Diane Schuur to Perform at SJO's Commissioning Club Fundraiser

Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to attend a private house concert with multi-Grammy Award winning vocalist and pianist, Diane Schuur.  Proceeds raised will benefit SJO's music commissioning program.

This exclusive private house concert in Brentwood is Sunday afternoon, March 6th from 2 - 4 pm., and includes a pre-concert appetizer, dessert, and wine reception.

The intimate event is limited to 30 couplesTax-deductible tickets are now available for $250 each. Reservations are on a first-come, first served basis and can be made by clicking on the PURCHASE TICKET button below.

The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra's Commissioning Club fundraiser was inaugurated by George Duke and Christian McBride in 2011 and has supported the creation of new works for the SJO from composers George Duke, Lee Ritenour, Miguel-Atwood Ferguson, and this year's George Duke Commissioning Competition winner, Alan Chan.

 For further information or phone reservations, please call the SJO office at 310/876-8130 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Check out this clip of Diane performing on The Late Show (CBS):

Diane Schuur performs on the Late Show with Craig Kilborn

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Children's GRAMMY Award Nominee Concert to Benefit SJO!


All five nominees perform a public show for families; ticket proceeds benefit SJO's "Music in the Schools"

The Children’s Recording Arts Alliance announces the seventh annual charity benefit performance featuring all five of this year’s children's album GRAMMY® Award nominees. This year’s public concert at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, CA, will be held on:  Saturday February 13,2016 at 11 am to 12 noon. All ticket sales benefit the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s "Music in the Schools" program.

Tickets to the one-hour, all-ages concert ($15 in advance, $20 day of show) are available via BrownPaperTickets .

SiriusXM Kids Place Live hosts Kenny and Mindy will emcee the concert, at 6801 Hollywood Blvd, in the Hollywood & Highland complex.

Musical styles at the all-ages performance will range from indie pop to jazz and bilingual Latin American rhythms. This year’s concert is noteworthy because all five nominated artists are independent musicians: Gustafer Yellowgold, Lori Henriques, Tim Kubart, Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly, and José-Luis Orozco

All net proceeds from the performance will go to support The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra's "Music in the Schools" residencies, which serve more than 3,400 students each week throughout Los Angeles county. With a unique curriculum for elementary age students, including its flagship "Bach to Bebop" residency, students in Compton, Long Beach, Watts, and the San Fernando Valley learn to become music creators, appreciators and performers.

The annual benefit concert is produced by a volunteer team: KC Mancebo of Clamorhouse Kids, Regina Kelland of To Market Kids and Beth Blenz-Clucas of Sugar Mountain PR. The parenting media sponsor of the concert is L.A. Parent magazine with the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA). A children’s recording arts industry mixer will follow the concert at a local restaurant.  DJs Absolutely Mindy and Kenny Curtis from SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “Kids Place Live” channel will record the concert and artist interviews, for a special to air over GRAMMY weekend.

While this event celebrates recording arts and this year’s nominees for best children’s album, it is not an official event of the Recording Academy. The children’s album award winner will be announced at the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards pre-telecast ceremony in the Microsoft Theater at LA Live on Monday, February 15th. Visit www.grammy.com for more information.

Introducing the 2016 Best Children’s Album GRAMMY nominees :

      ¡Come Bien! Eat Right! by José-Luis Orozco Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings


Dark Pie Concerns by Gustafer Yellowgold Label: Apple-Eye Productions


Home by Tim Kubart  Label: Tim And The Space Cadets


How Great Can This Day Be by Lori Henriques Label: Human Puppy Records


Trees by Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly Label: Yay! Music


Stream song samples HERE.



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Ernie Watt's to Perform with SJO

Multi-Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts will be the guest soloist when the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra returns to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach on Sunday afternoon, March 20th at 2 pm. The concert will feature "Nightbird," a three-movement work especially written for Ernie by composer Michel Colombier. The concert will open with the world premiere of "Trickster," composed by the runner-up of the recent George Duke Commissioning Competition, Rafael Piccolotto de Lima.

The concert is free and is part of the Carpenter Center's "Arts for Life" concert series. Reservations are needed and can be made by clicking here.

Don't delay as this concert will be 'sold out' very soon.


The free concert is made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Music Performance Fund, Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, Knossos Foundation, and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

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Founded in 2001, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American genre of symphonic jazz through its commissioning program, and inspiring the next generations of listeners through its “Music in the Schools” program, and Community Outreach Program.   Learn More