NO PROMISES Vocal Band Returns Beloved A Cappella Christmas Concerts to Cincinnati Venues

NP_Christmas 2021

Photo by Leslie Goddard.

CINCINNATI, OH – A cappella holiday magic returns to the tri-state this December as NO PROMISES Vocal Band re-launches their beloved annual “Christmas With No Promises” tour. Sonic stocking-stuffers from Alicia Keys, Andy Williams, Joni Mitchell and Dan Fogelberg will be on offer as the region’s premier vocal jazz ensemble sings a family-friendly concert of sacred and secular classics, including selections from their recent “Boy Band Diaries” show with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

“Christmas With No Promises” will be presented four times:

Community of the Good Shepherd
Thursday, December 16, 7:30pm
8815 East Kemper Road | Montgomery
60m Family-Length Program
A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted; No Reservations Required
Health Protocol: Masks Recommended

TC_Nancy James

Nancy James.

The Carnegie
feat. The Nancy James Trio
Saturday, December 18, 7:30pm
1028 Scott Boulevard | Covington
Full-Length Program with Two Sets
Tickets $25
Tickets Required:, or 859.957.1940
Health Protocol: Masks Required

St. Columban Parish
Tuesday, December 21, 7:30pm
894 Oakland Road | Loveland
60m Family-Length Program
A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted; No Reservations Required
Health Protocol: Masks Recommended

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Pamela Mallory

Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre
feat. The Pamela Mallory Trio
Wednesday, December 22, 7:30pm
801 Matson Place | Price Hill
Full-Length Program with Two Sets
Tickets $25
Reservations Required:, or 513.241.6550
Health Protocol: Masks Required

Getting Back to Live Shows
Leading up to 2020 holiday season in which live vocal performances were simply impossible, the men of NO PROMISES were facing the prospect of discontinuing a holiday tradition enjoyed by thousands every year since 2015. So they pivoted, tapping Cider Mill Productions and Over-The-Rhine’s beautiful Memorial Hall for a live-recorded holiday soiree. More than 90 donors contributed nearly $7,000 to cover production expenses and venue rental. The group largely convened online, utilizing innovative technology to allow the rehearsal process to continue. The result was a visually and acoustically stunning video-on-demand experience that created a bridge to the resumption of live holiday performances in 2021.

But it wasn’t all streaming video and waiting around for conditions to improve. In summer 2021, NO PROMISES joined forces with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in a show called “The Boy Band Diaries.” Performed on outdoor stages in Covington, Ft. Thomas and Middletown, the collaboration surveyed a century of a male harmony singing, from the Ink Spots and the Hi-Los, through the Beach Boys and Motown, all the way to groups like NSYNC and Home Free. Four selections from “The Boy Band Diaries” will be included in the 2021 “Christmas With No Promises” set.

NO PROMISES is a Cincinnati-based professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown, and adult contemporary music. The group is has entertained at festivals, concert series, conventions and concert halls throughout the state. Its members have graced the stages of Broadway, fronted major symphony orchestras, and backed the likes of Jim Messina, Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins and POCO. In their day-to-day lives, the men of NO PROMISES are clinical psychologists, theatrical talent buyers, real estate moguls and hairdressers with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

The group has released three recording projects: A No Promises Christmas (2016), All Wet (2018) and The Nines (2019).

The members of NO PROMISES are Joshua Steele (resident of Kennedy Heights), David Baum (Montgomery), Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring, KY), and Nat Comisar (Indian Hill). Guest artists Paul Phillips (West Chester), and Noah Berry (Dayton) will join the group on all four shows, with Ryan Strand (North College Hill) guesting on the December 18 performance at The Carnegie.

Curious about how Broadway actor David Baum joined NO PROMISES and became a clinical psychologist, the surprising musical background of former Maisonette owner Nat Comisar, or the national tour that Noah Berry steps away from for this concert series? Check out individual bios at

About The Nancy James Trio
A versatile, Emmy-winning performer, Nancy James has shared her talents with the tri-state area on stage, on camera, and on the air waves for over three decades. James became a part of our lives on the Bob Braun Show singing, interviewing, and creating live commercials. She continues to make her living as an entertainer: appearing onstage as a singer, on-camera as a spokesperson, and representing clients as their voice-over talent for radio and television commercials. The Carnegie’s stage is well-known to James, whose 2008 – 2014 annual programs on the venue’s Carnegie In Concert series were always much anticipated and well-attended.

Joining James at The Carnegie is friend and collaborator Janet Yates Vogt, an accomplished composer whose original musicals GEORGE REMUS: A NEW MUSICAL and TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL have been produced by the Covington arts center.

About The Pamela Mallory Trio
Originally from Dayton, OH, Pamela Mallory has been a fixture of the Cincinnati music scene for more than 18 years. A soulful and swinging jazz songstress, Mallory performs unique arrangements of works by the great songwriters of the 1940s to the music of today. Her credits include headline performances at the Dayton Women in Jazz Festival, the jazz series at Lexington’s Farish Theater, Wright State University’s jazz series, Cincinnati’s Crown Jewels of Jazz program, and recently at Memorial Hall’s popular Jazz at the Memo series. She’s also appeared at beloved current and past regional music venues, including Gilly’s and Pacchia in Dayton, Chez Nora and The Carnegie in Covington, and Cincinnati’s Blue Wisp Jazz Club.

The Pamela Mallory trio includes Pamela Mallory (vocals), Wayne Yeager (keyboard) and Michael Sharfe (bass).

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