Columbus, OH – The Jazz Arts Group's Inside Track series continues its 2012-13 season at the historic Lincoln Theatre with Columbus Jazz Orchestra all-stars Byron Stripling and Bobby Floyd in Swingin' the New Year" on Friday, December 28. Byron and Bobby lead a small group with a celebration that is sure to beat the post-holiday blues and make you sing and dance! Special guests Larry Cook and Rich Thompson hit the stage with a Jazz Academy workshop ensemble that could include you!
A spectacular trumpeter with a very wide range, a beautiful tone, and the ability to blend together many influences into his own style, Byron Stripling is also the artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, leader of his own quartet, and constantly in demand to play with pops orchestras around the world. Byron is an extroverted performer who brings the audience into his music. The happiness that he exudes through his trumpet, his vocals and his words is reminiscent of Louis Armstrong yet very much his own.
The passion with which Bobby Floyd plays piano, organ and keyboards are the result of his natural ability (discovered at the age of two), his love of music, and years of practice. Whether performing jazz or gospel, as a soloist, with a trio or big band, his feel is unique and inspirational leading him to many distinguished appearances around the world, most recently as the featured pianist with the Count Basie Orchestra.
On Thursday, December 27 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the Jazz Academy will give you the opportunity to dust off the horn, get out the sticks and shake off the holiday blues as you learn from and play for Byron Stripling and Bobby Floyd as part of the Swingin' the New Year" Community Big Band workshop. On Friday, join Byron, Bobby, Larry and Rich on the Lincoln Theatre stage during the Swingin' the New Year" concert and give your families and friends the gift of a lifetime – the opportunity to see you play with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the country! Pre-registration is required (fee includes admission to concert) and available by visiting www.jazzartsgroup.org.
Advance concert tickets are on sale now for $35 (general admission) and available through the CAPA Ticket Office and through all Ticketmaster outlets. Showtime is 8:00 PM.
The 2012-13 Inside Track season also features Columbus' favorite neo-funk band Mojoflo in their Motown tribute Motor City Soul Revue" (Mar. 2, 2013 at the Lincoln Theatre); virtuoso jazz bassist and film composer Kyle Eastwood (Apr. 6, 2013 at Short North Stage's Green Room); and the ear-bending collaboration of the New Orleans funk of the New Basics Brass Band and banjo-less bluegrass of The Relentless Mules in Brass & Grass" (Apr. 26, 2013 at Clintonville Woman's Club). Call 614-294-5200 or visit jazzartsgroup.org for more information.
The Inside Track music series is presented by the Jazz Arts Group with ongoing support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and The Westin Columbus. Media support is provided by The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Alive, and WCBE 90.5 FM.
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.