CCM alumnus Brad Myers.

CCM Alumnus Brad Myers Releases New Album To 4-Star Review From Famed Jazz Magazine

We are thrilled to report that the new album from guitarist and CCM alumnus Brad Myers (MM Jazz Studies, 2015) has been recognized by the famed jazz magazine DownBeat as one of the best albums of the year!

Myers’ album Prime Numbers will be among the new releases honored in the magazine’s January 2016 edition. This is the first album on which Meyers serves as lead member. The album also features the talents of fellow CCM Jazz Studies alums Tom Buckley, Peter Gemus, Ben Walkenhauer, Dominic Marino, Michael Mavridoglou and Brian Schwab!

'Prime Numbers,' a new album by CCM alumnus Brad Myers.

‘Prime Numbers,’ a new album by CCM alumnus Brad Myers.

Myers and Prime Numbers receive this honor after writer Bill Milkowski gave the album four out of five stars in a DownBeat review earlier this year. Milowski lauds Myers for his “old-school soulfulness, a highly syncopated sense of comping and a relaxed sense of swing on his long-overdue debut as a leader;” he furthermore compliments Myers and his group for “[marrying] modernist ideas with a straightahead [sic] sound.”

The adulation afforded Myers is appropriate considering his lengthy career. A musician since he was six years old, the guitarist spent the previous 20 years working as a sideman and co-director with various jazz groups and ensembles around his hometown of Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati. He made a name for himself performing with local acts such as Ray’s Music Exchange, Aja (a Steely Dan tribute ensemble), Jeremy Pinnell & the 55s, and Savoy Truffle among others. He has also had the fortune to share the stage with many internationally known performers including Bela Fleck, John Scofield, Stanley Jordan, Victor Wooten and Matt Wilson.

You can learn more about Brad Myers by visiting

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CCM's Steel Drum Band, performing at the annual Moveable Feast event; directed by Rusty Burge. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Steel Drum Band Returns to the Stage for ‘A Trip to Trinidad and Back’

CCM's Steel Drum Band takes the stage for its annual spring concert on Jan. 31, 2015.

CCM’s Steel Drum Band takes the stage for its annual spring concert on Jan. 31, 2015.

CCM’s Steel Drum Band will present an evening of the traditional music of Trinidad, along with pop, folk and reggae compositions at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 in Corbett Auditorium. CCM Professor of Percussion Russell Burge directs.

Audiences will recognize some of the Trinidad standards, which include “Bee’s Melody” by Lord Kitchener, an internationally famous calypsonian from Arima, Trinidad, and “Rant and Rave” by solo artist Christopher “Tambu” Herbert. Herbert was a founding member of the well-known Trinidad and Tobago brass band, Charlie’s Roots.

In addition, the Steel Drum Band will perform several powerful contemporary pieces with a jazz influence, arranged by recent CCM alumnus Doug Sutton (BM Percussion Performance, 2014).

Sutton’s arrangement of “Opus Pocus,” a song by influential American jazz musician and electric bass player Jaco Pastorius, is a track on Pastorius’ self-titled album, which many consider the finest bass album ever recorded. Sutton says, “’Opus Pocus’ will be a challenging piece as it is written in a 13/8 time signature, or as people refer to it more often, an odd meter.” This is perfect for a talented group of percussionists who are masters of rhythmic changes and interesting meters. Sutton also touts that “the piece incorporates a lot of interesting harmonies,” which will be great fun for audiences.

The band will also perform Sutton’s arrangement of “High Noon” from Chris Potter’s album Gratitude, released in 2001. Potter is a critically acclaimed saxophonist who has been called “one of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” by DownBeat magazine.

Sutton describes his inspiration for choosing “High Noon” as follows: “The original piece incorporated a steel drum solo, giving me the idea to arrange the whole tune for the steel drum band. It has very difficult moving melody lines and lots of syncopation. It’s a very groovy tune, and Professor Burge will be playing drum set for the performance.” It will be a treat for the audience and performers alike to see the talented professor in action.

CCM’s Steel Drum Band is composed mainly of students from CCM’s percussion department, but also includes a few additional players who have had relevant experience and are interested in participating in the ensemble.

Audiences who enjoyed last year’s Trip to Trinidad concert will love this year’s A Trip to Trinidad and Back, which is sure to be a classic Steel Drum Band performance.

Performance Time
8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to “A Trip to Trinidad and Back” are $12 general, $6 for non-UC students and UC students FREE with a valid ID.

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 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 and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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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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DownBeat’s 2012 Student Music Award Winners Includes Two CCM Students

DownBeat Magazine has announced the recipients of its 35th Annual Student Music Awards and two current CCM students are amongst this year’s winners!

Max Acree, trombone, was recognized with an Outstanding Jazz Soloist Performance award in the undergraduate college category, while Michael Shultz, alto saxophone, was awarded Outstanding Jazz Soloist Performance in the graduate-level category.

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CCM Jazz Presents Duke Ellington’s First Sacred Concert On April 29

CCM's jazz ensembles and Chamber Choir welcome special guest Bobby Floyd on Sunday, April 29.

CCM's jazz ensembles and Chamber Choir welcome special guest Bobby Floyd on Sunday, April 29.

CCM’s Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band and Chamber Choir welcome virtuoso B-3 organist Bobby Floyd for a rare performance of Duke Ellington’s first Sacred Concert at 7 p.m. this Sunday, April 29 in Patricia Corbett Theater.

Conducted by Scott Belck, Earl Rivers and Dominic Marino, this unforgettable night of inspirational music is sponsored in part by CCM’s Tangeman Sacred Music Center.

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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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Jazz Major Wins Two DownBeat Awards

Congratulations to Dominic Marino, a Master of Music candidate in CCM’s Jazz Studies programs, for winning two DownBeat Student Music Awards. The magazine just announced that Marino was one of two winners of the Outstanding Composition Award (Orchestrated Work) for his piece “Perpetrator,” recorded last school year with the CCM Jazz Ensemble in the CCM Jazz Recording Studio.

Dominic also received another award as a recording engineer: Outstanding Performance Award for Engineered Studio Recording for a group of combo recordings that he engineered this Fall.

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