Springfield Symphony Jazz Orchestra

2023/2024 Season

The Duke meets the Queen

Saturday, November 4, 2023
7:30 pm
John Legend Theater
featuring music of Duke Ellington and Mahalia Jackson

The Duke and the Queen; Duke Ellington meets Mahalia Jackson. Come and experience two titans of American music, our greatest composer and the vocalist that defined gospel music for generations. Chicago-based vocalist Tammy McCann brings her powerful and evocative style to a concert that will highlight not only Mahalia’s gospel music but her collaborations with Ellington and the mutual respect and admiration the two shared for over three decades. Ellington highlights will include movements from his extended suites as well as his tribute, “Portrait of Mahalia Jackson.”

$30 general admission all seats


A Swingin’ Big Band Christmas

DECEMBER 16, 2023
Mother Stewart’s Brewery
featuring Holiday favorites

Free Admission

Basie Swings, Sinatra Sings

Saturday, March 23, 2024
John Legend Theater
featuring the music from these two iconic American artists

A celebration of one of the most important and influential collaborations in music history. The Kid from Redbank and the saloon singer from Hoboken taught mid-century America, and the world, what it meant to be “cool” through the lens of swing. The mid-50’s Basie sound reimagined instrumental music for the next half century and Frank’s iconic vocal style is still resonating throughout American popular music.  With vocal phenom and Juilliard Graduate, Rob Lee on vocals, you’ll hear some of the greatest hits from this era including, “Fly me to the Moon,” “The Best is Yet to Come,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

$30 general admission all seats


Shows at the John Legend Theater: $30 all seats, general admission

In-person from 8am-4pm, M-F
at the Career ConnectEd Desk at the Dome
or call 937-505-2945

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Todd Stoll

In his three-decade career as an educator, administrator, performer and conductor, Todd Stoll has traveled to 4 continents and 22 countries bringing jazz to people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. After a 20-year career as an educator and band leader in central Ohio, Mr. Stoll became the Vice President of Education at Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) in New York City, the world’s largest institution dedicated to jazz. Since he joined the organization in 2011, JALC has produced more than 25,000 education events in the US and abroad. In his position there, he has grown the education program exponentially, with a special focus on underserved populations in urban cities across America. JALC’s innovative Essentially Ellington high school jazz band program has expanded during his tenure, providing 300,000 free scores to nearly 7,000 high schools in all 50 states and 57 countries.

An experienced performer, Duke Ellington expert, and jazz advocate, Mr. Stoll founded the Columbus Jazz Youth Orchestra (CJYO) in 1991 to give young people the chance to cultivate a love of jazz through performance. He served as the director until 2011. Under his direction, the CJYO released six CDs, won a DownBeat award, and toured Europe and South America. As a performer, he has appeared with numerous ensembles across several genres and can be heard on Sirius XM radio with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

An in-demand conductor and clinician Mr. Stoll has appeared with numerous all-state ensembles, the NAFME All National Honors Jazz Ensemble, and in Havana, Cuba at renowned music conservatories Amadeo Roldan and La Escuela Nacional de Arte.

Mr. Stoll holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from Miami University. He currently serves on the boards of the Jazz Education Network where he is President; the New York City chapter of Most Valuable Kids; and the National Association for Music Education Policy Roundtable.


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