SCHEDULE

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.

HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS

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, including the possibility of requiring vaccinations, at the time of our performances.  

 

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

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Sunday, February 6, 2022 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Jazz@First | Queen City Vintage Vibe: Sally + Joe Lukasik

Longtime friends and collaborators, pianist Phil DeGreg, trumpeter Sally Lukasik and clarinetist Joe Lukasik will be returning to the Jazz@First stage. Often presenting music with a throwback vibe, the trio loves to explore and perform in many styles of the jazz tradition. They specialize in music performed by artists like Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbeck and Louis Armstrong. Enjoy an afternoon of music sure to get your toes tapping!

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Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 7pm
The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Big Band | A Tribute to Genius: Phil DeGreg Plays Chick Corea + McCoy Tyner

Modern jazz piano has been defined by the incredible talents of a small cadre of artists, including the late pianists Chick Corea and McCoy Tyner. CCJO chairman and pianist Phil DeGreg will take center stage as he pays tribute to these departed geniuses that helped redefine the sound of contemporary jazz piano from the 60s to today.

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Thursday, March 17, 2022 | 7pm
The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Big Band | Cincinnati’s First Lady of Song: Mandy Gaines

Cincinnati treasure, vocalist Mandy Gaines is known around the world for her sultry and rich vocal stylings. Join us for an evening of Mandy’s favorite jazz classics – many of which will be her first performed with a big band – as you learn just why Mandy truly is Cincinnati’s First Lady of Song.

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Sunday, March 20, 2022 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Jazz@First | Chick Corea’s Musical Revolution with Rusty Burge

The Phil DeGreg Trio and vibraphonist Rusty Burge will present an afternoon of music paying tribute to the musical revolutionary Chick Corea. An artist that expanded the notion of the contemporary jazz piano trio, Corea’s influence went far beyond jazz by incorporating rock and Spanish rhythms and performing on numerous electronic keyboard instruments and synthesizers. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music professor of percussion, Rusty Burge is recognized for his unique musical timbre and incredible technique.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022 | 7pm
The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Big Band | Angel Song: Ingrid Jensen Plays the Music of Kenny Wheeler

The late great Kenny Wheeler had the unique appeal of being both an exciting and incendiary trumpet player, as well as an introspective and genius composer. DIVA alumnus and Juno Award nominee trumpeter Ingrid Jensen also possesses this poised balance of fire and reflection. The CCJO welcomes Ingrid to Cincinnati - during Women’s History Month - to perform many of Kenny Wheeler's most famous pieces, including new interpretations of his hauntingly beautiful music.

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Sunday, April 24, 2022 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Jazz@First | A Time for Love: The Music of Johnny Mandel featuring Emily Jordan and Harry Allen

Multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer and arranger Johnny Mandel was known for his popular jazz songs and film scores. From M*A*S*H to Caddyshack to “The Shadow of Your Smile” from The Sandpiper, Mandel made an indelible mark on jazz and film music. The Phil DeGreg Trio will be joined by vocalist Emily Jordan and saxophonist Harry Allen to explore some of his best-known works as they pay tribute to this musical pioneer.

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Friday, May 22, 2022 | 7pm
Campbell County Public Library Ft. Thomas/Carrico Branch (1000 Highland Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075)

Unforgettable: Mandy Gaines and the CCJO Quartet

The CCJO quartet welcomes world-renowned vocalist Mandy Gaines to the stage to sing favorite classics from the American Songbook and beyond.

Registration opens March 28, 2022.