Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

1959: The Year that Changed Jazz, featuring Eric Lechliter and Josh Kline

In the history of jazz recordings, there’s never been a year like 1959. Phil DeGreg assembles a killer small group to perform some of these landmark works like Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue,” John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” and Dave Brubeck’s “Time Out.” It may be their 60th anniversary, but join us at First Unitarian Church to hear these works LIVE and as fresh as ever.


Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris



Artist Profile: Eric Lechliter, trumpet

Eric Lechliter is a professional musician, arranger and educator based in the Cincinnati area. An active trumpet player, he plays frequently with several local bands including The Cincy Brass, The Flying Circus Big Band, Craig Bailey's Ohio Jazz Players, The Blue Wisp Big Band, The Society Jazz Orchestra, Pat Kelly's PsychoAcoustic Orchestra and the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and has shared the stage with international recordings artists including John Fedchock, Chris Vadala, Greg Gisbert, Terell Stafford, Byron Stripling, Bobby Broom, Barry Ries, Alex Norris and many more. As an arranger/composer, his music has been performed by the Dayton Jazz Orchestra, The CCM Jazz Lab band, The Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra, the CCJO, and The Original Farm League Big Band (which he founded in 2016). Since graduating from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he has maintained a busy schedule as a Jazz clinician and private teacher. He has also served as a faculty member for Miami Valley Jazz Camp starting in 2013, and currently directs the Xavier University Jazz Orchestra as an adjunct professor of music. In 2019, Eric was named artistic director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.



Artist Profile: Josh Kline, tenor saxophone (bio from

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, Josh Kline is currently based in Cincinnati, OH, where he can be heard with the KGB Trio, Retro-Nouveau Quartet, Buckley-Kline Duo, Animal Mother and various big bands in the area. Other notable performances include appearances at the 2016 Midpoint Music Festival (Cincinnati), 2016 Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival (Columbus, OH), and performances at Elastic Arts (Chicago), Twins Jazz Club (D.C.), The Whistler (Chicago), The Lily Pad (Boston), Canterbury House (Ann Arbor), The Trumpet Blossom (Iowa City), Wind-Up Space (Baltimore), The Bop-Stop (Cleveland) and sub (Osaka, Japan).

Josh is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he studied with Rick VanMatre, Craig Bailey, Brent Gallaher and James Bunte. In October of 2013, Josh was selected by former UC President Santa Ono to perform at the Library of Congress for the National Competitiveness Forum in Washington D.C. In 2014, he performed with the CCM Jazz Ensemble at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center in New York City, where the ensemble performed one of his big band arrangements. Other big band arrangements of his have been performed at the 2016 Jazz Educators Network annual conference in Louisville, KY, and at the 2016 CCM Fall Polish Festival. In 2014, Josh had the privilege of performing with the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra when they passed through Cincinnati. In the summer of 2016, he also performed at the NAACP Annual Convention in Cincinnati.

Josh also teaches private lessons in the Cincinnati area.  Besides playing jazz, Josh is very passionate about mathematics, having double majored in math while at UC. He is also a diehard Pittsburgh Pirates fan, an avid bowler and a dedicated musky fisherman.  


About the Artist: Phil DeGreg


Phil DeGreg began playing the piano in his childhood and now performs as a jazz pianist internationally. His earliest jazz influences were Bud Powell and Bill Evans, but he is accomplished and comfortable in a wide range of jazz styles, ranging from mainstream to bebop to Brazilian jazz. A graduate of Yale and the University of North Texas, he toured with the Woody Herman Orchestra in the 1980’s, and has 10 CD’s to his credit as a leader. For 13 years he accompanied many national and international jazz artists in the house trio in Cincinnati’s famous Blue Wisp Jazz Club. He has been on staff with the renowned Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops since 1983, and has performed and taught in Europe and South America.


Phil DeGreg is the retired Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts study grants. In 2008 he was awarded a 4 month Fulbright Fellowship as a lecturer in Brazil.


His text “Jazz Keyboard Harmony” is a practical text for teaching jazz harmony for all musicians, and is used all over the world in universities and for private study.


Learn more about Phil DeGreg on his website

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