For 35 years, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra has been Northeast Ohio’s premier jazz voice. Led by Paul Ferguson, the CJO promotes jazz in its historical and contemporary forms, through concerts with gifted jazz musicians, arrangers, composers and educators in northeast Ohio. The CJO aims for worldwide recognition in cooperation with guest artists, and looks to shepherd young musicians toward the future of jazz. Each season exemplifies this mission and vision through a variety of new music, new compositions and arrangements, and a stellar line-up of well-known guest artists and young up-and-coming talent!
CJO members are not only the finest jazz musicians in Northern Ohio, but are also deeply involved in music education. Nearly all of the CJO's players work regularly in our universities, schools, music stores and serve as guest artists and clinicians with the region's neophyte performers.
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 PERFORM to 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.