President Griffith to Narrate ‘Birth of the Cool’

April 21st, 2011 by Amanda Fondriest
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President Griffith will narrate the event, "Birth of the Cool" April 29-30 at the Lincoln Theatre.

Just how cool is CCAD President Denny Griffith? So cool that he is narrating an event titled Birth of the Cool , April 29-30 at Columbus’s historic Lincoln Theatre.

Birth of the Cool is a recreation of the iconic 1949-50 Miles Davis recording sessions that remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz. The event features Mark Flugge (music director) and Jim Powell (trumpet) and a multi-media retrospective of mid-century art and design narrated by President Griffith.

Single tickets are on sale now for $25 (orchestra) and $30 (loge) and are available by phone at 614.469.0939 and through all Ticketmaster outlets. Student tickets are also available for $15 with student ID at the door only. Call 614.294.5200 or visit for more information.

Columbus Alive will host a post-concert happy hour event on Saturday, April 30 at Black Creek Bistro (51 Parsons Avenue in Olde Towne East) featuring dinner and drink specials including a signature drink created especially for the Birth of the Cool concert.

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month and in partnership with the Jazz Arts Group, the Columbus Museum of Art has developed a special Guide-by-Cell tour inspired by the Birth of the Cool. Audiences can be moved by music and art while discovering the works of artists Man Ray, Rosemare Bearden, Stephen Longstreet and more. Free with museum admission during the month of April.

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is America’s oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz. JAG is the third largest performing arts organization in Columbus and consists of four focus areas: the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO), one of the world’s finest professional jazz orchestras; the Jazz Academy, JAG’s extensive instructional programs educating both students and adults about jazz and American music; Inside Track, a new jazz and blues performance series produced at the historic Lincoln Theatre; and Affiliate Musicians, a program providing employment opportunities for professional musicians.

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