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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.

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Sunday, August 8, 2021 | 7-9pm
Washington Park Performance Stage (1230 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

OTR Performs: Swingin’ with the CCJO

The CCJO returns to the stage for a free, celebratory evening of big band jazz! Alongside swinging classics featuring world renowned vocal sensation Mandy Gaines, the big band will also be performing some of our greatest hits drawn from popular artists such as Radiohead, Earth Wind & Fire, David Bowie, Ray Charles, Prince and many more. Also, guests will be the first to enjoy a special unveiling of the ensemble’s 2021-22 Big Band Series including some special sneak previews!

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Sunday, August 15, 2021 | 2-4pm

Kennedy Heights Art Center (6546 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45213)

CCJO Presents: Jazz on the Porch

The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra Sextet invites you a toe tapping free concert and workshop with lively jazz arrangements in a variety of styles! Join us at the original building for the Kennedy Heights Art Center (located at 6546 Montgomery Road) on August 15 from 2-4pm. After the concert, six members of the orchestra will invite community music students to explore jazz improvisation alongside the professional CCJO performers. Also, guests will be the first to enjoy a special unveiling of the ensemble’s 2021-22 Jazz@First chamber jazz series!

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Sunday, September 19, 2021 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Jazz@First | An Afternoon in Brazil

The Phil DeGreg Trio is back at our second home, the First Unitarian Church! Phil DeGreg has a lifelong love affair with Brazilian musical traditions, a passion that has brought about some of his most celebrated musical works and albums. Come out to Avondale to enjoy an afternoon showcasing Phil and his Trio as they bring South American colors and rhythms to Cincy.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 7pm
The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Big Band | Reunited Celebration with Mandy Gaines

The wait is over. It’s time for the CCJO and you to be reunited… and it feels so good! Return to The Redmoor for a fun-filled celebration as we bring back live jazz music to the stage. CCJO artistic director Eric Lechliter will be premiering a newly commissioned suite of music to mark the occasion and the one and only vocalist Mandy Gaines will join us as we kick off our 2021-22 season.

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Sunday, October 24, 2021 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Jazz@First | Time Out: Rick VanMatre Plays Brubeck

Take a “Time Out” with Rick VanMatre and the Phil DeGreg Trio at our Jazz@First series program highlighting the inimitable career of jazz pianist and composer David Brubeck. Considered one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz, several of Brubeck’s compositions have gone on to become jazz standards. Joining us again on stage will be saxophonist Rick VanMatre, a musician the Chicago Star recognized as “without comparison” for his exacting yet smooth technique and his personal and poignant expression.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 7pm
The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Big Band | 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.

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Sunday, December 5, 2021 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Jazz@First | Christmas Hymnprovisation with Robert Lomax

Swing into the holidays with the CCJO at Jazz@First’s Christmas Hymnprovisation. Based on a new album by the Phil DeGreg Trio and powerful tenor Robert Lomax, they present traditional songs of Christmas in new fresh jazz settings. Jazz fans and all lovers of Christmas songs will enjoy hearing the hopeful message of the Christmas season in this surprising new way.

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Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 7pm
The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)

Big Band | Jingle Jazz

Celebrate the season with the CCJO at their popular annual concert Jingle Jazz featuring new takes on your favorite holiday classics, many of which were written by members of the CCJO. 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.

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Sunday, February 6, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)

Jazz@First | A Time for Love: The Music of Johnny Mandel

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 explore some of his best-known works as they pay tribute to this musical pioneer.