Calgary jazz orchestra

Join the calgary jazz orchestra offers jazz music education programs for new and emerging musicians of all ages

elevate

raising the next generation of inspired jazz musicians

Elevate is the Calgary Jazz Orchestra's education branch. Its aim is to promote jazz culture, music, and education to inspire passion and appreciation for jazz music's complexity, beauty, and significance among people of all ages.

The program explicitly seeks to keep jazz music exciting and relevant for upcoming generations here in Calgary and beyond. We provide experiences beyond traditional clinic/workshop models by fostering relationships founded on an appreciation for the jazz art form.

The Elevate program aims to expose promising young musicians to essential topics in jazz performance. The Calgary Jazz Orchestra's Artistic Director, Johnny Summers, and senior members from the CJO guide program members with engaging and supportive instruction and mentorship.

We invite emerging musicians aged 18-25 to apply for the 2024/2025 season ensemble.

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elevate program topics

improve skills through jam sessions and call-and-response activities

Jazz improvisation

IMPROVE TONE AND APPROACH TO RHYTHMIC, MELODIC, AND HARMONIC IMPROVISATION

Jazz improvisation

DEVELOP JAZZ SOUND, ARTICULATION,
AND LANGUAGE

SKILL & TECHNIQUE

DEVELOP STRATEGIES FOR APPROACHING CHORD CHANGES AND IMPROVE THE USE OF SCALES AND PATTERNS TO BUILD SOLOS

SKILL & TECHNIQUE

DEVELOP ACTIVE LISTENING TO IMPROVE TONE, LANGUAGE, ARTICULATION, AND INFLECTION

Jazz Listening

LEARN TO BECOME A BETTER ENSEMBLE PLAYER BY IMPROVING SIGHT READING, SIGHT SINGING, PLUS DEVELOP SECTION TUNING, BLEND, AND BALANCE

ENSEMBLE SKILLS

HOW AND WHY TO TRANSCRIBE JAZZ MUSIC

JAZZ TRANSCRIPTIONS

LEARN TO OVERCOME PERFORMANCE ANXIETY BY PROJECTING CONFIDENCE THROUGH YOUR INSTRUMENT

Jazz performance

HOW TO ARRANGE COMBO CHARTS

Jazz Arranging

LEARN TO MARKET EVENTS AND DEVELOP THE BUSINESS PRACTICES THAT MAKE OUR CJO MEMBERS SO SUCCESSFUL

Music marketing

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Wednesday, June 19

goin' down to new orleans & even we, get the blues

2024-2025 Early Bird Season Tickets

Experience the rich musical history of New Orleans and get into the blues with special guests.

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VIEW PREVIOUS CONCERTS AND EVENTS, PLUS GO DEEPER INTO THE MUSIC WITH curated PLAYLISTS

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Giving financially to the Calgary Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is a powerful way for individuals to contribute to the vitality of Calgary’s cultural scene. Even modest contributions make a significant impact by enabling the CJO to continue presenting world-class jazz performances, fostering musical education initiatives, and engaging with diverse communities. Donors who contribute $500 or more will receive complimentary concert refreshments for the remainder of the 2023/2024 season and be listed on our website.

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meet our music/artistic director

Johnny
summers

Johnny Summers, Director and Founder of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra, is a vocalist, trumpeter, arranger, composer, director, and educator.

“One of our greatest joys as performers is to dream and create these shows for you. To present a huge range of what music has to offer and our passion for it. All of us together, in a beautiful room, bathed in light and the soul of sound, enjoying laughter, art, and community in a shared experience.”

new single

my one and only love

Performed by the Calgary Jazz Orchestra, arranged, orchestrated and produced by Johnny Summers, to feature our own Richard Harding on saxophone.

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holiday single

let's do it again, this christmas

Presenting a special edition original Christmas single with fun, old-school Motown vibes by Johnny Summers with the Calgary Jazz Orchestra.

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contemporary arrangements of new and classic popular jazz music by the calgary jazz orchestra and johnny summers

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CJO special events

let's put on a great show

together

Whether you desire the grandeur of a full orchestra performance or the intimate charm of a smaller ensemble, we offer bespoke musical experiences tailored to your unique event. From captivating your guests with soulful melodies to energizing the atmosphere with infectious rhythms, let us craft the perfect soundtrack for an unforgettable occasion.

Explore our educational performance programs through Elevate Music and embark on a journey of musical enrichment.

Contact us today, and together, let's create a captivating show that transcends expectations and leaves a lasting impression on your audience.

Take your event to unparalleled heights with the exquisite sounds of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra

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2023/2024

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society

The Calgary Jazz Orchestra Society is a charitable organization in Canada, on a mission to create an inclusive and vibrant cultural space in Calgary. We are looking for committed directors, officers, and committee members who will help us grow our concert series, Elevate Music program, and provide extraordinary experiences for the people of Calgary and beyond.

Your creativity, ideas, partnerships and financial support will enable us to make this a reality. Join us today and be part of this amazing journey!

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