Performance Schedule

The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra’s performance homes are at The Redmoor for our Big Band Series in Mt. Lookout as well as the First Unitarian Church in Avondale for our Jazz@First Chamber Jazz Series. The CCJO has previously performed at various venues around Greater Cincinnati, including: Next Chapter, The GreenwichThe MonasteryYork Street Cafe, Blue Wisp Jazz ClubNational Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Memorial Hall and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The Orchestra and our musicians also perform at various educational, orchestral, jazz and festival events across the Tri-State.

To learn more about the CCJO’s past performances, please visit our archives.

Upcoming Performances

CCJO Presents: The Latin Side of Hancock, Shorter + More, featuring trombonist Conrad Herwig

Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 7pm
Location: The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

For our opening night, we welcome Grammy-nominated, NYC-based, jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig to the Queen City! Conrad, considered one of the world’s most complete jazz musicians, sits atop both the performing and jazz education fields and has an abundance of composer and arranger credits as well. A master of the Latin and Latin Jazz genres, Conrad has released 20 recordings as a leader in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz. He has performed and recorded with artists including Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell.

Jazz@First: Conrad Herwig: Virtuosic Jazz Trombone

Date: October 22, 2017
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Three time Grammy-nominated musician Conrad Herwig is acknowledged as one of the most profound and virtuosic trombonists in the world. He has performed and recorded jazz greats including Eddie Palmieri, Jack DeJohnette, Frank Sinatra and countless others. Enjoy his creativity, sound and fluidity as he plays his own music and contemporary arrangements of familiar songs.

Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris

CCJO Presents: A Big Phat Concert: Studio & Jazz Legend, Trumpeter Wayne Bergeron

Date: November 3, 2017
Time: 7pm
Location: The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

ONE NIGHT ONLY! The CCJO is welcoming to Cincinnati one of the most sought-after musicians in the world: trumpeter Wayne Bergeron. Whether it was as lead trumpeter for Maynard Ferguson or on over 350 TV and motion picture soundtracks, Wayne’s music can be heard around the world. In the studio, Wayne has recorded with artists as diverse as Green Day, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall and Earth Wind and Fire. You can hear his trumpet playing on soundtracks including La La LandMoanaFrozen and Despicable Me, as well as at the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, American Idol and the Grammy Awards. Don’t miss this chance to see Wayne live in Cincinnati!

Concert Sponsor: Tom Boecher

Jazz@First: Melodious Monk, featuring Kim Pensyl

Date: November 19, 2017
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

People tend to remember pianist Thelonious Monk as the eccentric “high priest of bebop” featured on the cover of Time Magazine in the ‘50s. But his mark as a composer is indelible, and his strong melodies are constantly re-interpreted in every generation and in many styles. Kim Pensyl brings his lovely, poignant flugelhorn sound to Monk’s music in this wonderful acoustic setting.

Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris

CCJO Presents: Nutcracker Remix: CCJO + Friends Celebrate the Holidays, featuring Adia Dobbins

Date: December 14, 2017
Time: 7pm
Location: The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Swing in the holidays with the CCJO as you enjoy world premiere arrangements of Tchaikvosky’s Nutcracker written by members of the Orchestra. From Funk to Swing, these fresh, original orchestrations will reflect styles sure to please. The group will also welcome the mesmerizing Adia Dobbins back to the stage as we premiere contemporary arrangements of familiar songs both sacred and secular, from Count Basie’s “Jingle Bells” to classics like “White Christmas” and “Zat You Santa Claus?”

Jazz@First: Finger-Popping: The Music of Horace Silver, featuring Mike Wade and Brent Gallaher

Date: January 28, 2018
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Pianist/composer Horace Silver pioneered the “hard-bop” style of jazz in the 1950s, creating great melodies and arrangements that are soulful, harmonically beautiful and frequently funky. Two of Cincinnati’s best jazz soloists – saxophonist Brent Gallaher and trumpeter Mike Wade – will bring flair and personality to this joyful music.

Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris

CCJO Presents: The Dizzy Gillespie Centennial

Date: February 22, 2018
Time: 7pm
Location: The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Dizzy Gillespie was a visionary architect of bebop, a peerless trumpet virtuoso, and a gifted educator, dancer and raconteur. The CCJO will dig deep into the musical world of this jazz icon. As much a revolution as it was a movement, bebop marked a decisive line between old and new, ushering in the modern era of jazz.

Concert Sponsors: Matt and Holly Kraick

Jazz@First: English Saxophonist Alan Barnes: Jazz from Across the Pond

Date: March 18, 2018
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Alan Barnes, one of Europe’s best known jazz saxophonists and arrangers, makes a rare visit from the U.K. Alan is one of the funniest and most entertaining jazz musicians on the planet. Prepare to be charmed as he interprets tunes from the Great American Songbook with style, virtuosity and humor.

Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris

CCJO Presents: The Sound of the Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Suite, featuring Alan Barnes

Date: March 22, 2018
Time: 7pm
Location: The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

It’s elementary, my dear Watson. You simply must partake in this evening of mystery and intrigue at The Redmoor. The CCJO will welcome London’s own Alan Barnes as the evening’s composer, lead soloist and narrator whom the Guardian noted “could be a comedian, if jazz every fails him.” This musical/literary performance will explore the characters, atmosphere and stories of Sherlock Holmes by means of readings, commentary and a set of Alan’s brilliant original jazz compositions. Alan is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist whose range and brilliance have made him a “first call” for studio and live work since his arrival on the scene more than 30 years ago.

Jazz@First: Benny Rides Again: The Music of the Benny Goodman Quartet

Date: April 15, 2018
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Clarinetist Benny Goodman was the rock star of the swing era, known as the leader of one of the great dance bands. But his virtuosic work with his quartet featuring pianist Teddy Wilson and vibist Lionel Hampton was stunning and groundbreaking. Clarinetist Joe Lukasik and vibist Rusty Burge bring these gorgeous arrangements to life with their own personal improvisational voices.

Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris

CCJO Presents: CCJO Meets Bowie, featuring Adia Dobbins

Date: April 19, 2018
Time: 7pm
Location: The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Ground control to Major Bowie fans… Rock out with the CCJO, Rob Parton and vocalist Adia Dobbins in a tribute to the music of contemporary rock icon David Bowie. If you loved Radiohead and Prince, you’ll love this program as the CCJO tackles some of Bowie’s most creative charts including “Scary Monstors (and Super Creeps)” to “Ashes to Ashes” to “Space Oddity.”

Jazz@First: Brasilia: The Colors of Samba-Jazz

Date: May 13, 2018
Time: 2pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Phil DeGreg’s samba-jazz band Brasilia has been a lively presence on the Cincinnati scene for over a decade. Their repertoire includes songs in various Brazilian styles: samba, bossa-nova, choro, baião and frevo. Brasilia plays works by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Edu Lobo, João Donato, Hermeto Pascoal and others. In this band, South American rhythms merge effortlessly with fluid jazz improvisation.

Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris