Stan, Woody, Buddy and John: An Evening with John Von Ohlen
Thursday, October 13 @ 7:30pm | The Redmoor
Cincinnati’s own John Von Ohlen will join the CCJO in a night of big band drummer feature favorites by Stan, Woody, Buddy and John! Hear your favorites including Malaguena, Stompin’ at the Savoy, Big Swing Face and the West Side Story Suite.
About the Artist: John Von Ohlen
John Von Ohlen, born May 13th, 1941 in Indianapolis, IN, is a jazz drummer, bandleader, and recording artist. Widely known as having been the drummer for Woody Herman in 1967 and 1969, then with Stan Kenton from 1970 to 1972, he began his musical journey as young boy, taking classical piano lessons. A few years later he joined his school band where he learned to play trombone. It wasn’t until he was 14 and heard Mel Lewis with Stan Kenton’s orchestra that he would begin the transformation to drummer.
Since the late 1970’s until today, John has and continues to freelance with a wide variety of Cincinnati area ensembles. With the Blue Wisp Big Band he has recorded five LPs. As member of the Steve Schmidt Trio, he has also recorded numerous albums with artists such as Cal Collins, Maxine Sullivan, Keith Jarrett, Carmen McRae, John Clayton, Francy Boland, and Benny Carter with the WDR Radio Orchestra and at the Berlin Jazz Festival . He toured Japan and recorded with Mel Torme and Marty Paich Orchestra.
John is also is a professor of percussion at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he teaches jazz drumming and plays in the faculty Jazztet.
More information available at http://www.bluewispbigband/john-von-ohlen.