MANSFIELD -- The Richland Academy of the Arts kicks off its 2019-2020 season on Sept. 20 with Mansfield’s premiere jazz ensemble, the Mansfield Jazz Orchestra, led by Paul Martin.

The band will present a tribute to the music of Stan Kenton at 7 p.m., at the Richland Academy of the Arts, 75 N. Walnut St.

Featured will be the vocal stylings of Mansfield’s own Adena King on such Kenton favorites as “Shoo Fly Pie,” “Easy Street,” “I’ve Got It Bad,” and more.

Additionally, dancers at the Richland Academy will also be featured on several numbers, including “Reuben’s Blues,” “I Remember You,” and “The Peanut Vendor.”

The band will take the audience on a stroll through history while reliving the magical music created by the great Kenton and his orchestra. Other selections planned are “Artistry in Rhythm,” “Eager Beaver,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “The End of a Love Affair,” and so much more.

Tickets for this concert are now on sale by calling 419-522-8224. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, veterans, and seniors. Richland Academy Students will be admitted free. This is a BYOB event.

The performance is one of the four concerts in the Majestic Theatre Jazz Concert Series, presented by the Gimbel Foundation.

Mark your calendar for Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., when the Mansfield Jazz Orchestra will perform the music of Count Basie.

Other upcoming events at Richland Academy of the Arts include: the first Superheroes’ Night Out family fun night on Saturday, October 19, from 5:30-8:30 pm, the 5th annual Nutcracker Ballet, on Friday, December 6, at 7:00 pm, and Saturday, December 7, at 2:00 pm, and 7:00 pm, at Shelby High School, and the Father and Daughter Ball on January 25, 2020, at 5:30 pm.

To purchase tickets or for more information about upcoming events, classes and programing visit or contact Richland Academy by calling Megan Williams at 419-522-8224 or by emailing Paul Martin at

“Richland Academy…where anyone can explore the artist within,” located at the corner of 4th and Walnut streets, was founded in 1991 and is supported by the Ohio Arts Council.

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