Blue Wisp Patrons and Jazz Lovers everywhere,
The Blue Wisp Jazz Club Restaurant is now in full operation and OPEN FOR LUNCH! New Mon-Fri food specials.
Bar Open M-F 11am-Close; Sat-Sun 4pm-Close.
Kitchen Open M-F 11am-11pm; Sat-Sun 5pm-11pm.
(Kitchen NOT open Memorial Day).
Dine at the Blue Wisp!
We have been voted #1 "Overall Bar" for 2012 by the readers of CityBeat! (This implies nothing about our dress code!) Read a great feature article about the Wisp.
. And our new ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSIC ROOM is now open! With a beautiful stage and great lines of sight this is the premier venue for intimate jazz concerts in our city. You can now enjoy a full meal or appetizers along with a serving of excellent jazz at the Wisp Tuesday through Saturday. Come early for for dinner! Click here to see our menu. Remember, we have Happy Hour specials every day from 4-8pm. Stop by after work! Keep jazz vibrant in our city. Come to the Blue Wisp!
Monday, May 28 at 8:30pm
Blue Wisp Jam Session Night
If you are a jazz musician (instrumentalist or singer), come and play with the pros at the Blue Wisp Jam Session Night. Cincinnati great - saxophonist/flutist Sandy Suskind - is your host and emcee. This thrice monthly session is in its 3rd year and is a golden opportunity for all up and coming, as well as, veteran players, to get and keep their chops together. Ron Enyard - drums, Randy Villars - piano, David Lloyd - bass. Great entertainment and music for all. Cover charge is $5. Support Jazz!
Tuesday, May 29 at 8pm
Samba Jazz Syndicate
Samba Jazz Syndicate is Phil DeGreg - piano, Kim Pensyl - trumpet, Rusty Burge - vibes, Aaron Jacobs - bass, John Taylor - drums. This excellent group specializes in the music of Brazil. Check out a video here. Cover is $5.
Wednesday, May 30 at 8:30pm
It's Baron John Von Ohlen and the Award Winning 16-piece Blue Wisp Big Band, (check out this YouTube video clip) holding down Wednesday nights at the Wisp for over 30 years. JVO drummed for the likes of Stan Kenton and Woody Herman. He is an internationally known, highly regarded big band drummer and this seasoned and seriously swinging jazz big band can be sublime. Come hear for yourself and enjoy the sounds! $12 cover.
|Thursday, May 31 at 7:30pm
BBG & Company
Brian Batchelor-Glader (BBG) is best known in Cincinnati as the keyboardist/founder of the hip-hop-fusion band Eclipse Movement. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music at U.C. and now teaches jazz piano at Xavier University. He performs with several different groups at the Blue Wisp including Eclipse Movement, Papa Loves Mambo, and his own jazz organ trio. BBG and Company is a return to the classic jazz combo setting. Aaron Jacobs (bass) and Joe Jahnigen (drums) round out the trio. This time he is featuring the vocal stylings and trumpet playing of Dan Radank, a.k.a. Old Green Eyes. Cover charge is $5.
|Friday, June 1 at 4:30pm
At 12:30am Happy Hour blues entertainment from Delbert Williams, our resident blues doctor. All the blues you can use, along with specials on drinks. At 8:30pm
Dan Karlsberg 'Nati 6
Dan Karlsberg is an innovative composer and pianist who has released 2 CDs as leader. The music is all new compositions, and arrangements of some familiar songs by Dan. Special guest Kim Pensyl (subbing for Mike Wade) - trumpet , Brent Gallaher - saxophone, Marc Fields - trombone, Jim Anderson - bass, and Art Gore - drums, Dan - piano/composer. Cover charge is $10.
Bluesman/Entertainer Delbert Williams. Get your late-night blues on with Delbert. He is both a hoot and a great singer and player. Join him for your nightcap. Free admission.
|Saturday, June 2 at 6pm
Catch an early set by The Blue Wisp Young Lions Band. These are the best up and coming high school players in the area who have auditioned for this ensemble. Come to hear them and give them encouragement and support! Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted.
At 8:30pm and 10:15pm
Internationally Acclaimed, Grammy Nominated Guitarist
Russell Malone Quartet
An amazing jazz guitarist who has made a stir with his Columbia records of the early to mid-'90s, Russell Malone
started playing music when he was five. A self-taught player, Malone progressed well enough to land a gig with master organist Jimmy Smith when he was 25. After two years with Smith, he went on to join Harry Connick Jr.'s orchestra, a position he held from 1990-94, appearing on three of Connick''s recordings. Malone also worked in a variety of contexts, performing with artists as diverse as Clarence Carter, Little Anthony, Peabo Bryson, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, The Winans, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Jack McDuff.
Malone is one of the most commanding and versatile guitarists performing. He can move from blues to gospel to pop to R&B and jazz without hesitation, a rare facility that has prompted some of the highest profile artists in the world to call upon him: Diana Krall, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, Shirley Horn, Christina Aguilera, Harry Connick, Jr, Ron Carter, and Sonny Rollins.
At the Blue Wisp engagement Mr. Malone will be joined by Indianapolis bassist Brandon Meeks
, and the Cincinnati-based Rashon Murph
on piano, and Art Gore
There are 2 shows: Cover charge is $15 for the 8:30pm show, $10 for the 10:15pm show, and $20 for both; plus $9 minimum on food or drinks.
|Sunday, June 3 at 7:30pm
Pat Kelly's 13-piece
The 13-piece PsychoAcoustic Orchestra has been a product of the eclectic musical imagination of composer Pat Kelly for over 20 years. This group of outstanding improvisors and noted Cincinnati jazz players tackles complex arrangements and compositions penned by Kelly. According to Mark Holston of Jazziz, "Kelly is a resourceful and clever arranger...The PsychoAcoustic Orchestra stretches, but doesn't break, the boundaries of contemporary big band tradition." Have dinner at the Wisp and then take a musical ride with the PAO. Cover charge is $12.
|Upcoming Blue Wisp shows to put on your calendar:|
|Look at list of the great internationally known musicians who have appeared at the Blue Wisp over the years: HERE
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