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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 2021-22 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, May 24th at 10am.



  • Season Subscriptions: 4 concerts for $149. Subscribers enjoy a 10% discount over single ticket pricing and get preferred seating accommodations.
  • Note: Price does not include applicable service fees.





  • Renewing subscribers have until July 6th to renew their seats from the 2019-20 season.
  • Since your seats are already reserved, you must renew by phone. Call 865-684-1200 ext 2.



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

The box office is open for calls Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm.

Buy Local: Celebrating Knoxville’s Music & Musicians

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – 8:00 PM

Bijou Theatre


Ktown has long been home to fabulous musicians, and we’ve added a few new faces over the past year. We’ll celebrate homegrown and transplants alike in this one-of-a-kind concert featuring new music and performances by Donald Brown, Mark Boling, Eric Reed, Jack Roben, Kenneth Brown, Jon Hamar, Taber Gable, Bill Swann, Sam Adams, Larry Vincent and Kelle Jolly.


Bank of America Presents A Swingin’ Christmas featuring Warren Wolf

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 – 8:00 PM

Tennessee Theatre


The hippest concert of the season. Sparkling arrangements of holiday favorites in the style of Ellington, Basie, and other jazz greats. Vibraphonist extraordinaire Warren Wolf joins the band this year to help make your season bright!



Jazz is for Lovers with Ken Peplowski and Charles Turner

Monday, February 14, 2022 – 8:00 PM

Bijou Theatre

Celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early this year with a selection of music made famous by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, and other icons of American popular song. Ken Peplowski (“arguably the world’s greatest clarinetist”- the BBC) and up-and-coming vocalist Charles Turner join the KJO in a program that is sure to be the perfect treat for your special someone.


The Great Ladies of Song with Camille Thurman

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 – 8:00 PM

Bijou Theatre

To say that composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Camille Thurman is a rising star in the jazz world is a bit of an understatement. She is the newest member (and first female member) of Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, where she is often featured as both a tenor saxophonist and vocalist. For this special program, Camille brings her unique talents to bear on a program of music made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and others.