P.O. Box 428798 Cincinnati OH 45242

©2018 by Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.


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.


Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 7pm

The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

CCJO Meets Steely Dan

Few artists command more respect than Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, otherwise known as the genius yet irreverent core of Steely Dan. The CCJO puts its own spin on hits like “Do It Again”, “FM” and “The Goodbye Look” and many more... all while staying true to the sophistication, complexity and humor that makes this great American band such a classic.

Opening Act: TBA


Sunday, April 5, 2020 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

What’s It All About: A Burt Bacharach Retrospective, featuring Hal Melia

Academy and Grammy Award-winning musician and composer Burt Bacharach is one of the most influential American pop composers of the 20th century. His melodies helped create the nation’s soundtrack from the ‘60s through the ‘90s and have been recorded by hundreds of artists worldwide, including jazz greats like Stan Getz and Herbie Hancock. Hear the Phil DeGreg Trio and multi-reed specialist Hal Melia paint these American classics in all-new colors. And you never know… they might just show you the way to San Jose.

Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris


Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 7pm

The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

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.

Opening Act: Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra


Sunday, March 8, 2020 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Something to Live For: Janelle Reichman Performs Billy Strayhorn

Billy Strayhorn wrote some of the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s most important pieces, including Duke’s famous theme “Take the A Train”. In honor of Women’s History Month, joining the Phil DeGreg Trio will be virtuoso clarinetist and saxophonist Janelle Reichman. Janelle performs regularly with DIVA, the award-winning NYC all-female big band, and has guested with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Get ready for an unforgettable afternoon of music as Janelle and musicians from the CCJO perform some of the greatest compositions in jazz.


Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris

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Sunday, February 23, 2020 | 4pm

Corinthian Baptist Church (1920 Tennessee Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45237)

We Gotta Shout: Gospel Meets Jazz

In 1963 the legendary Clara Ward and her gospel singers entered the studio with the equally acclaimed Dukes of Dixieland to record an album which would break down cultural and musical barriers to become an instant classic! Joined once again by an all-star gospel choir led by A. Michael Cunningham, the CCJO revisits its own unique adaptation of this music for a truly special event not to be missed.

Opening Act: Little Miami Chorale


Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 7pm

The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Have a Funky Christmas

This Christmas, Santa's got a brand new bag! Throughout his illustrious career, James Brown - the Godfather of Soul - recorded several holiday albums filled with funk, fun and yuletide cheer. Join the CCJO as it unveils all new arrangements of this music and other festive holiday favorites. It really is the most wonderful - and funky - time of the year.

Opening Act: Walnut Hills High School Jazz Ensemble


Sunday, December 1, 2019 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

“The Sound of Music” with Cincinnati Youth Choir

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Academy Award winning musical for Best Picture, “The Sound of Music,” is beloved across generations. The Phil DeGreg Trio will partner with members of the award-winning Cincinnati Youth Choir directed by Robyn Lana on a concert that will be perfect for the whole family! And - for kids of all ages - Christmas cookies will be served at intermission.

Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris


Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 7pm

The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Saving Our Love for Them: Nancy Wilson and Doris Day, featuring Mandy Gaines

In 2018 and 2019, the music world lost two true icons of song: the great Nancy Wilson and Cincinnati's own Doris Day. Join the CCJO as it celebrates these revered artists with the help of Cincinnati treasure and international vocal phenomenon Mandy Gaines. Hear their hits and raise a glass in memory of two of the greatest voices in music history!

Opening Act: Central State University Big Band (Nancy Wilson's alma mater)


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

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Saturday, November 23, 2019 | 10am-12pm

Xavier University Edgecliff Hall, Room 101 (3800 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207)

Jamey Aebersold Jazz Masterclass

Legendary jazz educator and NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold will give a free improvisation masterclass open to all ages and experiences levels, made possible by the CCJO in conjunction with Xavier University.