2016-17 KCJO Season Art of the Big Band! ______________________________________________
Celebrating our 'Fifth' Anniversary Season at the magnificent Helzberg Hall/Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Please join Artistic Director/Conductor Clint Ashlock & The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for these four innovative, entertaining, and always swinging concerts:
Season Premiere! “CLASSIC BIG BAND BROADWAY!” Friday, October 7th, 2016 – 8 PM Helzberg Hall
The KCJO will swing some of the greatest songs ever heard on the Broadway stages from some of America’s finest composers: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, George & Ira Gershwin, Lerner and Loewe, and many others!
The Annual Holiday Christmas Concert “THE KCJO SWINGS THE NUTCRACKER!” Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 – 7 PM (early show) Helzberg Hall
Mr. Tchaikovsky’s timeless masterpiece is going to swing! Join us for the special premiere of Clint Ashlock’s innovative, swinging new interpretation of this holiday classic! As Jackie Gleason would have said, “How suite it is!”
“GREAT AMERICAN HORN BANDS” Friday, March 3rd, 2017 – 8 PM in Helzberg Hall
It’s time to join us for a big band celebration of some of the great American horn bands of all-time. As we did with this year’s “British Invasion!” concert, you’ll hear great new arrangements of some of the greatest hits of iconic pop artists of the ‘60s and ‘70s who dominated the popular music charts: “Chicago,” “Blood Sweat & Tears,” “Stevie Wonder” and many more.
Season Finale! “’ROUND ABOUT MIDNIGHT” The Music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane Friday, April 21st, 2017– 8 PM in Helzberg Hall
You’ll know you’ve heard the ART OF THE BIG BAND when The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra plays a special big band tribute to these two jazz legends. New arrangements of “My Funny Valentine,” “All Blues,” “My Favorite Things,” plus other ‘Miles’ and ‘Trane’ classics!
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