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Legendary Cleveland Jazz Orchestra plays Special Show and announces their Schedule for their upcoming 35th Season!
Special Guest Vocalist Evelyn Wright!
To celebrate our 35th year, the CJO has crafted a season of sonic delights unlike any other in our history. We will be sharing the themes and guests at our Season Announcement Concert held on Friday, June 21st at 8pm at Nighttown. The full band will be there with CJO singer Evelyn Wright performing music from the upcoming season as well as some recent creations by Artistic Director Paul Ferguson and the CJO members.
Paul Ferguson has been director of Jazz Studies at Case Western Reserve University since 1988. A graduate of the University of Akron and the Eastman School of Music, Paul has traveled with the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller bands as lead trombonist and arranger and currently fills those functions with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Paul was principal trombonist of the Canton Symphony from 1989-98 and at various times has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Apollos's Fire, the Cleveland Chamber Brass, the New Hampshire Festival Orchestra and various groups across Northeast Ohio. In 1995, Paul was the recipient of the Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition.He has two recordings-"Blue Highways", recorded with the RIAS Big Band of Berlin, and "Friends", recorded with his own orchestra. Last summer, Paul taught at an International Jazz Seminar in Zarautz, Spain, wrote three arrangements for the Glenn Miller Orchestra and wrote three arrangements for the Cleveland Pops for use on the Drew Carey show.
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