Columbus Jazz Orchestra to perform at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts

October 8, 2013

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Shawnee State University and the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association present the Columbus Jazz Orchestra performing the music of Burt Bacharach and Dave Brubeck.

The orchestra will present the sounds of these two great artists in “What the World Needs Now: Bacharach, Brubeck & Beyond” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21 at SSU’s Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

The Columbus Jazz Orchestra is renowned as one of the finest jazz orchestras in the world. It is noted for its versatility and it is equally adept at playing jazz, Broadway, soul and swing.

Bacharach’s work is not normally identified specifically as jazz, but he is heavily influenced by the genre. As a teen, Bacharach frequently used a fake ID to sneak into clubs to see musicians like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

Many have performed his music including Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones, The Carpenters, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vinton and Isaac Hayes, among others. He has had 73 top 40 hits besides winning Oscars and the Gershwin Prize.

Brubeck is known as one of the great composers of “cool jazz” and best known for his “Take Five” from his album “Time Out.”

He has been recognized with numerous awards, such as the National Medal of Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, a Grammy, and he was inducted into the California Hall of Fame, among many other awards. Brubeck was performing into his 90s and died one day before his 92nd birthday on December 5, 2012.

The Columbus Jazz Orchestra is sponsored by the Scioto Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the McKinley Box Office in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, online through Ticketmaster at or any Ticketmaster Outlet, or by calling 740-351-3600. Student, family and senior discounts are available. For more information, go to

The 2013-14 season at the Vern Riffe Center is presented with the support of the Ohio Arts Council, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Shawnee State University Development Foundation, the Martings Foundation and the Scioto Foundation.