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Clark Terry's Life and Legacy Honored with "CT Suite - Three Portraits in Blues"
(Published: October 11, 2015)

Clark Terry World Premiere Performances October 22-25 are part of "Redefining Tradition: Ellington, Basie & Beyond," Columbus Jazz Orchestra Season Opener at the Southern Theatre. Program Also Features the Music of Big Band Giants Duke Ellington and Count Basie with Guest Soloists Jazz Violinist Christian Howes, Pianist Dave Powers and Saxophonist Shawn "Thunder" Wallace.

October 24th Performance Broadcast Worldwide via Live Simulcast in Partnership with WOSU Public Media


Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 24 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 25 at 3 p.m.

Featuring: Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra with Christian Howes, Dave Powers, Shawn "Thunder" Wallace
Series Sponsor: The Westin Columbus
Artistic Director Chair Sponsor: Ann Tom Hoaglin
Venue: Southern Theatre | Map/Directions

Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) presents the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO) in a program titled "Redefining Tradition: Ellington, Basie & Beyond," Thursday, October 22 - Sunday, October 25 at The Southern Theatre (21 East Main Street). "Redefining Tradition: Ellington, Basie & Beyond" is the first of the CJO's 2015-2016 Swingin' with the CJO series at the Southern Theatre and features a trio of powerhouse guest soloists - jazz violinist Christian Howes, Emmy Award®-winning pianist Dave Powers and saxophonist Shawn "Thunder" Wallace. Tickets start at just $25 and are available at the CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street), all Ticketmaster Outlets including Kroger Stores, by phone at (614) 469-0939, (800) 745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. The Jazz Arts Group's Swingin' with the CJO Series is sponsored by The Westin Columbus. The Artistic Director Chair sponsor is Ann & Tom Hoaglin.



Each of the four performances of "Redefining Tradition..." culminates with "CT Suite - Three Portraits in Blues," a newly commissioned, world premiere work celebrating the life and legacy of jazz great Clark Terry. A frequent collaborator with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and an internationally recognized performer and music educator, Clark Terry earned his estimable reputation as a jazz master while playing trumpet and flugelhorn in the big bands of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington before forming his own internationally renowned ensembles. WOSU Public Media and JAG are collaborating to make this world premiere composition, along with the entirety of the concert, available worldwide through a live simulcast Saturday night, October 24. The event will then be available for another six months for on-demand viewing on WOSU Public Media's website, www.wosu.org.



"When Clark Terry passed away on February 21, 2015 our hearts were broken and we resolved to share his gregarious effervescent musical spirit with the world through this extraordinary commission, and partnership with WOSU Public Media," said CJO Artistic Director, Byron Stripling. "Clark Terry had magical, supernatural powers on the trumpet. His was a slashing, burning technique akin to that of Jascha Heifitz, yet it was imbued with the bluesy moan of a John Lee Hooker," continued Stripling, who experienced the elder musician's magic first hand as one of a group of very talented young musicians selected by Mr. Terry to play in his big band. "Like Muhammad Ali at his peak, his range, flexibility and precision were second to none."

About the Live Simulcast on WOSU Public Media:

Live streaming is a service provided by WOSU Productions, WOSU Public Media's creative services agency for radio and television production. Viewers will go to wosu.org and click on a graphic on the homepage of the website to access the free, live streaming event. The live simulcast will give online users the same experience as if they were at the concert, with the convenience of watching at home or on their mobile device. An archive of "CT Suite - Three Portraits in Blues" will be available for six months after the concert through a dedicated link on wosu.org and jazzartsgroup.org.

WOSU Public Media is a community-supported, noncommercial network of public radio and television stations, and digital services.

About "CT Suite - Three Portraits in Blues":
"CT Suite - Three Portraits in Blues" has been composed by a triumvirate of highly respected composer/arrangers: John Clayton, Chad Eby and Dennis Mackrel. Collectively they have performed, arranged and composed for a roster of music's biggest names and most prestigious organizations including Monty Alexander, the American Jazz Orchestra, the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Aznavour, Tony Bennett, the Carla Bley Big Band, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Regina Carter, Bill Charlap, the Count Basie Orchestra, Whitney Houston, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Quincy Jones, Norah Jones, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall, Queen Latifah, Yo-Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Sir Paul McCartney, the McCoy Tyner Big Band, Willie Nelson, Sir George Shearing, the United States

Military Academy at West Point's Jazz Knights Big Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, among many others.


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