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In 2015, a group of local jazz lovers founded the CJHOF nonprofit organization to bring recognition to Cincinnati's storied jazz scene and rich musical history.  In a ceremony each year in the spring, the Hall of Fame's board not only honors musicians for their work but also supports a scholarship in jazz studies to a worthy student in our area. In addition, donations help to fund the John Defoor Master Jazz Classes, held in local high schools.  Take a look at our past honorees and scholarship recipients.



Inductees include musicians and supporters of jazz music who have been nationally recognized in the field, and who were born in Cincinnati or who have spent a significant amount of time in the city

Sax Player

Rosemary Clooney

Oscar Treadwell

Gordon Brisker

Curtis Peagler

Fred Hersch

John Von Ohlen

Cal Collins

Frank Foster 

Tim Hagans

Jimmy McGary


John Doe

Bobby Geyer

Larry Kinley

Eddie Morgan

Philip Paul

Kenny Poole

Lynn Seaton

Lee Stolar

Marry Ellen Tanner

The Blue Wisp Big Band


Chad Wesselkamper

School For Creative & Performing Arts

Mike Andres

Frank Brown

Emedio "Dee" DeFelice

Phil DeGreg

Marc Fields

Art Gore

Frank Payne

Frank Vincent

Ann Chamberlain


Tyler Marsh

Clark Montessory High School

Bill Berry

Melvin Broach

Mandy Gaines

Wilbert Longmire

Artie Mathews

Rick Van Matre

Michael Moore

Bill Rank

Steve Schmidt

Lee Tucker


Sam Breadon & 

Ziaire Sherman

Walnut Hills High School

Bill Caffie

Bill Gemmer

Jim Anderson

Ray Felder

Wayne Yeager


WNOP for honoring

John Von Ohlen


Caleb Montegue

Lou Lausche

George Russell

Don Steins/Paul Hawthorne

Bill Cunliffe

Larry Dickson

Pat Kelly


Jennifer Armor

Edgar Byars

Jack Early

Sean Butkovich

Park Dendy

Jackson Hacias

Chaya Jones

Victor M.A. Madelaine

Alex Merk


"Jazz to me is a living music. It's a music that since its beginning has expressed the feelings, the dreams, hopes, of the people."

Dexter Gordon

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