The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra’s performance homes are at The Redmoor for our Big Band Series in Mt. Lookout as well as the First Unitarian Church in Avondale for our Jazz@First Chamber Jazz Series. The CCJO has previously performed at various venues around Greater Cincinnati, including: Next ChapterThe GreenwichThe MonasteryYork Street Cafe, Blue Wisp Jazz Club, National Underground Railroad Freedom CenterMemorial Hall and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The Orchestra and our musicians also perform at various educational, orchestral, jazz and festival events across the Tri-State.


To learn more about the CCJO’s past performances, please visit our archives.


The safety of everyone at Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra events is important to the Board of the CCJO. We want to ensure that all of our performers and guests feel safe.  Therefore, we will apply with all applicable safety guidelines at the time of our performances.  


To learn more about the CCJO’s current COVID Health & Safety Protocols, please visit our Health & Safety page.


Thursday, December 15, 2022 | 7pm
The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Jingle Jazz


Celebrate the season with the CCJO at our popular annual concert Jingle Jazz featuring new takes on your favorite holiday classics, many of which were written by members of the Orchestra. Enjoy a variety of Christmas classics from some of our most popular programs including Nutcracker Remix, Christmas Time is Here and our tribute to James Brown’s holiday albums, Have a Funky Christmas.


* Join the band and board - wear your ugliest Christmas sweater! *


Thursday, January 26, 2023 | 7pm
The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Jazz Royalty: Mandy Gaines Sings Count Basie

No name is more synonymous with big band Jazz than Count Basie, and not only did his big band include some of the greatest instrumentalists of all time, he also cut fabulous albums featuring the most important voices in the history of Jazz. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Dianne Schurr, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, the list goes on and on. The CCJO welcomes crowd favorite vocalist Mandy Gaines to the stage to pay tribute to these timeless collaborations. Be prepared to swing!

Orchestra Sponsor: Brad Pickard and Vicki Young


Sunday, February 5, 2023 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Classical Crossover with Rick VanMatre

Back by popular demand, beloved Cincinnati-based saxophonist Rick VanMatre returns to the Jazz@First stage in a concert uniquely fusing the worlds of classical and jazz. VanMatre will be featured on Bill Dobbin’s “Sonata for Soprano Sax and Piano” which combines musical elements from contemporary classical vocabulary with jazz traditions. Also featured will be other classically-influenced jazz works that will help to bridge the gap between these seemingly disparate sound worlds.


Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 7pm
The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Meet the CCJO: Musical Virtuosity

Over the years we’ve offered up our stage to fantastic guest artists from all over the world, but now it’s time to turn the spotlight on our very own musicians! Get to know the beloved members of the CCJO a little better as the Orchestra performs music written by and/or featuring every individual member of the ensemble, including some brand new arrangements and compositions! You will definitely leave this show with a greater appreciation for the wealth and depth of talent in the Cincinnati Jazz scene.


Sunday, March 5, 2023 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Music of the Modern Jazz Quartet with Rusty Burge

No stranger to the CCJO Jazz@First stage, we are excited to welcome back local vibraphonist Rusty Burge. Rusty and the Phil DeGreg Trio will revisit the elegant sounds of one of the most popular and iconic bands of the cool jazz era, the Modern Jazz Quartet.


Sunday, March 19, 2023 | 4pm
Corinthian Baptist Church (1920 Tennessee Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45237)

CCJO Meets Gospel: Amazing Grace

Hallelujah! Our most popular concert ever is back. Joined once again by an all-star gospel choir led by A. Michael Cunningham, the CCJO will bring to life the music from great gospel artists including Aretha Franklin, Kurt Whalum, Saskia Dian, Lailah Hathaway and many more.


Sunday, April 16, 2023 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Celebrating the George Shearing Quintet

British jazz pianist and composer Sir George Albert Shearing was the composer of over 300 titles, including jazz standards “Lullaby of Birdland” and “Conception.” His popular jazz group the George Shearing Quartet was a regular on Billboard charts during the 50s, 60s, 80s and 90s. Joining Phil DeGreg from Detroit will be former Diana Krall bassist Paul Keller and versatile vibraphonist Cary Kocher, alongside an accomplished Cincinnati guitarist.


Friday, April 28, 2023 | 8pm
Xavier University Gallagher Student Center Theater (3800 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207)

Xavier Music Series: CCJO Featuring Maria Schneider

Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, imaginative, revelatory, riveting, daring, and beyond categorization.” Blurring the lines between genres, she is among a small few to receive GRAMMYS in multiple genres, having received the award in jazz and classical, as well as for her work with David Bowie. Here, she joins forces with the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Cincinnati's foremorst ensemble in the exploration of contemporary repertoire.