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Columbus Jazz Orchestra goes wild in ninth season of JazZoo!
(Published: May 05, 2014)

Columbus, OH - This summer, the Jazz Arts Group will take jazz to a wilder place as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra takes center stage at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for the ninth season of JazZoo!

The four-concert series returns to the Water's Edge Events Park at the Columbus Zoo providing a beautiful waterfront setting along the O'Shaughnessy Reservoir. Gates open at 6:30 PM with concerts beginning at 8 PM.

• Friday, July 11 - "Smooth '70s: Bacharach, Rawls & Beyond" featuring Dwight Lenox
From "What the World Needs Now is Love" to "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," the CJO celebrates the timeless works of these songwriting masters and purveyors of cool. Dwight Lenox lends his smooth vocal talents to kick off the season under the stars!

• Friday, July 18 - "Basie, Buddy & Benny" featuring Dave Bennett & Butch Miles
Join Byron and company as we celebrate the three Bs of jazz! As the drummer for the world-famous Count Basie Orchestra and Mel Tormé, Butch Miles quickly became renowned for his swinging big band style and fiery techniques. Michigan clarinetist Dave Bennett is an authentic musical prodigy who brings to life the classic sound and music of Benny Goodman with incredible technique, style, beauty of tone, and naturalness.

• Friday, August 8 - "Ragtime, Blues & All That Jazz" featuring Helen Welch
"Ragtime, Blues & All That Jazz" travels through ragtime masters Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton, blues legends B.B. King and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and wraps up with the ever-charming Helen Welch. With entertaining vignettes about the music and its creators, plus a finale that closes out with an unforgettable, toe-tapping jam session, this high-energy show is not to be missed!

• Friday, August 15 - "Elton John, Billy Joel & Some Rock ‘n' Roll" featuring Dave Powers
You'll all be in the mood for a melody when the CJO pays tribute to your favorite piano men and classic rock legends! The keyboard wizardry of Dave Powers joins the CJO on timeless classics like "Your Song," "Just the Way You Are," "Only the Good Die Young," and much more!

Ticket prices (includes zoo admission and concert, parking is $8 per car for all but zoo members):

• Adult single: $30 (advance)/$35 (day of)
• Adult single: $25 (advance)/$35 (day of) for CJO subscribers/Columbus Zoo members
• Student single: $20 with ID
• Adult concert series: $99 per person (through June 13)
• Adult concert series: $109 per person (after June 13)
• Single concert corporate table of 8: $350 (does not include food)
• Concert series corporate table of 8: $1,200 (does not include food)

Single concert tickets and full series tickets can be purchased from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium via phone at 614.724.3485 or online at www.columbuszoo.org. Single concert tables and full series tables can be reserved through the Jazz Arts Group at 614.294.5200 x 110. Advance catering options are also available.

The 2014 JazZoo! concert series is presented by Wells Fargo Advisors and The Columbus Dispatch. Additional media support is made possible by Radio One Columbus 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 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 the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium:

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 575 species from around the globe. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; contributing more than $1 million annually in privately raised funds to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator's prestigious 4-star rating, was named the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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

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