Blue Wisp Big Band

This week on "Music Notes", you'll find information about a number of big band concerts, a couple of fall festivals, and an interesting program sponsored by Cincinnati Opera combining yoga with live opera performances.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is coming to Music Hall's Ballroom and the Blue Wisp Big Band will be performing a tribute memorial with guest jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton.  The Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival's at Town Hall Park this Saturday, and the Cincinnati Celtic Festival at Summit Park in Blue Ash this week. 

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Drummer John Von Ohlen, co-founder of the Blue Wisp Big Band and featured soloist with the Stan Kenton and Woody Herman orchestras, died Wednesday. He was 77.

This week's "Music Notes" covers a number of events in honor of King Records 75th anniversary in September, tickets going on sale this week for John Mellencamps's February tour coming to the Aronoff,  and a number of local concerts including Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in downtown Cincinnati.

The 44th annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival is running 9/19-22 in Bean Blossom, Indiana, with performers like Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bobby Osborne, Larry Sparks, and Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys.  Tom T. Hall & Miss Dixie will be inducted into the HOF this year.

On a new Memories from the Hills of Home, Katie Laur shares a piece she wrote about the man she calls the Swami of Swing, local jazz legend John von Ohlen

The Sorg Opera House has finally begun hosting a variety of musical concerts for area music fans.  The first concert was by the Butler Philharmonic on September 24th, 2017.  The next concert will feature the sounds of the Blue Wisp Big Band, a band which has been performing on the Cincinnati jazz scene for decades.

A New Biography Of Local Jazz Legend John Von Ohlen

Jan 6, 2017

Local jazz drummer, bandleader and music legend John Von Ohlen is the subject a recently released authorized biography called It's Gotta Swing: The John Von Ohlen Story

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What a great way to start a local music series: The Blue Wisp Big Band will be featured on WCET-TV's "River Valley Rhythms" premiere Friday (10:30 p.m., Channel 48).

It's the first of three one-hour music performance shows planned this year for the new CET series.

First up: The Blue Wisp Big Band led by drummer John Von Ohlen, with guest trumpeter Terell Stafford, taped at the Xavier Jazz Series.

Xavier University music professor and organizer of the XU Music Series, Dr. Polina Bespalko, previews the upcoming concerts in their new jazz series, including a performance from the Blue Wisp Big Band on September 13, with our Ron Esposito.

Bill begins this week's Swing show (which airs on Saturday night, June 6th at 10pm) with the tune, "The Song is Ended" by vocalist Dakota Staton.  I did some online research and discovered several different references to her birth year from 1930 to 1931 and 1932.  So, I'm going with 1930 as mentioned in her 2007 New York Times obituary.  Her first album which was on Capitol, "The Late, Late Show," was a hit in 1957.  The song Bill features tonight is from he

Cincinnati's got a great jazz scene these days!  Here's a sample of some of the upcoming performances in the area:

4/29 – 8:30pm – The Blue Wisp Big Band at Urban Artifacts in Northside.  New Wednesday night location!

4/30 – International  Jazz Day - Jazz events all over the world. 

5/2 – 9pm - Don Braden, internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist and Cincinnati native at The Greenwich with Phil DeGreg (piano), Art Gore (drums), and Aaron Jacobs (bass).