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Classical 101

With Jazz Arts Group, Cole is King

TWO AUDIO PIECES, BOTH INTERVIEWS April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and what better way to show your appreciation than by seeing the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. They just last week wrapped up another great season of the Swingin' at the Southern Series with Cole and Cole, a tribute to Cole Porter and Nat "King" Cole. Actor and singer Keith David, (A Tony nomination for his role in Jelly's Last Jam is among his myriad credits),  joined Byron Stripling and the CJO to bring the music and magic of these two musical giants to life this weekend. WOSU has once again had the privilege of broadcasting a number of CJO performances live from the Southern Theatre this season. If you have not been to a CJO concert, don't despair: Vegas comes to Columbus in May as part of the Great American Songbook Series when the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus teams with Jazz Arts Group in two evenings of  glitz and glamor in A Night in Vegas at the Capitol Theatre. If you love great music, be sure to spend some time rockin' with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra! For a little insight into the life and music of Cole Porter, or to hear a conversation with Byron Stripling, Keith David, and his music director Frank Owens, listen to this interview. And for yet another reason Columbus is a great place to live, make sure you check out the Columbus Jazz Orchestra! [audio:cjo-intermission-feature-pt-1.mp3] [audio:cjo-intermission-feature-pt-2.mp3]