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Columbus Jazz Orchestra pays tribute to legends of soul in "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." - April 11-15
(Published: March 28, 2012)

Columbus, OH - In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) returns to the historic Southern Theatre to pay "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." (April 11 - 15). Under the direction of Artistic Director Byron Stripling, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and guest vocalists Chris Pierce and Bobbi Townes salute the legendary figures of soul including "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown, Sam Cooke, "Mr. Excitement" Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, Ike & Tina, and "The Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin.

Each April, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) shines the spotlight on the extraordinary history of jazz and its importance in American culture. Through concerts, lectures, films, and other programs, JAM encourages people of all ages to attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, study the music, and support institutional jazz programs.

Lending his extraordinary vocal talents to this show is Los Angeles soul/R&B artist Chris Pierce. He has shared the bill with artists such as B.B. King, Toots & The Maytals, SEAL, Jamie Cullum, Ben Harper, Macy Gray, Colbie Caillat, and Al Green. Pierce has recently released his fifth studio album, I Can Hear You, and has had his music featured on such television shows as Army Wives, Brothers & Sisters, Grey's Anatomy and more. Also sharing the stage with Pierce is guest vocalist Bobbi Townes. Townes fronts the Columbus hard rock/funk band Fresh Wreckage and is the daughter of CJO pianist Bobby Floyd.

Single tickets are on sale now for $49 (main floor), $46 (first balcony) and $41 (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.

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 1 PM is included with each 2 PM Sunday matinee ticket purchase.

For more information call 614-294-5200 or visit www.jazzartsgroup.org.

The Swingin' with the CJO music series is presented by the Westin Columbus with ongoing support from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and The Columbus Foundation. Media support is provided by The Columbus Dispatch and WOSU Public Media.

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 new jazz and blues performance series produced at the historic Lincoln Theatre; 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 11th annual Jazz Appreciation Month 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 Appreciation Month 2012 will use the theme "Jazz Crossing Borders & Cultures" to produce online, in-museum, and community programs that highlight why jazz artists are respected worldwide for their roles in advancing freedom, creativity, and unity through jazz music and the civic action and dialogues their music often sparks, making jazz men and women among America's greatest cultural ambassadors.

On April 30, the world will pay tribute to one of America's newest cultural ambassadors when jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, UNESCO's Goodwill Cultural Ambassador, concludes Jazz Appreciation Month by launching International Jazz Day. This annual, UNESCO endorsed initiative will use jazz and intercultural discussions to help foster unity, dialogue and intercultural understanding among the world's youth.

More Information: http://www.jazzartsgroup.org

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