Sunday, December 5, 2021 | 2pm | First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)
JAZZ@FIRST: Christmas Hymnprovisation with Robert Lomax
Swing into the holidays with the CCJO at Jazz@First’s Christmas Hymnprovisation. Based on a new album by the Phil DeGreg Trio and powerful tenor Robert Lomax, they present traditional songs of Christmas in new fresh jazz settings. Jazz fans and all lovers of Christmas songs will enjoy hearing the hopeful message of the Christmas season in this surprising new way.
Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris
About the Artist: Robert Lomax
Robert Lomax was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. At the early age of five, Robert sang around the house, listening to the radio every Sunday morning, while his family prepared for church. Gospel music was the first program he listened to, which was always followed by uplifting classical music. He began to mimic these melodious voices. These were the tonal vibes, which inspired Robert Lomax to become a renowned vocalist.
His performance credits include the Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati May Festival, Northern Kentucky Symphony and Erie Philharmonic. Lead roles include Fernando in Cosi Fan Tutte, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Lenski in Eugene Onegin and soloist with the Classical Roots Chorus. Robert appeared with the CSO May Festival as soloist (“Preacher”) in the Bernstein Mass, May 19, 2018.
Mr. Lomax holds a BM degree from Mercyhurst College, and did post-graduate work at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Honors include an award from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and two Patricia Corbett Graduate Student Scholarships. He has served as Director of the NAACP National Convention Choir, Music Director for the Greater Cincinnati Emmaus Community and has been active in music ministry at Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Church, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (Erie, PA), Christ Emmanuel Christian Fellowship and Morning Star Baptist Church (Cincinnati).
Robert Lomax serves on the board of directors for the Cincinnati May Festival and the Building Diverse Audiences Advisory Committee (BDAAC) with the Cincinnati Arts Association.
In addition to his Classical music, Robert enjoys using his tenor voice singing Spirituals, Gospel and Contemporary Christian music. He resides in Cincinnati with his wife Justine. He also has one son, Scott Lomax, who resides in Pittsburgh, PA. Robert currently serves as a Care Pastor at Citygate Church in Lebanon, Ohio.
Learn more about Robert on his website https://justroblomax.com/.
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 http://phildegreg.com.