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The Columbus Jazz Orchestra performing at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts


May 3, 2016


Columbus Jazz Orchestra will perform at 7:30 pm on Tues., May 3 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

Closing the 2015-16 season, the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association and Shawnee State University present the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO) at 7:30 p.m. on Tues., May 3 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

CJO returns to SSU under the direction of trumpeter, Byron Stripling, to bring the Big Band and Swing Era sound at their performance. The concert will focus on legends that made Big Band music famous, such as Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong.

CJO has earned its recognition as one of the finest jazz orchestras in the world with over 40 years in production. Under the direction of Stripling, the orchestra has toured with dozens of jazz luminaries including Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Sonny Rollins, as well as Dave Brubeck’s revival of “The Real Ambassadors.”

This year, the CJO presents the critically acclaimed vocalist, Helen Welch, as guest vocalist. Welch will be singing selections from The Great American Songbook, including the classics of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Rosemary Clooney. Originally a native of England, Welch is now a resident of Ohio. She has had many starring roles in Broadway musicals such as, Hello Dolly!, Barnum, 42nd Street, Oliver Twist, Show Boat and Carousel. Her experience performing in the musical Smokey Joe’s Cafe has been made into a documentary for BBC.

Tickets are $22 for SSU students, staff and faculty, $27 for seniors, $15 for children under the age of 12, and $30 for the general public. Tickets are available at the McKinley Box Office, Mon. through Fri., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by calling the VRCFA at (740) 351-3600. Tickets may also be purchased through any TicketMaster at http://ticketmaster.com/venue/41868.

Additional information is available at the VRCFA website, www.vrcfa.com, and at the SOPAA website, www.sopaa.org. For more information on CJO, please visit, http://www.jazzartsgroup.org/columbus-jazz-orchestra/.

The performance of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra is sponsored by the Scioto Foundation.

The 2015-16 SOPAA/SSU season is presented with the support of the Ohio Arts Council, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Portsmouth, OH, The SSU Development Foundation, the Martings Foundation and the Scioto Foundation.


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