Five days of events celebrating America’s musical art form with faculty and student ensemble performances, headliner performances, master classes, workshops for high school students and High School Jazz Band Day.
All events are free and open to the public.
< Byron Stripling, artist-in-residence and Jazz Festival headliner, presented three master classes.
- Music Business, 3/20, Hughes Auditorium
- The Birth of the Blues, 3/20, HU 109
- Learnin' with Louis, 3/22, HU 318
Wednesday, March 22 - 8 p.m.
Bobby Floyd Trio and Bryan Olsheski, saxophone. Both appear regularly with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Floyd appears with distinguished orchestras including the Boston Pops and is currently the feature pianist for the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. Olsheski has performed world-wide as featured soloist for The Temptations, Steve Winwood and others. He is currently on the jazz faculty at Capital University. Watch the Bobby Floyd/Bryan Olsheski concert
Thursday, March 23 - 8 p.m.
Ohio Show Band. The newly-formed Ohio Show Band is a commercial music ensemble that performs contemporary music with concert-style production elements. This program will include Top 40, gospel, folk and R&B selections. Shawn Wallace, director.
Friday, March 24 - 8 p.m.
Ohio Jaztet with guest artist Vincent Chandler, trombone. The Ohio Jaztet features Anthony Stanco, trumpet; Shawn Wallace, saxophone; Kevin Turner, guitar; Andy Woodson, bass; and Jim Rupp, drums. The group welcomes Vincent Chandler, known as a uniquely expressive trombone soloist, a versatile sideman, and innovative composer and arranger. Several of Chandler's works are featured in this performance, as well as selections by Hoagy Carmichael, Anthony Stanco, Allen Holdsworth, Ray Brown/arr. Andy Woodson, Chico Pinheiro and Adam Rogers. Watch the live stream of the Ohio Jaztet with Vincent Chandler concert
Prior to the concert, Chandler will give a master class, A Study in Improvisational Motion, 6:30-7:30 in Weigel Auditorium.
Saturday, March 25
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jazz Workshops at Steinbrenner Band Center, Ohio Stadium. The former Ohio State Jazz Specialty Days have combined into one exciting day of workshops covering improvisation, section playing, intonation, instrument maintenance and more. Registration is required for student participants and for band directors who wish to attend as observers (see Jazz Workshops for details).
Saturday, 3:30-6 p.m.
College Jazz Band Day. Performances by Ohio State Combos A, B and C; Latin Jazz Combo; New Orleans Traditional Combo; Jazz Fusion Combo; Art Blakey Combo; big bands, Jazz Workshop Ensemble and Jazz Lab Ensemble. Watch the live stream of the College Jazz Band performances
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Ohio State Jazz Ensemble with guest artist-in-residence Byron Stripling, trumpet. The Ohio State Jazz Ensemble welcomes Columbus' favorite jazz band leader, Byron Stripling.
Stripling will appear as both conductor and soloist for this special concert. Watch the live stream of the Ohio State Jazz Ensemble with Byron Stripling concert
Collection of canned goods to benefit the MidOhio Food Bank will be taken at the door.
Sunday, March 26 - 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
High School Jazz Band Day. Ohio State Jazz Studies welcomes high school jazz bands of all levels to present short performances for comments and receive an individualized clinic from Ohio State faculty. Band directors are required to register each band or combo (see High School Jazz Band Day for more details).
Artist-in-residence Byron Stripling will be among the adjudicators and will provide brief coaching for each band. The day will conclude with a performance by The Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble with Byron Stripling; Kristopher Keith, director.
All performances are free and open to the public.