Carrollton Jazz Orchestra

Carrollton Jazz Orchestra is a twenty-piece jazz band in residence at the Center for the Arts in Carrollton, Georgia.   Constructed in the traditional instrumentation of the “big band”, with saxophone, trombone, trumpet and rhythm sections augmented as need by additional reeds, brass, and percussion, CJO is a collective of selected musicians including soloists, ensemble players and composer/arrangers who value the creative opportunity to rehearse and perform challenging and complex jazz in the context of a contemporary jazz orchestra format. Our musicians come from a broad spectrum of musical and personal backgrounds including professional musicians (both civilian and military), music educators, and other professionals, all of whom share a love and respect for this music. Our members have played virtually every genre of music from the sacred to the profane, in virtually every type of musical ensemble from chamber orchestras to funk bands, and in virtually every venue from international concert halls to nightclubs (complete with chicken wire protecting the stage).

The CJO is under the direction of Artistic Director, Johanna Mahmud

Johanna Mahmud has over twenty years’ experience as a trombonist, pianist, composer and arranger having taught jazz improvisation, small ensembles and led big bands at Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, Culver-Stockton College, Quincy University and Quincy High School. Mr. Mahmud is currently the Artistic Director of the Carrollton Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Mahmud has studied composition with William Russo, Jazz Orchestra and large ensemble arranging and composition with Scott Hall and trombone instruction with Vincent Gardner, Steve Turre and Tom Garling. He has performed and toured with Aretha Franklin, The Ojays, The Temptations, The Dells, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Treme Brass Band, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Ben Vereen, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Donnie McKlurkin, The Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Jan Garber Orchestra, Bill Porter Orchestra, Rob Parton Jazztech Orchestra, The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra, and Steve Torme.

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