Blue Wisp Big Band

Years Performed: 2014

In the 1980s, the Blue Wisp Big Band was certainly one of the top jazz orchestra’s active in Cincinnati. The hard bop-oriented big band recorded four albums for the Mopro label; all of the music was reissued in the mid-'90s on two SeaBreeze CDs and one of the sets was recorded in Los Angeles during a West Coast tour. Among the group's more notable members were trumpeter Tim Hagans, bassist Lynn Seaton, and leader/drummer John Von Ohlen. The big band has continued to perform at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club in Cincinnati on Wednesday nights since forming in 1980, owned and operated by Marjean Wisby, until her passing in August 2006.

Personnel

Mike Andres, alto and soprano saxophone
Jim Sherrick, alto saxophone
Herb Aronoff, tenor saxophone
Joe Gaudio, tenor saxophone
Larry Dickson, baritone saxophone

Jeff Folkens, trumpet
Kevin Moore, trumpet
Hank Mautner, trumpet
Al Nori, trumpet

Paul Piller, trombone
Clarence Pawn, trombone
Jeff Owen, trombone
Gary Langhorst, bass trombone

Steve Schmidt, piano
Michael Sharfe, bass
John Von Ohlen, drums, manager

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