2015-16 Swing/Jazz Series

3:00 p.m. on Sundays

Reserved Seating

Blue Wisp Big Band
feat. Terell Stafford

Sun. Sep 13, 2015

The Blue Wisp Big Band will perform with guest artist Terell Stafford featured on the trumpet. The Blue Wisp Big Band heralds from Cincinnati and performed at the Blue Wisp Jazz club until its closure in 2014. The group has been considered one of the top jazz ensembles in the city since its origins in the 1980’s. As an acclaimed trumpet player, Stafford has been described as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player.” He has been a part of over 130 albums and numerous Grammy-nominated groups. The Blue Wisp Big Band is stepping away from the norm as they do not typically collaborate with featured musicians. The Cincinnati staple is sure to bring exciting hometown flavor to kick off the 2015-16 series.

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Chris Potter Trio

Sun. Dec 6, 2015
Woodward Theater - 1404 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Saxophonist Chris Potter makes his first appearance at the Music Series. He will be performing alongside two others that make up the Chris Potter Trio. Potter excelled at the saxophone from an early age and has since made a name for himself as one of the best of his generation. Jazz Times describes Potter as "a figure of international renown.” Potter's impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader and sideman appearances on over 100 albums and received a Grammy Nomination for his solo work on a track titled “In Vogue.”

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Brian Newman Quintet
feat. The 'Nati 6

Sun. Jan 24, 2016

Brian Newman has been praised in publications including the New York Times Magazine for “musical stylings and bespoke fashion that have been described as the eclectic embodiment of both new world punk and old world tastefulness, allowing him to gracefully toe the line between nouveau chic and classic elegance.” He continues to be a popular choice for a diverse array of major brands as a master of ceremonies and bandleader for high-profile special event performances. The Cleveland-born trumpeter and crooner is perhaps best known as Lady Gaga’s jazz bandleader, having most recently collaborated with her and Tony Bennett on the Grammy-winning album, Cheek to Cheek. As a  performer,  Newman is anything but boring as he enraptures audiences with his passionate playing. Opening for the quintet will be the ‘Nati 6 led by pianist Dan Karlsberg.

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Christian Sands

Sun. Feb 28, 2016

Christian Sands returns to perform at the music series nearly a year after performing on the Gallagher stage as the pianist in the Christian McBride Trio. This time as a solo artist, the jazz pianist will demonstrate “rising musicality and spiritual aspirations of a singularly gifted musical soul.” He has appeared twice to perform at the Grammy Awards in 2006 and 2007 and has twice received a Grammy Nomination for best Latin Jazz Piano solo and album. He exemplifies the rising musicality and spiritual aspirations of a singularly gifted musical soul while bringing youthful energy to the stage with every performance.

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Antonio Sanchez

Sun. March 13, 2016

The group Migration will perform led by four-time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez who is considered by many critics and musicians alike as one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation.  He has most recently received acclaim for his original score for the Academy Award-winning motion picture Birdman. Sanchez’s playing and composing has been described as “innovative” and “reaching beyond traditional jazz influence.” The Meridian Suite proved to be a “forward-looking jazz masterwork” and perhaps a high point of his career with group members Seamus Blake (tenor sax), John Escreet (piano/Fender Rhodes, Matt Brewer (bass), Adam Rogers (guitar) with vocals added by Thana Alexa. The culmination of these works place Sanchez at the forefront of modern jazz as a virtuoso drummer, visionary composer and inspired musical thinker.

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Fred Hersch

Sun. Apr 3, 2016

Jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch will close the swing series. Proclaimed by Vanity Fair “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade", All About Jazz says that "when it comes to the art of solo piano in jazz, there are two classes of performers: Fred Hersch and everybody else." The Cincinnati native balances his internationally recognized instrumental and composing skills with significant achievements as a bandleader, collaborator and theatrical conceptualist. Hersch’s latest trio CD "Floating" (Palmetto) was nominated for two 2015 Grammy awards in the Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Solo categories - two of the eight Grammy nominations he has received. Hersch’s delicate touch is as enticing as ever for all audience members.

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All programs, dates, times and artists are subject to change.