The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (CJO) will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 at Hiram College’s Warren S. Hayden Auditorium. The concert, themed “Big Band Extravaganza: The Past, Present and Future,” is the auditorium’s first public event since renovations to the seating, stage and roof were completed earlier this month. The show will feature the music of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, as well as contemporary compositions of Herbie Hancock, Paul Ferguson and Howie Smith. Evelyn Wright will be featured soloist.
For 31 years, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra has been Northeast Ohio’s premier jazz voice. Led by Paul Ferguson, the CJO promotes jazz in its historical and contemporary forms, through concerts with gifted jazz musicians, arrangers, composers and educators in Northeast Ohio. The CJO aims for worldwide recognition in cooperation with guest artists, and looks to shepherd young musicians toward the future of jazz. Learn more at www.clevelandjazz.org
Hayden Auditorium is located on Garfield Road (Route 700) on the Hiram College campus. The concert is sponsored by The Hiram Community Trust, the Hiram College Music Department and Hiram student Brett Dorsey ‘18 in honor of his grandparents William and Sandra Dorsey.