Faculty Artist John Von Ohlen Performs with the CCM Jazz Orchestra on Nov. 1

The “living guru of big band drumming” (Modern Drummer) joins the CCM Jazz Orchestra for a special concert featuring hits from the Stan Kenton Orchestra.

The “living guru of big band drumming” (Modern Drummer) joins the CCM Jazz Orchestra for a special concert featuring hits from the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

Cincinnati legend John Von Ohlen joins the CCM Jazz Orchestra, led by Scott Belck, for a special, one-night-only concert at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. The concert is the first installment in CCM’s 2017-2018 Prestige Event Series.

Von Ohlen, an adjunct instructor of jazz drums at CCM, is famous for his hard swinging and groundbreaking work with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and Woody Herman. Now at age 76, he has been playing music professionally since he was in his twenties.

He started off playing trombone and piano, but he hung up his trombone in favor of the drum set very early on in his career. Affectionately known as The Baron, Von Ohlen has recorded numerous albums and has appeared on tour with Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney and many others. Von Ohlen has led Cincinnati’s Blue Wisp Big Band since 1976.

The drum master has been described as a cool, catalyzing force behind the bands he performs with.

“It didn’t seem as if he was doing much, but the band was on fire,” wrote Modern Drummer’s Paul Francis, describing the first time he saw Von Ohlen in concert.

“The way he played and supported the band, there was no way the group couldn’t swing. The Baron, as Stan Kenton dubbed Von Ohlen, is a musical guru.”

The concert features Von Ohlen’s favorite hits from the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Kenton was a pianist who began forming his own big bands and jazz orchestras in 1940s and arguably reached his peak popularity in the 1950s. In the 1960s, Kenton reformed his band and explored different styles, which led to two Grammy Awards for the orchestra. Kenton died in 1979, leaving behind a decades-long legacy of popular, award-winning records and a pantheon of successful musicians who had spent time in his bands.

General admission tickets to Kenton with John Von Ohlen on Nov. 1 are $20, while non-UC students can get tickets for $15 each. UC student tickets are free and available beginning Oct. 30.
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Performance Time
8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

Tickets
Tickets for Kenton with John Von Ohlen are $20 general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

Single tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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 uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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Professor Scott Belck and the CCM Jazz Ensemble. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Fall Jazz Series Honors Legendary Musicians Buddy Rich, Charles Mingus and Stan Kenton

Cincinnati jazz icon John Von Ohlen and the CCM Jazz Ensemble. Photography by Dottie Stover.

Cincinnati jazz icon John Von Ohlen and the CCM Jazz Ensemble. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Department of Jazz Studies highlights a collection of the genre’s most famed royalty this fall.

CCM Jazz Ensembles kick off the season with a tribute to legendary drummer Buddy Rich on Sunday, Sept. 28. “Burning for Buddy” will highlight the talents of CCM senior drummer David Albanese. CCM Professor and Director of Jazz Studies Scott Belck explains, “This is a high energy, traditional jazz piece that has never been featured at CCM.”

On Sunday, Oct. 12, the Jazz Ensembles pay tribute to the life and style of virtuoso bass player, pianist, bandleader and composer Charles Mingus. Belck and first-year faculty member Craig Bailey lead CCM’s big bands in a musical journey back to the 1960s when protest, freedom and risk-taking reverberated through Mingus’ music.

Cincinnati’s very own John Von Ohlen joins the Jazz Ensemble in a highly anticipated tribute to the Stan Kenton Orchestra on Sunday, Nov. 2. Von Ohlen was Kenton’s drummer in the early 70s before joining the Blue Wisp Big Band. Tickets will not last long for this audience favorite, so contact the CCM Box Office today!

This spectacular season of iconic jazz artists also features several free events, including the CCM Faculty Jazztet’s celebration of the legendary “Birth of the Cool” recording sessions with Miles Davis and Gil Evans; a guest artist concert exploring “The Art of the Jazz Duo” with saxophonist Andrew Bishop and pianist Ellen Rowe; and the Annual Holiday Concert, which promises to swing everyone into the season with a special appearance by the Grinch!

Event Information

All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

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CCM Winds, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Guitar And More On Display This Weekend!

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You will find something for everyone on the CCM stage this weekend!

At 8 p.m. this evening (Friday, April 12), the CCM Wind Orchestra closes out its successful 2012-13 season with a survey of contemporary American composers. The eclectic program will include works by Samuel Barber, Warren Benson and more! Learn more about this performance here.

CCM welcomes acclaimed tenor Lawrence Brownlee to the stage at 8 p.m. this Saturday, April 13, for an encore performance of the program from his recent Carnegie Hall debut. Brownlee will be accompanied by composer, conductor and pianist Damien Sneed for this special performance. Learn more about this performance here.

CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band will celebrate the impact of adjunct instructor of jazz drums and “living guru of big band drumming” John Von Ohlen with a swinging tribute concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Learn more about this performance here.

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CCM Jazz Ensembles Jam with John Von Ohlen on April 14

Cincinnati jazz icon John Von Ohlen and the CCM Jazz Ensemble. Photography by Dottie Stover.

Cincinnati jazz icon John Von Ohlen and the CCM Jazz Ensemble. Photography by Dottie Stover.

Cincinnati jazz legend John Von Ohlen joins the CCM Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band for a swinging afternoon of big band bombast at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Scott Belck and Dominic Marino conduct. Tickets are on sale now.

The concert will feature original compositions by Von Ohlen, as well as all-time classics from the great American big bands.

An Ohio native and CCM faculty member since 1985, Von Ohlen is revered for his work with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Tormé, Carmen McRae and countless others. Featured in a recent profile in Modern Drummer magazine, Von Ohlen is a serious cat, and you will dig him!

Read Modern Drummer‘s profile of Von Ohlen here.

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Star-Studded Jazz Series Continues This Week At CCM

Earlier this week on her Arts in Focus blog, the Enquirer‘s Janelle Gelfand recapped Cincinnati native Fred Hersch’s intimate recital at CCM, performed before a packed house in Corbett Auditorium.

CCM Jazz’s spring concert series continues at 7 p.m. this Sunday, April 8, as Grammy Award-winner Bob Belden and Grammy-nominee Tim Hagans join CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Philharmonia Orchestra to present Belden’s acclaimed masterpiece Black Dahlia.

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CCM Celebrates Modern Jazz Legends

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The CCM Department of Jazz Studies will kick off its spring concert series with a pair of exciting and star-studded collaborative concerts. On Sunday, April 1, CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Faculty Jazztet will be joined by Cincinnati-native and three-time Grammy Award nominee Fred Hersch for an intimate night of beautiful music.

The Jazz Ensemble will then join forces with CCM’s Philharmonia Orchestra and award-winning arranger and composer Bob Belden to present his celebrated work Black Dahlia in its entirety on Sunday, April 8Both concerts begin at 7 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium.

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CCM Jazz Celebrates Stan Kenton

Photography by Scott Belck.

Photography by Scott Belck.

CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band explore the Neophonic sounds of legendary and sometimes controversial jazz bandleader Stan Kenton in a tribute concert to the biggest-sounding big band of all time at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, in Corbett Auditorium.

Faculty artist and Kenton alumnus John Von Ohlen joins CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band for this exciting tribute concert. Scott Belck and Dominic Marino conduct.

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CCM Hosts Conference of Two Music Societies

For the first time in the nearly fifty-year history of CCM’s musicology program, the department is hosting a national academic conference of the Society for American Music and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-U.S. Branch. The conference takes place March 9 – 13, Wednesday through Sunday, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Scholars and students will be traveling from 41 of the 50 states, as well as such countries as Brazil, Canada, Finland, Great Britain, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Sweden, St. Thomas, Turkey and the West Indies.

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