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Knoxville Jazz Orchestra

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra was founded in 1999 by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Vance Thompson. Since that time, the band has appeared on jazz festivals in the United States and Europe, released four critically acclaimed CD recordings and presented scores of concerts, many featuring world-renowned guest artists.

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is so excited to announce our 2023-2024 concert season! Join us for a series of unforgettable performances featuring internationally acclaimed guest artists backed by our 17 piece big band! Season subscription renewals begin Monday, July 24, 2023 at 10am. Tickets for individual shows will go on sale Monday, August 28, 2023 at 10am.



  • Season Subscriptions: 5 concerts for $213.50. Subscribers enjoy a 10% discount over single ticket pricing and get preferred seating accommodations.
  • Note: Price does not include applicable service fees.
  • Group discounts are available. Please contact Gabby Leggio for more information.


  • Renewing subscribers have until Friday, August 25th to renew their seats from the 2022-2023 season.
  • Since your seats are already reserved, you must renew by phone or in person at the Tennessee Theatre box office at 224 Clinch Avenue. Call 865-684-1200 ext 2.


  • New subscriptions can be purchased online beginning Monday, July 31 at 10am. Click here to order.
  • Call 865-684-1200 ext 2 to renew or order new tickets by phone. Renewals begin July 24th at 10am.

The box office is open for calls Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm.




Emmet Cohen and the KJO Celebrate Thad Jones

Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 8:00pm | Bijou Theatre

Thad Jones was one of the most influential figures in the history of the jazz big band, creating a style that combined gut-bucket blues, rollicking-good-time swing and imaginative harmonies and melodies. To mark the centennial of his birth, the KJO is teaming up with pianist Emmet Cohen, a young man whose charismatic style has excited audiences around the globe.

Presented by Lexus of Knoxville

A Swingin' Christmas with Pasquale Grasso

Tuesday, December 19, 2023, 8:00pm | Tennessee Theatre

The hippest concert of the season. Sparkling arrangements of holiday favorites in the style of Ellington, Basie and other jazz greats. Special guests include Pasquale Grasso, one of the most amazing guitarists in jazz today, plus vocalists Kelle Jolly and Evelyn Jack. An event guaranteed to make your season bright!

Presented by Thermal Label Warehouse

Jazz is For Lovers with Veronica Swift

Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 8:00pm | Bijou Theatre

Vocalist Veronica Swift has taken the jazz world by storm in recent years, touring with Wynton Marsalis and Chris Botti and releasing one acclaimed recording after another. She has been called “a jazz lioness” (Jazz Times) with a “miraculous voice and an innate gift for entertaining a crowd” (Wall Street Journal). Sure to be the perfect treat for your special someone.

Presented by Bistro By the Tracks

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans with Doreen Ketchens

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 8:00pm | Bijou Theatre

Clarinetist and vocalist Doreen Ketchens embodies the spirit of New Orleans. Her infectious style has inspired nicknames like “Lady Louie” & “Miss Satchmo” and earned appearances on HBO’s Treme, Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS Sunday Morning. Join Ketchens and the KJO for a musical trip to the Big Easy, filled with well-known classics and a whole lot of fun!

Monk’s Mood with Eric Reed

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 8:00pm | Bijou Theatre

Pianist and composer Thelonious Monk crafted a revolutionary style in the 1940s and 50s that continues to challenge and inspire musicians today. We’ll explore Monk’s music and influence with pianist Eric Reed, one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject and UT’s Artist in Residence in Jazz Piano.