Sat 10/26 @ 8PM
In its 35 years, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra has promoted big-band jazz in northeast Ohio, performing concerts featuring both jazz classics and original material by its many talented members. It features veterans of the area jazz scene and the young people they’re inspiring, along with special guest artists and collaborations such as its recent Irving Berlin programs with The Musical Theater Project.
The group’s next project is a live recording of progressive jazz compositions written by members of the ensemble. They include a pair of the local jazz scene’s longtime guiding lights, trombonist Paul Ferguson, who is both director of jazz studies at Case Western Reserve University and artistic director of CJO; and sax player and Cleveland State University professor emeritus Howie Smith, along with two members of the younger generation, sax player Brad Wagner and bassist Aidan Plank.
When they record the pieces live before an audience at the BOP STOP, they’ll also do excerpts from John Coltrane’s 1964 masterpiece, A Love Supreme, arranged by Jim McNeely. Tickets are only $25 to be able to say you were there!