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OUR PROGRAMS

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CONCERTS

We are torchbearers for symphonic jazz, an innovative hybrid form of music blending the worlds of jazz and classical music.

The 68-piece Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is the only orchestra in the country solely dedicated to the blend of jazz and classical. Every year, this orchestra performs a free symphonic jazz concert for the community at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach.

Since its debut in 2002, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra has commissioned thirteen new works, and performed seven world premieres along with three U.S. premieres.

Soloists who have joined the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra include George Duke, Christian McBride, Dave Grusin, Raul Midon, Lee Ritenour, Justo Almario, John Clayton, Carlos Cuevas, Bill Cunliffe, Peter Erskine, Robert Hurst, Phil Perry, Lesa Terry, Ernie Watts, The Yellowjackets, Keyon Harrold, Chris Brubeck, and Miguel Zénon.

WATCH US PLAY
KEYON HARROLD WITH SJO

To watch more of our Concert videos, head to our Youtube Channel!

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LISTEN TO US
LESA TERRY “SENTIMIENTO AZUL”Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
00:00 / 00:55
GERSHWIN’S RHAPSODY IN BLUESymphonic Jazz Orchestra
00:00 / 00:56
DON SEBESKY “BIRD & BELA IN B FLAT”Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
00:00 / 00:55
UPCOMING PROGRAMS
  • SJO Spring Arts for Life Concert
    SJO Spring Arts for Life Concert
    Sunday, May 11 - Time TBA
    Long Beach
    Sunday, May 11 - Time TBA
    Long Beach, 6200 E Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90840, USA
    Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of "Rhapsody in Blue"
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