Cincinnati 2016-2017


Everything we do depends on proceeds from our Cincy Beerfest On Fountain Square (Sept 9 & 10, 2016) and Cincy Winter Beerfest (Feb 17 & 18, 2017). 

Please support both events,

"neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night" !!! has all the great details.


Mark your calendar for Saturday, Feb 18, 2017.  Yes, that is the weekend of our Cincy Winter Beerfest at the Duke Energy Convention Center, but it is also the weekend of Macy's Arts Sampler produced by ArtsWave.  Our Big Joe Duskin Foundation Orchestra will be performing Count Basie and Frank Foster tunes at the library downtown 1:30-2:30pm.  The Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra from CCM is performing before us and the Hank Mautner Quintet performs after us, so get out of the cold and make a day of it at the downtown library !!!

Our amazing orchestra members are:

Wade Baker ~ Conductor
Art Gore ~ Drums
Philip Paul ~ Featured Drums
Scott Pazera ~ Bass
Brandon Scott Coleman ~ Guitar
Brian Batchelor-Glader ~ Piano
Garin Webb ~ Alto sax 1
Ana Nelson ~ Alto sax 2
Randy Villars ~ Tenor sax 1
Rob Dixon ~ Tenor sax 2
Paul Batchelor-Glader ~ Baritone sax
Freddie Mendoza ~ Trombone 1
Marc Fields ~ Trombone 2
Linda Landis ~ Trombone 3
Josh Omaits ~ Bass trombone
Jess Henry ~ Trumpet 1
Hank Mautner ~ Trumpet 2
Pat Harbison ~ Trumpet 3
Mike Wade ~ Trumpet 4
Jamie Taylor ~ Vocals


The Marines donated 15 small, one-octave xylophones to 35 Cincinnati public elementary schools in early November 2016.  We've been promoting xylophones, glockenspiels and marimbas for years, because they work so well for young children, so this is an opportunity we are jumping on. 

We bought two 30-bar glockenspiels for 10 schools and are hiring CCM-trained Liz Wu and Josh Strange to spend two hours at each school three times, helping in music classes.  We also published our "Grade School Blues" educational CD for the public to play and download with instructions for using it on our Teacher & Parent Downloads page in the left column.  January & February should be interesting months for this program.


We installed two large, beautiful memorial plaques for Blues legends Pigmeat Jarrett and H-Bomb Ferguson.   Pigmeat's is outside at Allyn's Cafe along McDowell St at Columbia Parkway in Columbia-Tusculum.  H-Bomb's is in the flowerbed next to Mansion Hill Tavern at 5th & Washington in Newport.

Many thanks to Sewah Studios in Marietta, OH for their great plaques !!!


We produced six in-school performances for a "King Studio tribute band" supporting the new King Recording Studio "traveling suitcase" program produced by Xavier University.  The completed list is below King studio legends Philip Paul and Otis Williams headlined this amazing band at North Avondale Elementary on Friday, September 30 to close out King Studio History Month in perfect style.  And, yes, the kids went wild.  Philip & Otis were joined by Randy Villars on piano/sax, Noah Wotherspoon on guitar/vocals and Jon Massey on upright bass. Wade Baker joined in the fun in the last few, too.

9/30/2016 - North Avondale Elementary      
10/28/2016 - William H Taft Elementary         
11/10/2016 - Hays-Porter Elementary            
11/16/2016 - South Avondale Elementary     
1/6/2017 - Roberts Paideia Elementary         
1/27/2017 - Frederick Douglass Elementary

Looks like students at Roberts Paideia liked our presentation and glockenspiels...