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"Mardi Gras Gets the Gospel" Program Insert - Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

“Mardi Gras Gets the Gospel”

Saturday, April 23, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Maltz Performing Arts Center

The ecstasy of New Orleans meets the joy of the gospel as the CJO combines forces with local gospel choirs, featuring Adrianna Miller.

A note from Artistic Director Paul Ferguson:

This concert affords the CJO a chance to make special outreach to a section of our community that is responsible for some of the best things about jazz-the Black gospel music tradition. Why this even ranks as outreach is a bit of a puzzle as it is, since gospel music is integral to jazz. It’s a little like reaching out to bebop or the blues!

But it does involve creating new relationships and enhancing old ones. I’ve been honored to become friends with Johnny Parker of RHEMA Fellowship Church, Adrianna Miller of Solomon’s Temple Church of God in Christ, Jonathon Turner of Israelite Missionary Baptist Church and Lutheran High School East, as well as work with old friend Dr. David Thomas. Our choir is composed of individuals from their choirs, as well as scatterings of other churches in the area.

Whether it be jazz/classical, the sacred/profane or body/mind/spirit, the distinctions can be blurry. Are they really opposites, or simply different sides of the same coin?

With this concert, we try to reveal exhilaration in all of its dimensions. Joy can be exoteric or esoteric, spur of the moment or deeply planned, implicit or explicit. Jazz and African American gospel music share a common ethos, mainly, “Let’s try it like this.” 

I hope you enjoy our efforts!


Brad Wagner*

George Shernit

Chris Burge

Johnny Cochran Jr.

Bettyjeane Quimby


*Barbara Becker Endowed Chair


Scott Garlock

Brett Balika

Zach Warren

Mark Mauldin


Dave Banks

Scott McKee

Jack Schantz

Theresa May


Aidan Plank, bass

Jim Rupp, drums

Jackie Warren, piano


Adrianna Miller, featured soloist

Many thanks for the choir directors and their choir members for this joyful and inspiring collaboration!
Choir Directors

Adrianna Miller, Solomon’s Temple Church of God in Christ

Johnny Parker, RHEMA Fellowship Church

Jonathon Turner, Israelite Missionary Baptist Church & Lutheran High School East

Dr. David Thomas


When the Saints Go Marching In……….Traditional

Struttin’ With Some Barbecue……….Lil Hardin Armstrong, arr. George Shernit

What a Friend We Have in Jesus……….Joseph M. Scriven

Speak the Name……….Koryn Hawthorne

Portrait of Louis Armstrong……….Duke Ellington

Second Line……….Duke Ellington

Hosanna……….Kirk Franklin

Watch Me Praise Him ……….Deitrick Haddon

Amazing Grace……….John Newton

We Made It……….Bishop Paul S. Morton

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra Legacy Giving

We want to take a moment to recognize three former CJO donors, whose legacy gifts are helping us keep the music alive in Northeast Ohio:

Barbara Becker’s bequest has endowed our first saxophone chair

Graziella Wagner’s bequest is helping inspire the next generation of jazz musicians.

Stuart Reese’s bequest will help keep the music alive with concerts across NEO.

Thank you for all of the support you’ve provided over the last 37 years. Your donations and legacy gifts enable the CJO to keep jazz alive in Northeast Ohio, inspiring future generations of jazz lovers for years to come.

Text “CJO4NEO” to 44-321, or click HERE, to donate to our “Strike Up the Band!” annual campaign.

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra 2021-2022 Season Donors*

Your donations not only make our season possible, but provide the much needed funding for the CJO to provide outreach in the community and perpetuate the love of jazz for generations to come.

CJO Founder’s Circle ($10,000+):

  • Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
  • George Gund Foundation
  • John P. Murphy Foundation
  • Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
  • Ohio Arts Council
  • Stuart B. Reese Living Trust

Composer’s Circle ($5000-9999):

  • The Halliwill Family, in honor of Ray & Dale’s 60th Anniversary Celebration
  • Kulas Foundation

Producer’s Circle ($2500-4999):

  • Charles & Charlotte Fowler Foundation

Director’s Circle ($1000-2499):

  • Vivienne & Joel Brotman
  • Eleanor Dreshfield
  • Sarah & David Gedeon
  • Victor & Joan M. Gelb Philanthropic Fund
  • Anna Greenfield
  • Paul Hundertmark
  • Albert B. & Audrey G. Ratner Family Foundation
  • Joyce & Kevin Shaw
  • Social Ventures Partners Cleveland
  • Nancy & Arthur Stokes Jr.

Arranger ($500-999):

  • Anonymous
  • Jeannette Grasselli Brown & Glenn R. Brown
  • William E. Conway
  • Jacquelyn & Eric Daniel
  • Paul Ferguson
  • Lynne & Sam Gerace
  • Emily & Scott Garlock
  • Gary Guhde
  • Robin Hughes
  • Anthony Oliverio
  • Tom Perrine
  • Linda & Bob Sebo
  • Marcia Snavely & Greg Polyak
  • James Szabo

Soloist ($250-499):

  • Bruce Bartter
  • George Blake
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Char & Chuck Fowler
  • Linda Grandstaff & Tim Clarke
  • Lilli & Seth Harris
  • Stanley Kline
  • James Levine
  • Carole & George Morris
  • Leonard A. Orcino
  • Raytheon Technologies
  • Charles Ritley
  • Kevin Roach
  • Mr. & Mrs. William E. Sopko
  • Blanche & Jack Valancy
  • Musette Vincent, in memory of Muqit Sabur
  • Steven Williams

Lead Chair ($100-249):

  • Judie & Bruce Amsel
  • Lou Armagno
  • Carolyn & Jim Balogh
  • Beth Cooper & Paul Herrgesell
  • Judith & Robert Charlick
  • Richard F. Dacek
  • Carolyn Danielson
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dettlebach
  • Janet Henning
  • Marilyn & Dennis Johnson
  • George Kitely
  • Janet L. Kramer
  • Ronald N. Liesemer
  • Rebecca Hoyt & Robert Luce
  • Andrea Martin
  • John McKelvey
  • Julie Micheletti & James Gray
  • Norma Nelson
  • Nancy Neylon & Richard Croll
  • James Nousek
  • Edward J. Olszewski
  • Sue & Richard Pejeau
  • Judie & David Perelman
  • Katherine Plank
  • Sonja Rajki & Michael Lyford
  • Sandra & Bob Reynolds
  • Beth Sersig & Christopher Brandt
  • Phil Stella
  • Two Sigma
  • Kurt Updegraff
  • Kay & Ken Welsh
  • Anne Marie & Warren Wolfson

Sideman ($1-99):

  • Don B. Adamson
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Marcy Bern, in memory of my father, Fred Weisman
  • Ralph Bertonaschi
  • Edwin F. Brobeck
  • Rebecca & James Burrington
  • Patricia Cangelosi-Williams
  • Patricia J. Ciancutti
  • Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Chaka
  • Paul D. Dietz
  • Richard A. Duxbury
  • Kathleen Hale
  • Noreen Hernan
  • Amy Weirtz Holland
  • Karen & Marc Jaffe
  • KeyBank
  • Elaine Lainey
  • Theresa & Ben Lesh
  • Janet & Ed Michaels
  • Ralph Myer
  • Daniel Petricig
  • David Porter
  • Progressive
  • Kevin T. Richards
  • Sandy Robitz
  • Judith Ryder
  • Germaine Spencer
  • Valerie Takacs, in memory of my father, Frank Takacs
  • Kenneth Vinciquerra
  • Margo Vinney & Jeffrey Chaitoff
  • Ann Weatherhead
  • Kent A. Young

Instrument Donations:

  • Cathy Bacchus
  • Jamie Cammilletti
  • Raymond J. Chmielewski
  • Darlene Creager
  • Sue Cutler
  • Brenda Harris
  • Paul Hundertmark
  • Enid Kirtz
  • Albert Melfi
  • Gary Pildner
  • Patricia Temple
  • Chris Vannorsdall
  • Joanne Voelkel














*Donor list as of 4.19.2022