“Music that includes swing, improvising, group interaction, an ‘individual voice,’ and being open to different possibilities,” that’s a broad definition encompassing the eras of jazz, proposed by ethnomusicologist Travis Jackson, an Associate Professor of Music and Humanities at the University of Chicago. Duke Ellington, one of jazz’s most famous figures, simply said: “It’s all music.” The Toledo Jazz Orchestra, in existence since 1980, has worked with notable legends, including Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Clark Terry and Zoot Sims, while also performing works of big bands from the past eight decades and specially commissioned arrangements. “This is the best season the jazz orchestra has put together,” states Ron Kischuk, TJO artistic director. “There is combination of great music, renowned international artists and a band that is performing better than in their history. This year should be outstanding.” The TJO kicks off the 2016/2017 season with the Black & White Transportation Bistro Series at Registry Bistro, featuring TJO members with other area performers. Debuting at Registry Bistro, in downtown Toledo’s historic Secor Building, the series is sponsored by Black & White Transportation in partnership with the restaurant. Tickets include heavy hors d’oeuvres and the best jazz in town.
TJO sponsors the Junior Jazz Orchestra, a youth jazz ensemble, directed by Ron Kischuk, which performs before concerts and at a spring recital. Auditions for the Junior Jazz Orchestra are held the first week of November with rehearsals 7pm Tuesdays from mid-November through mid-May. TJO also performs for school assemblies for students of all ages, including “The Evolution of Jazz” with an educational component on improvisation that students can appreciate, regardless of their musical knowledge presented in four sessions over successive semesters for school assemblies.
Each performance takes place Thursdays | 6 – 8:00pm
To Brazil and Back with guitarist Chris Buzzelli October 20, 2016
Cruise Ship Songs & Stories featuring vocalist Kelly Broadway November 17, 2016
The Great American Song Book with The Parker/ Potter Quintet May 18, 2017
Tribute to Ella featuring vocalist Lori Lefevre June 15, 2017
Additional TJO productions at the Valentine Theater include
December 17, 2016 – 8:00 PM “Cool Yule” Annual Holiday Concert
Jan 14, 2017 Torme Sings Torme
Mar 11,2017 Drums & Drummers: A Tribute to Roger Schupp
April 22, 2017 Sixty Years of West Side Story
School Clinics/ Private Lessons
The Orchestra brings an ensemble, or an individual musician, to perform in a format tailored for music students, offering students valuable instruction at a level they can access and appreciate.
Private instruction is available from a number of TJO members on the campus of the University of Toledo.