Monday Gras: TJO Celebrity Wait Night

Join TJO for the annual Monday Gras celebrity wait night fundraiser for our youth programs and concert series at The Toledo Club on Monday, February 26 at 6:30! Your waiters will be musicians and board members of the TJO and 100% of your generous tips will go directly to the TJO to support the concert series and youth program.

Dinner is only $40 per person in the beautiful Toledo Club dining room! Send your checks to the TJO at P.O. Box 353123, Toledo 43635 to reserve your seat.

RSVP by February 19th to secure your seat: Click Here for the Order Form

End of Year Giving for TJO

It’s been another fantastic year for the Toledo Jazz Orchestra! As the year comes to a close and as you prepare for the holidays, consider giving a year-end tax deductible donation to the TJO.

Please consider a gift of $100, $250, $500 or whatever you can to help us fund the TJO and the worthwhile programs that are presented. You can rest assured that the money will go to pay the local musicians of the TJO, for school programs, and to the Valentine Theatre for our concerts, not to office rent or overhead… and your contributions are 100% tax deductible.

And please buy tickets to the performances! Some of the best support you can provide is to attend the concerts and see for yourself that your donations are well spent. Our upcoming performances include: Randy Brecker, Black & White Transportation Bistro Series: Saxy Saxy, and Black & White Transportation Bistro Series: Pitch Perfect – A Cappella.

You can mail a check (dated no later than December 31, 2017 for a tax deduction in this calendar year) made out to the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, to PO Box 353123, Toledo, OH 43635 or you can go to our Home Page ( and click on the donate button to make a contribution via PayPal. If you prefer the personal touch, you can give Ann Sanford a call at 419-297-5971 and she can take your credit card contribution over the phone.

We wish you all a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

TJO Annual Holiday Concert: December 16th

TJO’s Annual Holiday Concert

Saturday, December 16th at 8pm – The Valentine Theatre

Featuring Big Band Christmas Favorites

Toledo Jazz Orchestra will celebrate the season with its Annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m. at The Valentine Theatre in Toledo.

The Toledo Jazz Orchestra will continue the celebration of our military by performing Arrangements from the Air Force Airmen of Note recording of Cool Yule along with new arrangements of holiday classics. The concert will feature crooner Paul King performing selections from the Christmas recordings of Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick, Louis Armstrong, Andy Williams and more. Also featured will be trumpeter Dwight Adams from Stevie Wonder’s band along with numerous soloists from the jazz orchestra including Toledo favorite Ric Wolkins. Selections will include “Up On The Housetop” in the style of the “Peanut Vendor”, “Jing, Jing Jing” in the style of “Sing, Sing, Sing”, , “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” in the style of “Moonlight Serenade”, “Faithful in Paris” in the style of “April in Paris”, the Glenn Miller Orchestra’s “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”, and music from the bands of Duke Ellington, Rob McConnell, Tom Kubis, and Tommy Dorsey.

Tickets for this event range from $8 for students to $35. Tickets may be purchased by clicking the button below, or by calling The Valentine Theatre box office at 419.242.2787. Come join us for a great night of holiday cheer.

#GivingTuesday 2017: Click Here!

Toledo Jazz Orchestra Needs You

#GivingTuesday is November 28th

Tuesday, November 28th marks the date when all charitable organizations ask for your financial assistance. It is our hope that you will find a way to assist the jazz orchestra with some of our critical funding needs, particularly in the area of our educational programs.

For the second year in a row the T.J.O. have matching educational funds available, this year up to $20,000.00. All donations made to the jazz orchestra on November 27th will be matched dollar for dollar. These funds are used for concerts and educational programs in the schools, as well as a job training program for high school and college students. All of the jazz orchestra’s educational programs are provided at no cost to the schools or the students. They are funded in their entirety by our fundraising efforts.

Visit our Home Page here and click the PayPal link to donate to the TJO. You are also welcome to donate by check, please be sure to date the check 11/28/2016 and notate “Giving Tuesday” on the memo line. The address to mail checks is P.O. Box 353123, Toledo, OH 43635. And remember, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra is a registered 501c3 corporation and every dollar of your contribution is 100% tax deductible!

Thank you in advance for your consideration and for your assistance in continuing one of the strongest and most successful educational programs in the country. Happy and safe holidays to you and yours!

#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 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 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 for more updates about the 2017-2018 Season and if you have any questions, please email Download the 2017-2018 TJO Season brochure here!

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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.