The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (CCJO) is dedicated to performing unique, contemporary repertoire at a high artistic level, reaching the community through education, and promoting Jazz as a distinctly American cultural art form.
Message from our Artistic Director
I am amazed that a year has gone by since I took on the leadership of this wonderful organization, the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. Last year proved to be very successful with some of our largest-ever crowds at our new home The Redmoor! The diverse programs performed by some of the finest musicians in the Cincinnati area were a hit from the start. I am very excited to present our 2016-17 concert season featuring many international guests and especially for our final concert featuring the music of Prince!
Based on our positive feedback about vocalists we had on previous programs, we are excited to be adding our new vocalist Angie Ortega to the CCJO. Angie will sing at every concert giving our audiences a break from the instrumental artistry, offering yet another textual palate to our concerts.
I am also excited about the return of the Jazz@First series, headed by our very own pianist and Board president Phil DeGreg to be held once again at First Unitarian Church over seven dates from the fall through the spring!
As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the CCJO is dedicated to reaching out to the Greater Cincinnati community by offering outstanding educational programs and performances that aim to enrich and transform lives through the power of the arts. We will continue to partner with the education program at Wynton Marlsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center to offer a truly unique and creative series of in-school presentations to area schools called Let Freedom Swing! And we are also excited to include middle and high school jazz ensembles at each of our performances in order to cultivate listeners, audiences and future jazz musicians by sharing this great music with today’s jazz students.
I am very excited to be a part of this organization and look forward to continuing to grow the role of the CCJO in the Greater Cincinnati arts and educational community. Please check out our website or Facebook page to stay up-to-date with the CCJO and plan to come out to one of our exciting upcoming concerts!
About the CCJO
The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (CCJO) is a 17-member ensemble dedicated to performing, preserving, and teaching Jazz as a living art form. Founded by University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music professor Scott Belck, its members are some of the preeminent Jazz artists and educators in the nation, all of whom have deep ties to the greater Cincinnati music education community. The ensemble explores the works of contemporary composers as well as those of the masters of the Jazz heritage, including Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and Gil Evans.
The members of the CCJO have performed, toured and/or recorded with many of the top names in the jazz and commercial music industry. These include Ray Charles, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Fred Hersch, Conrad Herwig, the Temptations, Arturo Sandoval, Tony Bennett, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Bootsy Collins, Clark Terry, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
As educators, nearly all of the ensemble members serve on the music faculties of prominent university music schools, including: Miami University, Capital University, Northern Kentucky University, Butler University, Xavier University, the University of Dayton and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The CCJO is led by artistic director Rob Parton, associate professor of trumpet at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Scott Belck serves as ensemble artistic director emeritus.
The CCJO is the proud winner of the 2016 CityBeat Cincinnati Entertainment Award in the Jazz category.
The CCJO believes in the power of music to transform lives for the better and seeks to bring the beauty and elegance of Jazz to students and audiences alike.