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Suite for the New Year Program Notes

Thursday, September 22, 2022 | 7pm | The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

CCJO Meets the Rolling Stones Project, featuring Tim Ries & Bernard Fowler

“Paint It, Black” with the CCJO as we welcome two current Rolling Stones’ touring band members to the Redmoor to pay tribute to one of the biggest bands of all time. Saxophonist Tim Ries and vocalist Bernard Fowler will perform Jazz arrangements of some of the greatest hits from the Stones’ songbook, all written by Cincinnati native Matt Harris!

Opening Act: Jazz @ Dusk Combo under the direction of Alex Merk


Artist Profile: Tim Ries, saxophone

Saxophonist, composer, arranger, producer and educator Tim Ries received degrees from both The University of North Texas (BM) and The University of Michigan (MM). He has had a unique and varied career, which began in 1983 with the great Maynard Ferguson.


Tim moved to New York City in 1985 and since that time his performing and recording credits include a who’s who of jazz, rock, pop and world music icons: The Rolling Stones from 1999 to the present, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Donald Fagen, Michael Jackson, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovette, and jazz greats Red Garland, Donald Byrd, Hank Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Chico Hamilton, Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson, Tony Bennett, Louie Bellson, Dave Liebman, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Bela Szakcsi Lakatos and Maria Schneider.


Tim was a member of the Prism Saxophone Quartet from 1993-2003. He has released 9 CDs as a leader. His last two discs, Tim Ries Quintet and Tim Ries Quintet Vol II, are live perfomances at Smalls Jazz Club. In 2005 and 2008 respectively, he released The Rolling Stones Project (Concord) and Stones World (Sunnyside), both are his versions of Stones classics arranged in jazz and world music genres. Both CDs have drawn rave reviews across the globe.


Some of the guest artists featured on these discs include: all four Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Milton Nascimento, Sara Baras, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Larry Goldings, Franck Amsallem, Eddie Palmieri, Brian Blade and Ana Moura. His latest colaborations are performing with the great flamenco dancer Sara Baras and with The East Gipsy Band from Budapest.


Tim has taught saxophone and composition at The New School, Rutgers University, The City University of New York and The University of Toronto.


Tim Ries plays Francois Louis mouthpieces, reeds and ligatures and The Virtuoso tenor and alto saxophones by RS Berkely.


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Artist Profile: Bernard Fowler, vocals (bio from

One of the busiest vocalists in pop music with arguably the most diverse résumé ever, Bernard Fowler has been hired by the likes of the Rolling Stones, Bootsy Collins, left-field producer Adrian Sherwood, and minimalist composer Philip Glass. Born and raised in New York City, Fowler first appeared on record in 1974 with the band Total Eclipse. In 1982 he appeared on two dance club hits, "Don't Make Me Wait" with the Peech Boys and "I'm the One" by the Bill Laswell project Material. A year later he was on Herbie Hancock's successful Future Shock album while 1985 found him landing on Public Image Ltd.'s Compact Disc, the Sly & Robbie album Language Barrier, and Mick Jagger's solo album She's the Boss. He delivered a Paul Simon song specially written for Philip Glass' album Songs from Liquid Days in 1986, sang backup on James Blood Ulmer's America: Do You Remember the Love? in 1987, and joined Bootsy Collins for his 1988 effort What's Bootsy Doin'? In 1989 he fronted the Adrian Sherwood-associated band Tackhead and joined the Rolling Stones for their Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle world tour. The '90s were filled with more Tackhead albums, more work and tours with the Stones, a featured role in Stones drummer Charlie Watts' jazz band, and guest shots on albums by Herb Alpert, Little Axe, Todd Terry and INXS singer Michael Hutchence's solo debut. In 2006 he finally got around to making his own solo record, Friends with Privileges.

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