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CJRO Swings at the Center!

Posted by Sarah Kolb on October 05th 2016 to Center News,Friends of the Center

The Center is proud to welcome the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra for a three-concert series this upcoming season!


The CJRO is Colorado’s premier large jazz ensemble. They perform classic big band and modern large ensemble jazz. It includes top-notch saxophone, trumpet and trombone players, as well as piano, bass, drums, guitar and vocals.

Executive Director Art Bouton, who’s a professor of saxophone at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, founded the band three years ago with the mission to perform the best music with the best players.

A Song In My Heart – Paul McKee is one of the finest trombonist, improvisors, composers, and arrangers anywhere. This is not hyperbole. A veteran of the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Chicago jazz scene, and now faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder; his inclusion to the Denver environment has taken the trombone situation from good to awesome in short order. This clever arrangement features Paul and CJRO tenor saxophonist, Eric Erhardt!”

These upcoming concerts cover the music of jazz legends, including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Miles Davis! You’ll be likely to hear hits like Bye, Bye Blackbird and One O’Clock Jump, as well as songs made famous by Anita O’Day, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. The CJRO swings hard, and takes no prisoners!


Al Sharp Photography

The concert season starts October 15 – with “Ella and Sarah, the Great Ladies of Jazz!”

Ella and Sarah, the Great Ladies of Jazz

Hits from the big band era! Heidi Schmidt will present the best songs from Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, along with songs by Anita O’Day and Rosemary Clooney.

Saturday, October 15, 2016. 7:30 p.m., on the Main Stage

Turn Up the Basie!

How do you choose just two hours of music from the legendary Count Basie library? This concert also features songs recorded by Billie Holiday, Joe Williams and Frank Sinatra.

Saturday, January 21, 2017. 7:30 p.m., Main Stage Theatre.

Miles Ahead – The Miles Davis Legacy

The Miles Davis album “Kind of Blue” continues to be the yearly top selling jazz album 57 years after its release. The CJRO will honor this jazz icon with arrangements of his compositions along with great jazz standards he made famous.


Al Sharp Photography

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this talented jazz ensemble – tickets and Concert Series subscriptions are on sale now. Combined music subscriptions for the CJRO and Jeffrey Siegel Concerts are also available by contacting the Box Office – 720-898-7200.

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