Columbus Jazz Orchestra Blows The Roof Off In Trumpet Summit Featuring Sean Jones - April 10-13


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Columbus, OH – In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) returns to the historic Southern Theatre on April 10-13 for a special fanfare to the trumpet titled “Trumpet Summit,” featuring guest artist Sean Jones.

The bright vivacious sound of the trumpet has long been featured in the art of jazz. From Louis Armstrong to Dizzy Gillespie to Herb Alpert, our very own trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling will lead the Columbus Jazz Orchestra in an assortment of works embellishing this classic instrument. Joining the stage will be Cleveland Jazz Orchestra artistic director and trumpeter/composer/educator Sean Jones with his own interpretation of the legacy of Miles Davis.

Sean Jones is a Warren, Ohio native who heard, sang, and played music in church from an early age. He started playing trumpet in the fifth grade, was turned on to jazz through Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and performed both gospel and classical music while in high school. Versed in numerous musical idioms, Sean received his bachelor of music degree from Youngtown State University and his master’s degree from Rutgers University. He spent most of the last decade as lead trumpeter of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in New York, returning to his northeast Ohio home in 2009 to succeed former teacher Jack Schantz as head of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Sean is a professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he also is artistic director of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. He is also Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Oberlin College. He has worked with many jazz masters including Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Jon Faddis, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and the Illinois Jacquet Big Band. He has released six recordings for the Detroit label Mack Avenue Records: Eternal Journey, Gemini, Roots, Kaleidoscope, The Search Within, and the latest, No Need for Words.

To commemorate Jazz Appreciation Month and National Autism Awareness Month, both celebrated annually during the month of April, the Jazz Arts Group will form a unique partnership with the Helping Hands Center for Special Needs (HHC). HHC will join the Columbus Jazz Orchestra during its “Trumpet Summit” concerts to share information about the work being done locally and statewide around issues of autism research and awareness.

Audience members can also join Byron Stripling for a casual and engaging conversation with Sean Jones on Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 pm in a new workshop series at the Jazz Academy. “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a behind-the-scenes glimpse from the artist perspective on performing with the CJO – adding new perspective to being an audience member. In addition to the opportunity to learn something new, each guest artist will be asked to share what they are currently listening to on their iPods or CD players, introducing audiences to new and exciting music and artists. “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” is free to CJO subscribers and $10 for general registrants. Pre-registration is requested and available at

Under the direction of Mark Donavan, the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO) is proud to perform prior to each Swingin’ with the CJO matinee concert. Comprised of premier players in grades 9-12 from central Ohio and beyond, the CYJO provides opportunities for talented high school age musicians to further their experience in America’s classical music – jazz. Admission to the CYJO performance at 2:00 pm is included with each 3:00 pm Sunday matinee ticket purchase.

Single tickets are on sale now for $52 (main floor), $46 (first balcony – loge), $41 (first balcony – mezzanine), and $30 (second balcony) and available through the CAPA Ticket Office at 614-469-0939 and through all Ticketmaster outlets. Student tickets are available for $15 (over 18) and $10 (under 18) with valid ID at the door. For more information call 614-294-5200 or visit

The 2013-14 Swingin’ with the CJO season of the Jazz Arts Group is proudly presented by US Bank. The Columbus Jazz Orchestra receives ongoing support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, The Reinberger Foundation, Ann & Tom Hoaglin, and The Westin Columbus. Concert sponsorship for “Trumpet Summit” is provided by Plante Moran with media support from The Columbus Dispatch, Outlook Columbus, WOSU Public Media, and WMNI AM 920.

About the Jazz Arts Group:

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is America's oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz. JAG is the third largest performing arts organization in Columbus and consists of four focus areas: the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO), one of the world's finest professional jazz orchestras; the Jazz Academy, JAG's extensive instructional programs educating both students and adults about jazz and American music; Inside Track, a jazz and blues performance series produced at the historic Lincoln Theatre and beyond; and Affiliate Musicians, a program providing employment opportunities for professional musicians.

About Jazz Appreciation Month:

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will mark the 13th annual Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in April with a month-long celebration of jazz featuring performances, talks, tours and family-oriented events. The museum launched JAM in 2001 as an annual event that pays tribute to jazz both as a historic and living American art form. It has since grown to include celebrations in all 50 states and 40 other countries. Jazz Alchemy: A Love Supreme is the 2014 JAM theme paying tribute to John Coltrane and the 50th anniversary of his composition “A Love Supreme." JAM and UNESCO’s International Jazz Day on April 30 provide rich platforms for individuals and communities to explore jazz principles of freedom, inclusion and creativity to learn how jazz has transformed America and inspired the world.

About Helping Hands Center for Special Needs:

Helping Hands Center for Special Needs is a non-profit school and therapy center with a mission to meet the educational and therapeutic needs of children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Founded by Abby David and Erin Nealy, the goal of Helping Hands Center is to help each child reach his or her highest potential. Helping Hands Center accomplishes this goal by providing outstanding school day, summer camp and outpatient therapy services in speech, music, physical and occupational therapies with a staff of more than eighty certified teachers, therapists, psychologists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

About National Autism Awareness Month:

National Autism Awareness Month has been celebrated since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and the issues within the autism community. Recently, The Centers for Disease Control updated the prevalence of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis to 1 in every 88 children born in the US; and for boys, the statistic is a staggering 1 in 54.

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