One positive thought produces millions of positive vibrations.

John Coltrane

It is springtime, and graduation season is upon us – a time for new beginnings, endings, and transitions. This week, we’re thinking about those moving forward and wishing them well on their next adventure.

Perhaps we can help you be the hippest gift giver around (and maybe find something for yourself), as well as inspire a party playlist.

What to get for the soon-to-be-grad?

Does your grad need new headphones for school? Do YOU need new headphones for home? There are  lots of options these days: wireless, noise cancelling, earbuds, over the ear; however, it can be overwhelming and hard to know where to start! Luckily, there are various review sites that can help you weigh the pros and cons, to help you get started.

Here’s one example, from the site What Hi*Fi:

If you are looking for instruments, gear, or lessons, there are so many amazing music shops in Northeast Ohio. Here are a few examples of some spots to visit across the region:

While you are shopping local, perhaps vinyl is just the thing for your graduate. Jazz, metal, rock, and more could be your ticket to “best grad gift giver.” The Cleveland (and beyond) area has so many different record shop options you can check out:

Looking for something a little more one-of-a-kind? You could surprise your graduate with jazz inspired art work for their dorm room (or your living room), jewelry, experiences, and more. These sites have some really unique and fun ideas!

*The CJO is not endorsing any products or sites listed, nor is it receiving any compensation from the businesses listed above.

Unsure of what’s next?

Regardless of how you feel about what’s next, there are jazz tunes for all grads!

Are you not quite ready for graduation? Still cramming for exams? Listen to:

Or are you ready for the next adventure?

Check out:


The CJO wishes good luck to all the grads of 2021!

We’ll leave you with Louis Armstrong and “What a Wonderful World”.

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Thank you!