April is Jazz Appreciation Month! Hear the tunes at these Cincinnati jazz concerts and venues.


Cincinnati Jazz Venues – Jazz Appreciation Month (“JAM”) began at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2001. According to the Smithsonian Museum, “JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.”


Since the 1900s, jazz music has had a very influential impact on Cincinnati. In the 1920’s, Gennett Studios attracted big name musicians like Louis Armstrong to record, and African American jazz bands such as Zack Whyte’s Chocolate Beau Brummels originated right here in Cincinnati. Jazz became a crucial part of the Cincinnati club scene in the 1950s and has maintained popularity through time.


Every year, Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame (CJHOF) honors nationally recognized musicians who are Cincinnati natives. The CJHOF preserves jazz, not only through its annual recognition celebration of inductees, but also through scholarships and programs such as master classes. For more information about their scholarships and classes, call 513-207-0476.


Cincinnati is the proud home to a plethora of jazz venues and concerts, of which we have listed below. Frequent these venues as much as you’d like, and be sure to add these concerts to your calendar.


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Upcoming Events:

William Menefield
The Greenwich
April 20
9 p.m.
Admission: $10 (includes appetizers)

Xavier University Jazz Series
Gallagher Student Center Theater, Xavier University
April 21
8 p.m.
Admission: $3 – $40
Artists: Saxophonist Chris Potter and his quartet

Max Flava
The Greenwich
April 21
8 p.m.
Admission: $5

University of Cincinnati Jazz Series – All Trumpets Out
CCM Patricia Corbett Theatre, University of Cincinnati
April 22
4 p.m.
Admission: $15 general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students w/valid ID
Artists: CCM Department of Jazz Studies

Victor Wooten Band feat. Sinbad
OTR Memorial Hall
April 24
8:00 p.m.
Admission: $30-$160

Rollins Davis Band
The Greenwich
May 4
9 p.m.
Admission: $10 (includes appetizers)

Just Friends feat. Kathy Wade
The Greenwich
June 8
9 p.m.
Admission: $10 (includes appetizers)

Lavieena Campbell
The Greenwich
June 22
8 p.m.

Trombone Shorty Voodoo Threauxdown
PNC Pavillion
August 25
7 p.m.
Admission: TBA
Artists: Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band

Local Jazz Venues:

Memorial Hall
Every Monday

1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Revel Urban Winery
Every other Wednesday
111 E 12th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Schwartz’s Point Jazz & Acoustic Club
Every Thursday – Saturday & last Tuesday of the month
1901 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: Free
Artist: Live artist on the weekend, and SJO Big Band (last Tuesday of each month)

The Symphony Hotel and Restaurant
Every Thursday – Saturday
210 W. 14th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Dee Felice Café
Every Thursday – Sunday
529 Main Street, Covington, KY 41011

Admission: Free
Artist: Phil DeGreg Trio, The Lee Stolar Trio, The John Von Ohlen Trio and other guests.

1136 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Live at the Ludlow Garage
342 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220

The Greenwich
2442 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206

The Redmoor
3187 Linwood Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208

The Symphony Hotel and Restaurant
Every Thursday – Saturday

210 W. 14th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Washington Platform
1000 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202


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Jazz music is among America’s greatest cultural achievements and exports to the world community, and it unites people across the divides of race, region and national boundaries. You can also follow the Cincinnati Jazz Community on Facebook, Look up jazz events near you with All About Jazz, or visit Women of Jazz, Blues and R&B Singers of Cincinnati to find out about new artist emerging.  


If there are any upcoming Cincinnati jazz events we have missed, please submit them to The Voice of Black Cincinnati calendar.


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