Audiences had a chance to meet Sean Jones during a mixer last week, but tonight he takes the stage in his first concert as director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. The program — which showcases the skills that placed Jones in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s principal trumpet chair — includes songs written for Jones, plus his compositions arranged for the big band by CJO trombonist Paul Ferguson. Jones’ new gig also allows him to tap his extensive contact list. First up is drummer Jerome Jennings, a frequent collaborator and member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Jennings is also a native Clevelander who left town when he was 18 to attend Ohio State University on a full music scholarship. His career hasn’t slowed down since. Jones, Robbins and the CJO open a new era for the band at 8 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare's Hanna Theatre (2067 E. 14th St., 216.241.6000). Tickets: $20-$30. — Michael Gill
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