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Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 7pm | The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

BIG BAND: CCJO MEETS BOWIE

Ground control to Major Bowie fans… Rock out with the CCJO, Rob Parton, and vocalist Adia Dobbins in a tribute to the music of a 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 "Life on Mars," "Let's Dance" and “Space Oddity.”

Opening Act: Joining us to open the show will be the Walton-Verona High School Jazz Cats.

The concert is sponsored by avid jazz lover and Queen City convert Rebecca Knight.

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Artist Profile: Adia Dobbins, vocals

Adia G. Dobbins is a native of Johnstown, PA and a proud 1995 graduate of Richland Senior High School. Following her days in Pennsylvania, Dobbins attended CCM where she matriculated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Jazz Voice and General Music. She then remained in Cincinnati, Ohio, to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis on Non-Profit Arts Management.

While pursuing both of her degrees, Dobbins worked professionally in the Cincinnati area performing a variety of musical styles in a diversity of venues. She performed Jazz in the historic clubs of Cincinnati, Gospel music in a Community Choir, and as Cantor in an African-American Catholic church. When not performing, Dobbins worked professionally as a marketing, public relations and relationship management specialist in a variety of industries. Her resume includes positions in non-profit arts management, banking, diversity management consulting, human resources and corporate law.

While pursuing her career in management, Dobbins auditioned for and was awarded the role of “Nala” in the West Coast tour of Disney’s The Lion King. Dobbins successfully performed with the company for 2 1⁄2 years. Upon completion of that tour, she had the opportunity to perform in various Regional and Off-Broadway musical productions both in and around New York City. Most recently, Dobbins resided in Detroit, MI where she began private vocal instruction studio and was featured at such legendary venues as the historic Whitney, Cliff Bell’s, The Rooster Tail and Baker’s Keyboard Lounge which is the oldest operating Jazz club in the United States. Upon her recent return to Cincinnati, Dobbins has performed at various local jazz venues, and has begun recording her first album of original music.

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Artist Profile: Jared Roper, vocals

Jared Roper was born and raised in Springfield Ohio. He began singing in church at the age of 3. He attended Denison University, where he received a BA in Vocal Performance. Jared has traveled a crossed the country and abroad singing with various Gospel Choirs, bands,and touring groups. He also performed at Kings Island for 7 seasons. Jared’s love in life is to sing, and he is always grateful for the opportunity to share is gift of song.

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About David Bowie

David Bowie was an English rock star known for dramatic musical transformations, including his character Ziggy Stardust. Bowie was born in South London’s Brixton neighborhood on January 8, 1947. His first hit was the song “Space Oddity” in 1969. The original pop chameleon, Bowie became a fantastical sci-fi character for his breakout Ziggy Stardust album. He later co-wrote “Fame” with Carlos Alomar and John Lennon, which became his first American No. 1 single in 1975. An accomplished actor, Bowie starred in The Man Who Fell to Earthin 1976. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Shortly after releasing his final album, Bowie died from cancer on January 10, 2016.