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.
"Rhapsody in Blue" Centennial Concert with Marcus Roberts
Saturday May 11, 2024, 8:00 PM
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
6200 E Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90840, USA
Celebrate George Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue” Centennial with the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra and very special guest, piano soloist Marcus Roberts.
Pre-Concert Talk with Mitch Glickman & Marcus Roberts at 7 PM
Concert at 8 PM
VIP Reception at 9 PM
$15 General Admission for purchase via CarpenterArts.org
$100 VIP Tickets for purchase via SJOmusic.org
WATCH US PLAY
KEYON HARROLD WITH SJO
To watch more of our Concert videos, head to our Youtube Channel!