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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CCM Jazz Student Profiled By Soapbox Cincinnati

Josh Jessen performing with the CCM Jazz Ensemble.

Josh Jessen performing with the CCM Jazz Ensemble.

Congratulations to current CCM student Josh Jessen on his recent Soapbox Cincinnati profile! Jessen is a multi-genre oriented pianist working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies at CCM.

“He’s got it all,” says CCM Adjunct Instructor of Jazz and “living guru of big band drumming” John Von Ohlen. “He can write his own ticket if that’s what he wants to do.”

You can view the entire Soapbox Cincinnati feature here.

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