CCJO to take the Dizzy show on the road to Middletown!

We are excited to hold our first-ever performance in Middletown, Ohio as we take our Dizzy Centennial show on the road to the newly reopened Sorg Opera House! The performance will be at 8pm on Saturday, April 7, 2018. More details coming soon!

CCJO announces 2017-18 Big Band and Chamber Jazz series!

CCJO announces their 2017-18 Big Band and Chamber Jazz series! Check out the full line-up and purchase subscriptions or single event tickets here.

CCJO receives matching grant for ArtsWave!

We Gotta Shout! will pay tribute to a memorable moment where the worlds of gospel and jazz came together for a March 1963 recording that joined the legendary Dukes of Dixieland with Clara Ward and Her Gospel Singers. This landmark recording has never been performed for a live audience and will include eleven contemporary arrangements of the gospel songs on the record.

The CCJO has received a matching grant from ArtsWave of $5,000 for this project, but we cannot make this happen without your support. In order to receive the funds, the CCJO must raise at least $5,000. 

Won’t you consider making a $50 donation to help the CCJO bring this groundbreaking program to life?

$5 Live ‘N Local Series Wednesdays at Esquire Theatre!

$5 live music each Wednesday at the Esquire Theatre! Check out for more information and for the latest schedule updates:

  • 2/10: Ricky Nye and Chris Douglas on upright bass
  • 2/17: Lagniappe
  • 2/24: Faux Frenchmen
  • 3/2: Honey and Houston
  • 3/9: The Less More Band with Todd Zook Hepburn
  • 3/16: The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs
  • 3/23: Ricky Nye and vocalist Katie Laur
  • 3/30: Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle

CCJO named best jazz ensemble in Cincinnati for 2016!

The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Ensemble has been named the best Jazz group in Cincinnati for 2016 in the CityBeat Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. The award was announced at the 19th annual award event held on Sunday, January 31 at The Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky. More information:

CCJO Presents: New Year’s Eve 2015 with the CCJO Trio

NYE 2015 Pops CCJO

Come hear the CCJO Trio led by Aaron Jacobs as they ring in the new year at Music Hall, followed by a concert by the Cincinnati Pops.

The Cincinnati Pops welcomes Tony DeSare, described as “two parts young Sinatra to one part Billy Joel” (New York Times), for an evening of sophisticated entertainment on the occasion of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. Listen for Luck Be a Lady, My Way, New York, New York and more. Before the concert, we’ll put the “pop” in Pops with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine for each guest and live music in the lobby by a trio of musicians from Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (CCJO). For tickets, call 513.381.3300 or visit

CCJO Quintet Concert at Sycamore Presbyterian Church

CCJO Quintet Concert at Sycamore Presbyterian Church
Thursday, November 5, 2015 @ 7:30pm
Location: Sycamore Presbyterian Chruch (11800 Mason Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249)
Want to hear great jazz a little north of the city? Members of the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra will be bringing an exciting new quintet to Sycamore Presbyterian Church in Mason, OH. The concert will feature fun, accessible, original compositions and pieces that have stood the test of time. The concert is free and open to the public (free will donation supporting The Loveland Initiative).
The personnel will include:
Matt Anklan, leader and trumpet
Dan Erbland, sax
Max Greenberg, piano
Aaron Jacobs, bass
Tom Buckley, drums

CCJO Reschedules Ellington Concert for June 4

Due to weather cancellation of Big Train, our Ellington concert has been rescheduled for June 4. For more information, check out our Ellington event page. If you have any questions, please contact us at

CCJO Cancels “Big Train” Concert on March 4 – Reschedules for May 3!

Due to impending severe weather conditions, tonight’s “Big Train” concert will be moving to May 3 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. All tickets for the March 4 concert will be honored for our May 3 event. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Enquirer Features Wednesday’s CCJO “Big Train” Concert

Extra! Extra! Did you see the Enquirer on Sunday, March 1? Check out the arts section for a feature story on Wednesday’s performance of Wynton Marsalis’ twelve composition suite for jazz orchestra, “Big Train,” plus works by Duke Elilngton. Click here to check out the article online! More info about All Aboard and tickets can be found at: