Survival of the Hippest: The Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra Evolves
GREENSBORO, NC – The Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra (PTJO) will play the Crown Theater for one day only this spring to celebrate the innovations of modern jazz music with its show “The Evolved Big Band.” On March 24, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows will highlight some of the most intelligently designed music of the genre – all composed or arranged by in-house musicians. The set list includes works by modern masters Maria Schneider and Ted Nash, electrifying selections by Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, the free jazz exploration of Ornette Coleman, and original works (aka “new standards”) by PTJO members Ariel Pocock, Thomas Heflin, and Aaron Matson. It’ll be an exciting, engaging, and beautiful ride through the years since 1969, and all in the superb listening room at The Crown.
Last September, the PTJO performed a program entitled “100 Years of Big Bands” that tracked the development of ensemble jazz over time. This program revels in the innovations of the last few decades, starting around 1969, which include the incorporation of funk, rock and soul influences as well as the emergence of free jazz.
Musicians in the PTJO are internationally recognized and passionate about their craft. All believe that this evolved music is undeniably beautiful and accessible to all listeners. Clarice Sigsworth, bass trombone, explains that “as one of the younger members of the ensemble, I understand how easy it is to feel intimidated by this style of music – it’s brainy and hectic and doesn’t always sound ‘nice,’ but that’s how it’s supposed to be, and I think the music is more engaging because of it.” Aaron Matson, guitarist and featured composer, urges those who may not usually listen to jazz to “just go for it… Chad [Eby, Artistic director] has a very specific and beautiful vision for big band music and modern jazz in general, and I think that’s really impacted the Triad in a really positive way.” He elaborates: “This concert is going to be really fun – you will really get to hear so many different voices, and each musician’s personality.”
Tickets are on sale now for both the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows on March 24, 2019. $18 for Adults and $12 for Seniors, Students, and Military. A $1 Facility Fee and North Carolina sales tax will be added to the price of each ticket. There is an additional $3.50 per ticket web fee for Internet purchases; call 336-333-2605 to avoid this charge. Guests may also opt to have their tickets mailed to them for a $1 post fee, or can pick up their tickets in will call for no additional charge.
About the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra
We are the PTJO.
Our jazz orchestra is based in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Hard swingin’. Unique repertoire. In-house arrangements. No stock charts here.
Certainly not your run-of-the-mill, off-the-shelf big band, mind you.
Our members represent the best of jazz in North Carolina.
World-class talent, local faces. Right here in the Piedmont Triad.