Event Archives

CCJO Chamber Ensemble: Jazz@First: Remembering Kenny Poole, featuring Andy Brown

Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (Cincinnati, OH)

The concert celebrated the memory of Cincinnati jazz guitar legend Kenny Poole, a nationally recognized master of mainstream and swing repertoire. The Phil DeGreg Trio was joined by amazing Chicago guitarist Andy Brown, a dedicated student of Kenny’s music. Additionally there was a display of memorabilia about Kenny.

Series Sponsor: Al Harris

CCJO Big Band: CCJO Meets Prince, featuring Adia Dobbins

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Redmoor (Cincinnati, OH)

“Let’s Go Crazy” as the CCJO featured brand new arrangements of music by the legendary artist Prince featuring incredible vocalist Adia Dobbins!

Concert Sponsors: Ryan Mitchell, LeAnne Anklan and Matt Anklan

CCJO Chamber Ensemble: Jazz@First: Jelly Roll Morton Revisted, featuring the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band

Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (Cincinnati, OH)

Jelly Roll Morton was the first great jazz composer, and his melodies and arrangements helped define early New Orleans jazz. Phil DeGreg was joined by the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band to play this joyful classic music that dates back to the beginning of jazz.

Series Sponsor: Al Harris

CCJO Chamber Ensemble: Jazz@First: A Tribute to Stan Getz, featuring Harry Allen

Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (Cincinnati, OH)

Internationally renowned tenor saxophone star Harry Allen joined the Phil DeGreg Trio for an afternoon of great American melodies, as well as some of the Jobim music that Getz brought to the USA during the bossa nova movement of the 1960’s. Harry has over 30 albums to his credit, and tours regularly with all the jazz greats like Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, and many others.

Series Sponsor: Al Harris

CCJO + CAC: Art + Improv: Nearest Neighbors

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 1-1:45pm
Location: Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, OH)

In response to the Nearest Neighbor exhibition, the CCJO and the CAC presented a musical response to the art. The exhibition crosses the lines between commercialism and artistic expression in photography. Learn more about the exhibition here.

The newly arranged and composed music was inspired by the photographic works in the exhibit, playing with both formal and abstract structures in world premiere jazz charts by CCJO director of education and trumpeter Matthew AnklanSteven Matijcio, CAC curator, and Matthew shared a presentation that ties the music and art together surrounded by the artwork in the gallery. Audiences heard music ranging from familiar standards to free form improvised works that directly reflect the dichotomy of the photographer and his pieces.

Concert Sponsors: Macy’s, ArtsWave

CCJO Big Band: The Sound: Stan Getz Revisited, featuring Harry Allen

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Redmoor (Cincinnati, OH)

Internationally acclaimed saxophonist Harry Allen joined the CCJO in this tribute to the great Stan Getz. The music was melodic and swinging, with styles ranging from the thundering big band ensemble to the gentle grace of the bossa nova. We enjoyed having this true virtuoso here in the Queen City!

CCJO Chamber Ensemble: Jazz@First: Bruno Mangueira Quartet, featuring Bruno Mangueira

Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (Cincinnati, OH)

Guitarist Bruno Mangueira, one of the extraordinary new voices in Brazilian jazz, returned to Cincinnati. He performed his hauntingly beautiful compositions, along with some classic Brazilian melodies, with the Phil DeGreg Trio.

Series Sponsor: Al Harris

CCJO Big Band: Night in Brasil, featuring Bruno Mangueira

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Redmoor (Cincinnati, OH)

Brazilian guitarist Bruno Mangueira presented the Cincinnati premiere of his exquisite compositions scored for jazz orchestra. The CCJO captured the rhythms and colors of Brazil, featuring Bruno’s hauntingly beautiful guitar playing.

Concert Sponsors: Centauro – ON and Ohio National Financial Services

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CCJO Chamber Ensemble: Beatlejazz, featuring Kim Pensyl

Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (Cincinnati, OH)

John Lennon and Paul McCartney created unforgettable melodies that helped define music of the 1960s. Trumpeter Kim Pensyl joined the Phil DeGreg Trio in reimagining some of their classic songs as instrumental jazz pieces. The arrangements lend a new jazz twist to familiar melodies.

Series Sponsor: Al Harris

CCJO Big Band: Big Band Vocal Divas, featuring Kristy Parton and Leslie Beukelman

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Redmoor (Cincinnati, OH)

Celebrating the music and song stylings of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney and other American music diva’s.

CCJO Chamber Ensemble: The Music of Bill Evans, featuring Rick VanMatre

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (Cincinnati, OH)

One of the most influential modern jazz pianists, Bill Evans and his trio were revered the world over for his lyrical and harmonically lush pianism; he made the piano sing like no other. Evans mostly performed jazz standards, but his compositions were exquisite and have become classics in the jazz world. Saxophonist Rick VanMatre joined the Phil DeGreg Trio to interpret these musical gems.

Series Sponsor: Al Harris

CCJO Big Band: Stan, Woody, Buddy and John: An Evening with John Von Ohlen, featuring John Von Ohlen

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Redmoor (Cincinnati, OH)

Cincinnati’s own John Von Ohlen joined the CCJO in a night of big band drummer feature charts by Stan, Woody, Buddy and John! Audiences favorites included Malaguena, Stompin’ at the Savoy, Big Swing Face and the West Side Story Suite.

CCJO Chamber Ensemble: An Afternoon of Cole Porter, featuring Lynne Scott

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (Cincinnati, OH)

Cole Porter was one of the genius composers of the Great American Songbook, who created songs of exquisitely crafted melodies married to lyrics of uncommon wit. The Phil DeGreg Trio and vocalist Lynne Scott performed jazz arrangements of some of his best songs, including infrequently heard verse introductions.

Series Sponsor: Al Harris

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Presents: Sensory Winds with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra wind quintet, musicians from the CCJO and saxophonist James Carter

Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Time: 4pm
Location: Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati, OH)

From Puerto Rico to Paris, this program was a sumptuous mix of Latin American and French elegance, starring CCO winds and a jazz bassist and drummer from the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra along with saxophonist James Carter. The event began with a Cincinnati Art Museum tour curated by CCO music director candidate Sarah Ioannides that highlighted the visual elements of the performance pieces. Sensory Winds featured a cross-culture of music that moves effortlessly among the Jazz, Latin and Classical genres. {FREE light dessert bites}

It’s Commonly Jazz Series Presents: CCJO featuring CCM Jazz Faculty

Date: August 18, 2016
Time: 7pm
Location: Eden Park Seasongood Pavilion (Art Museum Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

A beautiful summer evening FREE performance showcasing the amazing musical talents of the CCJO.

Cincinnati Parks Presents: American Salute with the CCJO, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and CCM Preparatory Department

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Time: 6pm CCM Prep performance; 7:15 CCJO performance; 8:30pm CCO performance
Location: Burnet Woods (Cincinnati, OH)

Musicians from the CCJO saluted the Red, White and Blue with our friends from the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the CCM Preparatory Department at American Salute!

Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses and the Carl Lindner YMCA Present: West End Speaks Plan Release Celebration & Jazz Concert with the CCJO

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 5pm Official plan release + sign-up for community work teams; 6pm CCJO Let Freedom Swing! performance
Location: Carl Lindner YMCA (1425 Linn St, Cincinnati, OH 45214)

The release of the West End Community Quality-of-Life Plan was celebrated with a jazz performance by CCJO of our Let Freedom Swing! program for the first time with the full 17-piece orchestra! Guests enjoyed dinner, refreshments and giveaways.

FluggeAndPriceCCJO Presents: A Tribute to Flugge and Price

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Time: 8-10pm
Location: The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

The music lived on as we celebrated the lives of two incredible Ohio composers/arrangers: Mark Flugge and Joseph Price. Columbus pianist Mark Flugge passed away in 2014 and Cincinnati’s own Joseph Price passed away in 2011. Flugge formerly served on the faculties of Eastman School of Music and Capital University. As a soloist, he performed with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Symphony and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Price wrote and arranged for top artists and arts organizations, including Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Doc Severinsen and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

CCJO Jazz@First Series | Time Out: The Music of Dave Brubeck

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (536 Linton Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

CCJO pianist Phil DeGreg kicked off the Orchestra’s new adult educational Sunday matinee series Jazz@First on Sunday, April 10 featuring saxophonist Rick VanMatre and The Phil DeGreg Trio and presented a program of music by one of the great American jazz pianists and composers, Dave Brubeck. Brubeck was considered to be one of the foremost proponents of cool jazz and the first composer to popularize the use of unusual time signatures and cross meters in his music, which are now common in all jazz-related genres today. This fun and informative program included a wine and cheese intermission.

ComposersNightCCJO Presents: Cincinnati Composers’ Night

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 8-10pm
Location: The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

The ranks of the CCJO boast some of the region’s most accomplished and creative big band composers. We held our popular annual performance featuring our own talented writers – as well as many other talented Greater Cincinnati composers – showcasing beautiful contemporary jazz arrangements on Thursday, March 10.

ArtsWave Presents: Let Freedom Swing!

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 2:30-3:15pm
Location: Taft Museum (316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

Let Freedom Swing! is a narrated, interactive performance that explores the relationship between jazz and democracy, and creates conversations about the parallels between these two great American traditions. Musicians from the CCJO and educators from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music shared examples of featured artists, works and composers. After the session, attendees had the chance to meet the musicians and ask their own questions about the session topics, the music, and the instruments they saw on stage. Let Freedom Swing! is an engaging introduction to jazz and its role in the fabric of our nation for musicians and non-musicians alike!

CCJO Presents: CCJO Meets Radiohead

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 8-10pm
Location: The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Five Englishmen who developed their own unique sound, Radiohead was one of the most innovative and provocative bands of the 1990s and 2000s. For CCJO Meets Radiohead, the ensemble presented a cutting-edge concert intersecting the rock styles of Radiohead with jazz orchestra.

JingleJazzCCJO Presents: Jingle Jazz: Christmas Time is Here

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015
Time: 8-10pm
Location: The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

We celebrated the season with the CCJO at our popular annual concert, Jingle Jazz. This holiday performance featured new arrangements of your favorite holiday classics, many of which were written by members of the CCJO. Also featured were selections from CCJO artistic director Rob Parton’s Big Band of Chicago album, Christmas Time is Here.

SinatraCCJO Presents: A Sinatra Centennial Celebration

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 8-10pm
Location: The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

We celebrated the Centennial birthday of one of jazz music’s most iconic artists, Frank Sinatra with contemporary arrangements of your favorite charts made famous by “The Voice,” performed by Chicago vocal great Mark Madsen.

Sycamore Presbyterian Church Presents: CCJO Quintet Concert at Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Sycamore Presbyterian Chruch (11800 Mason Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249)

Great jazz a little north of the city! Members of the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz orchestra brought an exciting new quintet to Sycamore Presbyterian Church in Mason, OH. The concert featured fun, accessible, original compositions and pieces that have stood the test of time. The concert was free and open to the public (free will donations supported The Loveland Initiative).

FedchockCCJO Presents: Like It Is: An Evening with Trombonist John Fedchock

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015
Time: 8-10pm
Location: The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

The CCJO kicked off their first subscription series concert of the year, Like It Is: An Evening with John Fedchock. Grammy-nominated arranger and world-class trombonist John Fedchock joined the CCJO in a concert celebrating the release of his latest album, Like It Is. We were proud to bring to town an artist who is continuing to have a hand in guiding and shaping the direction of modern big band music.

Washington Park Presents: Friday Fusion with the CCJO and Kathy Wade
Friday, August 28, 2015 | 7-10pm

Location: Washington Park (1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

The CCJO took the stage for the finale performance for Friday Fusion at Washington Park, complete with the vocal stylings of the inimitable Kathy Wade.

It’s Commonly Jazz Series Presents: CCJO featuring CCM Jazz Faculty

Date: August 20, 2014
Time: 6pm
Location: Eden Park Seasongood Pavilion (Art Museum Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

A beautiful summer evening FREE performance that showcased the amazing musical talents of the acclaimed CCM Jazz Faculty and the CCJO.

CCJO Presents: Suite Ellington

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Time: 8pm
Location: The Monastery Studio (2601 Stanton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206)

The CCJO presented a “suite” night of Ellington at the intimate Monastery Studio.

BigNightClifton Gaslight Business District Presents: BIG NIGHT Clifton

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2015
Time: 7pm
Location: Clifton Plaza (333 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220)

Featured the CCJO Little Big Band in a FREE concert as part of the BIG NIGHT Clifton Concert Series.

CCJO Presents: Cincinnati Composers’ Night

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time: 8pm
Location: York Street (738 York Street, Newport, KY 41071)

Featured pieces and arrangements by CCJO musicians, local jazz legends and some of the hottest emerging composers in jazz today.

CCJO Presents: All Aboard – Big Train by Wynton Marsalis

Date: May 3, 2015
Time: 4pm
Location: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Harriet Tubman Theater

It was “All aboard!” for a journey back to a time when the great road bands toured the country via rail, featured a full performance of Wynton Marsalis’ critically acclaimed “Big Train.”

Three Rivers Jazz Festival Presents: Showcase Concert, featuring CCJO

Date: March 28, 2015
Time: 7pm
Location: Taylor H.S. Three Rivers Performing Arts Center (56 Cooper Road, Cleves, OH 45002)

The CCJO served as ensemble-in-residence for the first annual Three Rivers Jazz Festival and performed the evening’s Showcase Concert. The performance featured some of the day’s outstanding young soloists in a concert program that moves from the classics of the big band era to the standards of tomorrow.

CCJO Session @ The Greenwich

Date: January 26 and February 9, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Greenwich

The CCJO opened our extensive books for informal sessions at The Greenwich!

CCJO Presents: Jingle Jazz

Date: December 11,  2014
Time: 8pm
Location: Next Chapter Bar & Grill (Mt. Adams)

The CCJO rang in the holiday season to a packed house with jazzy versions of holiday favorites.

JoeHendersonCCJO Presents: Mode for Joe: The music of Joe Henderson

Date: October 23, 2014
Time: 8pm
Location: Next Chapter (940 Pavilion Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

An evening that celebrated the adventurous music by legendary saxophonist and composer Joe Henderson.

It’s Commonly Jazz Series Presents: CCJO featuring CCM Jazz Faculty and special guest Dave Stryker, guitar

Date: August 14, 2014
Time: 6pm
Location: Eden Park Seasongood Pavilion (Art Museum Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

A beautiful summer evening FREE performance that showcased the amazing musical talents of the acclaimed CCM Jazz Faculty and special guest jazz guitar virtuoso Dave Stryker.

Cincinnati Parks Presents: American Salute with the CCJO, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and CCM Preparatory Department

Date: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Time: 6pm CCM Prep performance; 7:15 CCJO performance; 8:30pm CCO performance
Location: Burnet Woods (Cincinnati, OH)

Musicians from the CCJO saluted the Red, White and Blue with our friends from the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the CCM Preparatory Department at American Salute! The evening was capped off by a FREE fireworks display at dusk!

 

CCJOCCJO Presents: Cincinnati Composers’ Night

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 8pm
Location: York Street Cafe (Newport, KY)

CCJO Cincinnati Composers’ Night featured pieces by local jazz composers and arrangers including several members of our own ensemble!

LippiaMemorial Hall presents: Simply Swinging
featured guest artist ensemble with Steve Lippia, vocalist for Memorial Hall’s Signature Series

Date: Friday, April 18, 2014
Time: 6:30pm reception and open bar; 8pm performance
Location: Memorial Hall

CCO LogoCincinnati Chamber Orchestra Gala Concert
featured guest artist ensemble for CCO’s 40th Anniversary gala concert

Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Masonic Center

pianoCCJO Presents:
Jingle Jazz Holiday Concert
The CCJO kicked off the holiday season with new interpretations of traditional yuletide tunes – an experience that was warm, innovative and swingin’!

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Blue Wisp Jazz Club


PepperAdamsCrewThe Music of Pepper Adams
with special guest arranger Tony Faulkner and biographer Gary Carner featuring world premiere of Faulkner’s new Pepper Adams Suite

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Blue Wisp Jazz Club

Jimmy-Heath

Constella Festival: Fiesta Mojo
with special guest NEA Jazz Master and 3-time Grammy nominee, Jimmy Heath

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Corbett Auditorium @ UC’s College-Conservatory of Music

trmpt202Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition Gala Concert
featuring Jon Faddis, Bobby Shew, Byron Stripling and the Competition winners

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Corbett Auditorium @ UC’s College-Conservatory of Music
Sponsor: Herb Alpert Foundation
Judges: Jon Faddis, Byron Stripling and Bobby Shew