Toledo Jazz Orchestra Announces New Season
Special to The Truth
Do you miss the days of the great jazz clubs in Toledo like
Murphy's and Rusty's? The Toledo Jazz Orchestra will be back
in September with the first of their "Black&White
Transportation Bistro Series" concerts, to re-create those
cool jazz nights of great music. The concerts take place in
the ballroom behind the downtown Toledo restaurant Registry
Bistro on North Superior Street from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M., and
are set up in cabaret-style (small tables to share with
friends) with free light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.
On Thursday, September 20, Scott Lavender and Dr. Jim Young
are featured. Scott is the Music Director for Johnny Mathis,
and will accompany Jim's vocals and share stories about his
life on the road. Next up, on Thursday, October 25, is the
great Ramona Collins singing with a combo. It's her birthday
but we will leave it up to her to tell you which one!
The TJO big band concerts will follow; starting on Saturday,
November 5, at 8:00 at the Valentine Theatre with the Toledo
homecoming of conductor Gary Urwin. Gary is a Rogers High
School grad made good; he directs a big band in L.A composed
of the best studio musicians around, and will be bringing
his arrangements to Toledo as well as his saxophonist friend
Pete Christlieb. Pete played on the Tonight show with Johnny
Carson for 20 years, and was the featured sax soloist on
Natalie Cole's big hit, "Unforgettable". This will be an
Last of the 2018 concerts will be the perennial favorite,
the annual Holiday Concert. On Saturday, December 15 at 8:00
at the Valentine, bring the family to hear the entire Duke
Ellington Nutcracker Suite, along with other holiday
favorites. Santa's visit and the usual array of surprises
will keep your family entertained!
Season tickets are available for both the Bistro series and
the Valentine series, and may be purchased at the Valentine
Theatre Box office by calling 419-242-2787, or in person.
Individual tickets to the Bistro concerts are $35 and from
$30 to $40 for the Valentine series.