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

Concert Sponsors: Thompson Hine LLP


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.

Music 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


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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Sunday, February 9, 2020 | 6pm
Robert Sonny Hill, Jr. Community Center (800 Lafayette Ave, Middletown, OH 45044)

Let Freedom Swing!

The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is bringing our program Let Freedom Swing! to Middletown! The CCJO is proud to be the only regional organization officially sanctioned and trained by Jazz at Lincoln Center to provide this groundbreaking program. CCJO artistic director Eric Lechliter along with a CCJO jazz quartet will lead the audience in an interactive and informative musical presentation about the history of jazz and how it ties specifically into the history of democracy in our country.