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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CCM Jazz Plays Tribute Concert to the Rolling Stones on Sept. 12

CCM celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding with a season of special performances, including a jazz tribute to the Rolling Stones on Tuesday, Sept. 12! Hear the CCM Jazz Orchestra play the classic hits of the “Stones,” with jazz orchestrations by L.A.-based composer Matt Harris at 8 p.m. in Patricia Corbett Theater.

All UC students can receive one free ticket to Tuesday’s concert with a valid ID beginning Friday, Sept. 8. Single tickets for all 2017-18 Mainstage and Concert Series performances are on sale now.

CCM’s Department of Jazz Studies will give six concerts in fall 2017, including free and ticketed performances. Programming information for CCM’s Fall 2017 Jazz Series is below.
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Event Information
All events listed here take place in CCM Village on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Admission is free to many CCM performances, although some events do require purchased tickets or reservations. Please see individual event information for details 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.

Purchasing Tickets
Unless indicated otherwise in the event listings below, tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.

Single tickets, subscription packages and flex ticket packages are on sale now!

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 UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for 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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FALL 2017 JAZZ SERIES

8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12
• Jazz Series •
SATISFACTION: THE MUSIC OF THE ROLLING STONES
CCM Jazz Orchestra
Scott Belck, music director and conductor

Experience the classic hits of the “Stones” as you’ve never heard them before. L.A.-based composer (and Cincinnati native) Matt Harris’ beautiful orchestrations will have you “dancing in the street!”
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24
• Jazz Series •
THE LOUD MINORITY: THE MUSIC OF FRANK FOSTER
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director
Best known for his long association with the great Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster’s swinging saxophone and timeless compositions (Shiny Stockings, Corner Pocket, etc.) help define the classic sounds of one of the most swinging road bands of all time.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17
• Faculty Artist Series •
CCM Faculty Jazztet
CCM’s world-famous jazz faculty artists show off their skills with a set of cool charts and blazing solos!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1
• Prestige Event •
KENTON WITH JOHN VON OHLEN
CCM Jazz Orchestra
Scott Belck, music director and conductor
Featuring faculty artist John Von Ohlen
Cincinnati legend “The Baron” John Von Ohlen, famous for his hard swinging and groundbreaking work with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and Woody Herman, returns to join the CCM Jazz Orchestra in a concert featuring some all-time favorite Kenton hits and a few surprises.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $20 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1
• Jazz Series •
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director and conductor
Location: Princeton High School, 100 Viking Way, Cincinnati, OH 45246
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29
• Jazz Series •
JAZZ HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Featuring CCM Musical Theatre students
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, music directors
Swing into the season to the big band sounds of CCM’s hottest bands and coolest voices. You better be good…
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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CORRECTION: CCM Presents A Jazz Holiday Extravaganza on Sunday

An earlier version of this release incorrectly stated that CCM’s Jazz Holiday Extravaganza concert takes place on Saturday, Nov. 20. The concert is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 20.

Swing into the season at this year’s Jazz Holiday Extravaganza at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 20 in Patricia Corbett Theater. The CCM Jazz Orchestra, led by Professor and Director of Jazz Studies Scott Belck, will perform alongside the CCM Jazz Lab Band, led by Assistant Professor Craig Bailey.

This year the CCM Jazz Lab Band brings you a host of holiday favorites, including arrangements of Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Greensleeves and I’ll be Home for Christmas. Tickets are available for purchase; UC students have free admission.

The CCM Jazz Orchestra celebrates the holiday season with the hot rhythms and cool sounds of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Claude Thornhill and Stan Kenton.

Jazz up your holiday spirit at this annual, can’t-miss event!

Performance Time
4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to CCM’s Jazz Holiday Extravaganza are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UC students and free for UC students with valid university ID. Concert flex ticket packages are also available.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at http://ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.html.

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 UC campus. 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 new 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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The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation: Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor

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Story by CCM graduate student Charlotte Kies

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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 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 Jazz Opens Its 2013-14 Concert Series This Sunday, Sept. 29

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CCM’s Jazz Ensembles kick-off an incredible 2013-14 Concert Series at 7 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 29, with a jazz tribute to the Rolling Stones!

This season, CCM’s stars-of-tomorrow will be joined by guest artists Matt Harris, Jeff Rupert, Matt Wilson, Diego Rivera, Fareed Haque and more. Single tickets and concert flex packages are on sale now!

Choral. Jazz. Orchestra. Winds. Piano. Percussion. And much more. Define your inspiration with CCM’s 2013-14 Concert Series.

For more information, call 513-556-4183, visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice or stop by the CCM Box Office in UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts!

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