Al Di Meola – The Electric Years

Al Di Meola, a bonafide living Guitar Legend inducted into the Gallery of Greats is among the top guitarists of our time. His ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been at the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, four gold albums, two platinum albums, more than six million in record sales worldwide, five German gold albums, and various awards including an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Berklee College of Music, the Honorary Miles Davis Award presented by the Montreal Jazz Festival, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Sir George Martin in 2008, Hungarian Foundation for Performing Arts Lyra Award, and numerous Grammy nominations and awards. Al is the recipient of the most prestigious guitar awards ever given, a total of 12 awards from Guitar Player Magazine polls and as a result, was inducted into their Gallery of Greats.

Not only a guitar hero, but a prolific composer, he has amassed over 30 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return to Forever(with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic Guitar Trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. And while his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among the hordes of fretboard fanatics who
regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola’s writing along with the soulfulness and the inherent lyricism of his guitaristic expression have won him legions of fans worldwide beyond the guitar aficionado set.

A pioneer of blending world music and jazz, going back to early Latin-tinged fusion outings like 1976’s Land of the Midnight Sun, 1977’s Elegant Gypsy and 1978’s Casino, the guitar great continues to explore the rich influence of flamenco, tango, Middle Eastern, Brazilian and African music with his World Sinfonia, an ambitious pan-global group that he formed in 1991. Their exhilarating world music fusion has been documented on such releases as 2000’s The Grande Passion (featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra), 2007’s Live in London, 2011’s Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody and the stunning 2012 DVD, Morocco Fantasia (recorded at the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco and featuring special guests Said Chraibi on oud, Abdellah Meri on violin and Tari Ben Ali on percussion).

Growing up in Bergenfield, NJ with the music of The Ventures and The Beatles, Di Meola naturally gravitated to guitar as a youngster and by his early teens was already an accomplished player. Attaining such impressive skills at such a young age didn’t come easy for Al, but rather was the result of focused dedication and intensive periods of woodshedding between his junior and senior years in high school. “I used to practice the guitar all night after school and once in college, 6 – 8 hours per day” he told Down Beat. “And I was trying to find myself, or find the kind of music that suited where I was going with the guitar.”

His earliest role models in jazz included guitarists Tal Farlow and Kenny Burrell. But when he discovered Larry Coryell, whom Al would later dub “The Godfather of Fusion,” he was taken with the guitarist’s unprecedented blending of jazz, blues and rock into one seamless vocabulary on the instrument. “I used to ride the bus from New Jersey to see him at little clubs in Greenwich Village,” he recalls. “Wherever he was playing, I’d be there.” In 1972, Al enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and by the second semester there began playing in a fusion quartet led by keyboardist Barry Miles. When a gig tape of that band was later passed on to Chick Corea by a friend of Al’s in 1974, the 19-year-old guitarist was tapped to join Corea’s fusion supergroup Return to Forever. After three landmark recordings with Return to Forever — 1974’s Where Have I Known You Before, 1975’s Grammy Award winning No Mystery and 1976’s Romantic Warrior — the group disbanded and Al subsequently started up his career as a solo artist. His 1976 debut as a leader, Land of the Midnight Sun, was a blazing showcase of his signature chops and Latintinged compositions that featured a stellar cast including drummers Steve Gadd and Lenny White, bassist Anthony Jackson and Jaco Pastorius, keyboardists Jan Hammer, Barry Miles and Chick Corea and percussionist Mingo Lewis. Over the course of six more albums with Columbia Records – Elegant Gypsy, Casino, Splendido Hotel, Electric Rendezvous, Tour De Force and Scenario – Al established himself as an influential force in contemporary music. 1980 marked the triumph of the acoustic guitar trio with Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin. Their debut recording on Columbia Records, Friday Night in San Francisco, became a landmark recording that surpassed the four million mark in sales. The three virtuosos in the trio toured together from 1980 through 1983, releasing the studio album Passion, Grace & Fire in 1982. In 1995, they reunited for a third recording, Guitar Trio, followed by another triumphant world tour.

In early 1996, Di Meola formed a new trio with the violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and RTF bandmate Stanley Clarke called The Rite of Strings. Their self-titled debut was released in 1995. Di Meola subsequently recorded with the likes of opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti, pop stars Paul Simon, classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco, and Italian pop star Pino Daniele. Over the course of his career, he has also worked and recorded with Phil Collins, Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Milton Naciemento, Egberto Gismonti, Stevie Wonder, Les Paul, Jimmy Page, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa and Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Di Meola’s 2013 release “All Your Life” recorded at Abbey Road Studios was an acoustic tour de force that had him revisiting the music of a seminal influence – The Beatles. “I really credit the Beatles for the reason why I play guitar,” he says. “That was a major catalyst for me to want to learn music, so their impact was pretty strong.” A virtual one-man show of virtuosity, it features the guitar great interpreting 14 familiar Beatles tunes in the stripped-down setting of strictly acoustic guitar.

In 2015 he released Elysium, which finds the guitar great blending the lush tones of his nylon string Conde Hermanos acoustic prototype model and a ’71 Les Paul electric (his Return to Forever and Elegant Gypsy axe) in a collection of songs that are at once invigorating and alluring. “It represents a new composition phase for me, whereby the writing became, in a sense, my therapy during a challenging personal transition in my life,” he said. In the same year he was honored as the 22nd recipient of the Montreal Jazz Festival’s Miles Davis Award, created in 1994 to honor a great international jazz musician for the entire body of his or her work and for that musician’s influence in regenerating the jazz idiom.

2018 marked a new era for Al Di Meola: His first of six signed projects with German record label Ear Music, “OPUS” was released in March. The Grammy award winning virtuoso says: “With Opus I wanted to further my compositional skills as I think that the evolution of this part of my persona has labelled me more composer/guitarist than guitarist/composer. For the first time in my life, I have written music being happy, I’m in a wonderful relationship with my wife, I have a baby girl and a beautiful family that inspires me every day. I believe it shows in the music.”

A retrospective of Al Di Meola’s nearly 50 year acclaimed career is expressed through his latest Ear Music release of March 2020 “ACROSS THE UNIVERSE” with his virtuosic arrangements and creative interpretations of 14 Beatles songs with a larger scale full production featuring orchestrations balanced with lavish acoustic arrangements and electric guitar.

Current work includes an autobiography and a new solo guitar record of 13 brand new compositions. Al is also very proud to announce the upcoming April 2022 release of “Saturday Night in San Francisco” from the 1980 tour of the Guitar Trio with John McLaughlin and the late Paco de Lucia.

Ravi Coltrane featuring Gadi Lehavi and Ele Howell

RAVI COLTRANE is a critically acclaimed Grammy nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of a twenty plus year career, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, and recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others.

Ravi has released six albums as a leader. His albums include, “Moving Pictures,” “From The Round Box,” “Mad 6,” “In Flux,” “Blending Times,” and “Spirit Fiction.” He also has collaborated on various albums, including, “Seraphic Light” with Joe Lovano and David Liebman, “In Movement” with Jack DeJohnette and Matthew Garrison, and The Blue Note’s 70th Anniversary recording, “Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note.” Additional credits include performances as well as recordings with Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Baron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Geri Allen, Joanne Brackeem, The Blue Note 7, among others.

Born in Long Island, the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. He was raised in Los Angeles where his family moved after his father’s death in 1967. His mother, Alice Coltrane, was a significant influence on Ravi and it was he who encouraged Alice to return to performance and the recording studio after a long absence. Subsequently, Ravi produced and played on Alice Coltrane’s powerful, ‘Translinear Light’, which was released in 2004.

Ravi lives in Brooklyn, NY and maintains a fast paced touring, recording, composing and performance schedule. He leads the effort to restore the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, Long Island www.thecoltranehome.org and presides over important reissues of his parent’s recordings.


Another Longworth-Anderson Series evening of great music, food, and drink!  Complimentary pre-concert reception features live local music, light bites from Ollie’s Trolley and N.Y.P.D. Pizza, and craft beer tastings from HighGrain Brewing Co.

Steve Hoskins and the Phil DeGreg Trio play Paul Simon

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Steve Hoskins and the Phil DeGreg Trio play Paul Simon

From Simon & Garfunkel to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, singer-songwriter and musician Paul Simon is one of the most acclaimed musicians in popular music. Saxophonist and flutist Steve Hoskins joins the Phil DeGreg Trio to bring Paul’s intricate melodies to life in a jazz setting.

Featuring Steve Hoskins (saxophone), Phil DeGreg (piano), Aaron Jacobs (bass) and John Taylor (drums)

Doors at 6:30p, Show 7:00 – 9:00p

About Jazz at the Memo: Bop your winter blues with Jazz at the Memo as the popular series returns to the beautiful and acoustically superb Anderson Theater at Memorial Hall. Enjoy the finest of Cincinnati’s thriving jazz scene, including some of the region’s premier women and BIPOC artists, in intimate and often surprising performances. Fantastic acts making their JATM debuts in 2024 include boogie phenom Ben Levin, vocalist Wendell Anderson, the Luso-Brazilian fusion of Duo Rocha Gandara and the Four Strangers Quartet with their tribute to John Coltrane.

Subscription packages now available! Don’t want to miss a beat of jazz this winter? Purchase our Jazz at the Memo subscription package and receive reserved seating for all 17 winter performances, representing a savings of $64 in ticketing fees.

Beginning in May, the party moves outdoors! Join us across the street for Washington Park’s “Jazz in the Park,” Monday evenings through October (excepting holidays); and for Fountain Square’s “Jazz at the Square” programs, Tuesday evenings May through September.

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CARLOS VARGAS DUO PLAYS RON CARTER & JIM HALL’S “ALONE TOGETHER”

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Carlos Vargas Duo plays Ron Carter & Jim Hall’s “Alone Together”

Featuring “near-telepathic communication” between two masters of the craft, Ron Carter & Jim Hall’s “Alone Together” is a classic record for jazz fans and jazz musicians alike. Carlos Vargas pairs with bassist Justin Dawson for an evening of introspective and thought-provoking music.

Featuring Carlos Vargas (guitar) and Justin Dawson (bass)

Doors at 6:30p, Show 7:00 – 9:00p

About Jazz at the Memo: Bop your winter blues with Jazz at the Memo as the popular series returns to the beautiful and acoustically superb Anderson Theater at Memorial Hall. Enjoy the finest of Cincinnati’s thriving jazz scene, including some of the region’s premier women and BIPOC artists, in intimate and often surprising performances. Fantastic acts making their JATM debuts in 2024 include boogie phenom Ben Levin, vocalist Wendell Anderson, the Luso-Brazilian fusion of Duo Rocha Gandara and the Four Strangers Quartet with their tribute to John Coltrane.

Beginning in May, the party moves outdoors! Join us across the street for Washington Park’s “Jazz in the Park,” Monday evenings through October (excepting holidays); and for Fountain Square’s “Jazz at the Square” programs, Tuesday evenings May through September.

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Jazz at the MEMO presents Since You Asked, Songs from My Favorite Singers!

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Since You Asked, Songs from My Favorite Singers!

Over the years, the question most asked of singers has always been, “who are your favorite singers? Who have influenced you most?” This program is Pamela Mallory Yeager’s musical answer to that question. Expect some wonderful songs, a little background on their earlier singers and why their styles are so endearing and timeless.

Featuring Pamela Mallory Yeager (vocals), Tim McCord (sax, flute), Wayne Yeager (piano), Michael Sharfe (bass)

Doors at 6:30p, Show 7:00 – 9:00p

About Jazz at the Memo: Bop your winter blues with Jazz at the Memo as the popular series returns to the beautiful and acoustically superb Anderson Theater at Memorial Hall. Enjoy the finest of Cincinnati’s thriving jazz scene, including some of the region’s premier women and BIPOC artists, in intimate and often surprising performances. Fantastic acts making their JATM debuts in 2024 include boogie phenom Ben Levin, vocalist Wendell Anderson, the Luso-Brazilian fusion of Duo Rocha Gandara and the Four Strangers Quartet with their tribute to John Coltrane.

Beginning in May, the party moves outdoors! Join us across the street for Washington Park’s “Jazz in the Park,” Monday evenings through October (excepting holidays); and for Fountain Square’s “Jazz at the Square” programs, Tuesday evenings May through September.

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FIVE LITTLE BEARS: SWINGING’ THE BLUES

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Five Little Bears: Swinging’ the Blues

An all-star lineup of some of Cincinnati’s finest jazz musicians swing favorites from the Blues catalogue.

Featuring Steve Schmidt (piano), Brent Gallaher (saxophone), Michael Mavridoglou (trumpet), Aaron Jacobs (bass) and Jim Leslie (drums)

Doors at 6:30p, Show 7:00 – 9:00p

About Jazz at the Memo: Bop your winter blues with Jazz at the Memo as the popular series returns to the beautiful and acoustically superb Anderson Theater at Memorial Hall. Enjoy the finest of Cincinnati’s thriving jazz scene, including some of the region’s premier women and BIPOC artists, in intimate and often surprising performances. Fantastic acts making their JATM debuts in 2024 include boogie phenom Ben Levin, vocalist Wendell Anderson, the Luso-Brazilian fusion of Duo Rocha Gandara and the Four Strangers Quartet with their tribute to John Coltrane.

Beginning in May, the party moves outdoors! Join us across the street for Washington Park’s “Jazz in the Park,” Monday evenings through October (excepting holidays); and for Fountain Square’s “Jazz at the Square” programs, Tuesday evenings May through September.

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ESTRADA DO SOL: ECHOES FROM BRAZIL – A 75 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE

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Estrada do Sol: Echoes from Brazil – A 75 Year Retrospective

Estrada do Sol is a dynamic group of jazz & Brazilian artists dedicated to música popular brasileira or MPB, which is a trend in post-bossa nova urban popular music in Brazil that revisits typical Brazilian styles such as samba, samba-canção and baião and other Brazilian regional music, combining them with foreign influences, such as jazz and rock. ‘Echoes from Brazil’ is a retrospective that will take the listener from very early sambas and choros all the way to modern compositions from Brazil.

Featuring Andrea Cefalo (vocals), Brian Cashwell (piano), and Diego Jose da Silva (bass)

Doors at 6:30p, Show 7:00 – 9:00p

About Jazz at the Memo: Bop your winter blues with Jazz at the Memo as the popular series returns to the beautiful and acoustically superb Anderson Theater at Memorial Hall. Enjoy the finest of Cincinnati’s thriving jazz scene, including some of the region’s premier women and BIPOC artists, in intimate and often surprising performances. Fantastic acts making their JATM debuts in 2024 include boogie phenom Ben Levin, vocalist Wendell Anderson, the Luso-Brazilian fusion of Duo Rocha Gandara and the Four Strangers Quartet with their tribute to John Coltrane.

Beginning in May, the party moves outdoors! Join us across the street for Washington Park’s “Jazz in the Park,” Monday evenings through October (excepting holidays); and for Fountain Square’s “Jazz at the Square” programs, Tuesday evenings May through September.

Learn more HERE.

“As Time Goes By: Love Songs of the 40s and 50s” feat. Queen City Cabaret

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“As Time Goes By: Love Songs of the 40s and 50s” feat. Queen City Cabaret

Queen City Cabaret returns to Memorial Hall for a sentimental journey through some of the most romantic tunes of the 1940s and 1950s. Grab your sweetheart and join us for a walk down memory lane, featuring beloved songs by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and more.

Featuring Sarah Folsom (vocals) and Matthew Umphreys (piano)

Doors at 6:30p, Show 7:00 – 9:00p

About Jazz at the Memo: Bop your winter blues with Jazz at the Memo as the popular series returns to the beautiful and acoustically superb Anderson Theater at Memorial Hall. Enjoy the finest of Cincinnati’s thriving jazz scene, including some of the region’s premier women and BIPOC artists, in intimate and often surprising performances. Fantastic acts making their JATM debuts in 2024 include boogie phenom Ben Levin, vocalist Wendell Anderson, the Luso-Brazilian fusion of Duo Rocha Gandara and the Four Strangers Quartet with their tribute to John Coltrane.

Beginning in May, the party moves outdoors! Join us across the street for Washington Park’s “Jazz in the Park,” Monday evenings through October (excepting holidays); and for Fountain Square’s “Jazz at the Square” programs, Tuesday evenings May through September.

Learn more HERE.

Jazz Vivace and Memorial Hall present Brad Mehldau

One of the most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano,Brad Mehldauhas forged a unique path,which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism and pop allure. From critical acclaim as a bandleader to major international exposure in collaborations with Pat Metheny, Renee Fleming, and Joshua Redman, Mehldau continues to garner numerous awards and admiration from both jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike. His forays into melding musical idioms, in both trio and solo settings, has seen brilliant re-workings of songs by contemporary songwriters like The Beatles, Cole Porter, Radiohead, Paul Simon, Gershwin and Nick Drake; alongside the ever-evolving breath of his own significant catalogue of original compositions. With his self-proclaimed affection for popular music and classical training, “Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years” (The New York Times).

Jazz at the MEMO presents Brandon Coleman Quartet Sounds Beyond: Music Inspired by Paranormal Events

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Brandon Coleman Quartet – “Sounds Beyond: Music Inspired by Paranormal Events”

Nationally-recognized guitarist and composer Brandon Coleman and his quartet perform compositions inspired by tales of ghost sightings, UFOs, Sasquatches and more, from both personal experience and well-known tales from history.

Featuring Brandon Coleman (guitars), Ben Tweedt (keyboard), Justin Dawson (bass), Tom Buckley (drums)

Doors at 6:30p, Show 7:00 – 9:00p

About Jazz at the Memo: Bop your winter blues with Jazz at the Memo as the popular series returns to the beautiful and acoustically superb Anderson Theater at Memorial Hall. Enjoy the finest of Cincinnati’s thriving jazz scene, including some of the region’s premier women and BIPOC artists, in intimate and often surprising performances. Fantastic acts making their JATM debuts in 2024 include boogie phenom Ben Levin, vocalist Wendell Anderson, the Luso-Brazilian fusion of Duo Rocha Gandara and the Four Strangers Quartet with their tribute to John Coltrane.

Beginning in May, the party moves outdoors! Join us across the street for Washington Park’s “Jazz in the Park,” Monday evenings through October (excepting holidays); and for Fountain Square’s “Jazz at the Square” programs, Tuesday evenings May through September.

Learn more HERE.