Sunday, February 2, 2020 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

On the Same Wavelength: Phil DeGreg + Joe Lukasik

Phil DeGreg and clarinetist Joe Lukasik have been musical collaborators and friends for over 20 years. This powerful duo will perform favorites that range from early jazz to the Great American Songbook to choro, “the New Orleans jazz of Brazil.” Feast your ears on exceptional musical communication and good cheer as these two virtuosos hold jazz court at First Unitarian Church.

Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris


Artist profile: Joe Lukasik, clarinet

Joe Lukasik is the clarinetist for The Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, a group that has delighted audiences around the world with its wonderful music and good humor for over twenty years. Joe appeared as part of the Jazz@First series for the CCJO in 2017 and 2018. For more information on Joe and the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, visit


Artist profile: Phil DeGreg, piano


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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