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Genius + Soul = The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
May 17 @ 8:00 pm
Sorg Opera House$20
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Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is back for a brilliant performance soulful jazz.
Hang on to this one. The ultra-tight Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, who blew us away last year with their Dizzy Gillespie show, is coming back with a broad palette of the good stuff. Borrowing the title to a Ray Charles LP, “Genius + Soul = Jazz,” the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra has crafted a gig featuring the music of the great bassist/composer Charles Mingus, alto sax legend Cannonball Adderley, Mr. Ray Charles (nuff said right there) and the brilliant grooves of Earth Wind & Fire! Surprise yourself and make dinner and date night plans for this event. The recreation of downtown is amazing. Seeing and hearing a big band in a Victorian opera house and its warm acoustics is a brilliant experience.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door. All proceeds benefit the Sorg Opera House Renovation Fund.
The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is a 17-member ensemble dedicated to performing, preserving, and teaching Jazz as a living art form. Founded by University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music professor Scott Belck, its members are some of the preeminent Jazz artists and educators in the nation, all of whom have deep ties to the greater Cincinnati music education community. The ensemble explores the works of contemporary composers as well as those of the masters of the Jazz heritage, including Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and Gil Evans.
The members of the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra have performed, toured and/or recorded with many of the top names in the jazz and commercial music industry. These include Ray Charles, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Fred Hersch, Conrad Herwig, the Temptations, Arturo Sandoval, Tony Bennett, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Bootsy Collins, Clark Terry, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. We hope to see you there!