Hot Jazz in Columbia

The Columbia Jazz Band played to an enthusiastic audience at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church's 5th annual Fall concert. The largest crowd ever for this community concert enjoyed a great mix of charts ranging from traditional compositions by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer to contemporary arrangements by John Fluck, Dave Wolpe and CJB's own John Zontek, among many others. Columbia's Premier Jazz Band was led by talented guest conductor Jim McFalls who showed his trombone chops soloing on Cantaloupe Island. 


Follow the band on Facebook and catch them at their next gig: Howard County Historical Society's Music at the Museum (Ellicott City) Dec 17th 6pm.

Manassas Swing Band Festival


The Columbia Jazz Band joined with the Moonlight Jazz Orchestra for an afternoon of jazz at the beautiful Harris Pavilion, in Manassas, VA. The jazz was sizzling with songs composed by Nat Adderley, Henry Mancini, Herbie Hancock, Count Basie, Paul Desmond and much more in the twenty five songs enjoyed by the enthusiastic audience. The two groups even shared musicians, just to make the afternoon more fun. The overwhelmingly positive response of the audience may hint at the two groups sharing the stage again soon. Stay tuned.

Back from our European Tour


Just back from our 2016 European Tour with 6 wonderful performances across France, Switzerland and Germany! We enjoyed enthusiastic crowds, diverse venues and amazing experiences with concerts ranging from international jazz festivals at Jazz à Vienne (France) and Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland); to summer concert series in the parks of Paris and Garmisch, Germany; to a more intimate setting of a jazz club in Zurich, Switzerland which included a jam session with the local "house" band.

"Things Ain't What They Used To Be"
Dolores Williams and the Columbia Jazz Band


April 13, 2016


Internationally renowned jazz vocalist Delores King Williams joined with the  Columbia Jazz Band for a day of jazz. In the morning, Delores presented a free jazz master class to the high school students of Wilde Lake High School and in the evening, shared the stage with the Columbia Jazz Band and Wilde Lake High School Jazz Ensemble.  Both events were held at The Jim Rouse Theater in Columbia, MD.


Delores a native of Baltimore, has performed at the North Sea, Montreux, and Vienne Jazz Festivals, done concert tours of India, Egypt, Russia, and Kenya, performed at the White House and at Carnegie Hall, had off-Broadway runs with "The Capitol Steps", and participated in an Australian tour of "Porgy and Bess" with the Washington National Opera.  She has worked with Betty Carter, Jimmy Heath, The Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra, David Baker, Keter Betts, Jessye Norman, Carmen Balthrop, Gene DiNovi, Vanessa Williams and Quincy Jones. Delores is a winner of a Downbeat magazine award, a winner of the "Billie Holiday Vocal Competition", an Audie award winner for audio book narration and a former soloist for the United States Army Band. 

Gordon Goodwin and the Columbia Jazz Band


September 19, 2014


In celebration of the Columbia Jazz Band’s 25th year, we hosted guest artist and three time Grammy winner Gordon Goodwin  (leader of the west-coast based Big Phat Band).  CJB performed with Goodwin and shared the stage with the Wilde Lake High School Jazz Band.  Additionally, Gordon offered a free jazz clinic to the public that morning at the Jim Rouse Theater in Columbia.


The evening presented an exciting mix of jazz and latin tunes from the 30’s to present day, showcasing many of Gordon’s compositions and arrangements.

A keyboardist and woodwind player, Goodwin has built a larger-than-life reputation throughout the music industry for his composing, arranging and playing skills. Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, Toni Braxton, John Williams, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Brian McKnight and Quincy Jones are just a few of the artists with whom he has worked. Goodwin has also conducted world-renowned symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Dallas, Utah, Seattle, Toronto and London.

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