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  • Summer Jazz Series

    • 29 June 2017
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Support Kennedy Heights Arts Center and see two fabulous shows featuring some of the best jazz musicians in the region at our newly renovated Lindner Annex event center! Tickets are $20 each or $35 for both shows.

    Stage Sponsor: Piano Sponsor:

    Concert Hosts:  Barb and Rod Barr, John and Mary Ann Butkovich, Jerry and Rose Collins, Paul and Bobbie Freshwater, Melvin and Brenda Grier, Mike and Fran Harmon, The Heisel Family, Louis Katz and Andrea Kravetz, Jonathan and Nancy Lippincott, Mt. Lookout Dentistry, Jeff Dey, Melvin and Brenda Grier, Ray Kingsbury, Mary Ray, Jim and Patti Rulli


    Be a Host: For a donation of $100, you will receive two free tickets to the concert(s) selected, two free drink tickets, reserved VIP seating, and recognition on the event program, signage and KHAC’s website. Your contribution, minus the ticket price, is tax-deductible.

    Phil DeGreg Trio, featuring Kim Pensyl
    Friday, July 21 | 7-10pm
    7:00-7:30 – Free refreshments and cash bar
    Music starts at 7:30pm

    John Lennon and Paul McCartney created unforgettable melodies that helped define music of the 1960s. Trumpeter Kim Pensyl joins the Phil DeGreg Trio in reimagining some of their classic songs as instrumental jazz pieces. The arrangements lend a new jazz twist to familiar melodies. Purchase tickets here.

    Internationally known jazz pianist Phil DeGreg is Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. For 13 years the Phil DeGreg Trio accompanied many national and international jazz artists in at Cincinnati’s famous Blue Wisp Jazz Club, received two of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s prestigious “Cammy” Awards, and has been nominated seven times for CityBeat’s “Cincinnati Entertainment Awards” in the jazz music category. Phil has produced 12 CD’s as a leader, including two recorded with Brazilian musicians, and projects featuring Tim Ries, Don Braden, Paul Keller, Dan Faenhle, and other well known jazz musicians. In 2017, Phil was inducted into the Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame.

    Latin Jazz
    Mambo Combo
    Friday, August 25 | 7-10pm
    7:00-7:30 – Free refreshments and cash bar
    Music starts at 7:30pm

    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. The band’s first-Thursday nights at The Greenwich, the historic jazz club in Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills, has built an exuberant Cuban Carnival dance scene and draws a fervent group of followers who show up to salsa. Purchase tickets here.

    With musical director Michael Sharfe on bass, Charles Ali Schweitzer as primary percussionist and Baba Charles Miller as auxiliary percussionist, Mike Darrah on piano, Tim McCord on reeds, John Zappa on trumpet and various local greats on trombone, Mambo Combo is made up of first-call players with distinguished musical resumes, all in heavy demand for live and studio work.

    Homage to a Sound
    In conjunction with the Summer Jazz Series, there will be a selection of photographs from Homage to a Sound by Melvin Grier. The exhibition pays tribute to the wonderful world of jazz with performance and behind-the-scenes photographs of musicians at renowned Cincinnati venues.

    All proceeds from the Summer Jazz Series will benefit Kennedy Heights Arts Center. KHAC enhances the life of the surrounding community through arts and cultural programs that embrace diversity, foster creativity and build community. We are proud that 100 percent of our programs at KHAC are available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.  This is made possible through the generous support of donors like you.








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