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An Evening of Sheer Auditory Delight With The Columbus Jazz Orchestra & Guests

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HAPPY FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY COLUMBUS JAZZ ORCHESTRA!! Thank you for all you do and all you are to our community!!

Last night, I had the honor and privilege to be invited to the Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s opening performance of Swingin’ with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra; “Ragtime, Blues & Beyond”.  Artistic Director, Byron Stripling, leads one of the most talented and gifted groups of musicians any one could imagine! Does central Ohio know what kind of talented gold mine of musicians they have in their own back yard? Let’s make sure they find out!!

Artistic Director, Byron Stripling of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra

Artistic Director, Byron Stripling of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra

Director Stripling leads off the evening with a stunning rendition of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Be Bop” that immediately set the tone for the evening.  The musicians poured their hearts and souls into the music as Stripling took us back to the beginnings of Jazz, how Jazz, Ragtime and the Blues meld together to bring different variations of the genre` we listen to throughout today.  When you are there, live, actually in the audience…you can close your eyes and transport yourself back to the times when each song was originally performed, from Shiny Stockings, Spain, and Stompin’ at the Savoy to my personal favorite-the CJO’s own rendition of Sing, Sing, Sing.  Each song featured talented individuals or sections of the group that left one question…with all of

this talent, how could you ever pick just one person to feature?

The Columbus Jazz Orchestra gave even more to the audience because they had some amazing guest performers! The first special guest was Lewis Nash; this man is God’s gift to percussion! When Nash plays, you not only hear the sounds but you also feel the reverberation throughout the auditorium.  Lewis Nash began playing the drums when he was 10 years old and has definitely perfected the art, so much so that he is a sought-after lecturer and educator who holds numerous workshops and clinics to help budding artists.

The next guest performers were The Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO) under the incredible directorship of Mark Donavan. This group of teenagers get together once a week to practice their art, which is hard to believe! Once you hear Micah Thomas on the piano and Rasaan Hollis on the trumpet, there are only two words that describe it -BREATH TAKING! To witness this performance by the all of these young artists who will be carrying the most amazing genre` of music into the future reassures me that the future of the art is in very capable hands! I look forward to seeing and hearing much more from this group.

Mark Donavan, Director of Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra

Mark Donavan, Director of Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra

And last, but far from least, special guest was Miss Tia Fuller. This young lady has a beauty and a passion for her craft is exuded from her lovely face, to her gifted fingers and finally into the saxophone that she plays.  The sounds that she gets from the sax can bring people to tears! It’s no wonder this gal tours with the Rhythm & Blues artist,  Beyonce` and is a featured soloist on the Beyonce’ Experience DVD.

I could continue on and on about this amazing evening but I would rather have you experience this for yourself! My words cannot do the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, Mr. Lewis Nash and Miss Tia Fuller any type of justice. You have three more

Tia Fuller-one of the most dynamic saxaphonists to ever grace the jazz stage.

Tia Fuller-one of the most dynamic saxaphonists to ever grace the jazz stage.

opportunities to be a part of this exciting production!

Here are the dates and times:

February 8, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

February 9, 2013 @8:00 pm

February 10, 2013 @3:00pm

Please check out the website for more information and upcoming performances.

http://www.jazzartsgroup.org/

Look for a follow-up articles soon with more information on the performing arts and the opportunities Columbus has to offer people of all ages!

~m

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