CCM Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano Sergio Pamies.

Grammy-Nominated Pianist, Composer and Educator Sergio Pamies Joins CCM’s Jazz Faculty

UC College-Conservatory of Music Dean Stanley E. Romanstein has announced the addition of Sergio Pamies, DMA, to the college’s roster of distinguished performing and media arts faculty members. An accomplished pianist, composer and educator, Pamies’ appointment as Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano begins on Aug. 15, 2020.

CCM Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano Sergio PamiesBorn in 1983 in Granada, Spain, Pamies has published four albums under his name: EntreAmigos (PSM, 2008), Borrachito (Bebyne Records, 2011), What Brought You Here? (Bebyne Records, 2017) and Summer Night at La Corrala: Solo Piano(expected October 2020). Critics have acknowledged his talent for composition, the lyrical qualities of his playing, and his natural and spontaneous ability to fuse the traditional jazz language and flamenco music of his childhood.

Pamies has performed at festivals in Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Colombia, Perú, China, Spain and the United States. He has collaborated with outstanding artists such as Dave Liebman, Christian Scott, Rubem Dantas, Antonio Serrano, Diego Amador, Pepe Luis Carmona “Habichuela,” Quamon Fowler, Brad Leali, Quincy Davis, Stockton Helbing, Ashleigh Smith, Samuel Torres, Tatiana Mayfield, Michael Miskiewicz and Joan Albert Amargós. Besides leading his own projects, he has produced other artists such as Verso Suelto (Verso Suelto, Youkali Music 2016), Korean singer Roja (My Shining Hour, Mirrorball Music, 2013) and The Zebras (Flamenco Jazz Project, North Texas Jazz, 2011).

Previously, Pamies taught jazz piano, jazz arranging and composition, in addition to leading the small group program, at University of Texas in Arlington. Pamies has given master classes and presented his research at Universidad de Granada (Spain), University of North Texas, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Texas at Arlington (USA), East Shanghai Normal University, Contemporary Music Institute of Zhuhai (China), Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga, Universidad Industrial de Santander and Universidad EAFIT de Medellín (Colombia), among other institutions. Pamies is a frequent collaborator of the European Piano Teachers Association’s Piano Professional journal, and a reviewer for the scholarly journal Jazz Education in Research and Practice.

Pamies received his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano (Liceo Conservatory in Barcelona, 2007), and then moved to the United States to study with Stefan Karlsson and complete a master’s degree in Jazz Piano at the University of North Texas (UNT), where he was awarded “Outstanding Student” in 2011. Pamies finished his doctoral studies (DMA in Jazz Piano) in 2016. He was the pianist of the seven-time Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band at UNT, where he had the opportunity to perform with guest artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Arturo Sandoval, Marvin Stamm, Wycliffe Gordon, Doc Severinsen and Chuck Findley. As a member of the One O’Clock rhythm section, he has accompanied artists such as Christian McBride, Peter Bernstein, Lewis Nash, Tim Hagans and Greg Osby, among others. He is the featured soloist on Rich DeRosa’s composition “Neil,” which received a Grammy nomination in 2016 for “Best Instrumental Composition.”

In 2015, Pamies was selected for the “Latin Jazz Traditions” concert organized by Carnegie Hall, performing there with Paquito D’Rivera, having his composition “Dudú” selected for the program. In 2014, Pamies was awarded with the “Best Representation of Granada in a Foreign Country” youth cultural award by the Youth Institute of Andalucía, Spain. He has received seven DownBeat student awards: Best Instrumental Soloist (2013), Best Large Ensemble (2014) and Best Latin Group (2012) among them.

“CCM is home to one of the country’s top-rated jazz programs, and Sergio’s expertise as a pianist, composer and educator makes him an ideal addition to our world-class faculty. He is a wonderful successor to our dear colleague Stephen Allee, who retired earlier this year.” said Romanstein. “I want to recognize the excellent work of our search committee chaired by Scott Belck, which included Craig Bailey, Rusty Burge, Aaron Jacobs and BettyAnne Gottlieb.”

About CCM Jazz Studies

Offering both bachelor and master of music degrees, the Jazz Studies program at CCM teaches the fundamentals of classical music, stylistic elements of each historical jazz period, strategies for enhancing originality, techniques of electronic media and today’s cutting-edge trends that defy categorization. In 2019, CCM’s Department of Jazz Studies was named the inaugural college affiliate of the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center, a distinction reserved for the country’s top-ranked jazz programs.

By receiving a wide musical perspective and the command of a broad jazz language, students in CCM’s jazz programs are equipped to pursue a future in jazz music. At the same time, this thorough course of study serves as the best preparation for related careers in commercial music.

Learn more by visiting ccm.uc.edu and sign up for our new email newsletter at ccm.uc.edu/subscribe

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Featured image at top: New CCM Jazz Studies faculty member Sergio Pamies.

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Wynton Marsalis performs with CCM students during a visit to UC's campus in the fall of 2008. Photo/UC Creative Services.

CCM Jazz Studies Named Inaugural College Affiliate of the Acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center

When the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JALCO) embarks on its next international residency, the world-renowned big band will be accompanied by nearly two dozen CCM students and faculty members.

CCM’s Department of Jazz Studies has been named Jazz at Lincoln Center‘s inaugural College Affiliate, a distinction reserved for the country’s top-ranked jazz programs. Led by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, the JALCO will invite a premier student ensemble on tour for educational residencies through this new program.

Left to right: Scott Belck, Wynton Marsalis and Stanley Romanstein.

Left to right: Scott Belck, Wynton Marsalis and Stanley Romanstein.

For the initial installment of this program, the CCM Jazz Orchestra directed by Professor Scott Belck, DMA, will join Marsalis and the JALCO for an international residency in São Paulo, Brazil, from June 22-30. The residency will provide participants with an unprecedented level of real-world performance and teaching experience in an international setting.

Nine undergraduate and 10 graduate students will participate in the trip, alongside Belck and fellow CCM faculty members Craig Bailey, Steve Allee and Kimothy Pensyl. During the intensive week-long program, CCM’s students and faculty will work with JALCO members, perform in São Paulo schools, perform at the US Consulate and serve as the opening band on a number of JALCO concerts at venues around the city.

“We want our students and faculty to be part of a global network of alumni and artists — to experience other cultures, other languages and other ways of looking at and creating art,” says CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein, PhD. “CCM is cultivating these opportunities so we can provide students with more hands-on learning experiences that prepare them to take the next steps in their lives and careers.”

Wynton Marsalis performs with CCM students during a visit to UC's campus in the fall of 2008. Photo/UC Creative Services.

Wynton Marsalis performs with CCM students during a visit to UC’s campus in the fall of 2008. Photo/UC Creative Services.

Throughout this landmark residency, the JALCO and CCM Jazz Orchestra will appear in performances, a Jazz for Young People concert, clinics, and workshops in performance halls and schools throughout São Paulo. The two orchestras will also demonstrate jazz’s rich history of collaboration by performing with Brazilian musicians and exploring the melding of Afro-Latin influences with improvisation and jazz harmony.

Education is central to JALC’s mission and its official College Affiliate ensembles will take part in education activities, master classes and performances throughout the selected residencies. Following a parallel schedule with the JALCO, the college affiliate ensemble will perform in educational and public performances. The program will culminate with the ensemble opening for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in concert.

The CCM students participating in this exciting international opportunity include:

  • Christopher Glenn Andrews: graduate student from Columbia, SC
  • Justin Daniel Dawson: undergraduate from Dayton, OH
  • Thomas Hayden Floro: undergraduate from Dayton, OH
  • Timothy Francis Fogarty: graduate from East Setauket, NY
  • Hector John Gagnet: undergraduate from Dayton, OH
  • Robert Conwell Gooch: undergraduate from Dublin, OH
  • Wade Andrew Goodwin: graduate student from Greensburg, IN
  • Zachary Robert Granger: graduate student from West Chester, OH
  • Carly Elizabeth Hood: graduate student from Edgewood, KY
  • Marcelo Invernizzi da Silveira: graduate student from Campinas, Brazil
  • Simon Richard Carol Jansen: undergraduate from Cincinnati, OH
  • Ryan Thomas Jones: graduate student from Bremen, KY
  • Jacob Matthew Lemons: graduate student from Harlan, IA
  • Spencer Merk: undergraduate from Cincinnati, OH
  • Christian Joseph Paradiso: undergraduate from Liberty Township, OH
  • Mitchell Thomas Parton: undergraduate from Chicago, IL
  • John Thomas Phillips, Jr.: undergraduate from Trenton, OH
  • Andrew Chapin Walits: graduate student from Valparaiso, IN
  • Jonathan Lloyd Wiseman: graduate student from Concord, NC

About Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, which is part of New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Founded in 1987, its mission is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education and advocacy.

Representing the totality of jazz music, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission is carried out through four elements – educational, curatorial, archival, and ceremonial – capturing, in unparalleled scope, the full spectrum of the jazz experience. It produces an annual concert season in Rose Theater and the Appel Room and nightly concerts at Dizzy’s Club, all located in at Frederick P. Rose Hall on the 5th floor of the Time Warner Center in New York City’s Columbus Circle.

Hailed as the “finest big band in the world today” by The Telegraph, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today. Learn more by visiting www.jazz.org/about.

About the CCM Jazz Orchestra

The CCM Jazz Orchestra performs under the direction of Professor Scott Belck at the 2016 Moveable Feast gala fundraiser. Photo/UC Creative Services.

The CCM Jazz Orchestra performs under the direction of Professor Scott Belck at the 2016 Moveable Feast gala fundraiser. Photo/UC Creative Services.

The CCM Jazz Orchestra is the CCM’s premier big band. Under the direction of CCM Professor of Jazz Studies Scott Belck, the acclaimed ensemble performs a wide variety of styles including historical swing, bebop, post-bop, fusion, Latin and avant-garde. Special emphasis is placed on the idiom’s great art-music composers such as Thad Jones, Bill Holman and Bob Brookmeyer. The ensemble also focuses on projects like the annual Essentially Ellington Festival sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and on the performance of student arrangements.

Concerts have included historical tributes to Woody Herman and Stan Kenton, as well as composer residency programs featuring artists like Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Slide Hampton, Tim Hagans, Kenny Wheeler and many others as guest conductors and performers.

The CCM Jazz Orchestra has been invited to appear at numerous professional festivals and educational conferences, and has been featured on several radio broadcasts. Many internationally recognized artists have performed as soloists with the CCM Jazz Orchestra, including Eddie Daniels, John Fedchock, Frank Foster, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Garrett, Joe Henderson, Ahmad Jamal, Dave Liebman and Joshua Redman.

The CCM Jazz Orchestra’s recent recording projects have included original collaborations with modern creative innovators. In Search of Garaj Mahal is a recording of new original arrangements performed by student and alumni members of the CCM Jazz Orchestra with guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, which was released on the Harmonized Record label in 2016. That same program was performed live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Jazz at Lincoln Center and was also featured as the opening night main stage performance at the Jazz Education Network’s international conference in 2016. Nobody Does it Better: The CCM Jazz Orchestra Does Bond featuring trumpeter, composer and arranger Steven Bernstein was released in 2017 to glowing reviews. Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite will be released later this year.

In 2012, the CCM Jazz Orchestra recorded a live concert performance for public television (An Evening with Gerald Wilson, National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master). This hour-long video special featured the CCM Jazz Orchestra with Wilson conducting, interspersed with commentary and anecdotes by the composer. Stream the entire video on demand below:

About CCM Jazz Studies

Offering both bachelor and master of music degrees, the Jazz Studies program at CCM teaches the fundamentals of classical music, stylistic elements of each historical jazz period, strategies for enhancing originality, techniques of electronic media and today’s cutting-edge trends that defy categorization.

By receiving a wide musical perspective and the command of a broad jazz language, the student is equipped to pursue a future in jazz music. At the same time, this thorough course of study serves as the best preparation for related careers in commercial music. Learn more at ccm.uc.edu/jazz.
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Featured image at top: The CCM Jazz Orchestra performs under the direction of Professor Scott Belck at the 2016 Moveable Feast gala fundraiser. Photo/UC Creative Services.

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SCPA and CCM: Partners in Arts Education

At first glance, recent CCM graduates Ryan Donohue (BM Violincello, 2017) and Jack Bogard (BM Jazz Studies, 2017) may not appear to have much in common. However, they have traversed a unique pipeline of talent that runs from Over-the-Rhine to Clifton. Before their time at CCM, both men graduated from Cincinnati’s School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). They attended the magnet arts school to prepare for their collegiate education, following a long line of SCPA students who chose to continue their training at CCM.

“For the almost half-century since SCPA was founded, the school’s graduates have matriculated to CCM,” says SCPA Executive Director Nick Nissley. “From there they have found their way to Broadway and LA, and places in between, creating and performing as professional artists. They have also become lawyers, teachers and productive citizens in their communities. Many call Cincinnati home.”

“We’re proud to be a wellspring for this talent pipeline that links Cincinnati’s young, diverse talent with CCM — and ultimately — the rest of the world,” he adds. “This year is no exception, with eight SCPA graduates of our Class of 2017 continuing their education at CCM in the fall.”

The two schools have an established connection in furthering arts education and preparing young artists for professional careers. CCM’s Preparatory and Community Engagement Division (CCM Prep) is partnered with the Cincinnati Public Schools to provide private and group music lessons to students at the SCPA. CCM Prep also works with the City Gospel Mission to present after-school arts activities for elementary students in other Cincinnati Public Schools.

CCM is already seeing the benefits of such partnerships, as it counted 16 SCPA graduates amongst its collegiate student population in 2016-17, a number which has increased for 2017-18.

Bogard says the SCPA gave him a “high school flavored analogue” of his experience at CCM. “In addition to the academic coursework I was involved in, the kinds of ensembles and other musical experiences I was fortunate enough to have at SCPA gave me a breadth of experience and knowledge that prepared me well for the challenges and opportunities I was going to have at CCM.”

CCM Professor and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra cellist Alan Rafferty with Ryan Donohue.

Donohue agrees. “At CCM, you are always around music,” he says. “With the amount of practice and rehearsal time necessary to truly capitalize on what CCM offers, you are required to immerse yourself in music. SCPA provided me with a preview of this. Attending a high school that puts heavy emphasis on the arts, I spent much more time with my cello than I would have at a more traditional high school. When I got to CCM, I was already used to having orchestra rehearsals on most days.”

The graduating seniors plan to continue their arts education in graduate school and will use the upcoming year to prepare for auditions. Over the summer, Donohue will spend one month in Japan participating in the Pacific Music Festival. He also performs in the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and teaches private lessons to young cellists.

“It is vital for people who are interested in playing music to have good teachers — especially young people, so that their interest is nurtured early on,” says Donohue.

“I teach in hopes that what I say resonates with the students and encourages them to build upon their interest,” adds Donohue.

Bogard shares Donohue’s passion for teaching and will give music lessons to young musicians through Cincinnati Strings beginning in August. He is thankful to the CCM faculty for providing training for his “rather odd set of musical interests.” Bogard plays the violin, mandolin, tenor banjo, guitar and piano. This summer he will play mandolin in Ottorino Respighi’s Roman Festivals with the National Repertory Orchestra.

“My jazz violin teacher Paul Patterson has really been the pillar of my experience at CCM,” says Bogard. “While officially he teaches me jazz violin, we have covered everything from plectrum choice for orchestral mandolin solos, orchestral violin excerpts, string quartet arranging, how to play under a microphone as a violinist, chord voicings for fingerstyle guitar and so many other things. I can’t put into words how thankful I am that I was able to study with him.”

Bogard regularly freelances with performance ensembles throughout the Tristate including the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. As he prepares for graduate school, Bogard plans to apply to play in pre-professional orchestras such as the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami and the Chicago Civic Orchestra.

“Looking back at the past four years, perhaps what I am most thankful for is how supportive the faculty at CCM has been,” Donohue recalls. “As a musician and as a person, I have grown more than I had thought possible four years ago, and that is largely due to the faculty, especially my teacher Alan Rafferty, constantly pushing and inspiring me.”

Both students began their path to careers as professional artists at the SCPA and CCM. They were not the first to do so and they most certainly will not be the last.

“SCPA and CCM are natural partners in arts education,” comments CCM Interim Dean bruce mcclung. “From CCM providing Suzuki string training to SCPA Grades 1-3 to the eight SCPA graduates who will be continuing their education at CCM in the fall, I hope that we can continue to grow and to deepen our partnership.”

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Children playing on tank drums made of repurposed propane tanks, which will be installed at Percussion Park.

CCM Jazz Alumnus Ben Sloan to Open Percussion Park in East Price Hill

If you build it, they will drum — East Price Hill is getting a new park that is built to make noise. Part playground, part instrument, Percussion Park opens in grand style on Friday, April 21, with a celebration at the corner of Warsaw and McPherson avenues.

Percussion Park is the creation of Ben Sloan, who graduated from UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in 2011 with a BM in Jazz Studies. It all began when Sloan watched a video of a child playing on a drum set made of paint cans and buckets. He thought, “I could build something like that” and set to work.

A bass marimba inspired by the marimbas commonly found in Zimbabwe. The instrument will soon be installed at Percussion Park. Photo provided by Ben Sloan.

A bass marimba inspired by the marimbas commonly found in Zimbabwe. The instrument will soon be installed at Percussion Park. Photo provided by Ben Sloan.

The park is a collection of outdoor percussion instruments; a brass marimba, tank drums made with propane tanks, suspended stainless tubes and wooden tongue drums. The instruments are easy to play, some are meditative and others are bouncy and playful. “It’s sculptural, it’s playful, it’s bright, it’s inviting,” Sloan says. “It’s a space for making noise.”

He hopes people will enjoy the instruments and make connections through music.

“Perhaps someone finds some clarity playing an instrument on their own on a dreary afternoon, or a couple of friends have a laugh while playing something as they pass by, or total strangers find themselves communicating through music,” Sloan says. “I would love to see the park become a gathering space for the community, a place for events, for impromptu performances — a place for creative expression.”

 

Sloan works as a teaching artist and site coordinator at MYCincinnati, an after school youth orchestra program directed by CCM alumnus Eddy Kwon (BM Jazz Studies, 2011). He teaches the pre-orchestra students, ages 5-10, in a class that combines singing, movement, percussion and “a lot of silliness.”

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and Price Hill Will help clean up the vacant lot, which will soon host the Percussion Park.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and Price Hill Will help clean up the vacant lot, which will soon host the Percussion Park.

Last spring Sloan shared his idea for Percussion Park with MYCincinnati founder Laura Jekel, who is also the head of Creative Placemaking at Price Hill Will, a nonprofit focused on community development. She shared Sloan’s idea with Price Hill Will and a few days later there was space for Percussion Park in an empty lot at the corner of Warsaw and McPherson avenues.

Sloan received a $10,000 grant for the park from People’s Liberty, a philanthropic lab that brings together civic-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati. He also worked with Price Hill Will and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to revitalize the vacant lot. They have added a rain garden, plants and trees in addition to Sloan’s outdoor instruments.

When he isn’t teaching or building a new community park, Sloan performs in a handful of other local music projects including A Delicate Motor, Lazy Heart and Fresh Funk.

“Many of the musicians I play regularly with are CCM alums,” Sloan says. “My biggest takeaway from CCM are the friendships forged over those four years.”

Sloan recently connected with fellow alums from CCM and UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at an event hosted by the UC Alumni Association. He spoke about Percussion Park at the event, which was held at People’s Liberty.

Percussion Park’s opening celebration is from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at the corner of Warsaw and McPherson avenues in East Price Hill. The celebration features short performances from MYCincinnati musicians and free catered food from local restaurants Veracruz Mexican Grill and Urban Grill.

For more information on Percussion Park, visit percussionpark.com.

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A promotional image for the Animal Mother, a jazz trio comprised of CCM alumni.

CCM Jazz Alumni Receive Glowing Review from the Washington Post

CCM alumni Matt McAllister (BM Jazz Studies, 2013), Josh Kline (BM Jazz Studies, 2015) and Jon Massey (BM Jazz Studies, 2012) have been making waves with their latest musical project, Animal Mother.

In a glowing review of the ensemble’s May 8th performance at the Twins Jazz Club and Lounge in Washington, DC, Washington Post contributor Michael J. West suggests, “(T)hese guys — unlike many declared jazz musicians — had mastered the music’s basic foundation before reimagining it.”

A self-described “garage jazz” band, Animal Mother formed at CCM in 2013 with McAllister on drums, Kline on tenor saxophone and Masey on bass. Initially conceived as an opportunity to practice free improvisation, the ensemble soon began to focus on McAllister’s original compositions. The band released its debut album, The Youth Will Rule!, last year and recently embarked on a tour of the Midwest.

Back at home, Animal Mother has been nominated two years in a row for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in the “Best Jazz” category.

“Animal Mother deserves more ears,” West concludes in his review, “not least because they slyly suggest that they have even more musical ingredients than meet the ear.”

You can read the full write-up online at www.washingtonpost.com.

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Story by Curt Whitacre

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Professor Craig Bailey and the CCM Jazz Lab Band.

CCM Jazz Celebrates Icons And New Works During Spring 2016 Concert Series

CCM’s Department of Jazz Studies presents an exciting series of concerts this semester, featuring works by jazz greats Michael Brecker, Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker, along with new pieces by CCM’s own swingin’ young composers!

Under the direction of Professors Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, the series opens this Sunday, January 31, with a concert dedicated to the music of Michael Brecker. One of the most influential saxophonists and composers of the past century, Brecker’s compositions range from jazz standards to funk and beyond. In addition to Brecker’s work, the CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band look to the future by highlighting new works by CCM students and alumni.

Later on this semester, CCM is honored to present its inaugural Essentially Ellington Festival on Saturday, Feb. 27. Sponsored by Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center, this daylong event features the regions top high school jazz ensembles. A special gala concert that evening will feature the CCM Jazz Orchestra and a special guest from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

CCM’s Spring Jazz Series wraps up in April with two impressive collaborative concerts. In the first, the CCM Jazz Orchestra welcomes the CCM Concert Orchestra in a performance featuring music from the classic orchestral jazz album, Charlie Parker with Strings (April 10). In the second, CCM’s Chorale Choir and Central State University’s Gospel Choir join the CCM Jazz Orchestra for night of jazz, gospel and vocals in Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass (April 17), reflecting the form of the African American church service.

Learn more about the Department of Jazz Studies’ concert series below!

Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Some events do require purchased tickets; please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

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

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.

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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2016 SPRING JAZZ SERIES

7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31
THE COMET’S TAIL: THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL BRECKER
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
One of the most influential saxophonists and composers of the last half of the 20th century, Michael Brecker’s music runs the gamut from straight ahead to funk and beyond. Also featuring exciting original new works from CCM students, alumni and today’s hottest writers.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14
THE GREAT JAZZ SAXOPHONE COMPOSERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, conductor
Featuring music of artists such as Bobby Watson, Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz and Oliver Nelson, a chosen few who have influenced generations of jazz performers and composers through their playing AND composing.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON FESTIVAL: GALA CONCERT
CCM is honored to host its first annual “Essentially Ellington Festival” (sponsored by Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center)—a daylong event featuring the region’s top high school jazz ensembles. The gala concert will feature the competition’s Outstanding Ensemble winner as opening act, with the CCM Jazz Orchestra following with a performance featuring a very special guest from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Sunday, March 6
SWING, SWING, SWING!!
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to jump, jive and wail to the classic big band hit parade of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Harry James and many more!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Sunday, April 10
CHARLIE PARKER WITH STRINGS
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung and Craig Bailey, conductors
Our annual collaboration between Jazz and Orchestra! Join us for an exciting night of orchestral jazz featuring music from the classic album Charlie Parker with Strings.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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3 p.m. Sunday, April 17
WYNTON MARSALIS’ ABYSSINIAN MASS: A GOSPEL CELEBRATION
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Chorale and Central State University Gospel Choir
Scott Belck, Brett Scott and Jeremy Winston, directors
Featuring guest artist Damien Sneed, conductor
Commissioned to celebrate the 2008 bicentennial of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, Marsalis’ Mass is a landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentals and vocals with “hand-clappin’” and “tambourine-slappin’,” reflecting the form of the African American church service.
Location: Zion Baptist Church, 630 Glenwood Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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

Community Partner: ArtsWave

Visiting Artists Sponsor: The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel

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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 www.musicbybrad.com.

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

CCM’s Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band Celebrate the Legendary Artists of the Blue Note Record Label in Concert on Sunday, Sept. 20

This fall, CCM’s Department of Jazz Studies presents an expansive series of concerts, highlighting music from the hard bop classics of Miles Davis to the timeless songs of Cole Porter to the cutting edge writing of Maria Schneider and Toshiko Akiyoshi! Under the direction of Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, the series opens on Sunday, Sept. 20, and closes with a swinging production of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.

CCM's Fall 2015 Jazz Series.Jazz lovers can experience a patchwork of genres in the CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band’s season-opening concert on Sunday, Sept. 20. Dubbed “A Night at the Blue Note,” the concert’s program features such celebrated artists as Miles Davis, Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley, amongst others. These iconic artists, among the most venerated performers on the Blue Note record label, set the standard for generations of jazz lovers.

Later on this autumn, the Jazz Series hosts an evening of classic American songs, led by jazz pianist and new faculty artist Steve Allee. This Oct. 11 concert presents a fresh approach to cherished songs in both traditional and contemporary arrangements.

Back by popular demand, the fall Jazz Series concludes with a stimulating performance of Duke Ellington’s extraordinary adaptation of the cherished holiday classic, The Nutcracker, in collaboration with CCM’s Department of Musical Theatre, on November 22.

See below for detailed program information.

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CCM’S FALL 2015 JAZZ SERIES

7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20
A NIGHT AT THE BLUE NOTE
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
From the hard bop classics of Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver and Art Blakey to the groovy soul jazz sounds of Cannonball Adderley and Stanley Turrentine, the Blue Note record label set the standard for generations of jazz lovers.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 pm. Sunday, October 11
“WITH A SONG IN MY HEART:” THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Featuring faculty artist Steve Allee, guest conductor
Timeless songwriters like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Hoagy Carmichael come to life in through these classic and contemporary arrangements for big band.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13
CCM Faculty Jazztet
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1
STUDIO J MEETS EVANESCENCE: THE MUSIC OF MARIA SCHNEIDER AND TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Toshiko Akiyoshi and Maria Schneider have been two of the strongest voices at the vanguard of modern jazz writing. Join us as we celebrate the music of two of the most fascinating and important composer/band leaders of the past forty years.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
DUKE ELLINGTON’S NUTCRACKER SUITE AND HOLIDAY CONCERT
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Featuring Musical Theatre Dancers
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Diane Lala, choreographer
Enjoy our re-telling of Ellington’s remarkable adaptation of this holiday classic, brought to life with stunning new choreography by CCM Musical Theatre’s own Diane Lala and featuring the stars of Musical Theatre Dance.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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Purchasing Tickets
Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now 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 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 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 & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.
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CCM Jazz Professor Steve Allee.

Famed Pianist, Composer, Educator and ‘Bob and Tom Show’ Music Director Steve Allee Joins CCM’s Jazz Faculty

CCM Dean Peter Landgren has announced the appointment of Steve Allee to the position of Assistant Professor of Music in CCM’s Department of Jazz Studies. Allee’s appointment becomes effective on August 15, 2015.

Steve Allee,  Assistant Professor of Music in CCM's Department of Jazz Studies.

Steve Allee, Assistant Professor of Music in CCM’s Department of Jazz Studies.

A pianist, composer and arranger, Allee is a veteran of more than 35 years on the music scene, working principally in jazz as a music educator, as well as writing and performing for syndicated radio programs, network television and motion pictures. All of his career facets have blended into a distinct musical that has a very strong visual, almost cinematic flavor because of his skill in capturing or reinforcing important moods or visual elements inspire his projects.

As a pianist, Allee maintains a successful recording career. His big band album, Downtown Blues, with bassist John Clayton and drummer John Von Ohlen, was nominated for a Grammy award. Allee’s first national solo album, The Magic Hour, released on Noteworthy Records, landed at number 14 on the Gavin national radio poll. Allee is currently pianist with the Rufus Reid Trio, their album Out Front, on the Montema label, hit the number one spot on the Jazz Week radio polls. Their second album, Hues Of A Different Blue, is currently number nine on the national chart.

Allee has also collaborated with bassist Bill Moring and drummer Tim Horner as the Steve Allee Trio, releasing two albums: Colors and Dragonfly; saxophonists Rich Perry and Rob Dixon also appear on select tracks from these albums. In his liner notes for Dragonfly, jazz journalist Ken Franckling noted that “From start to finish, Dragonfly makes it clear that this is a band in which each of the players finds their interaction to be exhilarating… this trio is all about making the most of the journey – as the best jazz should.”

A native son and longtime resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, Allee was fortunate to grow up in the hometown of many jazz greats, including brothers Wes, Buddy and Monk Montgomery, Slide Hampton, J.J. Johnson, David Baker, Freddie Hubbard and Melvin Rhyne, among others. His own playing style has a touch, sparkling clarity and improvisational variations reminiscent of the late Bill Evans, as well as a very strong blues influence that Allee credits to his exposure to Buddy Montgomery and Horace Silver.

Allee began his professional career at age 19 with the Buddy Rich Orchestra before he was drafted into military service during the Vietnam War. Through the years, he has worked with a veritable “Who’s Who” of major jazz artists across the United States and abroad. Recent performances include the Rufus Reid Trio, the Randy Brecker Quartet, David “Fathead” Newman, John Clayton and the Rich Perry Quartet. He also leads a big band that performs regularly in Indianapolis.

Allee’s writing credits include soundtracks for New York In The Fifties, a film inspired by the Dan Wakefield book of the same title; the score for the film was performed live at Switzerland’s acclaimed Montreux Jazz Festival. He also scored Something To Cheer About, a documentary starring NBA and Cincinnati Bearcat legend Oscar Robertson that focused on the 1954-55 Crispus Attucks Tigers basketball team, an Indianapolis team (on which Robertson played) that was the first all-black high school team to ever win a state championship – and the team that changed the face of basketball forever.

His composition endeavors also extend to the classical concert stage. He was commissioned to write and conduct a four-movement work for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He was also commissioned by renowned drummer, percussionist and educator Steve Houghton to write a percussion Concerto for Wind Ensemble; the piece, Passages, was premiered February 25, 2011 in Washington DC by the US Army ‘Pershing’s Own’ Wind Ensemble.

Steve Allee’s performance and network television writing credits with Los Angeles Post Music include music for Chicago Hope, Mad About You, Martha Stewart, Friends, Nash Bridges, NYPD Blue, Dharma and Greg and Touched by an Angel.

Currently, Allee serves music director for the nationally syndicated, Indianapolis-based comedy-variety radio show The Bob and Tom Show, with which he has co-produced more than 50 albums over the past 25 years. Furthermore, in 2001, he was co-director and arranger for a J.J. Johnson Tribute Concert featuring trombonist Slide Hampton at the Indy Jazz Fest.

As an educator, Allee has given workshops and master classes at many college and university music programs over the years, including the CCM, University of Louisville, University of Illinois, University of Missouri, Morehead State University, Purdue University, Butler University, University of Indianapolis, Indiana State University, Drury College and Florida International University. He has also been a frequent collaborator with famed jazz pedagogue Jamey Aebersold, teaching at Abersold’s Summer Jazz Workshops for 14 years and recording 20 albums for the Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long educational series including Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Lee Morgan, J.J. Johnson and Eddie Harris volumes.

You can learn even more about Steve Allee by visiting www.steveallee.com. Please join us in welcoming him to the CCM family!

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From left to right, CCM Jazz faculty members Craig Bailey and Scott Belck. Photography by Andrew Higley.

CCM’s Jazz Ensembles Present the Music of Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Chuck Owen and More This Spring

CCM’s Jazz Ensembles will celebrate the greats of both classic and contemporary jazz in a remarkable series of concerts this spring.

Under the musical direction of Professors Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, CCM’s big bands will also welcome a wide variety of guest artists to the stage. Tickets for all performances are on sale now.

The Spring Jazz Series opens on Sunday, Jan. 25, with a concert highlighting the works of contemporary jazz composers including nine-time GRAMMY Award-nominee Jim McNeely and three-time GRAMMY Award-winner Maria Schneider. The concert will also showcase new compositions by students in CCM’s Department of Jazz Studies.

On Sunday, Feb. 15, CCM Jazz will celebrate the music of Ray Charles with “Jazz + Genius = Soul.” The tribute concert takes its name from a legendary 1961 album by Charles, which features big band arrangements by Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns. Guest vocalist Billy Osborne and new CCM Jazz Professor Craig Bailey, who spent nearly 20 years as lead alto saxophonist in Ray Charles’ band, will help take audiences back to the days of the great Ray Charles Orchestra.

Other highlights include a concert dedicated to frequent collaborators Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn on Sunday, March 8, featuring guest artist and lecturer Todd Stoll. A CCM alumnus, Stoll (MM Trumpet, 1991) currently serves as Vice President of Education at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

On Sunday, April 12, CCM’s Jazz Ensembles and Philharmonia Orchestra join forces for a special performance of Chuck Owen’s River Runs, a concerto for jazz guitar, saxophone and orchestra. Faculty emeritus and saxophonist Rick VanMatre makes his return to the CCM stage for this performance, which acclaimed jazz bassist Rufus Reid has called “a tour de force.” Mark Gibson and Scott Belck conduct.

In addition, CCM’s illustrious jazz faculty will present a pair of free concerts this spring. On Tuesday, Feb. 10, CCM’s Faculty Jazztet will perform in the stunning Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, with a lineup including Craig Bailey, James Bunte, Rick VanMatre, Scott Belck, Marc Fields, Rusty Burge, James. E Smith, Phil DeGreg, Aaron Jacobs, Art Gore and John Von Ohlen.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, CCM celebrates the career of Jazz Studies professor Phil DeGreg with a concert of music composed by DeGreg! He will be joined by other faculty artists, including Rick VanMatre, Rusty Burge, Kim Pensyl, Scott Belck, Marc Fields, Craig Bailey and more for this very special event.

Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Some events do require purchased tickets; please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

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

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.

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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2015 SPRING JAZZ SERIES

7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25
CCM JAZZ: COMPOSERS CONCERT
CCM Jazz Ensembles

Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Featuring adventurous works from some of today’s most exciting and interesting composers, including Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Ellen Rowe and Jim McNeely as well as compositions from CCM Jazz students, faculty and alumni.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10
Faculty Jazztet
Featuring Craig Bailey, James Bunte and Rick VanMatre, saxophone; Scott Belck, trumpet; Marc Fields, trombone; Russell Burge, vibraphone; James E. Smith, guitar; Phil DeGreg, piano; Aaron Jacobs, bass; Art Gore and John Von Ohlen, drums
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15
JAZZ+GENIUS+SOUL = THE MUSIC OF RAY CHARLES
CCM Jazz Ensembles
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Featuring guest artist Billy Osborne, vocals

Ray Charles re-defined the sound of the big band with his classic blend of soul, jazz, gospel and swing. New CCM jazz professor Craig Bailey, a Ray Charles alumnus and former lead alto saxophonist who spent nearly 20 years with the band, takes us back to the days of the great Ray Charles Orchestra by welcoming vocalist Billy Osborne to join the CCM Jazz Ensembles.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17
THE ORIGINAL PHIL DEGREG AND FRIENDS
CCM celebrates the career of Professor of Jazz Studies Phil DeGreg with a concert of music composed by the faculty artist! DeGreg will be joined by guest artists Rick VanMatre, Rusty Burge, Kim Pensyl, Scott Belck, Marc Fields, Craig Bailey and more for this very special event.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, March 8
MODERN MASTERS: THE MUSIC OF ELLINGTON AND STRAYHORN
CCM Jazz Ensembles
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Featuring guest artist Todd Stoll, conductor and lecturer

Considered by many as the greatest American composer of all time, Duke Ellington embodied the elegance, dignity and sophistication of a classic era while his band personified the joy and exuberance of swing. Come celebrate Ellington’s music with CCM Jazz.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Sunday, April 12
RIVER RUNS – A CONCERTO FOR JAZZ GUITAR, SAXOPHONE AND ORCHESTRA BY CHUCK OWEN
CCM Philharmonia Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
Mark Gibson and Scott Belck, music conductors
Featuring faculty emeritus artist Rick VanMatre, saxophone

Our annual collaborative concert where Jazz and Orchestra meet. This year’s concert features a stunning five-movement work that Rufus Reid, acclaimed bassist and educator, describes as, “a tour de force of contemporary orchestral composition.” Nominated for two Grammy awards, this beautiful work will take your breath away.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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