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.”

About Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera has been called “a vital, new voice on the saxophone.” His performances have taken him throughout North America, Russia and Japan. In 2005, Rivera was commissioned by the Center for Great Lakes Culture to compose and premiere an original jazz suite in honor of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. An avid composer and arranger, Rivera’s arrangements can also be heard on two of The Carl Allen-Rodney Whitaker Project’s critically acclaimed Mack Avenue Records recordings, Get Ready (2007) and Work To Do (2008).

Earlier this fall, Rivera released his second album The Contender on the D-Clef Records label. Since 2002, Rivera has taught at Michigan State University where he is Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation. In addition to his own ensemble, Rivera has toured with Juno Award-winning Canadian Vocalist Sophie Milman and The Rodney Whitaker Quartet. Rivera has also performed with Christian McBride, Ellis Marsalis, Jimmy Cobb, The Michael Dease Big Band, The Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and The Gerald Wilson Big Band.

Performance Time
7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to “Don’t Git Sassy – The Music of Thad Jones” are $12 for general admission, $6 for non-UC students and free for UC students with valid ID. This concert can be included in a flex-ticket package.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Sponsor: ArtsWave

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