#GivingTuesdayNWO: November 28, 2017

This year Toledo Jazz Orchestra is taking part in #GivingTuesdayNWO (Giving Tuesday Northwest Ohio) on Tuesday, November 28th. During this national day of charitable giving, people will be encouraged to give to institutions in their communities that they feel are important and do good work.

What is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday™ (#GT) is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year’s annual #GivingTuesday is on November 28th, 2017. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, we want the giving community to come together for #GivingTuesday.
How can I help Toledo Jazz Orchestra on #GivingTuesday?

On November 28th, the TJO is asking that you give a contribution, no matter the size of the gift. Your gift on #GivingTuesday will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous grant from the Toledo Community Foundation (up to $500). We hope that you will consider joining in this national movement by making a gift of support to the TJO on #GivingTuesday. On #GivingTuesday, visit this link to make an online contribution. You may also mail a donation by sending a check in the mail to Toledo Jazz Orchestra, P.O. Box 353123, Toledo, Ohio 43635.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday, please visit their website at www.givingtuesday.org. Every dollar donated to Toledo Jazz Orchestra goes directly to Toledo Jazz Orchestra on #GivingTuesday.

Be sure to use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNWO for Toledo-based donations on Giving Tuesday!

Veterans’ Salute – November 11th at 5:00pm

WHEN: November 11, 2017
TIME: 5:00 P.M.
WHERE: Valentine Theatre
Ticket information available by visiting the Valentine Theatre’s Online Box Office or by calling 419-242-2787.


Relive the “great war” for one evening. The Toledo Jazz Orchestra will perform the music live in a stage reproduction of a World War II radio program. The program will be complete with war bulletins, old time commercials, singing, dancing and live performances of the music from the war. The host for the “broadcast” will be seasoned radio personality Bill Harris. The military songs and a few more surprises will be performed by Harold Lanning, a WWII veteran who performed in U.S.O. shows during the war. There will also be ballroom dancers from BGSU.

What about the music?

Musical selections will include songs from Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Count Basie and more. Some of the hits will include Woodchopper’s Ball, Take the A Train, One O’ Clock Jump, In The Mood, Pennsylvania 6-5000 (with the full band vocal), Stardust, I’ll Never Smile Again, String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade, Jersey Bounce and more.

Featured soloists from the band will include Mike Williams, lead trumpeter with the Count Basie Orchestra, trumpeter Dwight Adams from Stevie Wonder’s band, Toledo jazz giant Gene Parker, trombonist Scott Rogers, pianist Tad Weed, and several other members of the orchestra. Some area favorites performing in the group include Scott Potter, Jeff Halsey, and Mark Lemle.

FREE Concert on August 17th at The Valentine Theatre

Join Toledo Jazz Orchestra and The Valentine Theatre on August 17th at 6:30pm for a FREE joint educational concert between the TJO and Valentine Theatre! This concert will feature a band comprised of students with members of the TJO, representing students from many colleges and high schools throughout the Toledo and southeast Michigan area.
The performance takes place on the outdoor stage in front of the Valentine Theatre on Superior Street. Limited seating will be available but you are welcome to bring your own chair. Beverages will be available for purchase. Please direct any questions to toledojazz@comcast.net or call (567) 280-0856.

Tickets Now Available for the 17-18 TJO Season!

You can now purchase tickets for the 2017-18 Toledo Jazz Orchestra Season by visiting the Valentine Theatre Online Box Office or by calling the Valentine Theatre at (419) 242-2787!

This season’s TJO Valentine Theatre Series includes 3 concerts performed on the Valentine Theatre Stage: Veteran’s Salute on 11/11/17, Holiday Tunes on 12/16/17, and the world famous trumpet player Randy Brecker on 3/10/18.

CLICK HERE for tickets for the entire TJO Valentine Theatre Series, starting at just $65.

Additionally, the Black and White Transportation of Northwest Ohio Bistro Series presented at Registry Bistro returns for another season. Each Bistro Series Package includes 4 concerts at the Registry Bistro: It’s Latin To Me on 9/21/17, Your Favorite Things on 10/12/17, Saxy Saxy on 5/10/18, and Pitch Perfect on 6/14/18. Concerts are from 6 until 7:30 PM and prices include light hors d’oeuvres and the best jazz in Toledo.

CLICK HERE for tickets to the Black and White Transportation of Northwest Ohio Bistro Series.

2017-2018 TJO Season – Save the Dates!

We are proud to announce the dates for each of our 2017-2018 Season! Tickets will be available soon, but be sure to save the dates now.

Valentine Theatre Series

Veterans’ Salute – Nov. 11, 2017 at 5:00pm (please note the special time for this concert)

Holiday Tunes – Dec. 16, 2017 at 8:00pm

Randy Brecker  – March 10, 2018 at 8:00pm

Black & White Transportation Bistro Series presented at Registry Bistro

It’s Latin to Me – Sept. 21, 2017 at 6:00pm

Your Favorite Things – Oct. 12, 2017 at 6:00pm

Saxy Sax – May 10, 2018 at 6:00pm

Pitch Perfect – A Cappella– June 14, 2018 at 6:00pm


Monday Gras Celebrity Wait Night at The Toledo Club – Feb. 27, 2018 at 6:00pm

Old Black Magic Gala at The Valentine Theatre – April 13, 2018 at 8:00pm

Keep an eye on toledojazz.org for more updates about the 2017-2018 Season and if you have any questions, please email toledojazz@comcast.net. Download the 2017-2018 TJO Season brochure here!

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook: facebook.com/ToledoJazzOrchestra.

Celebrity Wait Night at The Toledo Club

Join the Toledo Jazz Orchestra at The Toledo Club (14th and Madison in Toledo) on Monday, February 27th at 6:30pm for the TJO’s Celebrity Wait Night! The theme will be Mardi Gras…or shall we say Monday Gras? In addition to FREE live jazz, the waiters will be musicians and board members of the TJO and 100% of your tips go to support TJO concert series programs and youth programs.

To reserve your seats ($35 each) for this event, please click here and mail in the form to PO Box 353123, Toledo, OH 43635.

Black & White Transportation Bistro Series at Registry Bistro – 2016-2017


We are excited to announce all of the Black & White Transportation Bistro Series at Registry Bistro concerts for the 2016-2017 Season! Please join us again for this special series featuring various TJO members along with area musicians and singers for the first time at Registry Bistro in the heart of Downtown Toledo at the historic Secor Building. Sponsored by Black & White Transportation and presented in partnership with Registry Bistro, your ticket will include delicious light hors d’oeuvres and the best jazz in Toledo.

Here are the dates and themes for each Black & White Transportation Bistro Series at Registry Bistro concert (all on Thursdays at 6:00pm until 8:00pm):

To buy tickets to all four concerts for a special subscription price, please visit the Valentine Theatre’s online box office.

Two More TJO Concerts for the 2015-2016 Season!

As the end of the 2015-2016 TJO Season nears, we have two more concerts to mark on your calendar:

  • Black & White Transportation Bistro Series at the Toledo Club: Broadway in Springtime – April 17, 2016 at 7:00pm at The Toledo Club

The TJO sextet plays music from great Broadway writers featuring vocalist Kelly Broadway. Bistro Series performances take place at the Toledo Club, 235 14th St, Toledo, OH; 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for Toledo Club members; $30 for non-members: Purchase Tickets Online

  • TJO Valentine Theatre Series: Music of The Beatles and More – Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8:00pm at The Historic Valentine Theatre

Groove to the big band music of The Beatles and other popular bands of their time featuring vocalist Steve Athanas and Harry Connick Jr. lead trumpeter Roger Ingram; 8:00pm. Tickets are $23 to $33; student tickets are $8: Purchase Tickets Online

Looking for up-to-the-minute updates on all TJO activities? Be sure to Like us on the Official TJO Facebook Page. Also, follow the Official TJO SoundCloud Page, including several full albums and live recordings.

Toledo Jazz Orchestra to Perform Annual Holiday Concert

Concert will feature Big Band Christmas favorites

Toledo Jazz Orchestra will celebrate the season with its Annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 19 at 8:00 p.m. at The Valentine Theatre in Toledo.

The Toledo Jazz Orchestra will be performing the Christmas recordings of 12 Days of Christmas from Stan Kenton, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass version of the Christmas Waltz, Jingle Bells from the Count Basie Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra’s We Wish You A Merry Christmas, and many more. The concert will also include the Grammy-award winning Gordon Goodwin Big Band arrangements from their new holiday release, A Big Phat Christmas “Wrap This!”

The concert will feature vocalist Lori Lefevre and John Harner from the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Motown recording legend Johnny Trudell, and Dwight Adams of Stevie Wonder’s band.

Also joining the band will be TJO favorites Gene Parker, Mark Lemle, Scott Potter and Scott Rogers.

Tickets for this event range from $8 for students to $33. Tickets may be purchased HERE, or by calling The Valentine Theatre box office at 419.242.2787

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