“Sing a Song for the Holidays”

Friday, December 3, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. at BLU Jazz+
Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maltz Performing Arts Center

You’ll want to carol along when vocalists Vanessa Rubin, Evelyn Wright, and rising star Ava Preston help us Deck the Halls in CJO style!

A note from Artistic Director Paul Ferguson:

Our holiday program features two of our favorite vocalists – Evelyn Wright and Vanessa Rubin – and introduces Ava Preston. We’ll have plenty of Christmas fun – some Ellington “Nutcracker,” our annual burning “Little Drummer Boy,” then our favorite singers will offer some holiday comfort, along with some Tadd Dameron and Temptations.


Brad Wagner*

Eric Vasquez

John Orsini

Johnny Cochran Jr.

George Shernit


*Barbara Becker Endowed Chair


Scott Garlock

Brett Balika

Zach Warren

Paul Hungerford


Scott McKee

Joe Miller

Jack Schantz

Theresa May


Aidan Plank, bass

Jim Rupp, drums

Jackie Warren, piano


Ava Preston

Vanessa Rubin

Evelyn Wright

Sing a Song of Christmas

Overture from “Nutcracker Suite”……….Tchaikovsky, arr. Due Ellington/Billy Strayhorn

O Tannenbaum……….German carol, arr. Paul Ferguson

Little Drummer Boy……….Katherine Kennicott Davis, arr. Paul Ferguson


With Evelyn Wright

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas……….Hugh Martin

A Child is Born……….Roland Hanna, arr. George Shernit

I Wish You Love……….Charles Trenet


With Ava Preston

Every Day I Have the Blues……….Pinetop Sparks

Cry Me a River……….Arthur Hamilton

The Christmas Song……….Mel Tormé

Peanut Brittle Brigade……….arr. Duke  Ellington/ Billy Strayhorn




Midnight Sleighride……….Sergei Prokofiev, arr. Eddie Sauter/Bill Finegan

Away in a Manger……….English carol, arr. Chas Baker

Christmas Time is Here……….Vince Guaraldi, arr. Rich Shanklin


With Vanessa Rubin

Let it Snow……….Jule Styne

Now (Baby) or Never……….Billie Holiday and Curtis Reginald Lewis, arr. Cecil Bridgewater

Weekend……….Tadd Dameron

My Foolish Heart……….Victor Young, arr. Brad Wagner




Merry Christmas, Baby……….Johnny Moore

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra 2021-2022 Annual Fund
“Strike Up the Band!”

Thank you for all of the support you’ve provided over the last 37 years — you have made many great musical and educational moments happen. By donating, you can enable the CJO to thrive and inspire the next generation of jazz lovers and musicians!

Text “CJO4NEO” to 44-321, or click HERE, to donate to our “Strike Up the Band!” campaign, and help us expand our School Residency Program to more schools and put more instruments into the hands of kids who need them.

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.

Director’s Circle ($1000-2499):

  • Eleanor Dreshfield
  • Paul Hundertmark

Arranger ($500-999):

  • Vivienne & Joel Brotman
  • Paul Ferguson
  • Lynne & Sam Gerace
  • Robin Hughes
  • Barb Kirkley & Marc Paige
  • Anthony Oliverio

Soloist ($250-499):

  • George Blake
  • Emily & Scott Garlock
  • Stanley Kline
  • Carole & George Morris
  • Blanche & Jack Valancy
  • Musette Vincent, in memory of Muqit Sabur

Lead Chair ($100-249):

  • Judie & Bruce Amsel
  • Louis Armagno
  • Drs. Jeannette Grasselli Brown & Glenn R. Brown
  • Richard Dacek
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dettlebach
  • Rebecca Hoyt & Robert Luce
  • Andrea Martin
  • John McKelvey
  • Julie Micheletti & James Gray
  • Norma Nelson
  • Edward J. Olszewski
  • Sue & Richard Pejeau
  • Kurt Updegraff
  • Kay & Ken Welsh

Soloist ($1-99):

  • Don Adamson
  • Anonymous
  • Edwin F. Brobeck
  • Patricia Cangelosi-Williams
  • Patricia J. Ciancutti
  • Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Chaka
  • Paul D. Dietz
  • Richard A. Duxbury
  • Kathleen Hale
  • Noreen Hernan
  • Karen & Marc Jaffe
  • Elaine Lainey
  • Theresa & Ben Lesh
  • Janet & Ed Michaels
  • Ralph Myer
  • Judie & David Perelman
  • David Porter
  • Kevin T. Richards

Soloist (cont.):

  • Germaine Spencer
  • Valerie Takacs, in memory of my father, Frank Takacs
  • Margo Vinney & Jeffrey Chaitoff
  • Ann Weatherhead






*Donor list as of 12.1.2021

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra Season Subscribers*

As we return to the stage, we want to recognize this season’s subscribers:

  • Robin Aaron
  • Brian Annandono
  • George Blake
  • Timothy Boggs
  • Evie Braman
  • Vivienne & Joel Brotman
  • Logan Bryant
  • Deborah Cochran
  • Delann Dempsey
  • Jack Eyre
  • Lynne & Sam Gerace
  • Anna Greenfield
  • Paul Hundertmark
  • Karen & Marc Jaffe
  • Marilyn Johnson
  • Linda Kimmy
  • Barb Kirkley & Marc Paige
  • Stanley Kline
  • Andrea Martin
  • Dot Martin
  • Truly Moore
  • Jason Nedley
  • Marcia & Greg Polyak
  • Jo Anne Prasnick
  • Jane Puleo
  • Sandra Reynolds
  • Madeline Rosenshein
  • Cecelia Schmidt
  • Olivia Shelton
  • Jesse Silverberg
  • John Palmer Smith
  • Suzanne Tenbrook
  • Musette Vincent
  • David Woodworth



*season series at Maltz