I don’t need time. What I need is a deadline.

Duke Ellington

In addition to all the fantastic musicians who you’ve seen at our concerts, behind the scenes, we have a dedicated board of directors, who love music and are passionate about the CJO and what we do for the region. This week, we are meeting one of our board members, VP of Development, Musette Vincent, who brings a unique perspective to the CJO through her family history.

Her father, Virgil Vincent, was a jazz pianist who settled in the Cleveland area in the late 40’s, after touring around the country for ten years. From his touring days, he encountered many great artists such as Dorothy Donegan, Art Tatum, Moms Mabley, and Marian McPartland (to name a few), and in Cleveland, he was a regular fixture in the music scene, until his death in 2009.

Q & A with Musette Vincent

How long have you been with the CJO?
About 4 years

What has been your favorite concert with the CJO? 
Mardi Gras, hands down, by a mile! (February 2020)

What was your introduction to jazz? 
My daddy was a jazz musician (pianist Virgil Vincent) and my mom, a huge aficionada.

Why did you choose the instrument that you play?
Piano – I didn’t have a choice.

What is your favorite jazz album?
Miles Davis, Kind of Bluehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uUCIQ50e-4

Which jazz musician would you most like to have a beer with, and why?

Duke Ellington because he was smart and hot!  And it wouldn’t be beer!

Why do you think jazz should be taught in schools? 
Discipline and play – learn the rules, break them.  And just as good for math skills as classical.

Who are your top musical influences?

Steely Dan and the Allman Brothers

What is your guilty pleasure music? 
80’s hair bands

Tell us something interesting about you that others may not know. 
I was a singer in a rock and roll band.

The CJO needs YOU!

Are you a jazz aficionado? Do you have the desire to enrich the cultural and intellectual fabric of Northeast Ohio through this American art form? Would you like to help to educate and inspire new generations of jazz lovers?

Are you interested in joining the CJO’s Board of Directors? If you would like to learn more, we would love to hear from you!


Dr. Scott Garlock, Executive Director: Booking@clevelandjazz.org
Theresa Lesh, Managing Director: Theresa@clevelandjazz.org

This Saturday night!

Join the CJO Little Big Band for another Bop Stop livestream this Saturday night, February 13th, at 8 p.m.

We will be joined by trumpeter and bandleader Dominick Farinacci & percussionist Jamey Haddad!

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