The ASCAP Foundation and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra announce 2nd Annual Commissioning Prize

                            SJO in concert with soloists (L-R) Dave Grusin, Christian McBride and Lee Ritenour

Following the tremendous success of last year’s Commissioning Prize competition honoring former Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Co-Music Director and ASCAP board member, George Duke, the SJO is proud to announce its 2nd Annual ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize competition. The prize is open to all direct ASCAP composer members, with a submission deadline of July 15th. The Music Advisory Board of the SJO will select the winning composer, who will be commissioned to write a new orchestral score for the SJO blending jazz & classical music – and beyond. The newly commissioned work will be premiered by the 67-piece SJO in 2017/18 and entered in to the SJO’s catalog of symphonic jazz commissions.

Created in 2002, the 67-member SJO is dedicated to blending the worlds of jazz and classical music through its commissioning, performing and educational programs. Led by Music Director Mitch Glickman, the ensemble has performed throughout Southern California with leading guest artists including Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Raul Midon, Lee Ritenour, The Yellowjackets, and George Duke. The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize is made possible in part by a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund. 

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Bringing Music to Schools in Need

Symphonic Jazz Orchestra has embarked on an exciting new partnership with Martin Luther King Elementary in Compton, bringing dynamic music programs, including yearlong residencies with kindergarten and 1st grade students, into underserved schools that are lacking in arts education.  

Take a peek inside the classrooms with this short video:

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Concert with Ernie Watts and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra a Huge Success

 

 

Multi-Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts headlined as the guest soloist when the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra played to a full house at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, which seats over one thousand.

The concert, which was free to the public, featured "Nightbird," a work especially written for Ernie by composer Michel Colombier. The show opened with the world premiere of "Trickster," by the runner-up of the recent George Duke Commissioning Competition, Rafael Piccolotto de Lima. Conductor Mitch Glickman led the SJO in a jazz reimagining of Elgar's "Enigma Variation IX" featuring Watts as sax soloist.

The March 20th performance was part of the Carpenter Center's "Arts for Life" concert series. It was made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Music Performance Fund/Film Funds Trust Fund, Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, Knossos Foundation, Arts Council of Long Beach, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Links, Incorporatedand the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

 

                 

   

 

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Founded in 2001, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American genre of symphonic jazz through its commissioning program, and inspiring the next generations of listeners through its “Music in the Schools” program, and Community Outreach Program.   Learn More