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 and The Yellowjackets.
WATCH US PLAY
RAUL MIDON WITH SJO
WHAT IS SYMPHONIC JAZZ?
LOOKING FORWARD LOOKING BACK (BEHIND THE SCENES)
LISTEN TO US
- Mon, Jun 05KJazz 88.1 FMHosted by SJO Music Director Mitch Glickman, “Beyond Symphonic Jazz” radio show explores where the worlds of jazz and classical music meet with interviews with some very special composers and performers. Every Monday from 9-11 PM PST