CCM Jazz Brings its Spring Concert Series to a Close with ‘In Search of Garaj Mahal,’ Featuring Legendary Guitarist Fareed Haque

CCM welcomes guest artist Fareed Haque for a performance with the CCM Jazz Ensembles on Sunday, April 6.

CCM welcomes guest artist Fareed Haque for a performance with the CCM Jazz Ensembles on Sunday, April 6.

CCM’s Jazz Ensembles present their last jazz concert of the season, “In Search of Garaj Mahal, with Scott Belck and Dominic Marino as music directors and conductors at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in Corbett Auditorium.

Jazz lovers don’t want to miss this unique concert as CCM Jazz students, faculty and alumni perform new big band arrangements of guest artist and guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque’s original music, with Haque himself joining CCM Jazz Ensembles on stage.

Haque’s unique style has led to collaborations with Arturo Sandoval, Sting, Keller Williams and Medeski, Martin, and Wood, just to name a few!
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CCM Prep Musicians Featured in Ohio All-State Jazz Ensemble

The 2014 All-State Jazz Ensemble.

The 2014 All-State Jazz Ensemble.

We are delighted to report that a record number of students from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Department (CCM Prep) will be featured in Ohio’s 2014 All-State Jazz Ensemble. Of the 20 musicians chosen from throughout the state to participate in this ensemble, six study at CCM Prep. All members of CCM’s Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra, the six are:

  • Sam Beiting (lead alto saxophone),
  • Kevin Everson (drums),
  • Ryan Guard (trombone),
  • Andrew Haug (piano),
  • Drake Samuels (trumpet) and
  • Christopher Thompson-Taylor (lead tenor saxophone).

The All-State Jazz Ensemble consists of the 20 top high school jazz musicians in Ohio, all chosen after proving their abilities in a highly competitive statewide audition held last May.

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CCM’s Jazz Ensembles Collaborate with Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts Ensemble on Feb. 9

Guest artist Matt Wilson and his Arts and Crafts Ensemble join CCM's Jazz Ensembles in concert on Sunday, Feb. 9.

Guest artist Matt Wilson and his Arts and Crafts Ensemble join CCM’s Jazz Ensembles in concert on Sunday, Feb. 9.

Audiences can look forward to a fun, quirky and upbeat performance when CCM’s Jazz Ensembles join forces with renowned guest artist Matt Wilson and his Arts and Crafts Ensemble at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now.

CCM Director of Jazz Studies Scott Belck and Instructor of Jazz Studies Dominic Marino conduct.

Voted the number one “Rising Star Drummer” in Downbeat magazine’s Critic’s Poll for five consecutive years, Wilson is an ambassador for the jazz community known for blending his creativity and sense of humor with a versatile musicality, engaging audiences and musicians alike.

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CCM’s Concert Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Sample ‘The Sounds of Stan Getz’ in Annual Collaborative Concert

CCM welcomes guest artist Jeff Rupert on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.

CCM welcomes guest artist Jeff Rupert on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.

CCM’s Concert Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble present “The Sounds of Stan Getz – Pioneer of Bossa Nova and Modern Jazz” in this annual collaborative concert where jazz and orchestra meet at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, in Corbett Auditorium under the direction of Annunziata Tomaro and Scott Belck. This performance features guest artist Jeff Rupert on tenor saxophone.

American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz (1927-91) took on the moniker “The Sound” because of his warm, lyrical tone and is perhaps best known for popularizing bossa nova in the Grammy award-winning single “The Girl from Ipanema” (1964).

Audiences will enjoy such cool jazz favorites as “Night Rider” and “Pure Imagination,” as well as several pieces arranged by guest artist Jeff Rupert. One such piece, sure to be a highlight of the evening, is Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Desafinado” for which Getz won the Grammy for Best Jazz Performance of 1963.

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CCM Announces Spring 2014 Calendar of Major Events

Download CCM's Spring 2014 Calendar Booklet today.

Download CCM’s Spring 2014 Calendar Booklet today.

UPDATED March 7, 2014: CCM is delighted to announce its spring 2014 schedule of major events. The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM presents nearly 150 major public performances from Jan. 12 through May 18, ranging from faculty and guest artist concerts to fully supported opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions.

Highlights of CCM’s spring concert series include the return of Cincinnati’s premiere fundraiser “A Moveable Feast” on Jan. 17, the Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle running Jan. 23 – March 29, a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle by guest artists Gerald Finley and Julius Drake on Feb. 5, the fifth annual Bearcat Piano Festival running Feb. 6 – 11, the 17th annual PRISM concert on Feb. 23, a performance of John Adams’ El Niño on March 2 and a celebration of the music of jazz legend Thelonius Monk on March 9.

CCM’s Mainstage Series also continues in early 2014 with a production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, directed by guest artist D. Lynn Meyers, running Feb. 5 – 9; the CCM debut of the iconic musical Les Misérables, running Feb. 27 – March 9;  Donizett’s comedic opera Don Pasquale, running April 3–6; and the quintessential romantic ballet Giselle, running April 17–19.

Learn more about these and dozens of other performing and media-arts events by referring to the list below. You can also view a digital copy of CCM’s Spring 2014 Calendar Booklet here.

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CCM’s ‘A Moveable Feast’ Returns on Jan. 17, 2014

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Cincinnati’s premiere fundraiser returns in early 2014 when CCM presents “A Moveable Feast.” The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, and this year’s “Feast” celebrates the theme “Starstruck.”

A star-powered showcase of CCM’s world-class performing and media arts programs and state-of-the-art facilities, the fundraiser features samplings of artistic and culinary delights throughout CCM Village. Guests can enjoy backstage tours and plan their own schedule of 20-minute samplings of student entertainment, including Jazz, Musical Theatre, Piano, Opera, Drama, Dance, Orchestra and Chamber Winds performances, along with E-Media video productions and much more.

This year’s artistic menu also includes performances by the Steel Drum Band and by CCM’s internationally acclaimed string quartet-in-residence, the Ariel Quartet, which will perform selections from its upcoming Beethoven Cycle—a series of six concerts in Corbett Auditorium in January, February and March of 2014.

The evening’s program will begin in Corbett Auditorium with a prelude performance featuring the Jazz Ensemble. The “Feast” will conclude with a performance by the Philharmonia Orchestra. Cocktails and dinner-by-the-bite provided by Jeff Thomas Catering will be served throughout the evening. Tickets to last year’s event sold out in record time, so act now to secure your place at the “Feast.”

Learn more about “A Moveable Feast” by visiting ccm.uc.edu/support/events.

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CCM’s Departments of Jazz Studies and Musical Theatre Present Duke Ellington’s ‘Nutcracker Suite’ and Holiday Concert on Nov. 24

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CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band team up with CCM Musical Theatre dancers to present Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite and Holiday Concert at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, in Corbett Auditorium.

This swinging seasonal favorite features stunning new choreography by Diane Lala and musical direction by Scott Belck and Dominic Marino. Back by popular demand, this powerful partnership presents two performances this season.

Duke Ellington recorded The Nutcracker Suite for the Columbia label in 1960, featuring jazz interpretations of well-known melodies by Tchaikovsky.

Of collaborating with Belck, Lala says, “When he asked if I wanted to do the Nutcracker Swing with him, I jumped at the chance. It is a great opportunity for our musical theatre students to be able to dance with such a wonderful band.” View an excerpt from last year’s concert below.

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CCM Jazz Ensembles ‘Git Sassy’ on Sunday, Nov. 10

Guest artist Diego Rivera joins the CCM Jazz Ensembles for a musical tribute to Thad Jones on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Guest artist Diego Rivera joins the CCM Jazz Ensembles for a musical tribute to Thad Jones on Sunday, Nov. 10.

The CCM Jazz Ensembles present “Don’t Git Sassy – The Music of Thad Jones” as the next installment in CCM’s 2013-14 Jazz Series. This evening of homage to jazz master Jones will be presented at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, in Corbett Auditorium under the direction of Scott Belck and Dominic Marino. Guest artist Diego Rivera, saxophone, joins the CCM Big Bands for this one-night-only celebration!

Thad Jones (1923-86) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader. His music embodies the height of sophistication, the depths of hard-driving swing, the relentless groove of the blues and the beauty of a compositional style like no other.

The audience will enjoy jazz classics such as Jones’ hymn-like “To You,” a piece once performed by the Count Basie Orchestra combined with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in their only recording together, and other soulful favorites including “Low Down” and “Willow Weep for Me.” Certainly, the evening wouldn’t be complete without energetic renditions of “This Bass Was Made for Walkin’” and, of course, “Don’t Git Sassy.”

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CCM’s Jazz Lab Band Hails the Kings of Swing in Concert on Oct. 13

CCM's Jazz Lab Band. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Jazz Lab Band. Photography by Dottie Stover.

The CCM Jazz Lab Band lights up the stage with a jubilant performance of “The Kings of Swing,” a celebration of the music of Count Basie, Woody Herman, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and more, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 in Corbett Auditorium.

Under the musical direction of CCM faculty member Dominic Marino, travel back in time with the CCM Jazz Lab Band for one night only and immerse yourself in the titillating beats, heart-stopping solos and lively sounds of the swing era. Featuring the biggest names from the 1920s through the ’40s, the evening will include classics by Count Basie, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington and more.

“We intend to recreate the magic of the original recordings from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s with vocal features by members of the Jazz Band,” says Marino. The unrestrained musicality of the Big Band era will have you dancing in your seat and leave you wanting more.

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CCM Slideshows: Don Carlos

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CCM’s 2013-14 Concert Series opened in grand fashion this past Sunday with the American premiere of the uncut 1867 Paris Opera version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlos.

In her review for ConcertoNet: The Classical Music Network, Mary Ellyn Hutton called the performance “an amazing accomplishment” and remarked that “the voices were uniformly outstanding.”

In his review for Seen and Heard International, Rafael de Acha observed, “The CCM orchestra and choruses do top-notch work in this challenging and lengthy assignment, playing passionately and when needed providing grounding accompaniment for the singers.”

Our Concert Series continues this week with an “Anniversary” themed performance by the CCM Wind Orchestra on Friday, Sept. 27, and a CCM Jazz tribute to the Rolling Stones on Sunday, Sept. 29.

For a complete calendar of events or to view CCM’s 2013-14 season brochure, visit ccm.uc.edu.

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