Popular Vocal Jazz Ensemble Going (Nearly!) Viral, Offering Restored Memorial Hall’s First All-A Cappella Concert

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Back row: Joshua Steele & Adam Wheeler. Middle row: Charlie Harper, Matt Croy & Jeff Grooms. Front row: David Baum, Noah Berry & Ken Holdt. Photo by Leslie Goddard.

CINCINNATI, OH – Within a week of its recent release, NO PROMISES’ a cappella rendition of the Alicia Keys classic “If I Ain’t Got You” had been watched more than 28,000 times. The popular local ensemble hopes for one half of one percent of those music lovers to attend and sell out their next show.

NO PROMISES Vocal Band offers the first all-a cappella concert at restored Memorial Hall (1225 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine) on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and are available at MemorialHallOTR.com. Seating is limited, and a capacity crowd is expected.

Performing in the Memorial Hall Green Room, where cabaret-style seating and a full cash bar await patrons, NO PROMISES will offer their signature variety of jazz, Motown and pop selections. Listeners will enjoy unique arrangements of tunes by Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, The Jackson 5, Manhattan Transfer, Huey Lewis, and even Taylor Swift.

NO PROMISES is a professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown and pop music. Hailing from across Ohio, the men of No Promises are Broadway veterans, theatre producers, touring musicians, hair stylists and dads, with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

With repertoire ranging from classics by Manhattan Transfer and the Gaither Vocal Band to surprising treatments of Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift, No Promises has delighted audiences at concert series throughout the region.

The ensemble’s annual Christmas tours are stocking-stuffed with jazz and pop arrangements of beloved holiday favorites. Ten such tinselly tunes are featured on the group’s 2016 debut album, A NO PROMISES CHRISTMAS, including Vince Guaraldi’s “Skating,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and the cherished ballad “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The album was mixed by engineer Ed Boyer, who has been responsible for the studio sound of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect” and groups including Pentatonix and Home Free. A NO PROMISES CHRISTMAS is available on iTunes and other digital distributors.

NO PROMISES is led by tenor and arranger Joshua Steele, who founded the ensemble in 2015 with high school chum David Baum; the pair sang together in a strolling barbershop quartet at Cincinnati’s Kings Island theme park. Baum went on to a sparkling stage and screen career in New York City, including the Broadway productions of A CHORUS LINE and MARY POPPINS, and has since returned to the area as a practicing clinical psychologist. NO PROMISES debuted with a 2015 Christmas tour, drawing 2,000
patrons to venues across Cincinnati and Dayton. Quickly assembling a docket of performances including concert series, festivals, weddings, school performances and clubs, NO PROMISES has developed an indelible sound, a dynamic repertoire, and a unique repartee that ensures an entertaining and memorable experience.


  • Joshua Steele (tenor), Cincinnati
  • Charlie Harper (tenor / baritone), Cincinnati
  • Adam Wheeler (tenor), Dayton
  • David Baum (baritone), Cincinnati
  • Jeff Grooms (baritone / bass), Cold Spring, KY
  • Matt Croy, (bass), Findlay, OH

with current special guests:

  • Noah Berry, (tenor) Cincinnati
  • Ken Holdt, (baritone) Cincinnati

Full singer bios available at www.nopromisesvocalband.com/lineup.

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