John Von Ohlen (Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A., May 13, 1941 – October 3, 2018) was an American jazz drummer, bandleader, and recording artist, widely known as having been the drummer for Woody Herman in 1967 and 1969 and with Stan Kenton from 1970 to 1972.
Von Ohlen led the Blue Wisp Big Band in Cincinnati from 1980 to 2018, and his own groups under his name ranging from quartets to big band. From 1967 to 1968, Von Ohlen toured with Billy Maxted’s Manhattan Jazz Band. In the 1980s and 1990s, Von Ohlen was a member of a big band led by the pianist Steve Allee.
Von Ohlen died at the age of 77 in October 2018.
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