Original Farm League Big Band

Original Farm League Big Band

Wed, Feb 28

The Original Farm League Big Band is a 17-piece Jazz Orchestra dedicated to expanding the modern big band repertoire while featuring the work of local arrangers/composers. Formed in 2015, the ensemble comprises many of the Cincinnati/Dayton area's most exciting up-and-coming Jazz players and performs entirely original material. A $15 drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If you do not check in by 15 minutes into the start of the set, we reserve...

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Phil DeGreg Trio Plays Dave Brubeck

Phil DeGreg Trio Plays Dave Brubeck

Thu, Feb 29

Phil DeGreg — piano Aaron Jacobs — bass John Taylor — drums The Phil DeGreg Trio will highlight the inimitable career of jazz pianist and composer David Brubeck, considered one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz; several of Brubeck’s compositions have become jazz standards. Phil DeGreg is a Cincinnati-based pianist who has made his mark in the jazz world over the past four decades as a recording artist, composer, and pedagogue. He has toured with The Woody Herman Orchestra and performed with Randy Brecker, Ira Sullivan, Claudio Roditi, J.J. Johnson, Harry Allen, Conrad...

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Eric Wurzelbacher Quartet — The Music of Kenny Garrett

Eric Wurzelbacher Quartet — The Music of Kenny Garrett

Fri, Mar 01

Eric Wurzelbacher — tenor saxophone Chris Caporale — piano Matt Wiles — bass Phillip Tipton — drums Get ready for a mesmerizing musical journey as tenor saxophonist extraordinaire Eric Wurzelbacher takes center stage in a one-of-a-kind show dedicated to the legendary altoist and jazz icon Kenny Garrett. Wurzelbacher's soulful and dynamic interpretation of Garrett's iconic compositions promises to captivate audiences with its virtuosity and heartfelt emotion. From the energetic bursts of improvisation to the tender nuances of ballads, Wurzelbacher pays homage to Garrett's influence on the jazz world, creating an unforgettable performance that celebrates...

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Mike Wade & TMG Fo'Tet Featuring Chris Hoyte

Mike Wade & TMG Fo'Tet Featuring Chris Hoyte

Sat, Mar 02

Mike Wade — trumpet Chris Hoyte — tenor saxophone George Simon — guitar Maurice Ellis — bass Dione Howard — drums During his career, Mike Wade was named one of the top ten unsigned jazz brass players, as rated by Jazziz Magazine (1997). His composition, “Blues for Shorty Bop,” was chosen for inclusion in the Jazziz on Disc collection. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as David “Fathead” Newman, Clark Terry, Javon Jackson, Bobby Watson, Gary Bartz, Mulgrew Miller, Rene Marie, Don Braden, and Steve Wilson. Steve Wilson has said of Mike, “Mike...

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Scott Belck's Limehouse Ramblers

Scott Belck's Limehouse Ramblers

Tue, Mar 05

Scott Belck — trumpet Rick VanMatre — clarinet Vaughn Wiester — trombone Brian Cashwell — piano Chris Berg — bass Jim Leslie— drums Cincinnati's newly formed all-star Traditional jazz band led by trumpeter Scott Belck. A $15 food/drink minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If you do not check in by 15 minutes into the start of the set, we reserve the right to resale your seats with no refund. Refunds must be within 24 hours of the start...

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Blue Wisp Big Band

Blue Wisp Big Band

Wed, Mar 06

Cincinnati's legendary Blue Wisp Big Band celebrates its 44th year of swingin' Big Band music at Caffe Vivace. Founded in January 1980 by drummer John Von Ohlen and trumpeter Don Johnson, the Blue Wisp Big Band got its start in and its name from the late Blue Wisp Jazz Club. Von Ohlen, a native of Indianapolis, moved to the Cincinnati area after many years on the road playing with world-class jazz orchestras, most notably those of Stan Kenton and Woody Herman. After hearing all of the fine musicians in the area, he...

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Hydrophonics

Hydrophonics

Thu, Mar 07

Andy Smith — Hammond organ Daniel Nail — tenor saxophone Carlos Vargas-Ortíz — guitar Isaiah Cook — drums Hydrophonics is a funk and soul organ quartet based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their sound is a melting pot of styles reflecting the different musical backgrounds of the band members, with priority always given to danceable grooves and tasteful melodies. Hydrophonics’ catalog includes original music and arrangements of the works of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, and more. If you like Soulive, Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood, Jimmy Smith, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles,...

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Brasilia

Brasilia

Fri, Mar 08

Phil DeGreg — piano Rusty Burge — vibraphone Kim Pensyl— trumpet Aaron Jacobs — bass John Taylor — drums Brasilia fuses the improvisational influences of American jazz with the wide palette of Brazilian musical styles. The band includes pianist Phil DeGreg, trumpeter Kim Pensyl, vibraphonist Rusty Burge, bassist Aaron Jacobs, and drummer John Taylor, all professors at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and nationally well-respected players. The band frequently performs around the Midwest. Brasilia was formed in 2008 following Phil’s four-month Fulbright Fellowship residency at the University of Campinas, near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The...

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Eugene Goss and Keppler II — A Stevie Wonder Celebration

Eugene Goss and Keppler II — A Stevie Wonder Celebration

Sat, Mar 09

Eugene Goss — vocalist Carlos Vargas-Ortíz — guitar Sam Reuscher — bass Isaiah Cook — drums Get ready to groove and sing along as Eugene Goss, the acclaimed jazz vocalist, pays a heartfelt tribute to the living legend Stevie Wonder. In an evening filled with passion and musical mastery, Goss will captivate the audience with his soul-stirring interpretations of Stevie Wonder's most beloved hits. From "My Cherie Amour" to "I Just Called to Say I Love You," Goss brings a unique blend of jazz and soul to these timeless classics, creating a performance that...

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Myles Ellington Twitty Quartet

Myles Ellington Twitty Quartet

Tue, Mar 12

Myles Ellington Twitty — trumpet Ben Tweedt — piano Cadence Okuwobi — bass Phillip Tipton — drums Myles Ellington Twitty is a jazz trumpeter, arranger, and bandleader from Cincinnati, Ohio. He began playing trumpet at six years old after being introduced to it by his father, a music educator and jazz trombonist. Several years later, he heard Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue,” which showed him a whole new world of musical possibility, pushing him to become the best trumpeter and Jazz musician he could be. In 2018, he was admitted to the University of...

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The Five Little Bears

The Five Little Bears

Wed, Mar 13

Brent Gallaher — tenor saxophone Michael Mavridoglou — trumpet Steve Schmidt — piano Aaron Jacobs — bass Jim Leslie — drums You can expect to hear some classic and newer tunes, swinging and funky, by Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, and other jazz greats, as well as some original songs by some of the Bears! Please come and plan on having fun - without bearly trying! :) A $15 drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If...

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Cincinnati Jazz Messengers

Cincinnati Jazz Messengers

Thu, Mar 14

Ralph DiSylvestro — trumpet Eric Wurzelbacher — tenor saxophone Joe Duran — alto saxophone Garett Arrowood — trombone Ben Tweedt — piano Justin Dawson — bass Alex Merk — drums The Cincinnati Jazz Messengers are a 7-piece ensemble assembled by trumpeter Ralph DiSylvestro to celebrate the iconic and exciting music of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers from the 1950s through the 1980s. Art Blakey’s band featured some of the most influential composers and instrumentalists of the 20th century such as Benny Golson, Cedar Walton, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Bobby Watson. The goal of the Cincinnati...

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Jim Snidero w/Phil DeGreg Trio

Jim Snidero w/Phil DeGreg Trio

Fri, Mar 15

Jim Snidero — alto saxophone Phil DeGreg — piano Jeff Pedraz — bass Thomas Wendt — drums Jazz Vivace proudly presents Jim Snidero as part of the Spring Jazz Series. “ALTO SAXOPHONE VIRTUOSO” – DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE Grammy award-winning alto saxophonist, composer, and author Jim Snidero encapsulates what is both unique and compelling about jazz. Hailed as an “alto sax virtuoso” (Downbeat) with “mind-boggling” improvisation skills (The Guardian) and “an alto saxophone sound that is one of the richest and purest on the planet” (Stereophile), he has amassed over 16 million streams on Spotify and Apple music...

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Leo Genovese Trio

Leo Genovese Trio

Sat, Mar 16

Leo Genovese — piano Francesco Marcocci — bass Jeff Williams — drums Jazz Vivace proudly presents the Leo Genovese Trio as part of the Spring Jazz Series. Leonardo Genovese was born in Venado Tuerto, Argentina in 1979. After years of studying classical piano at the National University of Rosario and private lessons in contemporary music, he moved to Boston in 2001. He started his career at Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Danilo Perez, Joanne Brackeen, and Frank Carlberg. Leo graduated as a Professional Music Major in 2003 and has constantly been...

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CCM Prep Combo Night

CCM Prep Combo Night

Mon, Mar 18

Enjoy a night of jazz with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory Of Music Prep Combos! The CCM Preparatory Department Combos are host to a variety of community members whose mission is to become familiar with the jazz idiom and repertoire. The CCM Prep High School Combo features the best young musicians from the greater Cincinnati area showcasing their talents in a small combo setting. The CCM Prep Adult combo features musicians enriched in the Cincinnati jazz scene and believes that learning does not stop at any age. A $10 ($5 for students)...

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Emily Jordan and Steve Schmidt

Emily Jordan and Steve Schmidt

Tue, Mar 19

Emily Jordan — vocalist Steve Schmidt — piano Emily Grace Jordan is a vocalist, instrumentalist, and music educator based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally from Washington, D.C., Emily moved to Cincinnati to study at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), at the University of Cincinnati. There, she earned a bachelor's degree in music education with a concentration in saxophone. Upon graduating, Emily taught primary music in the Winton Woods City School District for four years. With an ever-growing passion for singing jazz, Emily began to perform in local jazz venues. Given the opportunity...

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Blue Wisp Big Band

Blue Wisp Big Band

Wed, Mar 20

Cincinnati's legendary Blue Wisp Big Band celebrates its 44th year of swingin' Big Band music at Caffe Vivace. Founded in January 1980 by drummer John Von Ohlen and trumpeter Don Johnson, the Blue Wisp Big Band got its start in and its name from the late Blue Wisp Jazz Club. Von Ohlen, a native of Indianapolis, moved to the Cincinnati area after many years on the road playing with world-class jazz orchestras, most notably those of Stan Kenton and Woody Herman. After hearing all of the fine musicians in the area, he...

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Mandy and Sergio Play Cole Porter

Mandy and Sergio Play Cole Porter

Thu, Mar 21

Mandy Gaines — vocalist Sergio Pamies — piano Join us for an intimate evening of jazz at Caffe Vivace on March 21, 2024, featuring the exquisite vocals of Mandy Gaines and the masterful piano of Sergio Pamies. Delight in the timeless melodies of Cole Porter as interpreted by these seasoned jazz artists in a cozy setting. Reserve your spot now for an unforgettable night of music and ambiance. Mandy Gaines began singing at an early age in school and church. She holds a B.A. from the College of Wooster in Speech/Arts. She has...

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Faux Frenchmen

Faux Frenchmen

Fri, Mar 22

Paul Patterson — violin Brian Lovely — guitar George Cunningham — guitar Don Aren — bass Guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli fronted the Quintette of the Hot Club of France in and around Paris from 1934 to 1939. They constituted the first generation of European jazz musicians. The Hot Club blended backgrounds in traditional gypsy and European popular and classical music with the then-new sounds of American jazz artists like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Benny Goodman to create a new musical genre, now often called "gypsy jazz." The Faux...

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Eric Lechliter Organ Quartet w/ Steve Schmidt Play Horace Silver

Eric Lechliter Organ Quartet w/ Steve Schmidt Play Horace Silver

Sat, Mar 23

Eric Lechliter — trumpet Josh Kline — tenor saxophone Steve Schmidt — Hammond organ Matt McAllister — drums Join us for an intimate evening of jazz as trumpeter Eric Lechliter and Hammond organist Steve Schmidt come together to pay tribute to the timeless music of Horace Silver. Their collaborative performance offers a genuine and soulful interpretation of Silver's iconic compositions, providing a heartfelt experience for jazz enthusiasts. This concert is a unique opportunity to appreciate the beauty of these classics through the skillful and understated artistry of Lechliter and Schmidt. A $15 drink/food minimum is...

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CCM Jazz Combo Night #1

CCM Jazz Combo Night #1

Mon, Mar 25

Charlie Parker - 7:00-7:30 pm Blue Note - 7:45-8:15 pm Straight Ahead Ensemble - 8:30- 9:00 pm A $15 ($5 for students) drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If you do not check in by 15 minutes into the start of the set, we reserve the right to resale your seats with no refund.

Sylvain Acher's Transatlantis

Sylvain Acher's Transatlantis

Tue, Mar 26

Sylvain Acher — guitar/ vocals Rob Allgeyer — accordion Nick Fryer — bass John Zappa — drums Transatlanits is a Mélange of original French compositions combined with world rhythms, which, in the hands of four accomplished musicians, results in a new and exciting multicultural experience. Drawing from genres such as traditional French songs, Gypsy, Jazz, Brazilian (and even a little Cajun), their music transports listeners and transforms events into a musical journey worldwide. A $15/food drink minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party...

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Original Farm League Big Band

Original Farm League Big Band

Wed, Mar 27

The Original Farm League Big Band is a 17-piece Jazz Orchestra dedicated to expanding the modern big band repertoire while featuring the work of local arrangers/composers. Formed in 2015, the ensemble comprises many of the Cincinnati/Dayton area's most exciting up-and-coming Jazz players and performs entirely original material. A $15 drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If you do not check in by 15 minutes into the start of the set, we reserve...

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Swingin' into the Past: John Zappa Quartet Channels 1970s Jazz Mastery!

Swingin' into the Past: John Zappa Quartet Channels 1970s Jazz Mastery!

Thu, Mar 28

John Zappa — trumpet Steve Weingart — piano Bill Jackson — bass Phillip Tipton — drums Immerse yourself in the soulful melodies and rhythmic finesse that defined 1970s jazz mastery. Led by the trumpeter John Zappa, this quartet effortlessly captures the era's essence, delivering a musical journey that pays homage to past legends while infusing a contemporary twist. Get ready to be swept away by the timeless allure of jazz as the John Zappa Quartet takes you on a captivating sonic adventure through the heart of 1970s jazz excellence. John Zappa is an active professional...

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Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves

Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves

Fri, Mar 29

Anat Cohen — clarinet Marcello Gonçalves — guitar Jazz Vivace proudly presents Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves as part of the Spring 2024 Jazz Series. Clarinetist Anat Cohen and 7-string guitarist Marcello Goncalves team in a series of intimate, lyrical duets based on groundbreaking compositions by Brazilian composer Moacir Santos. Breathtaking melodies, Brazilian grooves, and elements of jazz highlight the intricate talents of both Cohen and Goncalves on their Grammy Award-nominated album, Outra Coisa: The Music of Moacir Santos. DownBeat writes, “Outra Coisa is a duo album that achieves something rare: It reduces...

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Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves

Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves

Sat, Mar 30

Anat Cohen — clarinet Marcello Gonçalves — guitar Jazz Vivace proudly presents Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves as part of the Spring 2024 Jazz Series. Clarinetist Anat Cohen and 7-string guitarist Marcello Goncalves team in a series of intimate, lyrical duets based on groundbreaking compositions by Brazilian composer Moacir Santos. Breathtaking melodies, Brazilian grooves, and elements of jazz highlight the intricate talents of both Cohen and Goncalves on their Grammy Award-nominated album, Outra Coisa: The Music of Moacir Santos. DownBeat writes, “Outra Coisa is a duo album that achieves something rare: It reduces...

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CCM Jazz Combo Night #2

CCM Jazz Combo Night #2

Mon, Apr 01

GA Group #1 - 7:00 -7:30 pm Fusion Ensemble - 7:45 - 8:15 pm Modern Jazz Ensemble - 8:30 - 9:00 pm A $15 ($5 for students) drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If you do not check in by 15 minutes into the start of the set, we reserve the right to resale your seats with no refund.

Emmet Cohen Trio

Emmet Cohen Trio

Tue, Apr 02

Jazz Vivace proudly presents Emmet Cohen as part of their Spring 2024 Jazz Series. Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation's pivotal figures in music and the related arts. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. Downbeat observed that his "nimble touch, measured stride, and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he's above convoluted technical showmanship." In the same spirit, Cohen has noted that playing jazz...

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Blue Wisp Big Band

Blue Wisp Big Band

Wed, Apr 03

Cincinnati's legendary Blue Wisp Big Band celebrates its 44th year of swingin' Big Band music at Caffe Vivace. Founded in January 1980 by drummer John Von Ohlen and trumpeter Don Johnson, the Blue Wisp Big Band got its start in and its name from the late Blue Wisp Jazz Club. Von Ohlen, a native of Indianapolis, moved to the Cincinnati area after many years on the road playing with world-class jazz orchestras, most notably those of Stan Kenton and Woody Herman. After hearing all of the fine musicians in the area, he...

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Amy McFarland Quintet

Amy McFarland Quintet

Thu, Apr 04

Amy McFarland — vocalist Chris Kepes — guitar Ken Foltz — saxophone John Matre — bass Jim Mason — drums Amy McFarland is a multi-genre vocal sensation. She brings an authentic soulfulness to the Great American Songbook, performing jazz, blues, and pop. A $15 drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If you do not check in by 15 minutes into the start of the set, we reserve the right to resale your seats with no refund. Refunds must...

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Mandy Gaines Quartet

Mandy Gaines Quartet

Fri, Apr 05

Mandy Gaines — vocalist Brad Myers — guitar Chris Berg — bass Jim Leslie — drums Mandy Gaines began singing at an early age in school and church. She holds a B.A. from the College of Wooster in Speech/Arts. She has continued her studies through private vocal instruction and workshops emphasizing oral interpretation, jazz improvisation, vocal technique, theatre, and broadcasting/media studies. A $15 drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If you do not check in by...

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Kelly MacKenzie-Thurley w/Steve Schmidt Quartet — The Swing Show

Kelly MacKenzie-Thurley w/Steve Schmidt Quartet — The Swing Show

Sat, Apr 06

Kelly MacKenzie-Thurley — vocalist Hank Mautner — trumpet Steve Schmidt — piano Aaron Jacobs — bass Jim Leslie — drums The sumptuous sounds of Julie London & June Christy will ring through Caffè Vivace on Saturday, April 6, as Kelly MacKenzie-Thurley presents The Swing Show! Accompanied by Steve Schmidt on piano, Aaron Jacobs on bass, Jim Leslie on drums, and Hank Mautner on the trumpet, Kelly will perform some of the greatest hits of Julie London, including; I’m in the Mood for Love, Cry me a River, and I Should Care as well as June...

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CCM Jazz Combo Night #3

CCM Jazz Combo Night #3

Mon, Apr 08

GA Group #2 - 7:00-7:30 pm GA Group #3 - 7:45-8:15 pm Guitar Ensemble - 8:30 - 9:00 pm A $15 ($5 for students) drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If you do not check in by 15 minutes into the start of the set, we reserve the right to resale your seats with no refund.

Steve Schmidt Organ Trio Plays Bacharach and Steely Dan

Steve Schmidt Organ Trio Plays Bacharach and Steely Dan

Tue, Apr 09

Steve Schmidt — Hammond organ Brad Myers — guitar Jason Smart — drums Embark on a captivating musical odyssey as Hammond organist Steve Schmidt graces the stage, delivering an exquisite jazz concert that pays tribute to the indelible legacies of Steely Dan, the brainchild of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, alongside the timeless melodies of Burt Bacharach. Prepare to be enthralled by an evening of masterful interpretations and soul-stirring performances. With keyboard virtuosity that knows no bounds, Steve Schmidt brilliantly captures the intricate essence of Steely Dan's iconic fusion of jazz, rock, and pop....

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CCM Jazz Orchestra — Featuring Ari Hoening

CCM Jazz Orchestra — Featuring Ari Hoening

Wed, Apr 10

Ari Hoenig is a jazz drummer, composer, and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming, emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members. Ari is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to just keeping tempo or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance. Born on November 13, 1973, in Philadelphia, Ari Hoenig was exposed early to various musical experiences. His father is a conductor and classical singer, and...

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Ari Hoenig Trio

Ari Hoenig Trio

Thu, Apr 11

Ari Hoenig — drums Gadi Lehavi — piano Ben Tiberio — bass Jazz Vivace proudly presents the Ari Hoenig Trio as part of the Spring Jazz Series. Ari Hoenig is a jazz drummer, composer, and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming, emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members. Ari is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to just keeping tempo or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance. Born on...

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Randy & Ada Play Brecker Brothers & Rovatti

Randy & Ada Play Brecker Brothers & Rovatti

Fri, Apr 12

Randy Brecker — trumpet Ada Rovatti — tenor saxophone Steve Weingart — piano Aaron Jacobs — bass Phillip Tipton — drums Embark on a soulful journey through the world of jazz with the renowned seven-time Grammy winner, Jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker, and his wife, the exceptional tenor saxophonist Ada Rovatti. This dynamic duo is set to weave a captivating performance, paying tribute to the timeless classics of the Brecker Brothers. Randy Brecker's seasoned trumpet artistry, shaped by decades of musical excellence, invites you to traverse the rich tapestry of jazz history. Alongside him, Ada Rovatti...

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Randy & Ada Play Brecker Brothers & Rovatti

Randy & Ada Play Brecker Brothers & Rovatti

Sat, Apr 13

Randy Brecker — trumpet Ada Rovatti — tenor saxophone Steve Weingart — piano Aaron Jacobs — bass Phillip Tipton — drums Embark on a soulful journey through the world of jazz with the renowned seven-time Grammy winner, Jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker, and his wife, the exceptional tenor saxophonist Ada Rovatti. This dynamic duo is set to weave a captivating performance, paying tribute to the timeless classics of the Brecker Brothers. Randy Brecker's seasoned trumpet artistry, shaped by decades of musical excellence, invites you to traverse the rich tapestry of jazz history. Alongside him, Ada Rovatti...

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The Meteorites

The Meteorites

Tue, Apr 16

Ted Karas — guitar Adrian Karas — bass Andrew Karas — drums Join Ted Karas and his two sons jamming on some of their favorite grooves from The Meters, David Sanborn, John Scofield, Grover Washington, Jr., Yellowjackets, and many more. A $15 drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If you do not check in by 15 minutes into the start of the set, we reserve the right to resale your seats with no refund. Refunds must...

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Blue Wisp Big Band

Blue Wisp Big Band

Wed, Apr 17

Cincinnati's legendary Blue Wisp Big Band celebrates its 44th year of swingin' Big Band music at Caffe Vivace. Founded in January 1980 by drummer John Von Ohlen and trumpeter Don Johnson, the Blue Wisp Big Band got its start in and its name from the late Blue Wisp Jazz Club. Von Ohlen, a native of Indianapolis, moved to the Cincinnati area after many years on the road playing with world-class jazz orchestras, most notably those of Stan Kenton and Woody Herman. After hearing all of the fine musicians in the area, he...

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El Ritmo del Mañana

El Ritmo del Mañana

Fri, Apr 19

El Ritmo Del Mañana is a high-energy group that will provide you with the ultimate Latin Jazz experience. Zion Sosa — congas Christian Paradiso — tenor saxophone Eric Lechliter — trumpet Phillip Hilger — alto saxophone Chris Caporale — piano Aaron Jacobs — bass Matt McAllister — drums Playing music from Chucho Valdes to Sivuca with original Latin jazz compositions and arrangements, ERDM will make you want to get up and dance! A $15 drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important...

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Huntertones

Huntertones

Sat, Apr 20

Jazz Vivace proudly presents the Huntertones as part of their Spring 2024 Jazz Series. ​Dan White: Saxophones Jon Lampley: Trumpet/Sousaphone​ Chris Ott: Trombone/Beatbox Adam DeAscentis: Bass John Hubbell: Drums Josh Hill: Guitar Huntertones brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative, and fearless music. Their high energy, horn-driven sound features genre-bending composition and unconventional covers. Every show is a social experience celebrating the joy of music. The band formed in Columbus, Ohio, and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. They’ve performed in over 25 countries and continue to tour the US and abroad. Huntertones claims more authority...

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Original Farm League Big Band

Original Farm League Big Band

Wed, Apr 24

The Original Farm League Big Band is a 17-piece Jazz Orchestra dedicated to expanding the modern big band repertoire while featuring the work of local arrangers/composers. Formed in 2015, the ensemble comprises many of the Cincinnati/Dayton area's most exciting up-and-coming Jazz players and performs entirely original material. A $15 drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If you do not check in by 15 minutes into the start of the set, we reserve...

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Valérie Agulhon Graschaire w/Phil DeGreg Trio

Valérie Agulhon Graschaire w/Phil DeGreg Trio

Fri, Apr 26

Valérie Agulhon Graschaire — vocalist Phil DeGreg — piano Aaron Jacobs — bass John Taylor — drums Valérie Graschaire has been one of the major voices of jazz in France for over 20 years and a keeper of the great tradition of swing. Active in many projects, from duo to big band, she recorded five albums with some of the most talented French jazz musicians. She's a great improviser as well as a recognized teacher. A $15 drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the...

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Antonio Hart w/Dan Karlsberg Trio

Antonio Hart w/Dan Karlsberg Trio

Sat, Apr 27

Antonio Hart — alto saxophone Dan Karlsberg — piano Justin Dawson — bass Phillip Tipton — drums Jazz Vivace and Jazz Alive proudly present Antonio Hart in their Spring Jazz Series. When Antonio Hart was in ninth grade, the music and art programs were cut out of the public schools. Antonio was devastated because the one thing that made school enjoyable was taken away from him. Hart had a friend who attended the then-new Baltimore School for the Performing Arts and somehow got Antonio an audition. Most of the students who attended this school had been...

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Blue Wisp Big Band

Blue Wisp Big Band

Wed, May 01

Cincinnati's legendary Blue Wisp Big Band celebrates its 44th year of swingin' Big Band music at Caffe Vivace. Founded in January 1980 by drummer John Von Ohlen and trumpeter Don Johnson, the Blue Wisp Big Band got its start in and its name from the late Blue Wisp Jazz Club. Von Ohlen, a native of Indianapolis, moved to the Cincinnati area after many years on the road playing with world-class jazz orchestras, most notably those of Stan Kenton and Woody Herman. After hearing all of the fine musicians in the area, he...

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Cincinnati Jazz Messengers

Cincinnati Jazz Messengers

Thu, May 02

Ralph DiSylvestro — trumpet Eric Wurzelbacher — tenor saxophone Joe Duran — alto saxophone Garett Arrowood — trombone Ben Tweedt — piano Justin Dawson — bass Alex Merk — drums The Cincinnati Jazz Messengers are a 7-piece ensemble assembled by trumpeter Ralph DiSylvestro to celebrate the iconic and exciting music of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers from the 1950s through the 1980s. Art Blakey’s band featured some of the most influential composers and instrumentalists of the 20th century such as Benny Golson, Cedar Walton, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Bobby Watson. The goal of the Cincinnati...

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Alex Cuba

Alex Cuba

Fri, May 03

“Staying true to his Spanish language Folk-Funk-Rock hybrid has paid off.” — Billboard Jazz Vivace proudly presents Alex Cuba as part of the 2024 Spring Jazz Series. Alex Cuba is a Grammy/Latin Grammy and Juno-winning singer-songwriter/producer and musician, born Alexis Puentes in Artemisa, Cuba. He was immersed in music at a very young age, joining his father’s (guitarist and teacher Valentin Puentes) group of 24 guitarists. Alex went on to study electric and upright bass, touring and recording nationally and internationally. His sound is the unique confluence of tradition and global influences in...

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Conrad Herwig w/Phil DeGreg Trio

Conrad Herwig w/Phil DeGreg Trio

Sat, May 04

Conrad Herwig — trombone Phil DeGreg — piano Aaron Jacobs — bass TBA — drums New York jazz artist Conrad Herwig has recorded 26 albums as a leader and received four GRAMMY®-nominations for his projects. His latest CD release is The Latin Side of Mingus (Savant, 2022). This album marks 25+ years of the “Latin Side . . .” series and is a follow-up project to The “Latin Side of …” tributes to Horace Silver (Savant; 2020), Joe Henderson (Half Note; 2014), Herbie Hancock (Half Note; 2010) Wayne Shorter (Half Note; 2008), Miles Davis (Half...

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Paul Patterson & Friends

Paul Patterson & Friends

Tue, May 07

Paul Patterson — classical/12-string guitars Justin Dawson— bass Dan Dorff —drums/ percussion Sylvia Mitchell — violin/accordion A night of Paul’s original music with flavors of Brazilian jazz guitar and ambient 12-string guitar. A $15 drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If you do not check in by 15 minutes into the start of the set, we reserve the right to resale your seats with no refund. Refunds must be within 24 hours of the start of the...

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Tivon Pennicott Quartet

Tivon Pennicott Quartet

Wed, May 08

Tivon Pennicott — tenor saxophone Idris Frederick — piano Dean Torrey — bass Kenneth Salters — drums "He's a careful craftsman, a fearless improviser, one of the most fluent and engaging saxophonists on the scene today..." Joshua Redman Jazz Vivace proudly presents Antonio Hart in their Spring Jazz Series. Tivon Pennicott has been transporting audiences to a higher level of consciousness for years. His latest single releases begin a new foundation on a canvas for genuine expression. A vocal performance with Tell Me Again (Dox Records, 2022), Let Our Hearts Decide (Dox Records, 2023), a melodic...

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The Five Little Bears

The Five Little Bears

Thu, May 09

Brent Gallaher — tenor saxophone Michael Mavridoglou — trumpet Steve Schmidt — piano Aaron Jacobs — bass Jim Leslie — drums You can expect to hear some classic and newer tunes, swinging and funky, by Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, and other jazz greats, as well as some original songs by some of the Bears! Please come and plan on having fun - without bearly trying! :) A $15 drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If...

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Tierney Sutton and Tamir Hendelman

Tierney Sutton and Tamir Hendelman

Fri, May 10

Tierney Sutton — vocalist Tamir Hendelman — piano Singer Tierney Sutton and pianist Tamir Hendelman have a musical relationship lasting over 20 years. While Sutton racked up 9 Grammy nominations for her 14 albums as leader, Hendelman was arranging, recording, and performing with Barbra Streisand and Natalie Cole, leading his trio, and being the featured pianist of the Jeff Hamilton Trio and Grammy-Winning Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. And alongside all this, Tierney and Tamir still found time to tour as a duo in Italy, Japan, China, and the U.S. Yet the pandemic cemented and...

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Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo  “El Arte Del Bolero”

Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo “El Arte Del Bolero”

Sat, May 11

Miguel Zenón — alto saxophone Luis Perdomo — piano Jazz Vivace proudly presents Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo as part of the Spring 2024 Jazz Series. As an instrumentalist, I spend a lot of my time working on making the saxophone an extension of my creative process. This process is always filtered through interpretation and expressiveness, and more often than not, I find myself looking up to some of my favorite singers (people like Ismael Rivera, Cheo Feliciano, and Andy Montañez) as sources of inspiration. In their individual voices, I can hear a...

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Blue Wisp Big Band

Blue Wisp Big Band

Wed, May 15

Cincinnati's legendary Blue Wisp Big Band celebrates its 44th year of swingin' Big Band music at Caffe Vivace. Founded in January 1980 by drummer John Von Ohlen and trumpeter Don Johnson, the Blue Wisp Big Band got its start in and its name from the late Blue Wisp Jazz Club. Von Ohlen, a native of Indianapolis, moved to the Cincinnati area after many years on the road playing with world-class jazz orchestras, most notably those of Stan Kenton and Woody Herman. After hearing all of the fine musicians in the area, he...

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Ron Jones Quartet — Plays the Music of the Great American Songbook

Ron Jones Quartet — Plays the Music of the Great American Songbook

Fri, May 17

Ron Jones — alto saxophone Rob Allgeyer — piano Chris Berg — bass Jim Leslie — drums Step into the timeless jazz world with alto saxophonist Ron Jones as he brings to life the unforgettable melodies of the great American Songbook. With masterful technique and a deep appreciation for the classics, Jones mesmerizes audiences with his soulful interpretations and virtuosic improvisations. From Gershwin's sultry allure to Ellington's swinging rhythms, Jones effortlessly navigates through the rich tapestry of jazz standards, captivating listeners with each note. Experience the magic of jazz history reimagined through the lens...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel's Next Steps Reunion Band

Kurt Rosenwinkel's Next Steps Reunion Band

Tue, May 21

Kurt Rosenwinkel — guitar Mark Turner — tenor saxophone Ben Street — bass Jeff Ballard — drums The Next Step Reunion Tour marks a historic moment in jazz. It brings together Kurt Rosenwinkel and the original “The Next Step” band, reuniting them for unforgettable performances. The tour will celebrate the music that defined a generation and honor the legacy of the album “The Next Step.” Kurt Rosenwinkel’s label, Heartcore Records, will release “The Next Step: Live at Smalls (1996)” as part of the tour. This album captures the essence of the original “The Next Step”...

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Rachel Miller and Stanislav Przedlacki

Rachel Miller and Stanislav Przedlacki

Thu, May 23

Rachel Miller — Harp Stanislav Przedlacki — vocalist Immerse yourself in the captivating world of romantic ballads as vocalist Stanislav Przedlacki and harpist Rachel Miller unite in a spellbinding performance. Their intimate set transports you across languages and cultures, offering a mesmerizing collection of beautiful ballads. Stanislav's velvety voice effortlessly conveys the emotions of each song, while Rachel's harp adds an ethereal touch, creating an enchanting atmosphere that resonates deep within your soul. Together, they create an unforgettable musical experience that celebrates the timeless power of love. In their harmonious collaboration, Stanislav and...

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Burge/Schmidt Quartet Play Chick Corea

Burge/Schmidt Quartet Play Chick Corea

Fri, May 24

Rusty Burge — vibraphone Steve Schmidt — piano Chris Berg — bass Jim Leslie — drums Join us for an enchanting evening of jazz at Caffe Vivace with vibraphonist Rusty Burge and pianist Steve Schmidt as they explore Chick Corea's captivating repertoire. Corea was an American jazz pianist, keyboardist, and composer whose innovative and influential music spanned multiple genres, including jazz fusion, Latin jazz, and classical. Immerse yourself in Corea's music's rich harmonies and infectious rhythms, interpreted with finesse and creativity by these talented musicians. $15 drink/food minimum charged per person in the party, per...

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Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Sat, May 25

Christian McBride — bass Steve Wilson — alto and soprano saxophone Warren Wolf — vibraphone Peter Martin — piano Carl Allen — drums Jazz Vivace proudly presents Christian McBride & Inside Straight as part of the Spring 2024 Jazz Series. Christian McBride is an eight-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader. McBride is the Artistic Director of the historic Newport Jazz Festival, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the TD James Moody Jazz Festival, and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Christian is also a respected educator and advocates as the Artistic Director of...

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Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Sun, May 26

Christian McBride — bass Steve Wilson — alto and soprano saxophone Warren Wolf — vibraphone Peter Martin — piano Carl Allen — drums Jazz Vivace proudly presents Christian McBride & Inside Straight as part of the Spring 2024 Jazz Series. Christian McBride is an eight-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader. McBride is the Artistic Director of the historic Newport Jazz Festival, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the TD James Moody Jazz Festival, and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Christian is also a respected educator and advocates as the Artistic Director of...

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Mambo Combo

Mambo Combo

Fri, Jun 14

Michael Sharfe — bass John Zappa — trumpet Brian Batchelor-Glader — piano Tim McCord — tenor saxophone Ali Schweitzer — percussion Baba Charles Miller — percussion Celebrating the classic mambo, Latin jazz, and cha-cha of Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Poncho Sanchez, and Mark Levine, Mambo Combo has its compass set toward Cuba, producing music that is powerfully exciting rhythmically, by turns celebratory and yearning. A $15 drink/food minimum is charged per person in the party, per set, if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum. Important Notices: If you do not check...

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Dixie Karas Quintet

Dixie Karas Quintet

Tue, Jun 25

Dixie Karas — vocalist Ted Karas — guitar Steve Weingart — keyboard Bill Jackson — bass John Taylor — drums Get ready to be captivated by the mesmerizing melodies of Dixie Karas and her talented quintet at Caffe Vivace this November! Experience an unforgettable evening as Dixie Karas takes the stage, enchanting the audience with her soulful voice and a repertoire of favorite Jazz and Adult Contemporary tunes. Mark your calendars now for a night of musical magic you won't want to miss. Join us at Caffe Vivace and let the rhythms of jazz and...

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