For 34 years, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra has been Northeast Ohio’s premier jazz voice. Led by Artistic Director Paul Ferguson, the CJO promotes jazz in its historical and contemporary forms, through concerts with gifted local and internationally recognized jazz musicians, arrangers, composers and educators. The CJO looks to shepherd young musicians toward the future of jazz through a variety of Educational Outreach programs ranging from clinics, residencies, concerts and free tickets to students from all strata. 

Our VISION is to celebrate jazz as a uniquely American art form. Our MISSION is to enrich the cultural and intellectual fabric of the communities we serve through jazz. We NOURISH our community by actively leading in our region’s cultural community, promoting Cleveland, reflecting Cleveland’s diversity, and serving as a musical beacon. We play the best jazz you’ve ever heard and the best jazz you’ve never heard. We EDUCATE our community by celebrating cultural unification through jazz and by inspiring new generations of jazz listeners, players, teachers, and jazz lovers. We SUSTAIN our existence in the community by optimizing earned revenue, providing appropriate market compensation, and securing funding to ensure our survival in perpetuity.

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For 34 years, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra has been Northeast Ohio’s premier jazz voice. Led by Artistic Director Paul Ferguson, the CJO promotes jazz in its historical and contemporary forms, through concerts with gifted local and internationally recognized jazz musicians, arrangers, composers and educators. The CJO looks to shepherd young musicians toward the future of jazz through a variety of Educational Outreach programs ranging from clinics, residencies, concerts and free tickets to students from all strata. 

Our VISION is to celebrate jazz as a uniquely American art form. Our MISSION is to enrich the cultural and intellectual fabric of the communities we serve through jazz. We NOURISH our community by actively leading in our region’s cultural community, promoting Cleveland, reflecting Cleveland’s diversity, and serving as a musical beacon. We play the best jazz you’ve ever heard and the best jazz you’ve never heard. We EDUCATE our community by celebrating cultural unification through jazz and by inspiring new generations of jazz listeners, players, teachers, and jazz lovers. We SUSTAIN our existence in the community by optimizing earned revenue, providing appropriate market compensation, and securing funding to ensure our survival in perpetuity.