestra, marked by growth in attendance and in the number of offerings, along with the variety of styles and performers. We look forward to keeping jazz alive–and hot–in Cleveland. Join us. You’ll love CJO 2011–12.
Sean Jones, Artistic Director